This fabulous photo shoot was a collaboration with some amazing talented women that live in the Vancouver area. We had such a fun time creating this vegan/vegetarian dinner party photo shoot despite all of us having just recently met. My contribution was the decor and Cinco De Mayo table centerpieces. I had so much fun choosing pieces for this shoot, and I’ll be displaying and using them long past May 5.
Stephanie of Meet the Smallsens organized this photo shoot, and made the most amazing tacos. She is a very talented food stylist and has such a creative eye, it was a pleasure to work with her. Stephanie also made some amazing festive Cinco De Mayo cocktails for us to enjoy with our feast, she’ll be posting the recipe soon! Dianna of Dee’s Nutty Cheeze brought some serious vegan game to our shoot. She makes her very own vegan cheeses, and let me tell you these aren’t your freaky vegan grocery store cheeses. These are all natural and will convince any dairy-lover (myself included!) that being vegan is totally doable.The lovely Akane of Akane Kondo Photography captured everything in her beautiful photos.
Creating your own Cinco De Mayo dinner party doesn’t have to be a group effort (although it’s certainly helpful!). Stephanie will be posting the menu details of all these amazing dishes, but I wanted to give you some ideas of decorating your own Cinco De Mayo tablescape. It’s super simple and you don’t have to spend a fortune!
Let me start with the table runner. Macrame is back and in a big way. I fell in love with a DIY macrame table runner on Pinterest and I wanted it for not only this photo shoot but my daughter’s boho chic indoor picnic at her Camping Under the Stars party I styled a few weeks ago. So unbeknownst to me macrame takes hours upon hours, especially if you’re not using macrame cord and just some cheap twine. My table runner was rushed and pretty sad.
Fast forward a week and I made a trip south to return to the mother ship (AKA Target). Lo and behold the EXACT table runner I wanted was there, for $24!! I love this thing so much, boho chic is on-trend right now and this beauty will make even the simplest tabletop decor work for this theme.
When styling this centerpiece I wanted food to be the focus. Stephanie’s and Dianna’s dishes were not only delicious, but gorgeous as well. Stephanie is a master food stylist, check out her Instagram feed and you’ll see what I mean!
I am madly in love with cactus and succulents. They are super trendy this year, and you can find cacti themed just about anything. We have rotten cats that will destroy any and all plant life we bring into the house and my cacti are the only living things that remain untouched.
I bought simple neutral pots and I’ve been adding cacti to my collection over the past couple of months. There isn’t a lot of selection in British Columbia as far as cacti go, but go with variety; varying types, heights, and sizes.
If you want to buy some decor items for your Cinco tablescape, I highly suggest trying to stick with super cheap items from the dollar store, or pieces that you’re going to re-purpose into other areas of your house. My mantle is rocking a desert theme right now so I just grabbed my decor off of that, and the potted cacti are located all around the house.
Here is a list of some cool cacti/succulent themed items that are perfect for a Cinco De Mayo party, but work for year round decor as well:
Since I was focusing on neutrals and natural greens for this tablescape, I wanted a few pops of pink and yellow to add some color and life. I chose ranunculus since they’re gorgeous, readily available in the spring, and quite inexpensive. They add just the right amount of bright festive color.
For the table settings I used some adorable bamboo cactus plates I found at Homesense (that’s Homegoods for my American readers). They were $7 for four plates, and I’ll use them throughout the summer. Like I said, if you can re-purpose your party supplies it makes it so much more reasonable to spend some money.
If you need to make a fancy cake in a pinch and you’re not into cake decorating, embrace the naked cake trend my friend. I love how simple and minimalist this looks; plus you’re cutting down on the sweetness by omitting a ton of frosting. I used a cake mix for the cake layers, using a new trick I learned; add an extra egg and the cake remains moist but is denser and easier to frost. I used my go to frosting, and then did a quick crumb coat. Put the cake in the fridge for about 15 minutes, add and what is essentially another crumb coat and you’re done.
I topped mine with a custom cake topper that I made and some flowers and faux succulents. Pretty right? And so simple, no decorating skills required.
The food was so amazing, I can’t wait for Stephanie to share the details! The vegan cheese was truly amazing, the nacho ‘cheese’ sauce was unbelievably good. Just look at this spread!
This watermelon radish and guacamole dish is almost too pretty to eat!
Best vegan nachos EVER
These tacos were next level.
Thanks for reading! I hope you were able to find some inspiration for your own Cinco De Mayo or Mexican themed dinner party. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below! I love to hear from you!
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