Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration which commemorates the Battle of Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862, when the Mexican Army, greatly outnumbered, achieved victory over the French forces. However, in the United States, it represents an excuse to enjoy Mexican food, drink Margaritas and/or beer, listen to Mexican tunes and decorate with bright colors. It’s just fun to celebrate any holiday with a fun gathering and a meal so I put together this table setting and we’ll be sharing a Cinco de Mayo meal with some good friends on Thursday evening.
The table runner and napkins established the color scheme, with lots of bright primary colors and shades of the rainbow. The colors are repeated in the simple, colorful centerpiece. I prefer a low, simple centerpiece like this one that doesn’t interfere with diners’ sight and conversation. For this one, I used three candle holder lanterns from World Market as vases to hold fresh flowers that I picked up at the grocery store and Trader Joe’s.
Festive Mexicali salad plates from Pier 1 and solid green Verde dinner plates from World Market sit atop round natural fiber placemats from Bed, Bath, and Beyond. The table runner and napkins are from Pier 1 also. The Artland amber goblets were picked up at Home Goods several years ago. Utensils are tucked inside the napkins.
I embellished some old, inexpensive clear acrylic napkin rings with silk flowers from floral clips that I picked up at a dollar store. I just removed the clips and used hot glue to attach the flowers to the rings.
Here are some of my favorite Mexican recipes:
And, of course, there are margaritas…
Goblets: Artland goblets were purchased from Home Goods but are also available online from several sources
Placemats: Water Hyacinth Round Placemats from Bed, Bath, and Beyond (Note: Similar ones are available at World Market)
Margarita Glasses: Bubble Stemless Margarita Glasses from Pier 1
Lanterns in centerpiece: World Market