Our country is rich in many different cultural traditions, with celebrations focusing on specific groups growing and becoming more popular every year. And who doesn’t need another reason to party!
Cinco de Mayo is one of my new favorites! The food and the colors of Mexico are made for celebrating – bright, spicy, and flavorful! Here are a few ideas to try for your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Fiestaware pieces are the perfect container for a few cut flowers. While dahlias are pictured here and are the official flower of Mexico, they aren’t available until late summer. Any colorful bloom will work perfectly.
Create a unique floral arrangement using a doll and floral foam. This Mexicali Rose features pom-poms, mini carnations, statice and button poms. Her top was made from lace ribbon, and her headdress and necklace were made by stringing hypericum berries on strands of skinny ribbon.
An easy way to make a doll floral arrangement is to use a cake decoration doll pick and cone-shaped floral foam. Soak the foam first, place on small dish that is slightly larger then the foam base, cut off the top third of the foam, and insert doll pick into the top of the foam.
You can make a simple top for the doll using a piece of ribbon. For the flower skirt, cut the flower stem short, about 1”, and insert into the foam starting at the bottom and going all the way around. Keep adding a layer at a time using slightly small flowers as you get to the top of the skirt, inserting the stems at more of an upwards angle will also help to bring in the width as you go.
Colors of Mexico
A friend brought these beautiful hand blown glasses back from their Mexican vacation as a thank you gift for me. I think they make great vases massed out with a single sunflower in each.
Food and Drinks
What’s a Mexican-themed parry without guacamole and chips? Guacamole is one of the easiest dips to make. You can keep it super simple and just add some Kosher salt to mashed avocados. For a quick upgrade add in some prepared salsa. Even taking it all the way up is still easy. Here’s a recipe that’s almost fool proof:
- 2 ripe avocados
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 tbsp. minced red onion
- 2 tbsp. fresh chopped cilantro
- A dash of pepper
- ½ ripe tomato chopped – seeds and pulp removed
- Cut the avocado in half. Remove seed, scoop out the avocado and put in mixing bowl.
- Mash up the avocado with a fork leaving it a little chunky.
- Sprinkle with lime juice and salt.
- Add the chopped onion, cilantro, and black pepper and mix well.
- If you are not going to being serving immediately, cover tightly and refrigerate until ready.
- Chop the tomatoes and add right before serving.
Sangria is very similar to the guacamole in that it is a no brainer for Mexican celebrations. It is easy to make, or you can buy it pre-made. Here is a basic red wine sangria recipe:
- 1 bottle of red wine
- ½ cup brandy
- ¼ cup orange liquor
- 2-3 cups sparkling water
- Fresh fruit – apples, oranges, grapes, etc.
- Cut up the fruit into slices or wedges.
- Put all ingredients in a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours (overnight is even better).
- Serve in a large pitcher with ice and top off with the sparkling water.