If ever there was an excuse to throw a party it’s Cinco de Mayo. It’s casual, fun, comes with it’s own ready- made theme, and no one has a problem celebrating it. Plus, there are tacos! When Paperless Post asked me to collaborate with them, my first thought was to create a party around one of their gorgeous Cinco de Mayo invitations. I’ve used Paperless Post for all of my parties and events for many years, because the variety is vast and the designs are so beautiful. It’s also super user friendly to customize invitations to fit your own personal style.

I don’t know if I’ve ever shared this here, but before I went into interior design, I was an event planner. This was when my kiddos were little and we were living in Seattle. It was fun and a great creative outlet, but also a ton of work! I have so much admiration for those who have mastered that profession. One of the biggest lessons I learned about the success (or failure) of a party was how important it is to set the stage from the beginning – in other words – how the vibe is conveyed in the invitation makes a huge difference, So, let’s start with some invitations, shall we? I couldn’t narrow down the choices to just one, so I decided to include my top three favs:

Paperless Post - Cinco de Mayo invitation

Paperless Post - Cinco de Mayo invitation

Paperless Post - Cinco de Mayo invitation

The food and beverages served are also key to how much fun is had as well as how long friends stay. Fortunately, with this party, the menu is pretty easy – tacos! If you are having a big party, a taco truck is a great way to go. Another option if you don’t want to do the cooking, is to bring your own bowls and platters to your favorite Mexican restaurant to have them fill.

taco cart

Taco party

Mexican party idea - lime place cards

In the above photo, the limes are used as place cards, but I thought this would be such a cute idea to let guests know what each dish is and/or the spiciness of salsas, etc

Mini margaritas

Anything that comes in an individual container is always a winner.

Mexican cookie plate


Mexican wedding cake

Decorations, tabletop and general theme-y-ness, can be the most fun part, but too much of a good thing can easily turn into not a good thing quickly,

Cinco de Mayo table decorations

Succulent and cactus tablescape

I adore this tablescape! Potted succulents which can be kept after the party or perhaps were around the house already,individual brightly hued flowers scattered around and white pillar candles in glass jars that can be purchased from a craft store. This example has a lot going on, but can easily be scaled down to a few of each. For tablecloths – burlap is an inexpensive option.

paper pompom garland

Hung from trees or this great idea. So into pompoms right now.

DIY napkin rings made with tin pans

If you are a DIYer (I wish I was!) these napkin rings are made from tin pans you get at the supermarket. Holes poked with skewers.

Love the colors of these cans and the repurposing. Easy to get a few bunches of flowers from Trader Joe’s and you’re all set.

I hope that these ideas inspired you to host your own fiesta! Be sure to check out the assortment of other holiday and special event invites on Paperless Post!


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