If you've been paying attention to the news this week, you know that President Obama just made a historic trip to Cuba. While the small island is only 90 miles south of Florida, it has been off-limits for almost all Americans for decades. Eased travel restrictions in late 2014 have renewed our interest in this small time-warped nation again.
My husband and I were recently fortunate enough to travel to Cuba for a bucket list trip I will not soon forget.
We arrived in Havana very late at night -- once we were successfully installed in our hotel room it was about 1am. Although we were tired and cranky from the journey, we couldn't help but look out our room's window onto the street scene below. "This looks like a movie set" I said. (It was kind of the same reaction I had when I stepped off the train in Venice during my college study abroad travels. Totally mesmerizing, am-I-really-here kind of shock and awe.)
Throughout Havana and Trinidad (the second Cuban city we visited during out week-long stay) I found endless inspiration. Colors, architecture, textures, patterns, the people -- everything was inspiring.
For all of those reasons (and because the weather is warming up!) I felt it was time to share a small mood board I created with Cuba in mind.
If you're thinking about hosting a fun island-inspired dinner party, use this mood board as your inspiration. The saturated colors featured in the mood board are hues that are present every day in Havana. As proof, the picture of the orange vintage car (sorry I can't remember the make and model!) is one that I took!
You can create a beautiful tablescape with richly hued tropical fruits. Cover glass cylinders in crocheted fabric and place flickering candles inside to provide a soft candelit glow to the table. Accent the room with simple and easy palm frond arrangements. Serve classic mojitos or create a mojito bar where everyone can add their own fruit and customize their cocktail. And you can always choose to wind down the night with a selection of cigars for those who might be interested.
So, what do you think? Have I convinced you to throw a Cuba-inspired party? Let me know in the comments!