¡Sip, Sip, Olé!


I don’t know about you, but I always look forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo. For us it is a time to gather with family and friends. And however we decide to celebrate, it’s ALWAYS colorful with a plentiful buffet! It’s time to sip, sip, olé!

Our whole dining room comes to life with an explosion of color to celebrate.🎉🎊💃🏽

The table setting starts with a colorful striped cotton runner and placemats.

Each place setting is outfitted with a turquoise blue Bormioli Rocco glass charger topped with 2 dinner service plates: one red and the other a bright pink rimmed with juicy orange.

Cambridge “Aspen” flatware is a nice natural and neutral flatware for the setting.

I found these vividly patterned acrylic taco holders at Home Goods early this Spring. I later discovered that one side is this marvelous design that holds 2 tacos, and the reverse side is plain red and ready for 3!

The generously proportioned fiesta napkins are actually tea towels from Hobby Lobby. There are just so many tea towels out there that seem to me better suited as napkins! (No worries that they’re white and that salsa stains. A little Oxi gets it right out!)

I found this wonderful red “Jane” round tray on clearance at Kirkland’s this Spring. I have BIG decorating plans for it for every season! Here it holds a variety of tequila shots, punctuated with succulents and plumeria blooms, for guests to take at will throughout the meal.

The curvy Z Gallerie vase holds a bouquet of bright pink (faux) plumeria (also known as frangipani) and trailing succulents. I chose these as they are both native to Mexico. Although quite beautiful, plumeria/frangipani is poisonous, so faux seemed the better choice near food. It is placed at the end of the table as part of the extended centerpiece.

Across the room a trio of brightly colored glass vases with faux ranunculus which was the closest I could get to ranunculus californicus which is also native to Mexico.

The vitrine serves as bar and salsa tasting station. This is a perfect time to test the mettle of guests on the Scoville scale.🥵🌶

A variety of pepper- and onion-shaped bowls from Pier 1 Imports are elevated above a cherry red Waechtersbach chip bowl by a versatile acacia wood riser from Home Goods.

Florals from the table decor are extended to the vitrine.

I found this fun little sign on clearance at Hobby Lobby. What a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo: ¡Sip, Sip, Olé!

I hope you’ve been able to find some ideas for your Cinco de Mayo or perhaps even a Día de Muertos tablescape. For more ideas on this site, take a look at these previous posts:

For more tablescapes using plumeria/frangipani:

20 thoughts on “¡Sip, Sip, Olé!

  1. SUPERB! The video is phenomenal. You are getting so good at this! You are beginning to look like a professional, I love the editing. The table, well, what can I say? Colorful, beautiful, so perfect for the holiday. No one can set a better Cinco de Mayo table than this one. No one! I’m coming to your house for tacos and a heaping pile of guacamole.

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    You need YouTube channel for sure. When you control the content and have more time to devote to your designs it’s even better than your TV appearances. This was such fun and I always find inspiration in your use of color.

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    • Awwwwwww…thank you! I am going to have to investigate that whole YouTube thing. I don’t know that I quite understand it. I know I watch a lot of YouTube videos, but it’s usually something like Bon Jovi or how to set something up or fix something.


  3. Alycia, this is beyond Fabulous! I feel like I’ve been transported to a Mexican Fiesta! the placemats are perfect and those taco stands are too cute! I love the towering vase with pink blooms, and your salsa bar on the side board! Yes, Sip, Sip, Ole! Wonderful fun!

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  4. Alycia, this is absolutely fabulous! The video is amazing and your voice is perfect. You need a YouTube channel for sure. The table is splendid with color and pattern. I love the taco holders and the festive plate stack. Friend, you knocked this one out of the park!!!

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  5. Great video and I love this explosion of color and festivity. Thanks for reminding me that I have taco holders somewhere in one of my stashes. I also agree that you should have a YouTube channel!

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  6. Well this is fun! You are speaking my comfort language now. I’m always ready for a good fiesta. I love the turquoise in the fabrics, etc. and the turquoise as the centerpiece! Fun for the eyes for sure!

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  7. Alycia, what an awesome table! Your cinco de Mayo fiesta will be so much fun partying at your colorful table! I’m especially impressed with the centerpiece, complete with Tequila shots!! Enjoy! Zenda

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  8. Alycia…I think this is one of my favorite Cinco de Mayo tables…what spectacular colors and love the place settings….perfection!…and you did not leave out the “drink”….Salsa tasting station?!!! Genius! I would definitely be parked in front of that station for a long time! You truly have the greatest ideas to curate a table for any occasion….you are truly an artist!! As I have said many times before…sure wish I was your neighbor!!!

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