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[Fiesta, Fiesta Cinco de Mayo]

When I say "Fiesta", I think of lots of bright colors. Cinco de Mayo. I always thought that May 5th was the celebration of Mexico's Independence Day. It isn't. It's the commemoration of the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, I'm happy for Mexico, and it gives a good reason to celebrate. Color, color everywhere and lots of margaritas to drink. For my celebration, I poured on the color starting with the linens.

Linens: I found a Mexican serape that worked perfectly on my round table. Wish I had a harvest table it would have been even better.

Place Setting: Bright yellow cabbage leaf plates on wicker chargers. It really pops!

I had these multi-colored napkin rings and went searching for the correct color napkins. After trying, blue, apple green, fuchsia, and orange, I felt that the yellow was a good subtle choice. This created a good tone on tone look and made the napkin rings pop even more.

Candles: In my travels I found mini cactus candles for the tea light effect. Great find! The candelabra is hand crafted iron. I looked high and low for bright yellow candles with no success. So, I settled for dark red. Hey, it works!

Centerpiece with Pop: I shop in many thrift shops, flea markets and garage sales. I found these straw "things". Not sure what they were used for, but they are colorful and make a add the pop to the candelabra centerpiece. If anyone knows what they are, please let me know. To soften the look, I added some of my grape hyacinths, which are abundant this year.

Lastly, I have to find some great recipes to server. Definitely, margaritas. This year I'm adding the "STRAWS" to the glass. Straws seem to be the fun accessory to decorate your party beverages.

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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