Hola, friends!! In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’m sharing how to create a neutral Cinco de Mayo tablescape, and I hope you’ll join me.
As most of you know, by now, I don’t use a lot of color in my decor.
When my dinner club 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 came up with my inspiration piece.
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As with any decorating, it is much easier to design a space, 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.
place settings for a Cinco de Mayo table
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.
I used a baking dish because the recipe I am making for our menu will be served in these cute dishes.
I made a delicious Mexican Street Corn dip and you can find the recipe here.
I used some casual navy striped napkins I had on hand, tied them with a piece of jute and placed these cute tiny sombreros on top.
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.
centerpiece idea for Cinco de Mayo party
For my centerpiece, I used a large potted aloe vera plant that I’ve had for years, and paired it with a smaller potted succulent, also in a terra cotta pot.
I have a collection of Patron tequila bottles that I like to 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 from thrift stores over the years, because I love the square shape and blown glass look.
I’ve also had friends save them for me, or sometimes I ask at restaurants if they have any empty ones.
These tequila bottles made the perfect vases for flowers and also candle holders.
And the larger ones are also great for a water pitcher for the table.
Fortunately, my cilantro had just started to flower and go to seed, so I cut the flower blooms off and used those for an arrangement.
I thought the cilantro, since it is also referred to as “mexican parsley” was perfect for this table.
For the candleholders, I put a long taper in the bottles and let it rest on the bottom of the bottle and lean a bit.
It added a casual look and the candlelight will add great ambiance for my dinner party.
finishing touches to my tablescape
For the finishing touches to my neutral Cinco de Mayo tablescape, I added a few limes scattered around the table, and a Topo Chico for each guest.
I’m sure there will be margaritas involved too!
I hope you found some inspiration about how to create a neutral Cinco de Mayo tablescape!
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