Mexican Theme Dinner Party Tablescape

Today I’m serving up Mexican themed dinner party ideas for adults and you’re invited! If you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, or you just want to host a Mexican fiesta, then you’ll love these ideas. You’ll find table décor, party food, and a tequila tasting all decked out in classic serapes and bright colors.

Mexican party ideas

I love all things that have to do with celebrating Cinco de Mayo – the food, the decorations, the margaritas! It’s a fantastic holiday for a themed dinner party.

But of course a Mexican dinner theme is perfect all year long. It’s got some of the best party menu ideas around!

I used some traditional party decorations and created this festive Mexican tablescape with unique touches. The result is this fun-filled inspiration for hosting your own Cinco de Mayo celebration or Mexican fiesta dinner any time of the year.

If you want to create a casual cocktail gathering you’re going to want to see this Mexican fiesta happy hour party. Or, invite some friends over for tacos & tequila with our cool tequila tasting flight. You’re sure to have a fantastic time!

Mexican Theme Tablescape 

Create a festive table setting with these ideas. You want to make it colorful and festive!

Mexican tablescape ideas

Use a traditional serape for your table runner. It instantly sets the scene with an iconic symbol of Mexico.

Mexican theme table decoration, jalapeno pepper name tag

Find colorful plates with a southwestern vibe!

cinco de mayo tablescape and party ideas

Color is a major component of the table. Add a different color napkin for each guest or use a complementary theme pattern.

mini sombrero name tags

Creative place card tags add an unexpected element to the table. You can write names directly onto a jalapeno pepper with a gold marker. Alternate place settings with mini sombrero hats and write names on the brim.

Mexican fiesta party ideas

Centerpiece Ideas

Design a centerpiece with inexpensive flowers in red, yellow and green. Leave some room on the table for chips and salsa, just like a restaurant.

Why not place colorful maracas at the ends of the table. Guests can have fun shaking them and using them for photo props.

centerpiece of mixed flowers in colorful bottles for cinco de mayo

Use a collection of colorful bottles in various heights and shapes to hold flowers. Cluster them together for a bigger impact than if they were spread out across the table.

Mexican tablescape decorations

Add potted cacti for an authentic southwestern touch. Place them on either side of the flower centerpiece.

Themed Cocktails

There may not be a better party and cocktail combination than Cinco de Mayo and Margaritas. Here are some great recipes to serve as a signature party drink, including some sangria recipes. Don’t forget to have some Mexican beer on hand too!

chips and salsa on table

Fiesta Menu

Who doesn’t love Mexican food? I could probably eat it 6 days a week if I had my way. Here’s a simple menu to serve for a Mexican themed dinner party.


  • Start with these easy baked jalapeno poppers with cheddar, bacon, and cream cheese filling.
  • You can add my favorite Mexican layer dip for even more flavor, or serve cowboy salsa for a Tex-Mex twist.
  • Make some tasty chicken taco cups to serve while guests are sipping on cocktails.
  • Chips and salsa are a party staple for the table. Make it homemade if you want, but I like to buy salsa and guacamole from our favorite restaurant. It saves time and you know you’ll love it.
easy taco salad

Main Course



mini tequila bottles tasting flight
taquila party ideas

Tequila Tasting

A good theme party has an activity or interactive component to it. This Mexican party is the perfect occasion to host a tequila tasting.

  • What a great idea {if I do say so my self} to add a flight of mini tequilas to taste and compare! I’m not talking about shots here; just a sampling of some high quality tequila brands.
  • Use mini votive glasses or shot glasses and rim them with salt and add a lime wedge to each glass. Just as with wine and beer, start your tasting with clear tequila first and then move on to the darker tequila. For best taste make sure the tequila is very cold. We store it in the freezer.
  • An alternative tasting could be to have three varieties made by one brand. For instance Cabo Wabo has Blanco, Respado, and Anejo you can taste side by side.
  • You can buy full size bottles if you want but I think the minis are so darn cute! Plus you set them in order to pour so it’s a no-brain’er to know which one you’re tasting.
  • Finally, set up a fun photo area with props as included in these stylish cinco de mayo party ideas. After all those tequila tastings you’ll be more than ready to take photos and share on social media!

Don’t you think these ideas would make a fun Mexican themed dinner party? Let me know what you think of these ideas in the comments below!

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  1. Okay, those mini sombreros and the jalapeno name tags have got to be some of the cutest things on earth. How clever and creative!

  2. I’m in love with this Chris! Just beautiful. And the pepper placecard idea is so clever! 😉

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