Cinco de Mayo is a highly anticipated day of celebration here in southern California. I dare say we celebrate it more than our neighbors to the south! Margaritas, guacamole, chips and salsa…all of these ingredients help turn an ordinary meal into a Cinco de Mayo celebration that sort of signals the beginning of summer for many of us. But don’t limit your celebration to food and drink—add some of the fun colors of Mexico and Baja to your home’s decor and you can enjoy the spirit all summer long.
Otomi fabrics are one of my all-time favorites. Their folk art designs and bright colors just make me happy. And this season they can be found everywhere! But first, a little history lesson–the Otomi are an indigenous group of people from central Mexico who have become known for their colorful embroidered fabrics. Much like Native American weavings, designs usually depict images of the spirits they worship including animals, trees, the sun and other figures. These lively designs can be found on wall hangings, table linens, pillows and even shoes and other clothing.
These outdoor pillows from Pottery Barn are perfect for a south of the border look on your patio or deck, wouldn’t you agree?
Color, color and more color
Pick your favorite primary colors and mix them all together and you have a zesty color combination for the entire summer. Reds, blues, greens and yellows can be applied to the wall or brought in via throws, dishes, artwork and other accessories. These melamine dishes from PierI are the perfect size for a bit of guacamole and chips.
Appetize plates from Pier I
Now, about those souvenirs. For some reason unknown to you now, you could not resist purchasing those paper flowers, sombreros or serapes as you ended your Mexican vacation. But the good news is you can put them to good use in your summer decor. A serape is a fun table covering or upholstery for a small bench, for example, and those paper flowers can be a summer centerpiece when fresh flowers are not available. Sorry folks, I have no use for that sombrero! (maybe turn it upside down and serve chips and salsa in it)