Family Fiesta

April 24

Cinco De Mayo is coming up soon and while I often times try to add some fiesta fun to some snacks or meals for my family, I don’t normally decorate my home for the holiday.  I might add some party supplies to serve up a treat or create some whimsical tabletop decor for our May 5th meal…but I’ve honestly never given much thought to decorating beyond that!  Since there’s almost two weeks until the celebratory day, I decided to fill the empty space on my dining room buffet with a little Cinco De Mayo fun!  Just like the end of any holiday, my rooms seemed a bit bare after the Easter decorations were packed away!  And though I don’t want to smother my spaces with pinatas and streamers (unless I’m having a party!) I did think it might be nice to create a simple display with understated touches of a traditional fiesta!  Let me share with you how I decorated my dining room for the holiday and incorporated those decorations into a family snack to get us excited and inspired for the 5th of May!

Cinco De Mayo decor, and more…

fiesta decor

i decided to decorate my empty buffet with some simple items that look festive for the holiday but didn’t put my room into fiesta overload!  i LOVE paper doilies (you might be seeing more of them this week!) and love that you see them so often incorporated into Cinco De Mayo decor!  you can buy packs of assorted sizes at the dollar store so you really can’t go wrong choosing these fun paper products!  i covered the mirror over my buffet with garlands of these paper pretties…and i love the lacy look!  in front i used a garden planter and simply tucked varieties of cactus and succulents down inside.  i didn’t even re-plant them because some were fake!   i just placed the little pots of the real varieties inside and covered them with the artificial greenery…

fiesta centerpiece

i also filled the opening of this vintage planter with more artificial greens and some paper flowers…

fiesta decor

and another porcelain rooster (that normally sits in my kitchen) looks really pretty perched on a pedestal with a few more flowers and greens simply scattered around the base.  such a simple way to highlight a favorite figurine and i love the white roosters for a quieter version of fiesta decor!

fiesta decor

some candlesticks and tea lights make beautiful, soft light in the evenings!  i found the candelabras at a thrift shop and updated them with coat of spray paint!

fiesta decor

it’s so easy to add pops of color to any decor with tissue tassels!  i tied in some greenery by simply attaching a silk leaf to each tassel with a sticky dot…

tissue tassesl

and on my table i made a DIY runner with the leftover doilies!

DIY table runner

such an easy way to create a runner…just by layering them down the table!

DIY table runner

the little succulent pots add a pop of fuchsia and i LOVE this fun cactus…perfect for a fiesta theme!  you could line up a row of real potted cactus or succulents for a fun alternative!

doily table runner

across from the table, i set out a fun snack for my family…

fiesta treat table

i love keeping it simple…but that doesn’t mean it can’t be festive!  just by serving snacks on some platters and stands can make a huge difference!  simple party supplies like paper banners, paper straws, and cute napkins can be really easy ways to dress up a treat table…and economically too!  i mixed a variety of leftover straws and used some colorful juice glasses for serving a simple pitcher of water!

paper straws

some extra leaves from the tassel banner look sweet tucked under the little appetizer plates.  a really fun and easy detail!

leaf details

you know me and purchased treats!  i love them for helping to whip up something festive in a pinch…and if you’ve got kids, you may have plenty in your fridge or freezer already!

fiesta snack ideas

frozen taquitos are a favorite with my boys…


lining them up on a little tray with some sprigs of parsley make them look grand!  and little cups of salsa verde yogurt dressing make a tasty and healthy dip…

salsa verde dip

and for a special treat, i made mini, layer dip bowls!  how cute are these chips filled with favorite toppings…

mini layer dip bowls

see how easy they are to make…

i found these blue scoops at Fresh Thyme Farmer’s Market but you can use your favorite scoop chip to hold the fillings!

layer dip chips

a little dollop of seasoned shredded beef was the base for our chips…

layer dip chips

and i just layered on more favorites…

layer dip chips

layer dip chips

and look how cute they turned out!

mini layer dip bowls

you literally can use any of your favorite fillings and they will be soooo good!  i think these might be a staple party food in my house from now on!

layer dip chips

a variety of cookies that i often already have in the pantry add an effortless touch of sugar to the table!

fiesta snacks

it never has to be difficult to create a festive snack…for a house full of guests or just your family!

fiesta treat table

have an easy mini fiesta!

check in on Thursday this week as i will be recycling some of the decorations you’ve seen today into a whimsical treat cart…and there will be more EASY DIY projects to help make your holiday table extra special!  my Instagram friends will also be sharing Cinco De Mayo inspiration so make sure to follow our IG loop going live at 8:30 pm EST…you’ll have plenty of time to plan your fiesta!

products in this post found at:

paper garlands, mini succulent pots, artificial succulents  Target

white cactus, succulent branches & silk leaves   Michaels

white paper doilies  Dollar Tree

salsa verde avocado yogurt dressing by Bolthouse Farms found at many grocers