April 23, 2018
Cinco de Mayo has easily become one of my favorite entertaining holidays for several reasons. I mean, first off, who argues with tacos? But, my love for Cinco de Mayo comes from more than just my love for tacos. It is also one of the first great holidays of the summer and the perfect opportunity to put together a beautiful outdoor tablescape and host a fun dinner party for your friends and family.
There are so many unique ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and to bring together all of the exceptional flavors, and colors, of this Mexican holiday. We had so much fun pulling together a color palette and designing this table for not only beauty but comfort as well.
One of my favorite things about outdoor entertaining is the ability design a relaxing and inviting environment at the same time.There are so many ways, as well as tips, and tricks for pulling together a Cinco de Mayo tablescape. Just because you are planning to entertain your guests outside doesn’t mean you have to throw out your pretty table for something more makeshift.
An Unforgettable Cinco de Mayo Tablescape
Entertaining outdoors often opens up even more ways for you to get creative and curate a unique experience for your guests. Here are a few tips for creating a one of a kind, Cinco de Mayo Tablescape that will excite your guests far past your party!
Plants, Flowers, and Greenery
I personally am a flower girl. I love to have fresh flowers in my home and when it comes to entertaining and tablescapes, I see them as a must. When creating an outdoor tablescape, there are few things to keep in mind with your flowers. Selecting flowers is always fun, so take the time browse through your local farmers market or flower market to see the options.
It’s a good idea to stick with one shade of greenery, so try to match up the stems of your flowers with any added greenery that you choose to put into your arrangement.
I love keeping things simple, with a lighter and more organic feel. These ranunculus brought so much life to this table. If you choose to go with a larger bloom, like hydrangeas, peonies or dahlias, I like to choose a shorter vase and skip the greeny. A few blooms should do!
For Cinco de Mayo, we added small potted succulents to the tablescape. These add a variety in height, as well as additional texture. These serve as a beautiful and functional gift for your guests to remember your party for years to come.
It’s always good to have fun with your vase, or pot, especially outdoors. You can switch things up a bit and arrange your flowers in a pitcher or even a small bucket! Anything to add a little texture and personality to your arrangement.
A simple farm table served as the base of this tablescape. Although a tablecloth is not necessary, it adds a soft texture and solid background to start building on. We then layered in these woven placemats to bring in a little natural texture and a contrast to our soft white and pastel plates. When dining outdoors, fine china isn’t always a good option, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should turn to paper plates. I love having a few basic salad and dinner plates that I can mix together on various occasions. World Market, Williams Sonoma and Crate and Barrel have great options at good prices.
Go with different patterns for your layered plates to add a little dimension and personality to your table. We also decided to use linen napkins, as the won’t blow away if there is a small breeze. The gold flatware adds a warmth to the setting and I just love using this set!
When it comes to your tableware, keep things simple and comfortable, but not too casual. Your guests will appreciate the thought you put into the setting. Just because you are eating outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful table too. I say have both! Everyone loves comfort and class.
Vary Your Serving Pieces
Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to switch up your serveware and incorporate different styles into your table. Beautiful wooden or marble cheese boards serve as the perfect base for a spread of Tequila Lime Shrimp Tacos or Mexican Street Style Corn (recipes coming late in the week).
If you don’t have a serving board use your cutting board! It not only serves as a function piece in your kitchen but you can use it for serving as well.
The best part of Cinco de Mayo is definitely the menu! Tacos, guacamole, pico de gallo and let’s not forget tequila! Plan out your menu in advance and prep everything you need. The most gracious hostesses are ones who mingle with their guests and aren’t slaving over the food or feeling stressed because everything isn’t prepared and ready to go.
Find recipes that allow you make them in advance or marinate and throw it on the grill. A grill is always a great centerpiece to any outdoor gathering. It’s a perfect spot for the men to hang out and chat. I also have to secretly admit that I love handing off the big task to my husband. It’s a great way to share responsibility and really pump up the flavor of your dishes!
Lastly, a great way to make your Cinco de Mayo, or any dinner party, unforgettable is to surprise your guests. Instead of serving margaritas try out a different tequila drink, such as a refreshing grapefruit Paloma! They are just as tasteful as a margarita and even prettier!
Flowers by Seasons of Williamsburg
Photography by Tiffany Sigmon
How to Create an Unforgettable Cinco de Mayo Tablescape