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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Viva Cinco de Mayo Tablescape

Bienvienidos! Welcome.  

Today we are celebrating a bit of Mexican history. Cinco de Mayo. The day the Mexican army overtook the French army in the Battle of Puebla, a town in central Mexico on May 5th, 1862.  

The centerpiece I put together today was inspired by a post that Delores Arabian posted recently on her blog - 

Providence was mine this week, Wally World had a huge selection of succulents available in all sizes! And I was there at the right time...

Providence once again shown down on me. Back in the dark ages when we were first married, this serape was in our possession. Then it disappeared. Yep, to be long forgotten. This week, my SIL brought it back. It was meant to be! The Fiesta dishes are still awol though; (Serape; 1940's Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Silver chargers, Talavera pottery dishes, concho flatware, succulents and Guatemalan napkins are the mainstays of this table.  So without much further ado and little or no dialogue, ándale!


The appetizer compote contains a small succulent for our guests to take home as a remembrance. Each one is wrapped in a bit of burlap, secured with the threads from the frayed burlap.

OOOps, looks like a stray burlap fiber has found it's way onto the fork.. another blooper picture for next year!

The carafe from Cielo, Santa Fe. Brought home last trip. Matches the goblets and the compotes.


Serape - 1940's Mexico
Silver chargers - estate sale silver tray finds
Talavera - Guadalupano Imports, Santa Fe, NM
Concho flatware - Wallace
Napkins - The Chile Shop, Santa Fe, NM
Napkin rings - Pier One
Goblets, compotes and decanter - Cielo, Santa Fe, NM
Margarita glasses - World Market, several years ago
Talavera siesta man - TJMaxx
Planters - estate sale find
Mercury glass candlesticks - Jackalope, Santa Fe, NM, recently
Roman candles - Hobby Lobby
Eternal peppers - Santa Fe, NM

I'm linking up to Susan's weekly tablescape party, Tablescape Thursday. Drop in, will ya? It's a great time to see all the gorgeous tables the ladies and gents have set for you!
I'm Linking up with The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.. drop in for some more delights!
Please do come back on Friday for a  savory recipe to serve in the compotes!


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

It looks so summery and bright at your house in these photos. I love the table cloth. And the way you lay your tables is second-to-none, Marlis.


Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a fun and colorful table Marlis! Your succulents are so pretty and I see many different varieties! I'm looking forward to your recipe too! Happy Cinco de Mayo:@)

Babs said...

WOW! What a fabulous table! I absolutely love everything about it, especially the succulents, and your "wandering" :) serape is a perfect table covering.
You're definitely having a festive Cinco de Mayo.

Kuby said...

The table looks wonderful. I love the succulents. My favorite has got to be the Talavera siesta man. All of the color is to die for!

Bonnie Bee said...

PERFECT... all the colors & textures of CINCO de MAYO... in an elegant setting!

Atelier de Charo said...

Wow! So festive, you display a very beautiful setting!


Rettabug said...

Ole'!! Spectacular presentation with some wonderful & authentic pieces, Marlis! Bravo!

The gal's whose home we stayed in down in FL this past winter had some Talavera pottery dishes. I did a simple tablescape with them & took photos but haven't posted it yet. Thanks for the reminder.
Also, I forgot to get out my peppers, like yours. Thanks again for THAT reminder, too.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo to you!

xinex said...

Such a colorful and delightful table, Marlis. I love everything and clever use of the cacti. Why didn't I think about that? I just posted mine too....Christine

Miss Char said...

Marlis...¡Qué hermoso cuadro de vacaciones, gracias por compartir.

Tanya@takesix said...

What a festive table!! Your dishes are beautiful. I love how you wrapped the potted succulents with burlap! Too cute!


Oh my, Marlis...this is a perfect Mexican arrangement on your table!, it's also, so very ARTISTIC! all the elements you've chosen are just so RIGHT! I love those dishes, (I'm into that kind, you know) The glasses with the little tint of color are so pretty and so Mexican too, like the chargers...are they pewter? The sarate brings the table arramgement together so lovely with all those colors. Just gorgeous, I love it! Thank you for coming by sweetie and for the lovely comments! FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE...XOXO

Debbie said...

This is such a festive one! I love the bold colors and the serape (sp?) table covering. I'm glad it came home again. Without a doubt, though, my favorite part is the little succulents in the compote dishes with the red pepper. That looks just fabulous.

Anonymous said...

Marlis this is absolutely wonderful!!

Sharon Haynie said...

Beautiful table-it makes me feel like I am in Old Mexico. I am on my way to Santa Fe and Albuquerque this weekend-must stop at your list of favorites to see!!! Thanks for sharing!!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I love the colors of this table, what fun festives mixes of colors they enjoy south of the border. The succulents are just delightful. I will have to go visit Delores and see her post! I love your closeup shots of the succulents.

Marlis, I am sure you are the one that suggested the Wallace flatware for my cabin - I went right out and got it and just love it. It is so fun. It fits so well with your fun plates. Now, where did that fiesta ware get to?!!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Ole'! Muy bonita y simpatico! Bravo!!!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a fun and festive table -- I especially love that carafe and etched glasses.

Marigene said...

Very festive, love all the Talavera pottery. Your centerpiece is stunning, so many succulents.

Sharlotte said...

I love your talavera dishes! You have such beautiful pieces...perfect for this occasion!

Sue said...

The serape really set the tone for your festive Mexican table, Marlis. I have a runner that is in the serape style. I use it when I host a New Mexican meal. Love the concho style silverware and the dinnerware. I really like how you used the mercury glass candlesticks to formalize the table. :-)

Aledia said...

I just love all your rich colors! Those dishes are beautiful! Well done!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

It's fun to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! I love the way you've used the succulents. There is a full and lush look to your whole table. Beautiful!

Diane @ Magpies and Magnolias said...

I'd like a margarita, frozen, no salt please!

You never cease to amaze me! First of all, you are first every week. You are QUICK!

But your tables are always so amazing and so different. I haven't been tablescaping very long, so I always study every single picture for inspiration. Thanks for all you do to inspire me. I will finally be back next week with a tablescape of my own!

Pattie T. said...

I love absolutely everything about this fun, colorful table, but the man having a siesta is my favorite. Love him!

Denise said...

You are amazing; I am just blown away by this table!! The tablecloth is so pretty and colorful, and I love the pottery dishes and etched glassware. The flatware blends so well, and the succulents are a perfect idea for a Mexican themed table. Your creative tables really are an inspiration! Happy Mother's Day.

Denise at Forest Manor

Luncheons at the Junction said...

This has to be the most beautiful Mexican tablescape I have ever seen. It is a real standout! The centerpiece is a pure delight. What a wonderful job!

Lana K. W. Austin said...

This is a perfect Mexican table, so vivid and inviting! The succulents (I love Delores, too!) are amazing! The vivid colors remind me so much of the Italian pottery we're encountering here in Italy since we've been living here a couple of months!

Red Couch Recipes said...

I love your fiesta table and the Talavera always wows! The little succulents in burlap is pure genius. Joni

mississippi artist said...

LOVE IT!So festive with the Talevera. the succulents are a nice touch.Everything just screams great party.

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Such a fantastical, authentic table, Marlis! Wow is all I can think of! I feel like I have been transported to beautiful Mexico :))
xo, Andrea

bj said...

Fabulous table. I love everything about it...especially your beautiful dishes. You are so talented in putting tables together. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Happy Cinco da Mayo to you!!! Your table setting is just perfect for the day! I'm visiting from Between Naps, and I "followed" your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Redo 101

carolinajewel said...

Drop Dead Gorgeous! Those plates are breath-taking! It is all beautiful and really love the candle-lit pics!

Meredith said...

Love it! I love talavera pottery too and those glasses are beautiful!

Tess said...

Great table...so colorful and those dishes are gorgeous!

The Tablescaper said...


What a wonderful table full of celebration and color. The etched glasses and flatware show your complete attention to detail. Perhaps you'd like to link this post to Seasonal Sundays for Mother's Day.

I appreciate your comment on my Royal Wedding Breakfast Part I and thought you might like to know that Part II is up now.

- The Tablescaper

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescapes are Beautiful as always sweet lady. I love all the colors for Cinco De Mayo Day Great Job.
I hope you have a Happy Mother Day.

ellen b. said...

Hola Marlis!
I love how you went all out for Cinco de Mayo! So festive and colorful. Love it all. We started our cinco de mayo celebrations last night with good Mexican food and margaritas! Have a wonderful weekend!

Dianne said...

Marlis, Perfectly done! I love every detail. The candle light pictures are just breathtaking. Dianne

Anonymous said...

Hola chiquita! I should have known you would have all the right stuff for a perfect Cinco de Mayo table! We just had a mango margarita or as we call them, gallerias, in honor of the day.
I thought of you in Tuscany when I ventured into ceramique shops. So many pretty things to work with. xoxox

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a fun and festive table Marlis! How great that your serape showed up just in time, because it is perfect for this table. Your crystal items are so pretty, and I love those Margarita glasses. laurie

Summerland Cottage Studio said...

This is AMAZING Marlis !

The Talavera designs are new to me and as a you can imagine I'm in heaven with all the photos to drool over.

Thank you for sharing all the festive fun !

Denise said...

Hi Marlis,

Thank you for becoming a follower on my blog and thanks for the kind comments on my tablescape! I was just admiring your Cinco de Mayo table again. That must have been such fun to put together. Hope you've had a fun day!

Denise at Forest Manor

we three dogs and me said...

enjoyed your wonderful pictures and learned a little about New Mexico. Beautiful rendition of Mexican culture. Love the dishes very colorful.

Alycia Nichols said...

Que bonita, Marlis! Todas las cosas son muy bonitas!! I am so glad you go the serape back. It makes a fabulous backdrop for everything else! LOVE those dishes! The Yucatan shrimp cocktail looks divine...I am going to try to make it when we get settled. I scraped together a lowly little chicken fajita with a side of black beans & rice last night which I ate standing up in the kitchen since the table is loaded with packing materials! Of course, I HAD to have a margarita to go with it. Wish I could have eaten at your pretty table! Hey...have a very happy Mother's Day weekend! I'll talk to you soon!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a wonderful tablescape! I really enjoyed all the details, and the info! The little plants for gifts is a great idea!


Johanna said...

Hello marlis,
thats me again. With this colorful table you have outdone yourself. I really love this Talavera pottery and it is perfect for this tablecloth. Such a feast of colors. Wish you a wonderful Mother's Day, too.
Warmest regards, Johanna

Diann said...

A perfect Cinco de Mayo table Marlis! Everything is just stunning!

Poppy said...

Hi Marlis, I'm visiting from Seasonal Sundays. I love this gorgeous table setting and all the elements in it...the colorful tablecloth, the Talavera potteries, the napkin holders.. so bright and cheerful. Beautiful post! Thanks for sharing. Happy Mother's Day!~Poppy


The Tablescaper said...

This is such a great table. Thanks for bringing it to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

Great table, love the serape. The dishes are so colorful! Hope you had a great dinner!


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