Viva La Mexico!

Catch the vacay vibe with the joyful colors, patterns, and flavors of Mexico

  • Spice up your next celebration with handmade Papel Picado tissue paper banners. Banner ($8.99), from
  • Anne Damon of Zinnia Folk Arts travels throughout
    Mexico to discover handcrafted gifts and folk art from local artisans. Large pot ($58), small pot ($46), and pillows ($75), from Zinnia Folk Arts, 612-240-8947,
  • Stash your beach towel, sunblock, and trashy novels in this cheerful seagrass and raffia tote. Bag ($70), by Mar Y Sol, from Rick Rack, 3413 W. 44th St., Mpls., 612-746-4160,
  • Add some fizz to your next fiesta with Mexican fruit sodas, made with cane sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. Jarritos ($1.75), from Manny’s Tortas, Mercado Central, 612-728-5408,
  • Ever since a vision of the Virgin of Guadalupe
    appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego in 1531, she’s been Mexico’s most beloved cultural and religious icon. This batea (tray) was handcarved and painted in Michoacán. Tray ($22), Zinnia Folk Arts
  • Roll up the Persian rugs, put away the velvet
    curtains, & invite Mexico’s alegría de la vida (joy of life) into your home with these vivacious fabrics available through the trade from Scherping Westphal, IMS, 612-822-2700, scherping

Bring on La Vida loca with happy colors and crazy patterns. After months of sullen skies and slushy sidewalks, we’re more than ready to head south of the border for a mood-altering infusion of sun, fun, and frosty margaritas. Even if Cabo and Cancún aren’t on your spring break agenda, you can still catch the vacay vibe with the joyful colors, patterns, and flavors of Mexico.