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Cinco! 5 Creative lighting ideas for Cinco de Mayo

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Stylish Cinco de Mayo lighting

This spring we've been inspired by the vibrant colors and eye-catching patterns of Cinco de Mayo, one of the most popular Mexican holidays in the U.S. More specifically, we've set our sights on lighting ideas that capture the fun, festive feel of Cinco de Mayo.
Paper lantern
Festive lighting ideas

Stylish Cinco de Mayo lighting

This spring we've been inspired by the vibrant colors and eye-catching patterns of Cinco de Mayo, one of the most popular Mexican holidays in the U.S. More specifically, we've set our sights on lighting ideas that capture the fun, festive feel of Cinco de Mayo.

1

Green table lamp

Table lamp - Cinco de Mayo lighting

While this gorgeous green table lamp doesn't overtly scream Cinco de Mayo, the fun lime-green hue definitely reminds us of sunny Mexico. The high-gloss finish, bright color and curved design add to the appeal. Place this lamp in any room that needs an extra pop of color to perk things up. (horchow.com, $200)

2

Siren pendant lamp

Siren pendant lamp - Cinco de Mayo lighting

Fiery red is a hue that feels perfectly suited to Cinco de Mayo, a holiday that seems to celebrate all things bold and bright. That's why we were instantly intrigued by this vibrant red pendant lamp with a metallic rim, which would make an eye-catching addition to any neutral kitchen or workspace. (cb2.com, $299)

3

Paper lantern

Paper lantern

There's something about this delicate handmade paper lantern that reminds us of being in a quaint cafe or bed and breakfast in Mexico, which makes it ideal for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. The delicate yet colorful floral design makes this an ideal lighting option for any room. If you have the space, hang several for an eye-catching effect. (urbanoutfitters.com, $16)

4

Porcelain hurricanes

Hurricane lamp - Cinco de Mayo lighting

Whether you're having a Cinco de Mayo party or just want to find some stylish summer lighting options for your backyard or porch, we suggest picking up a few of these porcelain hurricanes covered in small cutouts, which cast an ambient glow. Place several around your patio to create a tropical ambiance reminiscent of a laid-back Mexican beach party. (westelm.com, $19 to $49)

5

Ceramic lanterns

Ceramic lanterns - Cinco de Mayo lighting

We love the idea of decking out our backyard or patio with several of these bold orange ceramic lanterns that come in three sizes. The handmade lanterns with intricate cutouts can be hung or placed on the ground to create some festive ambiance. A cluster of three or four on a large table would also make for a simple but stylish centerpiece for your next patio party. (potterybarn.com, $40 to $79)

Other Cinco de Mayo lighting ideas

  • If you're in the mood to celebrate, we also suggest stringing green, white or blue twinkle lights around tree trunks or through the garden to add an extra-festive flair to your celebration.
  • Fill Mason jars with red twinkle lights and place them around your yard for some added party-ready ambiance.
  • Place tea lights in margarita glasses and assemble them on tables for some Mexican-inspired glow.

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