A Colorful Southern California Cinco de Mayo Fiesta!
When it comes to hosting an outdoor party, we looked no further than Sara Stein, founder of the sunny lifestyle brand, Sisters of Los Angeles, to help us create a bright, fun and very festive Cinco de Mayo party. Set in her Silverlake, Los Angeles backyard, Stein staged a true fiesta, serving-up some very authentic Mexican cuisine.
With a built-in dining table that begs for a large group, a fire pit and a movie screening area (it is L.A. after all!) Stein's backyard is made for outdoor entertaining. Setting the table with a printed runner and painted ceramic plates from R WOOD, she added vibrant touches with blankets, woven baskets and her very own Sisters of Los Angeles candles. Clusters of hanging paper lanterns and piñatas added to the festive vibe.
Piñatas and paper lanterns are a very affordable way to instantly transform a plains space into a party.
Around her built-in fire pit, more colorful wool blankets and embroidered pillows by Leah Singh were placed amongst playful Sisters of Los Angeles "Fruits & Nuts" and "Surf & Turf" pillows. Painted gourd boxes, matchbooks, printed "Los Angeles" napkins and tiles transformed the concrete fire are into a welcoming conversation station.
Snacks are a necessity when entertaining and to keep the chip and dip organized, Stein used a long wooden platter and small colorful bowls from R WOOD. For her classic guacamole recipe, she referenced this one that mentions how texture is the key to this authentic avocado treat.
Tip: Real margaritas always use fresh lime, so make sure to have tons of cut citrus on hand!
No Cinco de Mayo fiesta would be complete without a refreshing margarita, so the hostess whipped up a batch at her drink station and served them in her Golden State Rocks Glasses rimmed in rock salt. We're obsessed with their chic vibe that says exactly what we're thinking about these days: sun and surf!
Party Tip: When setting up an outdoor bar, try using unique tiles as trivets or putting a few together as a designated area. For this fete, Stein used her friend's tiles (they were guests too!) from Design Vidal.
A printed table runner by Rya Kihlstedt was the perfect backdrop to the table that served up Southwestern bites like red snapper roasted in corn husks with roasted jalapeño lime butter. Want to try this perfect-for-outdoor-dining fish dish? Try it here.
R WOOD's handmade plates became the colorful canvas for Stein's feast. Sourcing corn tortillas from a market that specializes in authentic Mexican ingredients, fried chicken tacos became the twist to the typically grilled version. Garlic cilantro lime rice was served as a refreshing and healthy side.
Completing the meal were fresh-from-the-grill roasted corn dusted with queso fresco and chopped cilantro. Want your summer corn to look this delicious? Use a strip, well, corn husk to tie back the charred husks--make a piece malleable by soaking it in water before using.
What a feast! Keeping it simple, succulent stems in a dramatic dark aubergene hue were placed in colorful tumblers and dotted across the table. Our best tip for an outdoor fiesta--keep it bright and fun!
Stein, who studied abroad in Spain, learned to make a rosé sangria with fruit and mint. Her suggestion for a summer-ready sangria recipe is to include: a dry rosé wine, chopped apples, mint, sugar and a spritzer.
These Sisters of Los Angeles tumblers make us want to hit the road to LaLa Land!
A healthy dessert of fruit and milk popsicles are kept chilled on ice--a great trick to keep frozen treats from melting when serving in the hot sun.
Photography by Natasha Lee // Styled by Megan Fales // Special Thanks to Sara & Lee Stein