CincoDeMayo-CloseUp-ArdithBeveridgeWhen the word “fiesta” is heard, we all think party. The king of the fiesta is Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo — or the fifth of May — commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, however, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo celebrations include parades, mariachi performances and street festivals. The occasion is a delightful expression with color, music, food, and traditional costumes of the Mexican culture.

If you’re planning a Cinco de Mayo party, the first thoughts are food and decor. Let me help you with the decorating with these simple tips.

CincoDeMayo-Table-ArdithBeveridgePlace a wreath on the front door and colorful blooming plants in colorful containers on the front step and around the patio to welcome guests.

A colorful bud vase with a flower at each place setting on the table makes a lovely decoration, and a delightful memento for guests to take home. Bright ribbons could connect each vase. Or ask your florist to create several smaller bouquets, each wrapped with a ribbon, and place them in one vase. Each guest can take home a small bouquet.

Decorate the Cinco de Mayo cake with a bright gerbera on top.

Going back to colorful bud vases with flowers, place them throughout the party in surprise locations. My favorite tip: Lovely blossoms in the bathroom create instant surprise.

CincoDeMayo-Pot-ArdithBeveridgeYour florist can assist you in combining the items you already have with beautiful flowers. Share with them your favorite and festive items to use, such as containers, bottles, tableware, tablecloth and napkins.

Your florist also can recommend decorations for buffet tables, beverage tables, dining areas, and, of course, the dessert table.

The Cinco de Mayo celebration is about life sounds and colors of joy. Your local florist will enjoy talking with you about your party. Share your vision. They will bring Cinco de Mayo to life.