Celebrating Cinco de Mayoby J. Robbin Yelverton on April 28, 2014 at 10:15 am
It’s a story rooted in overcoming odds, unity and patriotism. An underdog story, and we Americans love underdogs. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the defeat on May 5, 1862 of the larger, well-armed French invading troops by the smaller, poorly outfitted Mexican militia at the Battle of Puerta. Cinco de Mayo celebrations began as a minor regional observance in Mexico, growing into the western United States by Mexican immigrants, before spreading to other U.S. areas with large Mexican-American populations. Today, Cinco de Mayo is one of the biggest party events of spring — a fun celebration of culture, cuisine, art, music and all things Mexican.
Take part in the festivities and embrace Mexican culture with your own Cinco de Mayo festivities. Like St. Patrick’s Day and being Irish, Latin ancestry is not required. Celebrating with family and friends is a natural, and hosting a gathering is a must. With a vast menu of Mexican cuisine to offer, stage the food in a display featuring bright and bold colors. Bold patterns, stripes and floral prints provide a festive background. Woven throws, blankets and wraps lend themselves well as table coverings. Basketry, and crepe and tissue paper bring added textural dimension to the tablescape. Iconic piñatas, sombreros, tissue paper flowers and pennants can be used to provide decorative elements for tabletops and for suspending from ceilings, or if outside, tree limbs and lawn structures.
Flowers casually arranged in simple jars, crockery, and lined baskets further enhance the party feeling. For a trendy and cute approach, flowers in margarita glasses, recycled glass vases and Mexican beer bottles can bring a sense of fun to the party. With the recent interest in all things succulent, use of cactus and succulent plants can be quite effective. Incorporating citrus limes, lemons, and oranges into the designs invoke the flavors enjoyed in both food and beverages associated with the holiday. Your florist can provide lots of great ideas and expertise to your Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Margaritas, tequila, sangria, beer and wine finish the drink menu and can be great decorative elements as well. Add tasty chips and salsa, cool beverages and lively Mariachi music. And have a safe and happy Cinco de Mayo, por favor!
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