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7 Best Cinco De Mayo Table Setting Ideas

Want some fun ideas to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in style? Here are my 7 Best Cinco De Mayo Table Setting Ideas, and I’m excited to share them with you today. Using these valuable tips, you will learn how to set a budget-friendly, fun, and festive Cinco De Mayo tablescape.

7 best Cinco de Mayo table setting ideas for a stylish dinner party

What is Cinco De Mayo?

It’s easy to remember when to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is translated as “fifth of May.”

It isn’t as widely celebrated in Mexico as in the United States. It is not even a Mexican Holiday. It celebrates the Mexican army’s victory at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, in which Mexico defeated the French.

How Does America Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is considered to be one of the top 5 drinking holidays in America. It is also an excuse to eat and drink Mexican-inspired foods and beverages. Many Mexican restaurants celebrate with Mariachi bands and dancing.

We are celebrating with a Supper Club Cinco de Mayo-themed party.

Cinco De Mayo Table Setting Ideas

What’s the first thing you think of when planning a Cinco De Mayo table-setting ideas? Any ideas that include fun, festive colors, right?

Let’s take a look at each element of the table and how to bring that fun festive feel to each part.

Cinco De Mayo Tablescape, green place mats with red and white plates. Glass vase with lemons, limes and flowers.

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Supper Club

Do you want to plan a fun Cinco De Mayo Dinner Party? My friends and I are having a virtual Supper Club by setting fun, festive tables to inspire you to plan a party yourself.

You will be able to link to all the table settings at the end of this post. I know you got so much inspiration from their creative outdoor tablescape.

If you are new to my blog, you will find that I love creating budget-friendly decor using DIY and thrifted pieces. I hope you enjoy my table setting today. You can read more on the about page.

Festive Centerpiece Table Setting Ideas

I had many different ideas when planning the table centerpiece. However, I didn’t want to purchase many new items to create the centerpiece. Therefore, I tried to stay within my budget-friendly plan. Here’s what I did.

The centerpiece begins with my Easy Drop Cloth Table Runner and cast iron griddle as the base.

Next, I added a hurricane candle holder that I found thrifting last year.

First, I filled a tin can with water and placed it in the center of the container.

To give the table setting a pop of color, I added a combination of real lemons and limes, which can be used later. I added enough of each to conceal the tin can completely.

Lastly, I topped off the centerpiece with several real hydrangeas, allowing the stems to rest in the water to stay hydrated.

You might like to have my Perfect Fresh Lemonade Recipe if you have an excess of lemons.

Cinco de mayo Table Setting Ideas. Festive place mats and chargers. Vase with lemon and limes as decorations. Hanging straw hat decoration.

In addition, the salt and pepper shakers are a handmade gift from a friend. They are mini wine bottles, but I added Mexican beer labels for this occasion.

It was simple to make: gently peel the label off a couple of actual beer bottles and tape the label over the existing label. The labels can be easily removed once the dinner is over.

Hydrangeas in vase with lemon and lime decorations. Dos Equis bottle salt and pepper shakers for Cinco de Mayo party.

The straw hat and festive tea towel were found at a thrift store and added a festive feel to the sideboard for only $1.50.

Cinco de mayo Table Decorations. Mexican style straw hat used in Cinco de mayo decorations. Ironstone pitcher with vintage spoons.

Recipe Ideas

We always share a full menu and recipes for each theme. This month, I shared a Cilantro Black Bean and Rice Skillet Dish. I am sharing it as a side. However, it’s a delicious vegetarian main dish.

Don’t miss the Skillet Dish Recipe and full Cinco de Mayo menu.

DIY Table Runner Inspiration

I wanted a fun table runner for the Cinco De Mayo Supper Club but couldn’t find my vision anywhere.

So I decided to make this one using a drop cloth, real lemons & crafts paint.

The DIY Table Runner was an easy project made from drop cloth material.

Cinco de mayo tablescape with hand crafted table runner. Table setting ideas using vase with lemons and limes topped with hydrangeas.

Don’t you love how it adds to the festive Cinco De Mayo tablescape?

Cinco de mayo Tablescape with festive placemats and chargers. Decorating with Dos Equis salt and pepper shakers.

Cinco De Mayo Table Setting Ideas

With a Mexican theme, I automatically think of Mexican Pottery. However, I don’t have any real Mexican pottery, so I opted to use a combination of pieces that I already owned.

I pulled out anything colorful or with a lot of texture.

Cinco de mayo table decorations using green placemats with red and flowered plate chargers. Vintage silverware.

I began with my favorite woven plate chargers and added some color with these fun green thrift store placemats.

Next, a festive plate from Bico Ceramics and a simple vintage Ironstone plate topped with a fun lemon bowl was added. The combination still gives that festive Mexican feel without spending any money.

Cinco de mayo party table setting. Vintage silverware, cast iron skillet. Dos Equis salt and pepper shakers and hand stamped table runner.

The napkins are a great thrift store find, as well as the fun glassware. Both items were purchased for less than $8.00.

Cinco de mayo table decorations featuring green placemats and red floral chargers. Vase with lime, lemon, and hydrangeas.

I’m sharing a side dish served right from a cast iron skillet, so using a few cast iron accessories seemed appropriate.

I look forward to sharing my Cilantro & Lime Black Bean Recipe with you on Saturday.

Table setting ideas for Cinco de mayo party featuring Dos Equis salt and pepper shakers, vase filled with lemons and limes, vintage silverware.

Additional Ideas for Cinco de Mayo

The DIY light fixture is one of my favorite areas to decorate on the screened porch.

The glass jars were added after I found them at GoodWill. They have held many different items over the years, but simple greenery stems were added to complete the table for Cinco De Mayo.

Table setting ideas for a Cinco de mayo party. Vase with lemon, limes, and hydrangeas, clear water glasses.

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I love using the screened porch for my dinner parties and brunches. You might enjoy seeing How To Plan Girlfriend Time and How to Set a Brunch Table. Both were planned with the porch setting in mind.

If this is your first time joining our Supper Club blog series, you may enjoy a look back at these previous themes.

It’s always fun to see how our hosts set their tables. They are always different, although it’s the same theme.

DIY Tableware Ideas

I loved creating this unique Lemon & Lime Tablerunner and always look for unique tableware. Here are some other DIY tableware projects you may enjoy.

Cinco de Mayo Tablesetting with hand printed table runner, vase with lemons and limes topped with hydrangeas, green placemats.

The Cinco De Mayo Tour Continues

Next up is Stacy Ling at Bricks N Blooms. She is sharing her fun 5 creative tablescape ideas. Click each highlighted name to continue on the tour.

Jen – Midwest Life & Style Fiesta Style /. Michele – Vintage Home Design Neutral Style

Anne & Ann Marie – Simply 2 MomsOutdoor Party / Stacy Ling Bricks N BloomsFestive Celebration

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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7 Best Table Ideas for Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party
Cinco de mayo tablescape with Dos Equis salt and pepper shakers. Glass vase with lemons and lime.
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Tuesday 18th of April 2023

Such fun ideas. The centerpiece is gorgeous.


Wednesday 19th of April 2023

Renae, I appreciate you for stopping by.


Monday 2nd of May 2022

Since I haven't been following you long I have gone back and checked some of your earlier blogs and am struck by how many additions or changes you have made to your home! Everything looks so good. I love that you are constantly evolving. I love your lemon/lime centerpiece and the diy light on the screened in porch. I also enjoy your friends take on the same theme.


Monday 2nd of May 2022

Bonnie, I'm so glad you are here. Thanks so much for taking the time to research my blog. We are definitely project people. I hope you will continue to enjoy our adventures.

Julie Briones

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Such a pretty fiesta tablescape, Rachel, and I love the farmhouse twist! Pinned, and I'm happy to be featuring you at Tuesday Turn About tomorrow!

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Wednesday 5th of May 2021

Julie, I appreciate this so much.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Monday 26th of April 2021

This is such a cute table setting Rachel! So festive! I am loving the table runner. Great job!

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Kim, Thanks so much


Thursday 22nd of April 2021

These are all such great ideas! I love the runner and all the fun touches! Such a beautiful setting! Love the green, yellow and white!

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Monday 26th of April 2021

Kristin, Thanks so much.