How to Create a Neutral Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

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.

cinco de mayo place setting with round jute placemat white dinner plate white oval baking dish on top of plate blue and white striped napkin on top of plate with a small straw sombrero on top of napkin and a piece of Christmas cactus tucked in bottle of topo chico to left of plate limes scattered around plate small patron vase with a single white daisy inside

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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

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.  

place settings for a Cinco de Mayo table

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.

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.

mexican street corn dip baked in a small white baking dish and sitting on top of a white plate and a round jute placemat with a mexican blanket underneath as a tablecloth a piece of cactus is tucked underneath the plate for decoration and a white daisy in a small clear vase sits beside the plate and tortilla chips are around the dish of mexican corn

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.

cinco de mayo place setting
cinco de mayo place setting

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

cactus plants

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.

cilantro blooms

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.

cinco de mayo tablescape

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.

patron bottle for candle holder

finishing touches to my tablescape

cinco de mayo 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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  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!

    1. Thank you! So glad you like it!

    1. Thanks so much Wendy! I really enjoyed putting this one together.

    1. Thank you Rachel! I really enjoyed creating this tablescape with my neutral colors.

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