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Mexican Reception Centerpieces & Banquet Table Decorations
Mexican Fiesta Banquet & Reception Decorating Ideas
Mexican themed banquets and receptions create a colorful and festive setting that is informal and relaxed. The universal appeal of a south of the border themed event makes it a popular choice that everyone can be a part of, while providing a broad range of decorating options.
In addition to the theme, choose 1 to 4 theme colors to maximize the visual impact and provide continuity throughout the venue. Red, green, and white are Mexico's national colors and are a popular color combination for decorating.
Purple, gold, red, and green are often associated with a Mexican Fiesta, however, you may wish to use plum, gold, salmon, and olive green for a more understated look.
Include motifs and icons symbolic of Mexico and Mexican culture. Some easily recognizable items include:
Banquet and reception dining tables are typically rectangular or round. For round dining tables, create similar or duplicate centerpiece displays for each table. For a rectangular table, you can place a number of theme-related items down the center using a more significant decoration every few chairs. Be sure centerpieces do not obstruct eye contact between guests on opposite sides of the table.
Use a white tablecloth and lay
end-to-end down the center of the tables for a bold statement of cheerful color.
Metal saguaro cactus candlesticks
add height and the soft glow of candlelight. Space authentic
hand-painted Mexican maracas
mini, charro sombreros
between the candlesticks. Include
Mexican jug and sombrero salt & pepper shakers
blooming cactus in pots salt & pepper shakers
in the center of each table.
The head table is usually a rectangular table in the front of the room with the hosts and guests facing the other diners. This table is sometimes more elaborately decorated and should be skirted across the front. You may also decorate the front of the head table with a
Mexican flag border
or the more subtle
Mexican Del Sol flag border
Make a big first impression by decorating the entrance area and reception table with unique touches.
margarita string lights
chili pepper string lights
at the sign-in table or in the reception area. Hang
ceramic chili pepper ristras
on each side of the doorway into the banquet hall or reception area. Place
metal cactus decorations
frosted white votive candle holders
on the welcome table. Use a rustic, weathered wood cart for gifts instead of a skirted table.
Food service and buffet tables are another way to incorporate fun and unique highlights to your event. Most banquets and receptions offer either hors d'oeuvres passed butler style or an appetizer spread. When passing hors d'oeuvres arrange for Mexican themed centerpieces in some or all of the trays as they are passed, such as the
mini charro sombrero
. Then, raise the Mexican flag in each hors d'oeuvre or entree with
Mexican flag toothpicks
For an hors d'oeuvre and appetizer food table, create a centerpiece of
saguaro cactus candlesticks
ceramic chili pepper
green votive candle holders
at varying heights between the platters. For a dinner buffet, use
white mini lights
chili pepper string lights
Bar & Cocktails:
If you are using a skirted table for a bar, continue the Mexican theme with the
ceramic red chili pepper canister
Margarita Lounge birdhouse
and a few sprinkles of
Mexican Ole confetti
. Accent with a
metal cactus votive candle holder
. For an actual bar, just use a single display item along with drink napkins.
Depending upon the size of your crowd, put detailed
Mexican-themed cocktail napkins
out for display and have the bartenders use
green beverage napkins
for service to reduce costs for a large group.
Decorating the ceiling of your banquet hall or reception area goes a long way in filling the space and making your event unique. Some options to consider are swags of tulle with
. Mexican flags or large hanging pieces of fabric in red, green, and white. For a fun and uplifting display, hang colorful pinatas from the rafters.
Flowers & Plants:
Including the natural element of flowers and plants adds another dimension to your banquet and reception decorations. As large centerpieces or small accents, flowers make a beautiful addition of color and freshness to your event decor. Make your floral displays unique with
white submersible LED lights
that light up the vase holding each arrangement. While strategically placed potted plants give a vast hall a much more comfortable and natural ambiance.
For an extra dose of fun, surprise your guests with party beads in
. Use party beads as napkin rings at each place setting or fill a bowl or large martini glass at the reception table and bar. Beads make a great party favor that your guests will enjoy throughout the evening.
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