Call us eager beavers, but we just couldn’t help ourselves… this week our team got together to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a few days early with sangria, maracas, mini tostadas and yes, Jenn’s chihuahua Guaps as our official mascot. True to my Austin roots, I like to stay “fiesta-ready” at all times, and between the girls and I we were able to pull together this little shindig using candles, serving pieces and Mexican blankets from our own collections (along with a crazy amount of Mexican embroidered tops & dresses!) This party was a great reminder that sometimes the simplest get-togethers are the most fun… keep reading to see some of my fave moments from the day shot by Melanie Grizzel, and hope you get inspired to throw a little Cinco de Mayo soirée of your own!

As much as I love my margaritas (really, is anything better?) I decided to mix things up by making a big punch bowl full of fruity sangria. It was so delish, and definitely made things easy on the hostess – once I set it out, all the girls got to be their own bartenders. I’ll share the recipe with you guys next week.

Mexican dresses are the best. So colorful, and you really can’t beat the comfort factor.

Instead of doing a floral centerpiece, Chanel and I picked up some succulents from the nursery and planted them in a long vintage wooden box. It kept the vibe cool and casual, and the best part is that they’re now a permanent fixture on my patio table.

Ana is perfectly accessorized.

Jeanine sips sangria.

It was hard to choose from P’s growing collection of Mexican dresses, but hot pink won out (as usual.)

Watermelon skewers with crumbled cotija cheese and maldon salt. Yum. Chanel is going to share how she DIY’d the festive beaded skewers next week (so perfect for cocktail swizzle sticks, too!)

*update: DIY posted here! 

Every fiesta needs a chihuahua.

She’s gonna be a shoe girl. But who wouldn’t gravitate towards Kerri’s fiesta-perfect footwear?

Chanel crafted a large-scale version of classic papel picado which served as the perfect party backdrop. We’ll share the full DIY next week… I think there could be so many fun uses for it!

*update: DIY posted here!

Such a fun day… many thanks to Mel for capturing it all so beautifully. Now I just need to start thinking about what I’m going to do on the real Cinco de Mayo… (most likely, head to the nearest Mexican restaurant. Extra queso, please.)

50 comments
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    Oceanpoppy | April 26, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Yum… there’ nothing wrong with celebrating early:0) So festive & fun… I love sangria & guacamole ~ my favorite!! Thanks for sharing ~ salute!

    ~Oceanpoppy

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    El Guapo | April 26, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Chicas bonitas, gracias por invitarme a la fiesta. ¡Te amo!

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    Ashley @ Any Lovely Thing | April 26, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    So fun! You gals look like you’re having a great time.

    Happy Friday!
    Ashley

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    Lisa | April 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    So fun!!

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    Bri | Mamages | April 26, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    oh my goodness this is just about the cutest thing ever. i have a baby shower to attend on cinco de mayo so we’ll probably celebrate after with some sangria and so so many avocados!

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    Andrea | April 26, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Guaps is the best!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | April 26, 2013 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you, Andrea! He has not forgotten that you are the one who coined his nickname. We want to fiesta with you soon!

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    Todd Wagner | April 26, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    You captured the moment perfectly. What a beautiful party!!

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    Camille Styles | April 26, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    Thanks ladies… we had such a blast. Love fiestas because they are all about FUN!

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    Jeanine Donofrio | April 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    such a fun evening – and it turned out so pretty!

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    Jennifer | April 26, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Where is that dress from, Camille?

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    Sandra Figueiredo | April 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Your parties always look like lots of fun and you are always perfectly dressed. Can you share where you got your beautiful comfy dress and sandals?
    Really really lovely!

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | April 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    So fun! I love this Cinco de mayo celebration! Camille, where is your dress from? I really need to have one… 🙂

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    • Camille Styles | April 26, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Thanks ladies! It was actually the BEST birthday gift from Claire and Chanel last year… girls, can you fill us in on buying info? 😉

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    Jennifer | April 26, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Agreed! That dress is so cute, where is it from?

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    Hannah | April 26, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    Love these dresses! Could you share where to find the white/pink short sleeve one? Gracias!

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    glitterandgapske | April 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    Cinco de Mayo is my birthday! This is a great theme for celebrating!

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    Natural Gourmet (@naturalgourmet) | April 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Getting ideas about how our Cinco de Mayo cooking class should look from you!

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    Heidi Henriksen | April 26, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    I too am super curious where Camille’s dress is from. It’s adorable!!

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    Danielle Waisner | April 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    Camille where is your dress from? It’s so cute!

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    diane smith | April 26, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    What fun party ideas. Loved seeing Guapo in the pics…too cute!
    Happy Cinco de Mayo to all!
    D

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    Chris | April 27, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Jenn, you really need to frame the photo of you and Guaps. so cute……he is smiling!

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    • Jennifer Rose Smith | April 28, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Yes! Great idea, Chris. I love that photo! He really knows how to “vogue” for the camera.

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    Kelsey | April 27, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Love the setting! Beautiful. And can’t wait for the DIY skewers…

    Kelsey

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    Molly | April 27, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Cinco de Mayo!!! The best holiday of the year!
    I love P’s dress! I wish they made it in my size!

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    Andi of My Beautiful Adventures | April 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    OMG what an amazing party! LOVE the clothes and colors!!!!

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    Comfy Cozy Couture | May 2, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    So stinkin’ adorable!! Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorites, mainly because it’s my birthday!! But you can’t go wrong with mexican + margaritas!! I can’t wait to try your sangria, looks delish!

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    Lindsay | June 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Hi there! Did you ever post the recipe for the sangria you served? I would love the recipe since you said everyone liked it! 🙂 Thanks a ton!

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    • Camille Styles | June 10, 2013 at 10:30 pm

      Oh yikes, just realized that I never did!! Adding it to the list for upcoming “Bottoms Up” posts, so stay tuned. 😉

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    Lindsay | June 15, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Oh perfect! I am so glad… thanks a ton!

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    Aimee @ Irresistible Pets | May 1, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Your Chihuahua is sooooo cute!!

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