Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tablescape Thursday: Mexican Mosaic

On the fifth day....of the fifth month....
Numbers 29:26; 33:38
{Okay, so I completely took these verses out of context, but I struggled to come up with a coordinating Bible verse for this tablescape!}

Mr. Dishaholic and I had an early Cinco De Mayo dinner this past weekend, consisting of Chicken Enchilada Casserole, tortillas, chips, queso, and homemade guacamole.  (For recipes, click here.)

Just as the casserole was finishing up, I decided that I needed to throw together a "Mexican Mosaic" table for the occasion.  {There aren't quite as many pics as normal because I only had a few minutes before dinner would start getting cold!}

I began by grabbing a solid red tablecloth & a couple of green placemats with colorful stitching & a fuzzy red trim.  Then I took a quick look through my dishes, pulling out some of the most colorful ones I could find.

I chose these large square royal blue dishes for the base, turning them to add a little more interest.

Next I layered these red square salad plates.

A slightly smaller mosaic salad plate topped the red ones.

Then I figured, why stop there?  Keep layering on the mosaics.  So, I added these mosaic saucers, in a couple different patterns.

Colorful silverware and a coordinating napkin add to the mosaic of color and patterns.

A small coordinating bowl will hold queso for each of us.

I originally wanted to use my cobalt blue glassware, but these red glasses were much easier to get to, and since I was short on time, they did the trick.

Now I needed a centerpiece.  What better centerpiece is there for Cinco De Mayo than some chips, tortillas, & the fixings?

Since my bowls were primarily red, I decided that I needed to add another layer to the table, so that I wouldn't have red bowls sitting on a red tablescloth!

So, I grabbed a couple coordinating napkins and layered them to form a table runner!
{You'll have to excuse the wrinkles!  No time to iron!}

Here's a close up of the decorative edge:

I grabbed this small planter, which just so happens to have the same pattern as the saucers and queso bowls, lined it with a napkin, and filled with with tortillas.

Next a bowl of chips, queso, and fresh guacamole find their place on the table.

And there you have it!  A thrown together "Mexican Mosaic" tablescape in less than 15 minutes!
{And our dinner was still warm!}

blue plates - "Tacey" by Roscher/TJ Maxx
red plates - "Crimson" by Sonoma/Kohls
mosaic salad plates - "Matzalan" by Noble Excellence/Dillards
mosaic saucers - "Happy Suzani" by 222 Fifth/TJ Maxx (Now Pier 1 has the same ones!)
mosaic bowls - Pier 1
mosaic planter - Hobby Lobby
napkins & placemats - Steinmart
red goblets - Target
colorful flatware - Kohls
red serving bowls - "Kick it up a Notch" by Emeril

I'll be joining Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,  A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday, and It's a Very Cherry World for Rednesday.  Check them out & be inspired!


  1. Love your thrown together table.. It's vibrant and warm and festive. Great table. happy cinco de mayo

  2. Beautiful table setting! Please pass the chips and queso!

  3. Hi lovely lady. I love your Tablescape for Cinco De Mayo~~ With all the Beautiful colors in your dishes just lovely. Im your newest follower on your lovely blog. I hope you can come over and see my blog. Also have a Happy Mother Day.

  4. I love the layers and colors! Mixing patterns so beautifully takes talent! Well done!

  5. Gorgeous tablescape. The dishes and linens are fantastic. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. What fun! Cinco de Mayo sure brings out the color! Love the flatware. Have a delightful week.

  7. Love the mixture of colors and interesting and appealing to the eye. Lovely tablescapes. Such unusual plates. Beautiful.

  8. Gorgeous colors and gorgeous dishes!!! Love all that wonderful color...Have a beautiful week!!!

  9. Wow! You sure pulled together a festive and beautiful table on short notice!

  10. Ole! You did a great job with your dinner and Mexican-theme tablescape. Your dishes are a pretty good knock-off Talavera pottery. Your menu sounds delish!
    Have a great week.
    Ladybug Creek

  11. Wow! This is my 1st visit here, and it's so nice to meet another "dish-a-holic" ~ your table is just beautiful with an explosion of color! The dinner looks good too!

    I've enjoyed my visit and your blog and am now following. I love company and new friends are always welcome, please stop by when you have a moment!


  12. I just love any excuse to enjoy Mexican food and you table scape has inspired me. Thanks!

  13. Lovely deishes.I have just the bowl from this gorgeous collection!The colors light up your tablescape.

  14. What a fabulous feast for the eyes!
    These are just beautiful and I love the colors!

  15. Fun table! I like your colorful dishes and the textiles with their whimsical details. ~ Sarah