Thursday, May 2, 2013

FABBY: Fiesta del 5 de Mayo

Hello Sweet friends!

I never knew about the "Mexican holiday of the 5 de Mayo" before I started to blog and I've seen so many fabulous tables with the Mexican theme..I kind of blame it from growing up in NY, as in my time you never heard, hardly of Mexico in the East Coast.
There were no Mexican restaurants of fast food, or anything of the kind. I learned about the culture and food when I lived for almost a year in LA when I was single.
Anyway, here is my first venture in a 5 Mayo tablescape, which I call it an Ecua-Mex table, as most elements here are from Ecuador, lol!

I was very much inspired in my "Macana" we call it here and "IKAT" tablecloth, which is how it's known all over the world. Everything is made by hand in natural woven wools and with natural vegetable dies, by people that are experts in this craft. They are made like "tie died" (ikat) and mainly for the use of shawls for the women and some men shirts by "Indigenous people of Ecuador."

I had a tablecloth made for my round table of two remnants shawls I had; after Alejandro had made some pieces, many years ago for upholstery, and we used it for some bar chairs and a grandfather recliner, which is the only one we have now, as the bar chairs I re-upholstered them last year, along with the couches in our den.

The dishes I used here were made here in Cuenca-Ecuador, at out former Ceramic Co., Monte Turi. I explained in the past that the designs are inspired, again, in the 'Indigenous people's embroidered apparel from Ecuador'.

 Anyway, I hope you like my 'first attempt at a "5 de Mayo" table setting'.

Here is the "Macana" tablecloth which inspired me to make my first 5 de Mayo tablescape. Aren't the colors and pattern just great!

I used dishes made by us back at our Ceramic Co. Monte Turi.

The pewter chargers are Mexican.
I almost forgot to add my Camino Real Tequila, ha!

The stems are hand blown in Mexico. The blue glasses we have since 1975, when we got married. We bought around 20 for a party and now I only have 6 left !!

This Camino Real Tequila bottle with the Mexican hat and serape, so cute!

I read in Internet that Mexican actress Salma Hayek had made to order 12 shawls like this one, but in different patterns and colors for herself, here in Ecuador. I put together two shawls to make the tablecloth. Alejandro thinks this type of hand made textile craft it's a dying art, I would everything made by hand in the world. Look at our hand made and decorated dishes, there are no more!

The salsa bowl with a little wooden spoon.

Aren't the color of these peppers and chilies, bright and pretty? I thought they'll be great instead of flowers for this table.

For a centerpiece I decorated a tray with a terracotta pot with a cute plant, four different color peppers and chilies, in a terracotta glazed hand made bowl, by us, and an oil, vinegar, salt and pepper ceramic carrier. Look at the little chili- pepper toothpick holder, I found around my stuff...I never used it, I wonder if people put them in tables, lol..
I placed in the small ceviche bowls a cute chili-pepper.

The cups are for chocolate, as they're larger than usual teacups. The inside was left in glazed terracotta color and it looks like hot chocolate is inside, already! They were also made back at our company.

I love the bird decoration in the cup's saucer.
Here is another pattern of the big cups and saucers, for hot chocolate.

Ok, here you have first 5 de Mayo, 2013, Mexican holiday table setting.

Thank you my dear friends for your wonderful comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at their fabulous parties each week.

I will be joining the following parties. Hope to see you there too.

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How Sweet the Sound I will be participating in PINK SATURDAY at How Sweet the Sound.

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  1. Oh Fabby, This is gorgeous. I love all the festive colors. The shawls put together for the tablecloth was genius. I don't think I have seen anything so beautiful.
    Your company's dinnerware is perfect. The items you produced are true works of art. I hope you and your family have a set of everything your produced.
    Your centerpiece is perfect.
    Kudos for Fabby's Fiesta del 5 de Mayo!

  2. YOU ABSOLUTELY ROCKED IT, GIRLFRIEND!!! You came out of this like a pro! VERY well done! I LOVE that shawl you used as a table covering! It's kind of hard for me to imagine the glamorous Salma Hayek sitting down and making a dozen of these!!! It is so sad that the art of creating textiles by hand is getting lost to technology and machinery. Alejandro is right...handiwork is a dying art. :-(

    Your dishes are all so beautiful, and they work perfectly! The toothpick holder is cute! I think people might still put out toothpicks. I know I do when we have certain types of food. Most people just go into the powder room and take care of the situation in there with the toothpick. It's all very civilized! :-)

    Those are some really plump and brightly colored peppers you put out there, too!!! Beautiful!

    You get an A+ on your very first Cinco de Mayo table. Muy bien hecho, mi amiga!!!!

  3. That is a very festive table..I love the center piece. xoxo,Susie

  4. Fabby, you outdid yourself! This is so fantastic. Your shawls are gorgeous and the table decorations are so colorful and perfect for Cinco de Mayo! It is crazy, I know, but my favorite thing is how you used the peppers, as decorations - oh, and then there is the tequila...

  5. Fabby, your table is so great. But when you were here there were no Mexican restaurants? Holy Guacamole, you should see what is here now! Great restaurants, deli's, fruit and vegetables stores, selling all authentic things like banana leaves, yucca, etc. Big population of Mexicans living here on Staten Island. They are big into landscaping, construction. Lots of celebrating this weekend. xo

  6. Your table is so festive looking. It reminds me that I brought lots of shawls back from Ecuador years ago and still have some of them. They seemed to be mostly square.

  7. That is the prettiest Cinco de Mayo table ever!! Love the way you do things! Bet you give the BEST parties!

  8. Such a gorgeous, vibrant table, Fabby! I love the green and white dishes...they are probably my favorites of your collection. The tablecloth/shawls are beautiful.
    Have a great week...

  9. AHHH! SI, SI! SOY MEXICANA! I am a French-speaking Mexican-American who teaches French but I know all about Cinco de Mayo! I used to dance Mexican and Spanish dancing every year on that date for fiestas around the city!

    Thank you Fabby for coming to visit. Come back for the next several weeks to visit the links for what I think will be a gorgeous virtual tour. Happy weekend! Anita

  10. Wow! Now this is a festive table perfect for a fiesta. Love that textile, Fabby. All these bright colors make me want to jump up and yell, Olé! This is one of the best tables ever........Sarah

  11. Absolutely FAB!!! Everything is so festive and colorful! Following you now....found you through the Happy Hour!

  12. Oh Fabby, for someone who did not know about cinco de Mayo before, you did an outstanding job putting this together, It's absolutely beautiful and colorful and festive like a fiesta in Mexico. I love your new term, Ecua-mex, lol. Beautiful cloth, just perfect! I have stuff for a Mexican table but I am running out of days to post, lol. I had to post our swimming party to celebrate my and John;s bday...Christine

  13. Ecua-Mex is so festive and cheerful you can just hear the cheering and laughter. Love those woven shawls and the china especially the chocolate cup. You are ready for the party to begin.

  14. Beautiful setting, Fabby! Thanks for linking up!

  15. Bonjour ma très chère Fabby,
    De la couleur à foison... Une table semblable à un beau feu d'artifice vitaminé !...
    Je suppose que je dois arriver avec un beau sombrero sans oublier les maracas pour être à la fête !
    Une très jolie publication où le soleil mexicain s'est invité généreusement...
    Ta table est somptueuse. Tes idées sont judicieuses pour créer une ambiance. Tu possèdes des décorations phénoménales et tu sais remarquablement les mettre en valeur.
    Je te fais de gros bisous.

    Que pases un buen día !

  16. Great title, Fabby. Ole! Your table looks ready for a party. Love the peppers as part of the centerpiece. HAPPY May :)

  17. oh my goodness Fabby!! I love it! Your table looks great!! I think that this is one of the most fun tables to do because you can pull out all the stops on color and just go for it!! What you put together is fabulous.

  18. Ole'.. Looks wonderfully festive!

  19. A very festive table! Love the hat on the tequila! We had cousins weekend last year on cinco de mayo and used all pyrex for color. Not as elegant as your pretty table.

  20. Gorgeous table! You certainly know how to put patterns together, I love the mix.

  21. It looks so gorgeous, Fabby, it's hard to believe you haven't been doing a Cinco de Mayo celebration for years! Your tablecloth is beautiful and goes so perfectly with your fabulous dishes. I have a couple of shawls from Ecuador. My hubby bought them for me from a local vendor at a street fair -- he and his wife live part of the year in Ecuador. Mine are solid colors -- one is a beautiful turquoise and the other is a buttery yellow with a tone-on-tone design woven into it of horses (the horses are very subtle). I used both of them quite a lot this past winter. Anyway, you did a beautiful job decorating for Cinco de Mayo!

  22. Hi Fabby,
    beautiful table setting for that celebration. Seems for me the perfect colors for a Mexican festival. Thank you for sharing this colorful design.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  23. Your party looks great! I hope you have good food and good friends on Sunday... my friend! Happy Cinco de Mayo..… :)

    hugs xx
    Crystelle Boutique

  24. Perfect!!! Me, being from south Texas, near the Mexican border.... we do a lot of decorating for Cinco de Mayo....... I love what you've done with the peppers, dishes etc.....PERFRECT!
    love you!

  25. Fabby,
    Your first and truly a fine table for festivities!!! I love the use of colored peppers for your centerpiece!!! Your ceramic plates are gorgeous, dear friend!!!Unique idea using the shawl as a tablecloth!!!
    EnJOY your fiesta!!!

  26. I can always count on your for pattern and color and you did not let me down. The shawls are gorgeous. They look perfect here. I would love to learn to weave like that. It may be a dying art, but it's time for a revival! Love the dishes as well, and the centerpiece is genius.

  27. I love your Mexican Fiesta Fabby. The colors and plates are all so authentic. It is like traveling to Mexico.. Thank you for the inspiration.

  28. Dearest Fabby,
    That was a very fun post and sure, by visiting other blogs we learn about history and culture too.
    Mentioning the Camino Real made me think back of the Leading Hotels of the World; Camino Real in México City where we used to stay when doing consulting. Royals like Queen Elizabeth have been there; they kept a lot of framed photos in their lobby.
    LOVE your special tablecloth and indeed it made me think of the Indonesian style IKAT. Your dishes are so unique and you are so right about all hand work becoming more and more extinct.
    Happy Cinco de Mayo to you.

  29. Fabby,
    This is just perfect. I always love all of the special touches you add and they have the stories behind them. That make them even more special.

  30. Hello Fabby,

    What a beautiful table.
    Just perfect for a
    great party.

    Have a great weekend.

    Bear Hugs,

  31. Oh Fabby, this is fabulous. I love the shawl and your dishes are so perfect, I feel like I am in Mexico. Using the peppers for a centerpiece is genius. Beautiful tablescape. Hugs, Marty

  32. What a happy table. I love how even the peppers pick the colour of your table cloth.

  33. One of my favorite Saturday stops! Your Mexican fiesta for Cinco de Mayo is truly wonderful! What a perfect table for the festival! Having lived my whole life in CA we've always known about Cinco de Mayo but my first year in college, I had a roommate who hadn't ever been out of her native Boston. I provided her with her very first taco! She pronounced it "not as good as a hamburg" in her opinion. We have remained good friends over the years and we laugh about it still! Thanks for sharing - I *love* those chocolate cups and Mexican hot chocolate with that little bit of cinnamon. Yum!


  35. Ola querida amiga pero tu mesa esta preciosa que linda con los ajise de pimiento tus platos y tasa estan preciosa que lastima que ya no tienes la compania porque me encantaria tener un juego de platos de tu pais todo los detalles de tu mesa son marabilloso y muy alegre me encanta tu matel.
    te deceun feliz 5 de Mayo en union de tu linda familia
    que Dios los bendiga siempre

  36. Your Mexican table is beautifully presented with all your lovely treasures. Hugs, Gayle.

  37. So beautiful and colourful, Fabby! Love the way you used the capsicums (peppers) as decor! Greetings from Australia♥ Hugs Pernilla x

  38. Absolutely fabulous! What a beautiful and festive tablescape! The dishes are just perfect.
    We'd love to have you join us at the Creative HomeAcre Blog Hop today!

  39. Hello miss Fabby,
    Well done... this table scape is beyond beautiful and festive! I grew up in Nevada and enjoyed celebrating Cinco de Mayo for years... we love our Mexican food.. Now, living in New England we finally have one good Mexican food restaurant to go to when we crave the taste of authentic Mexican food... We cook Mexican at home at least once a week, but our table never looks like yours! Thanks so much for sharing with Dandelion House!
    Deborah Jean

  40. Fabby, this is a bright and beautiful table! I love the tablescape and your attention to detail is amazing!

  41. This has to be my all time favorite Mexican Fiesta tablescape. Outstanding! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  42. You took me straight to Mexico Fabby, the table covering certainly set the mood immediately! The Mexican pewter chargers had me drooling! Your chocolate cups are so over the top great, as is the other dinnerware. I love the bowl of colored peppers and bottle of tequila!

  43. this looks great and very inviting. love the rich colors that you used in this tablescape. I just might have to try a Spanish theme in my next decorating adventure...
    Happy Fiesta del 5 de Mayo

  44. The shawls are just beautiful for your background. You always make everything so special with your style! Enjoy your day my friend!

  45. :D Fabby, this might be one of my favorites. The centerpiece is perfect with the peppers and terra-cotta! So cute! Your pewter chargers are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, and I love the pattern of your salsa bowl. LOVE the green!

    For your first Cinco de Mayo tablescape, you certainly nailed's truly lovely!


  46. That looks so very colourful !!
    Happy belated 5 de Mayo to you !!

  47. Hi!

    You were featured on BeBetsy!

    We were co-hosts on Favorite Things Hop Thursday with Katharine's Corner. Thanks for joining us in the fun and visit BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living! Sharon and Denise

  48. Hi!

    You were featured on BeBetsy!

    We were co-hosts on Favorite Things Hop Thursday with Katharine's Corner. Thanks for joining us in the fun and visit BeBetsy - Smashingly Good Living! Sharon and Denise

  49. Everything is beautiful Fabby and I love your handmade dishes. So very pretty.

  50. What a fabulous table, Fabby! Very colourful! I like the use of fresh veggies as the centerpiece too. Thanks for sharing and joining me for tea.


  51. I do believe that you are the tablescape QUEEN! Looks aboslutely amazing...perfect!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday!

  52. Thanks so much for linking up at the Creative HomeAcre Hop. Hope to see you again this Sunday!

  53. Those shawls are wonderful and your table is so festive!

  54. Hi Fabby! I know this is such a late comment. I've been absent online for the past week. It's only now that I regained my access.

    Your dining table never fails to amaze me. The colors are so alive and festive. More than the great food, the arrangement is already very inviting.

    Hope you are having a great weekend. Thank you for linking up.

  55. Fabby, this is absolutely gorgeous! It looks so festive! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  56. Oooooohhhh! Wonderful job on this tablescape! Love the way you coordinated the colors of the dishes and the table covering. Then the peppers in center of the table -- perfect! Thanks for sharing. Catherine (new follower)

  57. Beautifully festive and colorful! Perfect for the holiday! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  58. This tablescape is so fun and festive! I love all the bright colors, the shawls, the china and those peppers! :) Perfect!


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