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Posted on April 30, 2021 by Christine Crosby in Cinco de Mayo, dinnerware, Mexican, Pat Burns, Tablescaping

Holy Guacamole! A Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Holy Guacamole! A Cinco de Mayo Tablescape


When it’s time for a fun gathering of friends, nothing says fun like chips, salsa, and tacos! And, if you enjoy margaritas, that can kick it up a notch. 

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Colorful side table accents

This is the first year for planning a festive Cinco de Mayo tablescape and it was great fun starting from scratch. I began by searching the internet for Mexico-themed dinnerware and lo and behold, I found exactly what I was looking for at Home Depot, of all places. The colorful dishes came with four each of mugs, bowls, salad, and dinner plates, and the complete set was only $69. Muy bien!

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Lots of color for Cino de Mayo

Having found my fun and colorful dinnerware, I was inspired to go wild with the centerpiece. The typical Mexican look for a runner is a sarape (poncho) and I found one on Amazon that was child-sized which came with a smaller-sized sombrero. The sombrero is perfect for serving chips on the table. The dinnerware bowls will hold the salsa, guacamole, shredded cheese, and sour cream. CONCO DE MAYO

The centerpiece is a beautiful Spanish vase that becomes the focal point with sunflowers and blue hydrangeas. Glass Modelo beer bottles bring light and color along with votive candles to shine warmth throughout the evening. Topping the bottles off with a mini sombrero and BOOM! the table has character and uniqueness. 

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My granddaughter Ryland wearing a sombrero from the table for Cinco de Mayo

Friends are always welcome at my home and a memorable tablescape lets them know just how much they mean to me. Olé, Olé, Olé!




History of Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s May 5, 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. The day, which falls on Wednesday, May 5 in 2021, is also known as Battle… Read more about the history of Cinco de mayo  

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Pat Burns is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Orange County Children’s Book Festival; a Celebrity Journalist, Film Reporter, the author of Grandparents Rock®. Also, a happy grandmother of four.


Christine Crosby

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Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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