We love a good fiesta at Matthew Robbins Design! Naturally, Cinco de Mayo is one of our favorite occasions for crafting and food inspirations. Last month, we dreamed up a Cinco tablescape and a number of fun DIY projects for our very own Cinco de Mayo celebration at our studio. Lucky us to have our celebration perfectly captured by the talented Tory Williams!
We were inspired by shades of tangerine and cobalt blue, hand-painted Mexican tiles, Otomi fabrics, beautiful rustic wood, and glowing candle lit ambiance. For flowers, we used orange kumquat branches, ranunculus, and mint to keep our arrangement fresh, natural, and colorful.
We had so much fun thinking of fun projects for this shoot. In particular, we loved coming up with and making this Mexican tile table runner. We bought plain tiles from the hardware store, printed images of Mexican textiles and patterns, then decoupaged the tiles to create our very own Mexican tiles. We arranged them down the center of the table as a runner. The best part? These tiles can be used again and again as coasters or given away as party favors!
The pinata idea was also so much fun. Inspired by a DIY from one of our favorite crafting blogs, Oh Happy Day, we adapted the instructions to create pinata animals of all different types – donkeys, llamas, pigs, cows, etc. Then we spray painted tissue paper in gold and silver and adhered the fringe to the pinata body to create our very own mini pinata family. We filled these fun little animals with candy and fortunes – more take home gifts for guests! We also played around with stringing the pinatas above the table for yet another layer of decor.
We love using mini cacti and succulents and thought they would make for cute place cards – and act as great take home gifts for guests. We love the way the exposed soil and roots look in glass votives placed on each plate. The mini cacti and succulents can be found at many local nurseries, or hardware stores!
We are newly obsessed with the Paloma cocktail. Not only is it a gorgeous pinky/peachy color, but it is delicious! Mix ratios of grapefruit juice, soda water, lime, sugar to taste and garnish with or without salt – this is our new go-to alternative instead of a margarita. Served in an antique glass pitcher and etched glassware – it shows off its gorgeous color!
We made homemade guacamole from a staff favorite recipe, and added radish, jalapeños, and cilantro for garnish options. Serving guacamole with garnishes on a buffet or cart is a fun and easy way to dress up a Cinco de Mayo party!
Our shoot was featured on Style Me Pretty Living! Check out more images on their gallery here.
Many thanks to the fabulous Tory Williams for celebrating with us, and capturing everything with her beautiful photos!