Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Happy Cinco de Mayo! It's time to get the bright colors out, have some great Mexican food and turn up the music.

Cinco de Mayo is starting to become a much more popular reason to celebrate these days. The stores are offering more and more party supplies and items for your tablescapes.

Here in So. CA we have a large population of Hispanic people. Perhaps that is why.

So, while I don't normally celebrate this holiday, I thought I would this year and I'm making enchiladas, Spanish rice and beans. Mexican food is my favorite!

It all started when I first saw these glasses at the Dollar Tree. I thought they were just to cute to pass up.

The funny thing is I saw a set of four Libby glasses at Kohl's for $16.00. They looked just like these but I thought perhaps they were better quality then the ones I purchased for only a dollar each.

Then when I got home and was washing them I noticed they were the same glasses, only not in the box. These were Libby glasses too.

The bright colored tablecloth seemed to be a perfect fit for my celebration and I purchased it at Target. On sale of course!

I had the big yellow pitcher. I got it awhile ago at TJ Maxx. The plates I already had. A turquoise blue dinner plate and a bright red salad plate says "let's party to me". How about you?

You can find great plates at thrift stores. Solid plates are always a good purchase as you can use them in hundreds of different tablescapes.

For napkins, I found these dish towels at the Dollar Tree and since they had stripes of the bright colors I was using I thought they would be great to use as napkins. Nice and big as Mexican food can sometimes be messy.

Small little maracas at each place setting makes a cute little favor for everyone to remember the night with.

At night the table seems to change colors. More dark, rather then so bright.

Little bright colored votives provide a nice sparkle of light when the candles are lit.

I like the glow of the candles and the rays of light that shine on the table.

I did it! I caught the Blue Hour in my photo! I waited and waited until the right time. I didn't think I would be able to capture it as I was not using a nicer camera. But I did.

I just love the glow of the deep blue sky at night. I only wish you could see this with the naked eye. I guess we could all walk around looking at the night with our camera.

For more info on what the Blue Hour is and how to capture it yourself go here.

I'm hooking up to Tablescape Thursday at Between naps on the Porch. I love reading about every one's beautiful tablescapes and I'm sure if you go there, you will too.

Have a wonderful day today. Remember, any day can be a great day to celebrate, even if it's normally not a holiday you celebrate.



Rach said...

So festive. Love all the colors. Can't wait for my "skinny nachos" tonight!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a festive table you've set, Joanne. I love it. The tablecloth is went to a lot of trouble to make it lovely and it certainly shows!
Make the Mexican in me come out! :)

bj said...

o, this is fabuloso...magnifica...hermoso !!

Happy Cinco de Mayo..

Blondie's Journal said...

Oh, this is so colorful and festive. I think you outdid yourself here Joanne! All the colors go so well and I love the cactus glasses. I have the same tablecloth from Target!! Never thought outside of the box like you! Nicely done!!


Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Your tablescape is so festive and colorful!!! Looks great. Now all you need is a big pitcher of margaritas and dip and salsa! Ole'!!! Love & blessings from NC!

Kathleen said...

I love it. Great combo of colors! Love the little maracas and pretty flowers. Looks like a party!
No one here celebrates it, except the Bars, LOL..anything to sell Corona! But I used those dishes I bought just for cinco de mayo..I am going to have to have a Fiesta this summer to justify the purchase, :)

Allison Shops said...

Love LOVE your tablescape. So bright and festive. The little accessories are a nice touch! Dropping by from BNOTP.


The Decorative Dreamer said...

Your setting is so bright and cheerful! I've seen those glasses dozens of times at the Dollar tree and it never even dawned on me to get them for Cinco de Mayo. Wonderful job!

Martha said...

What a great table for Cinco de Mayo!

Jane said...

Love the "napkins"...and all the color! The tablecloth is perfect!!! Wish I could find one like it for this weekend...
Jane (Artfully Graced)

bj said...

OMGoodness, I would LOVE to have some little plates to match my polka dot bowls and little pitcher. We don't have a Marshalls OR a HomeGoods out here. bwaaaaa..
well, I'll check with TJMaxx.
hugs, bj

Marigene said...

Hola, Joanne, I just love your Cinco de Mayo table, so festive!
You folks on the west coast do have an advantage when it comes to finding great tablescape hasn't caught on, here in the plains country, yet!

Anita Diaz said...

Love your festive table! Love those colors and the night shots are amazing!! Love the little maracas too!

Josiah's Mom said...

absolutely love the color-just seeing it could make a depressed person cured! I saw those glasses at the dollar tree, too, wanted to buy them and passed them up.......i'm now kicking myself!

Anonymous said...

There's no such thing as too much color and I love the way you have used it (them)!

Sherry said...

I jusst love your tablescape! I had read about trying to catch the blue hour, I will have to give that a try. Thanks for your nice comment on my table, this has already got me hooked.

Maryrose said...

Hi Joanne,
I am a so cal girl too. Great table and dinner sounds yummy. I never met a Mexican feast I didnt like. Love those cactus glasses.
Enjoy your day.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is fabulous! Love those bright colors! Good ole Dollar Tree, they never disappoint, do they!!


Dreamgoddess said...

What a fun table! I love the bright colors you used. Your cactus glasses are so cute and perfect for your table.

Miss Janice said...

This is just too cute! Very creative!

Donna @ Party Wishes said...

What an adorable table! I love the mini maracas and pinata. Too cute!

Miss Merry said...

Very fun and colorful table for Cinco de Mayo! I love your shopping bargins and you certainly can pull a design together. The mini maracas are adorable! And congrats on capturing the blue hour. Your pictures are amazing!