Cinco de Mayo is well known to be a holiday filled with bright hues and colorful decor, but the design team behind today’s styled shoot – Layered Vintage and Hostess Haven – wanted the challenge of designing a Cinco de Mayo scene with a more muted and subdued look that is sure to intrigue anyone currently planning a stylish event or get-together.
Jill from Layered Vintage explains more about the setting, which was captured beautifully by Arielle Vey, Both Farra of Hostess Haven and I are crazy for terracotta and were obsessed with this idea of terracotta plates. She was able to source insane sleek plates with a white finish on the top that really started to turn our design in a more modern direction. Soon we were rushing new passports and planning a trip because you can’t shoot a Cinco de Mayo inspired tabletop without being IN Mexico. With the aid of Angel Miron of Let’s Go Clandestino we were able to locate the perfect home for our shoot as well as the perfect spot to stay down in Valle de Guadalupe or the wine country of Ensenada.
From there, textiles were sourced and turned into one of a kind napkins, simple glass was mixed with Mexican terracotta cups and vintage flatware was added to finish it all off. Once we crossed the border more sourcing came into play (how could we not?) and of course extra dishes, terra cotta vases for flowers and much much more were added to our look.
I’d been scouring the market for white and pale hued strawflowers for weeks to complete the floral “design” for the table. Instead of a traditional vase and centerpiece I went for a more deconstructed look with scattered strawflowers in white, pale yellow and blush. Something about them worked to blend our mix of old and new and keep things different…. modern.
The shoot was staged at Finca Altozano in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico and Finca also provided the amazing cuisine. Traditional eats like hard-broiled quail eggs, quince paste, a panzanella-like salad and roasted chicken went perfectly with the modern + festive scene.
Just lovely, no? Big thanks to the creative team below for thinking outside the box and sharing this gorgeous setting with us today!
Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!
photography: Arielle Vey // venue name: Finca Altozano // florals: Layered Vintage // planning: Layered Vintage and Hostess Haven // event design: Layered Vintage and Hostess Haven // food: Finca Altozano // table top rentals: Hostess Haven