Mexican-Style Christmas Decorations and Tablesetting Ideas
Create a causal and colorful setting for your next fiesta with these Latin-American inspired decorations. They can be used for the holidays, Cinco de Mayo or any time of year.
Bright and Happy Holidays
Yes, use traditional red and green for Christmas decorations, but why not turn it up a notch by adding more color, like a little yellow, pink or blue. It is a celebration after all!
Line the Walls
Paper garlands are a great way to decorate walls inexpensively. Our garland is a play on Mexican pennant flags and requires only a few sheets of cardstock and a craft knife.
Cone trees are an easy way to add a Christmas look to a table or mantel without spending a ton of money for a decoration that get used once a year. The center tree was made with snowflake confetti to add a bright punch of color that’s anything but boring. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
What do you get when you cross a piñata with a Christmas tree? A fringed-tissue paper cone tree. This sweet little number is an easy way to add a whimsical Christmas element to your table or mantel for just a few dollars. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
Pink and blue glassware add more vibrant color and sparkle to the table, while black plates help ground the setting and will make the food the focal point.
Sugar Skull Place Cards
Instead of standard place cards, Mexican sugar skulls were used to identify the seating arrangements. They were made inexpensively using disposable aluminum pans. A leatherworker’s stylus tool was used to hammer out the design and add each guest’s name.
Cloves are used to create fun patterns in fresh citrus fruit. The contrast of the black spice against the bright lemons, limes and oranges creates an eye-catching and fragrant centerpiece.
Burlap placemats are paired with a felt table runner to add texture and contrast to the setting. Get step-by-step instructions >>
Shake It Up
Paper-mache and washi tape maracas filled with candy add to the festivities and make a great party favor. The candy is accessed by removing the paper straw handle.
Make dessert time a little spicy by serving a spoonful of cayenne-spiked chocolate with plain cup of hot cocoa. The savory and sweet mix is the perfect way to warm up a cold winter evening. Get three easy recipes >>
Custom Table Runner
If you have an oddly sized table, making a DIY table runner is often the fastest, easiest and least expensive way to add a little color to the table. Felt is an easy fabric to work with because it doesn’t fray. Get the step-by-step instructions >>
These embroidered burlap placemats are an easy and inexpensive way to add texture and natural tones to any table. Embroidery thread around the perimeter helps customize the table's color palette.