Using Cinco de Mayo table decorations created a festive atmosphere in my dining room and was the jumpstart to our celebration this weekend.
With this one I took a leap of faith and used something very different on my table and even put together a simply DIY to go along with it. Are you ready? Forgive me if I ramble, here we go!
Maybe it’s the time of year or just my frame of mind but I’m a bit bored. I’m beginning to feel that everything I do is just a repeat of what I have already done. Even just saying this feels like a repeat. Boy do I need a vacation!!! Short of taking a shopping trip to an exotic locale I had to really think outside of the decorating box.
We’ve had our formal dining room set since we built our home 36 years ago and it’s still in good shape thankfully. This table has seen many a buffets and tablescapes, sometimes covered sometimes not. For this Cinco de Mayo tablescape the wood showing felt best because I wanted more of a cantina effect. Well at least as much as I could get in my dining room and I just didn’t want the natural wood on the table. Here’s where the leap of faith came in, I used one of my photography backdrops as a table cover. My biggest fear was that one of the utensils or an unseen jagged edge on the dinnerware might tear it. Lord knows we would not be eating on it. Sure it’s vinyl and you could wipe it off but I wasn’t taking any chances.
After the table was set the Mr. walked by and said something about me being creative. Ok, I’ll take that! You’d think that with my fears about damaging the backdrop, chargers would have been a safe option under my lovely aqua thrift store plates. Noooo, I threw caution to the wind and didn’t use them. I topped them with salad plates in the same color family. These plates have been out of sight for years and I was happy to re-discover them. Between the two plates I tucked a fringed napkin in colors to complement the theme.
This flatware is rustic in every sense of the word. It was one of my first Fingerhut purchases when we moved in and has seen it’s better days. In addition, using pops of color was important in creating a rustic/cantina ambience.
When the kids were little I had a set of dishes and glassware that I would bring out after Memorial Day and only use until Labor Day. Leap of faith number two, mixing my outdated plastic glasses with the ceramic dinnerware. Inside each tumbler I placed a stirrer and straw.
My first choice for the centerpiece was to make it edible. Something I’ve done before but never I never tire of it. However, knowing the buffet wasn’t too far behind I decided against it. Instead I topped this festive cake plate with a huge pink bloom and surrounded it with faux succulents. At the base there are more pink blooms, tropical leaves and a pair of maracas in front. Now I was beginning to feel it.
A few weeks back Charisse and her hubby treated themselves to a Puerto Rican getaway and brought us these cute mini bottle holders. Perfect timing! When I think cantina I also think lanterns.
These are actually outside lanterns but fit the bill. Slowly I was getting the look I was after. The plate stack was much too bare so I added a succulent to each one. That helped but it still looked incomplete. Time for a little DIY.
In my internet travels I saved a picture of sombrero place cards made with mini terra cotta pots and saucers. I gathered my supplies and began to paint them. I gave each two coats of acrylic craft paint and they dried in no time. To dress them up I applied mini pom poms around the rim of each with clear craft glue and that was it. I told you it was simple!
Now I had the look and feel I was after. My Cinco de Mayo buffet table is coming up soon. It was fun to do and I had the added pleasure of collaborating with my daughter Charisse this time. Dear friends do you have any plans for Cinco de Mayo or do you keep it low key?
I’m celebrating with the following link parties this week; won’t you join us?