How to Throw the Perfect Cinco de Mayo Party

How to Throw aN aWESOME Cinco de Mayo Party

Cinco de Mayo Backyard Picnic

Charlotte, NC

Two weeks ago, one of my closest friends, and an event planner in Charlotte, Lauren Pressley, approached me regarding a Cinco de Mayo idea. We both love entertaining friends and know that our  brides & grooms do as well. Since most of our couples love an awesome margarita, guacamole, and any reason to throw a party, so we created a backyard Cinco de Mayo picnic.

We love the idea of a couple sampling the food before their guests arrive for an evening of relaxing and enjoying each other's company!


How to Throw the Perfect Cinco de Mayo Party

  1. Send an invite.
  2. Make your favorite margarita & guac. Sign-up below to download our favorite Roots Catering recipes!
  3. Make plenty of tacos to share with friends
  4. Pick up some unique serving-ware to accent your favorite Cinco de Mayo treats.

Cinco de Mayo Party Credits

Photography - Charlotte Film Photographer, sMm Photography

Planning & Design - Southern Savvy Events,

Hair - Hair & Makeup by Rebekah McCann

Makeup - Layne Barter Makeup

Servingware, concrete vase - Moxie Mercantile

Catering - Roots Farm Food

Farm Table - Good Wood

Cross Back Chairs - Ballard Designs

Recipe Cards (Stationery) - You’re That Girl Designs

Folly Beach Wedding

Folly Beach Wedding

Adam & Rachel

Adam & Rachel's Wedding Day

Adam and Rachel got ready separately the morning of their wedding. Using her mom's Folly Beach condo as the base for the getting-ready activity that morning, Rachel had all of her bridesmaids by her side. Some of the girls helped put together centerpieces while the rest put the finishing touches on hair & makeup. Once we had Rachel in her dress, and after a quick sidestep to tie Adam's bow-tie--I've got you, we were ready for their first look. 

They opted to knock out their family photos on the beach before the ceremony, allowing all the time after to be dedicated to enjoying their time with their family and friends. I love when couples are purposeful about using their time on the wedding day in ways that allow them to relax, slow down, and enjoy the day! 

Folly Beach Wedding Vendors

Coordination, Peper Events

Caterer, Rita’s

Hair & Makeup, Studio M Charleston

DJ Sahn – Jayson Blatt


Photographer, sMm Photography

Event Works, Chairs/Linens/Dinnerware

OOH Events, Lounge

Pure Luxe Bride, Draping

Inn at Folly Beach

Folly Beach Wedding Photos

Protecting your Wedding Images


As you plan every detail of your wedding day, you may be fooled into thinking that you will have time to gloat over all the things that are making your day magical on the day of, but the truth is… Your wedding day will go by in a flash; pun intended. I am sure that you have heard this from too many people to count, but it is an honest statement. The images captured by your photographer will be all that you have left over from the event. These pictures are priceless items that you will want to place a high priority on protecting. After all, these pictures will be a large part of your legacy and a family heirloom forever.

Here are a few tips for protecting your timeless photographs


1.     Order a wedding album

Placing your wedding album into the hands of your grandchildren will be an emotional moment for you one day. Physically touching the organized pictures will leave an everlasting impression on future generations, not to mention for you and your spouse as you reflect on one of the happiest days of your lives. A wedding album is an heirloom documenting your family’s history. Do not miss out on such an important treasure. You will regret not ordering one.

Heirloom Album, photo by Jen Huang //

Heirloom Album, photo by Jen Huang //

2.     Store photos on a computer, ideally an external hard drive and USB.

Your wedding photographs will be uploaded into a gallery from your photographer. You will be able to save them to your computer from there, or some photographers may provide you with additional resources. However you receive your electronic copies, make sure to back them up. You can not be too safe. Copy the photos into your computer and your spouse’s computer. After doing that, back the pictures up onto an external hard drive in case anything was to ever happen to your computer. If you copy your photos onto a USB you may want to consider storing the USB in a fireproof safe.

3.     Buy a photo box for printed images.

After making sure that your digital files are safe you will want to print several of your favorites. Technology is constantly changing and you would hate for your images to not be accessible like floppy disks, tapes, and some CDs are now. To ensure that you will never be without the photographs you cherish so much, have them printed. Thumbing through these images and reminiscing about your special day will be something you treasure for a lifetime. Tangible photographs in a print box are timeless keepsakes.

"Unbound Folio Album" //

"Unbound Folio Album" //