Tablescapes, Warming Up with Tex-Mex

After all the freezing weather I decided to warm things up around here with a little Tex-Mex table~

easy centerpiece

I raided the pantry for all things red, spicy and cowboy

tex mex centerpiece

and a pear?…well, it was the right color!  And cowboys love pears right?  Well, they should, anyway, everyone needs to eat more fruits and veggies!

Mexican centerpiece

I love to use fresh fruit and vegetables on my tables but sadly, today all I had was a pint of grape tomatoes, 2 heads of garlic and the pear


Miniatures await crushed ice and limes


With “Add your own Tequila Margaritas”, things should heat up fast!


I used chalkboard tags for napkin rings

Tex-Mex table

and the individual ceramic compotes are perfect for salsa, guacamole or queso


An olive stirrer to get drinks mixed just right


I used a painted wine bottle from the Fiesta party last summer,  hung with a cowboy hat ornament on the neck

tex-mex table3

Creating a centerpiece from the unexpected is cheap a great conversation starter!

chalkboard tag napkin ring

I have a lot of “twos” of things, so if you look carefully you can see the mixing and matching going on.  The salad plates are all the same pattern, just 2 different shapes.

Tex-Mex table 6

chili pepper pitcher

For some other hot and spicy tables, check out the Fajita Buffet and Cinco de Mayo.  You will find some great warm up recipes on those posts too!

This night we’re having

“Add your own Tequila Margaritas”  aka Skinny Girl Margaritas*

add your own tequila margarita

Corn and Spinach Queso

spinach queso

Chunky Guacamole Salad   [make your guacamole extra chunky and serve it on top of crispy lettuce]


Chicken and Vegetable Enchiladas

chicken and veggie enchiladas

Sombrero Cookies

sombrero cookies

I hope you are warm and cozy where you are!

Here’s the drink recipe:

“Add your own Tequila Margaritas”  for a printable version click here

*Skinny Girl Margaritas from Bethanny Frankel

1/2 fresh lime squeezed for juice

2 oz. Patron or other high quality Tequila or to taste

splash of Grand Marnier or Triple Sec [optional]

lots of ice

lime wedges for garnish

Fill a short glass with crushed ice.  Add tequila and lime juice.  Garnish with lime wedges.  Makes 1


painted glassware and dip platter/JMdesigns

salad plates and square charger plates/ BBB 2012 but still available


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10 Responses to “Tablescapes, Warming Up with Tex-Mex”
  1. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I love your “don’t double dip” chip plate! Cute table and I’m feeling a little warmer already:@)

  2. lulu says:

    You are on a roll! We had tamales and sangria last night which would have been perfect at your table. Ours was not quite so together!

  3. Rosie says:

    What a fun, colorful table, (love your plates and centerpiece!! Your menu sounds yummy, too!! Have a great time! Rosie @ the Magic Hutch

  4. Dadgum it, girl…now I’m craving Mexican food! It’s 10 p.m., so there’s no way that can happen, so I’m going to blame it on you if I can’t sleep tonight! 🙂 I like the idea of the chunky guac. I think I’d like that a lot!

    I just saw a Skinny Girl commercial while watching “The Golden Globes” on TV, and now I see it on your post. I guess I’ll have to give it a try. I’m trying hard to cut the carbs, cholesterol and calories (the dreaded Three C’s!!!), so rather than cutting out cocktails altogether, I think it would be worth a try.

    Hope you had a good weekend! Take care, and watch your back…’cause if I lose one moment of sleep over that Mexican food, I’m comin’ after you!!! 🙂

  5. Mary says:

    Olé Jenna, what a fiesta! We had warmer temperatures yesterday but your menu and cute table with centerpiece definitely warms things up! The alternating plate shapes make for such a feliz setting too. It seems wrong to want a margarita for breakfast but the Skinny Girl Margarita recipe is just how I like mine, I’m not a fan of sour mix, just lime 🙂

  6. Everytime I go to see little man..his family is taking us to a new tex=mex restaurant…So it is starting to get to be a favorite of mine.

  7. Sarah says:

    What a cute table, Jenna. Love the mix of “hot” Tex Mex products. This is a clever idea for a centerpiece.

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