A Mexican Inspired Thanksgiving

Mexico holds a special place in my heart. I associate it with love, as it’s where Abrahm and I were married nearly seven years ago, and beauty, as its storied craftsmanship and diverse cuisine excites and inspires me each time I visit. So when Etsy asked me to create a holiday themed tablescape, in time for Thanksgiving, Mexico immediately came to mind. My favorite destination on my favorite holiday! Win, win. With authentic Mexican pottery, rich leather details and paper goods, all sourced from Etsy, I put together a fall-themed spread that was ready for a Mexican inspired feast. Below are some tips on how to recreate this beautiful tablescape at home:

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It’s all in the details: Luxe silk tassels from Woman Shops World, and mini Loteria cards from My Mercado, add the right amount of fun and whim!

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Go the extra mile: Wow your guests by adding one of the most inexpensive, yet impressive, details to your table: a printed menu. There’s a plethora of Etsy vendors that can customize just about any paper invites, menus or place cards. Most of the time, you can request them to print them for you or if you want to just purchase the digital file, you can print them yourself with standard card stock. How sweet are these papel picado inspired menus from JP Stationary?

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It doesn’t need to be fancy: Something as simple as putting fruits and nuts into small bowls can add the perfect amount of color and texture to any table. Plus, they’re perfect for snacking on post-meal!

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Add color and texture: I love using simple white plates. Not only are they versatile, they are perfect layering in texture and color. I fell in love with these rich leather charges and was so happy to discover beautiful linens from Lakeshore Linen and vegetable tanned leather napkin holders from Bliss Craft And Brazen.

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Candles, candles, candles: When it comes to candles, more is more. And that’s a good thing! Play around with no more than two colors and don’t hesitate experimenting with height.

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Make it festive: Turn it up a notch with strung lights or paper flags. I got these papel picado flags customized from Lula Flora Designs with the word “gracias” on them. How fun would it be to save them as present toppers after the party is over?

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(Thanksgiving recipes to be featured on HonestlyYUM all this month; photography by Ashley Batz, concept & art direction by Erica Coffman, styling by Bianca Sotelo, flowers by Natalie Bowen; this post was created in partnership with Etsy. All opinions are our own.)

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14 Comments

  1. Well done! I like how you put a twist on the idea of decorating for thanksgiving with a mexican theme =o) So creative!

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    11.2.16
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  2. Thank you so much for using my Loteria gift tags in your gorgeous Mexican Inspired Thanksgiving photo shoot. I love how you’ve taken another country’s culture and incorporated into the most traditional of American holidays. Beautiful!

    11.2.16
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  3. Michelle wrote:

    The colours and accessories are so beautiful, I really like this version!
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    11.2.16
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  4. Arwa Alhodaif wrote:

    I don’t think this is a good idea. Since it is celebration of taking the land of the natives (and Mexicans and natives of the U.S. share the same heritage).

    11.3.16
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  5. Sundal Roy wrote:

    was just thinking exactly the same as you, Arwa! Kinda offensive imho.

    11.4.16
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  6. WOW, amazing and adorable accessories for thanksgiving ideas.

    11.4.16
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  7. Eileen Cigala wrote:

    I don’t find it the least bit offensive. The suggestion that it would be offensive seems silly and antagonistic to me. I was born in America, and while my heritage draws from many cultures, I identify as an American and I will always celebrate the melting pot that has made my culture unique. A Mexico inspired table setting at my Thanksgiving table is a way to include my Mexican heritage in my American identity. So stop suggesting that Mexicans should be offended…you are making hate where none need exist.

    11.6.16
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  8. Eileen Driscoll wrote:

    Where are the etched wooden dining chairs from? They are beautiful.

    11.7.16
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    • Erica wrote:

      They were actually purchased for $20/set of two at Goodwill and painted black!!

      11.7.16
  9. Eileen Driscoll wrote:

    Erica, thank you!

    11.8.16
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  10. Sundal Roy wrote:

    never said mexicans should be offended, Eileen, it’s your right to be as unoffended as you like. I’m saying I am offended (your use of the word ‘hate’ has no place here) considering the history of what thanksgiving represents and I have the right to feel about it however I want.

    11.16.16
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  11. A good story in this article, Thank you want to share a nice and interesting posts.

    11.27.16
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  12. Agreed, Eileen! And it’s always gringas who take offense “on behalf of” someone else!! SMH!! Love this tablescape and the story behind it, ESPECIALLY for those of us who are Mexican American!

    11.6.17
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