How to Create a Neutral Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

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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.

cinco de mayo 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

mexican blanket for a tablecloth

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.

mexican blanket as a tablecloth

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.


neutral placesetting

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.

cinco de mayo place setting
cinco de mayo place setting

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.


cactus plants

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.

cilantro blooms
cinco de mayo tablescape

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.

patron bottle for candle holder

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.

finishing touches

cinco de mayo tablescape

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.

Next up on the tour is Anne and Ann Marie at Simply 2 Moms, then follow the links at the bottom of the page to see them all!

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  1. Michele,
    Your table is so creative as usual. Great job creating a neutral table. I love doing these with you.

  2. This is so fun, Michele. I loved reading about how your table inspiration came together. Isn’t it amazing the ideas and memories we take with us from our travels? The little cactus sprigs and the sombreros are the perfect finishing touch!

    1. Thanks so much Jen! I’m so glad you liked it! I am having so much fun doing this with you ladies. Everyone’s tables are always so creative.

  3. Anne Zirkle says:

    I love everything about this, Michele! The Mexican throw as the tablecloth is perfect, and I’m thinking AnnMarie and I will both start saving our Patron bottles now!

    1. So glad you liked it! It was a super fun table to create, and I am loving doing this with you ladies!

      And yes, the Patron bottles make such great vases. The largest one is great for serving water at your table too.

    2. Yes, Anne…I was thinking the same thing about those bottles…they’re awesome. Beautiful table Michele!!

      1. Thanks Ann Marie! You should ask around at restaurants and they might give you empty ones. I occasionally find them at thrift stores too.

        I like to use the really large Patron bottle to serve water at the table.

  4. Michele it looks so pretty! and we are totally vibing with the mini sombreros! xo

    1. Thanks so much Stacy! This was such a fun table to create! I am loving our group!

  5. Teddee Grace says:

    This turned out great! I like everything about it.

    1. Thank you so much! It was such a fun table to create.

      Thanks so much for following along and commenting!

  6. Sweet table! I’m going to copy your colors. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Of course! So glad you enjoyed the post!

      Thanks so much for following along and commenting!

  7. Oh I love this! The aloe and jar of stems add nice greenery to the neutral back drop.

    1. Thank you so much! It was a fun tablescape to create.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing friend!!

  8. You never cease to amaze me. You are so talented. I would have panicked as well, as the traditional colors for Cinco de Mayo are not colors that I use.
    Hugs to you, my friend.

    1. Thanks Renae! It definitely made me think outside the box, and ended up being really fun to put together!

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