Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo

May 4th was the annual Fire Auxiliary’s Salad Luncheon/Fashion Show fund raiser for our local awesome Mi Wuk Sugar Pine Fire Department.   The theme was Cinco de Mayo.  I knew right away what stamp set I was going to use even though it sadly retired with the 2016-2017 Annual Catalog.  It was a Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo theme!  I hosted one of the round tables for the event and that meant that I was responsible for decorating it.

Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
Birthday Fiesta stamp set, retired in 2017.


Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
Fiesta Time Framelits, retired in 2017


Would you believe I couldn’t find my retired stamp set?  It was more like @#%(*)&^%##%.  Oh no!  I ended up borrowing my sister’s set which she could put her fingers on.  She lives 200 miles away so thank you USPS.


This is my table setting minus the place cards:

Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
Cacti were place in each of the three center bowls before the event started.


Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
Five Hershey Nuggets were in each Llama crate. Many were consumed almost on the spot!


Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
I scattered Designer Series Paper banner pieces around the centerpieces since I didn’t know what else to do with them!


Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
The salad bowl and 3 bowls in the center were a gift about 30 years ago.  Amazing how they still come in so  handy.  For the luncheon I shared a strawberries/cucumber/spinach salad.  Bright in color and yummy in the tummy.


Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Llama place cards – so easy to make!  Stamp two llamas, die cut them out using the Big Shot, glue their little heads together with SNAIL or Fast Fuse Adhesive (retired sadly since it is my favorite) and give the front llama a very light crease for standing stability.


Since I was making eight table gift crates, I created an assembly line:

  • Take an 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ piece of card stock and cut out two Wood Crates using the Wood Crate Framelits Dies.
    • BEFORE cutting them out, stamp both sides of the card stock with the Hardwood stamp and the corresponding color of ink (same as card stock).
      • I used Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Pacific Point and Real Red card stocks for the wood crates.
    • Cut out two pieces of each color for one crate.
  • Apply Tear & Tape to the outside of the tabs.  TIP:  Use one longer strip of Tear & Tape on each double tab rather than the two separate tabs on each side.  Much faster!  You can cut out the little ‘v’ area between tabs using your Paper Snips.
    • Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
      Check out the placement of the Tear & Tape….one long strip on each side rather than two shorter strips.


birthday fiesta for cinco de mayo


Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo
Position the two crate pieces so their side pieces are on opposite ends. Lay the top crate piece over the bottom one, right on top of the Multipurpose Liquid Glue.


  • Fold the end tabs so they are inside the crate, removing the tearable (as opposed to terrible) paper backing and then adhere them to the box insides.  I like to rub each tab with my Bone Folder.
  • I attached the die cut cacti and llamas to the crates with Mini Glue Dots.
  • The Hershey Nuggets were placed in 3″ x 6″ Gusseted Cellophane Bags and tied with retired Ruched Ribbon in the 2016-2018 In Colors.

Even though most of the products I used for my Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo luncheon fashion show table were retired, my guests still loved the look and feel and fun.  The entire room was a varied fiesta of bright colors.  If you’d like any more tips on these fun ‘crates’ please ask in the comment section (to the right of the title line) or send me an email.  I’m always at your service.

1 thought on “Birthday Fiesta for Cinco de Mayo”

  1. Lynne Blackburn

    Blythe, Your Cinco de Mayo table setting is absolutely awesome–so colorful and the perfect theme. I can hear the mariachi music playing!

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