Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party with Joss and Main

Call in the conquistadores, because we’re about to show them how to fiesta (the right way). Cinco de Mayo stands for celebration. Here in the studio, we honestly don’t know how to celebrate without color–and lots of it. Bright lipstick, authentic food, and decorative skirts; pair these with a selection of handmade papel picados and Joss & Main dinnerware and decor, and your fiesta will blow 1862 out of the water.

Joss & Main asked us to throw a Cinco de Mayo party, and we never turn down a good party! So, sit back, relax (with a Coca-Cola), and see how to create the brightest fiesta celebration in this century.Cinco de Mayo Mexican Food dinner with Joss and Main Dinnerware

Of course I wanted our Cinco de Mayo party to be fun and bright but overall, delicious! I brought in my friend Natalie Nielson of Bees Knees Recipes to create the menu for the event and she absolutely NAILED it! Check this one: shrimp tacos, dulce de leche passion fruit cake, topped with cantaloupe agua fresca with mint Brittany eating Watermelon Balls Cinco de Mayo partyCinco de Mayo Flower arrangement

I created some floral centerpieces and stuck them in fun tin cans that I found at the Mexican grocery store here in town, which is a ball to shop in. We also made homemade papel picado streamers (more on that soon!) and for the drinks.
Watermelon Balls Brights flowers, mexican food and soda with Papel Picado strawThis passion fruit dulce de leche cake from Bees Knees was OUT OF THIS WORLD! Cinco de Mayo dinner party joss & mainMexican Soda cans Tropi-cola with papel picado colorful strawsCinco de Mayo Flower arrangements in cansJoss and Main Plate with TacoFriends enjoying dinner partyMy friend Nassari of Flor de Luz provided a lot of the clothes for us. She goes to Mexico City a number of times a year to find all the gorgeous pieces for her shop.
Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party Shrimp Tacos

As you know, I love dinnerware and kitchen accessories and the bright colored pieces were crucial for our party. I used a combination of blues, pinks, yellows, and greens as the palette.

Pink serving bowl  |  mini yellow Le Creuset  |  small turquoise bouillon cup  |  yellow lemongrass napkin  |  Striped dish cloths  |  au gratin dish  |  yellow salt and pepper shakers  |  footed serving bowl  |  pink serving plattercinco-de-mayo-joss-and-main

Wayfair Colorful Cinco de Mayo Chairs

I fell in love with the chairs and love the breezy vibe they added to the party. I’m even more glad to have them for the summer for some outdoor parties!

Rad chairs! 
Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party Papel PicadoCinco de Mayo Mexican Food Black Bean Dinnerware Joss and MainBrittany and friends with colorful mexican cookiesCinco de mayo watermelon balls

The full Cinco de Mayo menu:

Salsas & Sides
Cilantro-Pineapple-Jicama Salsa
Cherry Tomato & Corn Salsa
Pickled Red Onions
Cumin-Infused Black Beans
Sweet Lime & Cilantro Rice

Salads
Watercress & Pepita Salad
Spicy Mexican Slaw
Watermelon & Mint Salad

Main Dish: Chili-rubbed Shrimp Tacos
Drink: Agua Fresca with Cantaloupe
Dessert: Passion Fruit Tres Leches Cake
Teal Wayfair chair with colorful pillowCinco de Mayo SaladMexican soft drink with papel picado strawgirl drinking mexican punch, agua frescaMexican Food in Joss and Main dinnerware with floralscantaloupe agua fresca with mint, mexican juice, punch

Cantaloupe agua fresca with mint recipe on Bees Knees Recipes Cinco de Mayo Dinner FiestaJoss and Main dinner ware tacosLe Creuset Salt and Pepper Shakers and Le Creuset Pink PlatterJoss and Main dinnerware

Photography by Melissa Gallup  |  Some clothing by Flor de Luz   |  Food by Natalie Nielson of Bees Knees Recipes  |  Dinnerware and furniture from Joss and Main  |  Pillows from The Underground Pearl

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