A tequila tasting party on the beach seemed appropriate for Cinco de Mayo, don’t you think? Bright colors are obvious choices for this type of celebration, but I decided to let the beach direct the palette here: sandy, salty neutrals and a soft gray blue that echoes both the ocean and the blue agave plant (used to make tequila). Something subtle, and not so theme-y. I’ve imagined: a tequila tasting bar for guests to enjoy, as well as a variety of margaritas and other mixed drinks. For the tables, air plants in glass containers look like miniature blue agave plants (and make for an unusual centerpiece), and dishes of pink sea salt suggest the salted rim of a margarita. Mexican wedding cookies (pastelitos de boda) are a sweet substitute for cake, and will withstand heat far better than buttercream can.


(Of course, none of this is to say that I don’t enjoy celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Pacifico, some chips and guacamole…)

Mood: breezy beach chic
Palette: sand, blue agave, sea salt

Top row from left: Luisa Beccaria dress via coco + kelley, photo of couple in a hammock on the beach by Elizabeth Messina, agave margarita from Gourmet
Row 2: pastelitos de boda from Martha Stewart, tequila tasting bar by Lisa Vorce (photo by Elizabeth Messina)
Row 3: photo of air plant centerpiece by Jose Villa, photo of pink salt by Kate Headley via Ritzy Bee, angel skin coral and diamond earrings via 1stdibs, sandals via Garance Dore
Row 4: beach bride from Beth Helmstetter, calligraphy seating card from Lisa Vorce (photo by Aaron Delesie), photo of agave plant by Jose Villa


If you like this inspiration board, you might also like:

Board #151: Chandeliers on the Beach
Board #484: Beach House Blue
Board #199: Cinco de Mayo



Kiss the Groom (Elizabeth Messina) is a sponsor of Snippet & Ink.

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  1. Natalie

    So beautiful! Just lovely!

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  2. Emily

    So pretty, Kathryn! I actually just splurged on those sandals as my go-to shoe for the summer!!

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  3. Shana


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  4. nina / ash and anchor

    so very lovely!! cheers!

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  5. Silvana

    lovely palette. So soft and summery! Beautiful.

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  6. jillian

    gorgeous colors, so dreamy and light! xoxo jillian::

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  7. Cocroft & Delbridge

    What a soft and sweet board!

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  8. Michelle {Girly Girl Bead Boutique}

    Gorgeous colors! So peaceful and romantic. I am loving that Louisa Beccaria dress.

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  9. Elizabeth B.

    Your boards are getting better and better… so refined. I admire you!

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  10. mllesarah

    i’m a huge fan of neutrals so i lovee the subtle hint of color and the pale blue. natural beauty!

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  11. mw

    this is gorgeous! i have an idea for a board– something like viola from shakespeare’s twelfth night shipwrecked on a tropical island… a sort of old world english elegance on the beaches in the caribbean

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  12. kara b.

    Love the air plant center pieces – very great for desert or beach inspiration! Beautiful collection and displays!
    kara b of http://toHOLD.etsy.com

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  13. Jessica

    I received some Himalayan pink salt for our wedding (ours is from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I love it!) and I’ve been using it to rim glasses for drinks when guests come over. I recently saw that they now carry Himalayan salt cups and I think that is next on my list of must haves!

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  14. Michael and Anna Costa

    Incredible board! Thanks for posting it.

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