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Inspiration: Cinco de Mayo!

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Cinco de Mayo is one of the liveliest and most colorful celebrations of the year.

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Battle of Puebla, a conflict in which the Mexican army claimed an unlikely victory over the French.

Today, the holiday has become and occasion to honor Mexican culture and heritage.

This year, I was inspired to create a Cinco de Mayo party menu with some of Martha Stewart Living's most delicious (not to mention beautiful) drinks and dishes.

The vibrant heritage of Mexico's interiors is also worthy of celebration. So I had to include some decor that will hopefully transport you.

Here's my salute to May 5. Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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A sprinkle of chili brightens the sweet flavor of sliced mangoes. (marthastewart.com)

1 A sprinkle of chili brightens the sweet flavor of sliced mangoes. (marthastewart.com)

There's a reason iced margaritas are a classic -- they're easy to make but satisfyingly refreshing. (marthastewart.com)

2 There's a reason iced margaritas are a classic -- they're easy to make but satisfyingly refreshing. (marthastewart.com)

Fresh guacamole is essential for any Cinco de Mayo party. (marthastewart.com)

3 Fresh guacamole is essential for any Cinco de Mayo party. (marthastewart.com)

Watermelon-Basil margaritas are a beautiful variation on their traditional cousins. (marthastewart.com)

4 Watermelon-Basil margaritas are a beautiful variation on their traditional cousins. (marthastewart.com)

Tortilla soup would be a delicious first course at a Cinco de Mayo dinner. (marthastewart.com)

5 Tortilla soup would be a delicious first course at a Cinco de Mayo dinner. (marthastewart.com)

Margaritas aren't the only Cinco de Mayo drink. Paloma coolers have similar ingredients, but a splash of Mexican soda is added for punch. (marthastewart.com)

6 Margaritas aren't the only Cinco de Mayo drink. Paloma coolers have similar ingredients, but a splash of Mexican soda is added for punch. (marthastewart.com)

Grilled corn, flecked with chili and a cheesy buttery spread, takes an American classic south of the border. (marthastewart.com)

7 Grilled corn, flecked with chili and a cheesy buttery spread, takes an American classic south of the border. (marthastewart.com)

Mexican Rice Drinks are a great mix of creaminess and bright flavors. (marthastewart.com)

8 Mexican Rice Drinks are a great mix of creaminess and bright flavors. (marthastewart.com)

Margarita soaked melon wedge popsicles make you feel grown-up and kid-like at the same time. (marthastewart.com)

9 Margarita soaked melon wedge popsicles make you feel grown-up and kid-like at the same time. (marthastewart.com)

Turn regular cookies into Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies with a touch of cayenne pepper. (marthastewart.com)

10 Turn regular cookies into Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies with a touch of cayenne pepper. (marthastewart.com)

Fresh fruit soaked in tequila make a great wrap-up to a spicy meal. (marthastewart.com)

11 Fresh fruit soaked in tequila make a great wrap-up to a spicy meal. (marthastewart.com)

Setting a Cinco de Mayo table is really fun with the right accessories. Artisans blow two tones of glass together to create these unique cups. (shopgreige.com)

12 Setting a Cinco de Mayo table is really fun with the right accessories. Artisans blow two tones of glass together to create these unique cups. (shopgreige.com)

You can find these colorful paper flags at craft stores. Cut them apart for easy, festive placemats. (marthastewart.com)

13 You can find these colorful paper flags at craft stores. Cut them apart for easy, festive placemats. (marthastewart.com)

Distressed finishing and wooden accents make this pitcher look like a relic. (douglas rosin,1stdibbs.com)

14 Distressed finishing and wooden accents make this pitcher look like a relic. (douglas rosin,1stdibbs.com)

Tissue paper streamers make for vivid table settings. (marthastewart.com)

15 Tissue paper streamers make for vivid table settings. (marthastewart.com)

Cocktails would look so handsome in these glasses. (trocadero.com)

16 Cocktails would look so handsome in these glasses. (trocadero.com)

Mexican coverlets called

17 Mexican coverlets called "tenangos" are inspired by the wall paintings in the cliffs of Hidalgo. (lavivahome.com)

Mexican inspired hurricanes create a soft evening glow. (designpublic.com)

18 Mexican inspired hurricanes create a soft evening glow. (designpublic.com)

Playful yet polished, this tablecloth could be dressed up or down depending on the party's mood. (robertarollerrabbit.com)

19 Playful yet polished, this tablecloth could be dressed up or down depending on the party's mood. (robertarollerrabbit.com)

These designer napkins are so beautiful, its hard to imagine throwing them away after the party! (casparionline.com)

20 These designer napkins are so beautiful, its hard to imagine throwing them away after the party! (casparionline.com)

Ornate candlestick holders would make stunning centerpieces. (1stdibbs.com)

21 Ornate candlestick holders would make stunning centerpieces. (1stdibbs.com)

This iron and brass chandelier looks like an exotic treasure.  (shopgreige.com)

22 This iron and brass chandelier looks like an exotic treasure. (shopgreige.com)

A vintage alpaca throw would be at home on a wall as a tapestry or on a decorative table. (lavivahome.com)

23 A vintage alpaca throw would be at home on a wall as a tapestry or on a decorative table. (lavivahome.com)

The Hacienda headboard is so appealing both texturally and visually. It was actually designed by one of my college roommates. (casamidy.com)

24 The Hacienda headboard is so appealing both texturally and visually. It was actually designed by one of my college roommates. (casamidy.com)

Here is its opulent cousin in gold. (casamidy.com)

25 Here is its opulent cousin in gold. (casamidy.com)

A beautiful, old-world design adds interest to a simple shape. (shopgreige.com)

26 A beautiful, old-world design adds interest to a simple shape. (shopgreige.com)

Designer Kathryn Ireland used Mexico and Morocco as inspiration for this playful textile. (kathrynireland.com)

27 Designer Kathryn Ireland used Mexico and Morocco as inspiration for this playful textile. (kathrynireland.com)

This settee is upholstered with a

28 This settee is upholstered with a "dhurrie", a traditional floor covering. (wisteria.com)

Handpainted by Mexican artisans, these plates would surely be admired by party guests. (aidtoartisans.org)

29 Handpainted by Mexican artisans, these plates would surely be admired by party guests. (aidtoartisans.org)

Wood and leather make such an interesting texture combination. (pfeiferstudio.com)

30 Wood and leather make such an interesting texture combination. (pfeiferstudio.com)

A Mexican vase makes just as strong a statement alone as it does filled with flowers. (emiliaceramics.com)

31 A Mexican vase makes just as strong a statement alone as it does filled with flowers. (emiliaceramics.com)

Margaritas will sparkle in these crystal vessels. (williamyeowardcrystal.com)

32 Margaritas will sparkle in these crystal vessels. (williamyeowardcrystal.com)

A colorful platter will add a simple and rustic charm to your table. (emiliaceramics.com)

33 A colorful platter will add a simple and rustic charm to your table. (emiliaceramics.com)

Add some personality to your table with this quirky tea set. (emiliaceramics.com)

34 Add some personality to your table with this quirky tea set. (emiliaceramics.com)

35 "Hojas" or leaves, line the edges of this charming plate. (emiliaceramics.com)

Fresh salsas or guacamole would have a great presentation in a bowl like this. (emiliaceramics.com)

36 Fresh salsas or guacamole would have a great presentation in a bowl like this. (emiliaceramics.com)

Succulents are common in Central America. Small succulents would make memorable party favors. (marthastewart.com)

37 Succulents are common in Central America. Small succulents would make memorable party favors. (marthastewart.com)

I thought this bowl would be perfect for serving a Mexican favorite -- fried ice-cream sundaes. (emiliaceramics.com)

38 I thought this bowl would be perfect for serving a Mexican favorite -- fried ice-cream sundaes. (emiliaceramics.com)

A classy and playful option for tequila shots. (emiliaceramics.com)

39 A classy and playful option for tequila shots. (emiliaceramics.com)

Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Iced Margarita

Paloma Cooler

Watermelon Basil Margarita

Mexican Rice Drinks

Classic Guacamole

Cinco de Mayo Fruit Cup

Tortilla Soup

Mexican Grilled Corn

Tequila-Soaked Fruit

Frozen Melon-Margarita Pops

Mexican Hot-Chocolate Cookies

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Comments (5)

  • I've been into a wedding where succulents were the party favors. I thought it was unique - not too many people can think of it. PLUS, it can be added to your plant collection.

  • I love Mexican food! Did you know that filled taco shells are the currently most eaten friday/saturday night dinner here in Norway? We also eat lots of potatoes (the potato is kind of a symbol of the Norwegian side dish), tomatoes, avocadoes, corn, chocolate +++ that we have adopted from America. Thank you!
    And interesting to get style inspiration from South American culture - this was new to me. But beautiful!

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