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Cinco de Mayo with Matthew Robbins
May 2, 2013
Cinco de MayoTablescapeParty
You didn't think we could let Cinco de Mayo come and go without a nod to the beauty that surrounds it, did you? You can now sleep soundly knowing that the celebration of Mexican heritage and pride won't go unnoticed as long as we have something to say about it. Styled and designed by the crazy talented Matthew Robbins, this colourful Cinco de Mayo dinner party is chalk full of inspiration that simply oozes style and grace. And, in case you didn't get enough, there's more cacti and pinata filled beauty right here in the gallery.
Here at Matthew Robbins Design, we are always dreaming up new and creative ways to celebrate! Cinco de Mayo is one of the most festive days of the year, so naturally we wanted to put our own spin on this colorful and playful holiday. We were inspired by shades of tangerine and cobalt blue, hand-painted Mexican tiles, Otomi fabrics, beautiful rustic wood, and glowing candle lit ambiance. For flowers, we used orange kumquat branches, ranunculus, and mint to keep our arrangement fresh, natural, and colorful. We mixed these beautiful colors and flowers with metalic-rimmed dishes and flatware, as well as wooden lanterns and mercury glass from our MRD collection. We used a playful printed, but neutral table linen and metallic threaded napkins for a mix of pattern play and splash of glamour. Our handmade mini pinatas are playfully placed around the table as well.
We love using mini cacti and succulents and thought they would make for cute place cards - and act as great take home gifts for guests. We love the way the exposed soil and roots look in glass votives placed on each plate. The mini cacti and succulents can be found at many local nurseries, or hardware stores!

We had so much fun thinking of fun projects for this shoot. In particular, we made the tile table runner. We bought plain tiles from the hardware store, printed images of Mexican textiles and patterns, then decoupaged the tiles to create our very own Mexican tiles. We arranged them down the center of the table as a runner. The best part? These tiles can be used again and again as coasters or given away as party favors!
The pinata idea was also so much fun. Inspired by a DIY from one of our favorite crafting blogs, Oh Happy Day, we adapted the instructions to create pinata animals of all different types - donkeys, llamas, pigs, cows, etc. Then we spray painted tissue paper in gold and silver and adhered the fringe to the pinata body to create our very own mini pinata family. We filled these fun little animals with candy and fortunes - more take home gifts for guests! We also played around with stringing the pinatas above the table for yet another layer of decor.
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How can you not love a fun cocktail paired with a yummy guacamole cart? We are newly obsessed with the Paloma cocktail. Not only is it a gorgeous pinky/peachy color, but it is delicious! Mix ratios of grapefruit juice, soda water, lime, sugar to taste and garnish with our without salt - this is our new go to alternative instead of a margarita. Served in an antique glass pitcher and etched glassware - it shows off it's gorgeous color! We made homemade guacamole from a staff favorite recipe, and added radish, jalapeños, and cilantro for garnish options. Serving guacamole with garnishes on a buffet or cart is a fun and easy way to dress up a Cinco de Mayo party!

We had so much fun creating our very own Cinco de Mayo staff party, and were lucky enough to work with the talented and adorable Tory Williams who photographed our fun. Until the next celebration!
[dotted] Design & Styling by: Matthew Robbins Design | Photography by: Tory Williams Photography