As most of you know, by now, I don’t use a lot of color in my decor. When my virtual dinner party group decided on a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta for our theme this month, I kind of panicked, since you would typically use a lot of color for a fiesta themed party. I ended up getting really excited about it when I thought of my inspiration piece, so I want to share how to create a neutral Cinco de Mayo tablescape.
If you are coming over from Jen’s at Midwest Life and Style, welcome! Her tablescape turned out beautifully and I hope you are getting lots of inspiration from this tour!
If you missed last months tablescape, be sure and take a look at my Spring Inspired Tablescape.
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As with any decorating, it is much easier to create a look or design, if you begin with an inspiration piece. For this tablescape, my inspiration was a Mexican blanket that I love.
my inspiration piece
When we traveled to Sedona, Arizona several years ago, these blankets were everywhere. One of the places I saw them was at a cute roadside market that had a patio. They had a blanket over the back of each chair for you to use when the weather was chilly. They also sold the blankets, and I was able to find several neutral color ones and brought them home to use on my own patio.
A friend referred to them as the “fireside throw”, and that stuck. So they will always be called the “fireside throw” at my house.
When I was thinking of ideas for my fiesta themed table, I remembered my neutral blankets. I thought it would make the perfect tablecloth, so my table inspiration began there.
For my dinner party, I thought it would be fun to dine on the patio. I put the blanket across my patio table on a diagonal. This covered most of the table, but was a little different twist on the way you would typically use a tablecloth.
I used my round jute placemats on top of the blanket. Next, I layered a white dinner plate, a white salad plate and a small round baking dish. The reason I chose a baking dish for the top layer is my recipe for this weeks theme will be cooked in these cute baking dishes and served at each place setting. You’ll have to stop back by on Saturday to see what this yummy recipe is.
I used some striped napkins I had on hand, tied with a piece of jute and topped with these cute sombreros. I added a handwritten place card to each one, but they are just as cute without.
My Christmas Cactus needed a trim so I placed a sprig of the cuttings on each plate underneath the napkin.
For my centerpiece, I used a large potted aloe vera plant I have had for years, and paired it with a smaller potted succulent, also in a terra cotta pot.
I have collection of Patron tequila bottles that I use for vases. And no, I didn’t drink all of that tequila! In fact, I didn’t drink any of that tequila. I have collected them at thrift stores over the years, because I love the square shape and blown glass look. I have also had friends save them for me, or I have asked a restaurant to give them to me if they have any empty ones.
These tequila bottles made the perfect vases for flowers and also candle holders. Fortunately, my cilantro had just started to flower, so I cut the flower blooms off and used those. I thought the cilantro, since it is also referred to as “mexican parsley” was perfect for this table.
For the candle holders, I put a long taper in the bottles and let it rest on the bottom of the jar and lean a bit. It added a casual look and the candlelight will add a little ambiance to my dinner party.
For the finishing touches to my table, I added a few limes scattered around, and placed a Topo Chico for each guest to drink. I’m sure there will be margaritas involved too!
I hope you enjoyed this inspiration about how to create a neutral Cinco de Mayo tablescape! Be sure and follow along on the tour to see lots more Fiesta inspired tablescapes.
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