Cinco de Mayo – Celebrating with Plants

Cinco de Mayo – Celebrating with Plants

Happy May! The weather is getting warmer and the sun is shining! Cinco de Mayo is coming up, so why not spend some time celebrating with your family while enjoying the beauty of nature and plants! Have a family fiesta and decorate together with stylish pottery, edible plants, succulents, cacti, and more! Plus, get creative with free decoration templates that your family can color together, learn how to make a sombrero with pottery, and enjoy tips on planting and design!


Fiesta Flags

string rope through flags

First, let’s make things festive with fun Cinco de Mayo décor like Fiesta Flags. There are 3 different styles of flag templates that you can print and your family can decorate.

fiesta flags

Color with markers, crayons, pencils, or paint; it is up to you! Make the flags vibrant and colorful to really jazz up your celebration! Depending on the size of the flag banner that you want to make, that will determine how many flags you need to decorate.

decorate flags

When the flags are done, carefully, cut them out and always use adult supervision when crafting with kiddos. You can glue the flags to a piece of poster board for more support or use as is. Have an adult use a hole punch and create holes on the top 2 corners of each flag.


Then, carefully, run string, ribbon, or rope through the holes, one flag at a time. Hang your new Fiesta Flag banner when it is ready to go!

fiesta flag display

Click here to download the Fiesta Flags Templates!


Sombrero Plant Tag

sombrero plant tag

Give your potted plants a little spice with Sombrero Plant Tags! First, color the sombrero to your liking, making a couple different variations to place in your different container gardens!

sombrero plant tags

When you are done decorating, cut out the sombrero. Feel free to glue to a piece of poster board and then, cut it out for stronger support. Then, glue the sombrero securely to a popsicle stick and place in your festive potted plants.

plant tags for cinco de mayo

Click here to download your free Sombrero Plant Tag Templates!


Sombrero Pottery

sombrero pottery

Take your terra cotta pottery to the next level and turn it into a stylish sombrero! When the celebration is over, you can use the saucer and pot as decoration in your home for your indoor plants!

terra cotta pot and saucer

First, paint the rim of the pot with a festive pattern and colors. You may need to add additional layers of paint for a more bold and vibrant color.

painted pottery

Then, paint the saucer. We continued the green color for the saucer to complete the look. Allow everything to dry before putting your sombrero together.

paint plant saucer


Other Decorative Pottery

For a simple, yet modern look, use color blocking with the other paint colors you used on the sombrero. Just paint the bottom half of your pottery for a pop of color against the natural hue of terra cotta.

color block design

Don’t feel like painting? Explore our selections of decorative pottery, available in many styles, colors, and sizes, like gorgeous hand-painted pottery. Have fun selecting from the glossy, modern shapes to the bold and natural textures and varieties that we have available!

sombrero plant tag in planter

Find an eclectic array of pottery in bright and festive colors to really bring your celebration to life!


Cinco de Mayo Planting Tips

Fresh Herbs and Veggies

fresh herbs

Have some fun with your fresh and edible plants! They make the perfect decoration to any celebration because of their lush green color and gorgeous foliage. Their textures and fragrances are visually and naturally beautiful and will compliment any fiesta décor, plus you can reap the benefits of growing fresh produce for your family! When getting ready for your celebration, you and your family can learn the basics of planting edible plants and the importance of creating a more sustainable life together! Check out our blog here for more information on the important of starting your Victory Garden!

When planting herbs, you can usually plant a couple varieties together, depending on the size of your container and if there is room.

tomato plants

Tomato plants and peppers need room to grow. For your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, plant individually in a larger container. As your plants grow larger, it will need to be transplanted to your garden so you can really reap the tasty benefits.

For planting edible plants in containers, you need a good, quality potting soil. Choose Calloway’s Premium Container Potting Soil for its many benefits like the moisture-retaining capabilities that will keep your plant’s roots happy and healthy. Add the potting soil to the container, leaving room for the plant.

Next, remove your plant from the plastic container and gently break up the root ball. Place in the potting soil and water in thoroughly until the water drains through the plant’s roots and out the drain hole. Add more potting soil if needed.

Succulents and Cacti

A fiesta is not complete without the unique styles and colors of succulents and cacti. They are available in many sizes and varieties for your decorating needs! Call our store nearest you for information on fresh arrivals of these beautiful plants.

When planting succulents and cactus plants, use a potting soil like Black Gold® Cactus Mix. It is made from a unique blend of horticultural grade perlite, pumice, earthworm castings, compost and bark that these plants crave. Plus, it helps provide the ideal soil structure and drainage.

succulents and cacti

Fill your container with Black Gold® Cactus Mix, leaving room to plant. Add your succulents or cactus selections to the container. Remember, the amount you plant will vary based on the size of the container. Mix these plants together for a desert theme container garden. For more tips on planting succulents in containers, check out our blog here!

After you are done planting, water in thoroughly and add more Black Gold® Cactus Mix as needed. Water again when the soil is dry.



cinco de mayo celebration

Now that your plants are planted, and your decorations are complete. Set up your Cinco de Mayo celebration display!

hang flags

Hang your Fiesta Flag banner and place the sombrero plant tags in a few containers.

decorative pottery

Bring together all the different pottery and plant selections so that you can admire your work!

cinco de mayo decorations



Ready to get your supplies together and start planting? At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

cinco de mayo with plants

Questions about availability or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

Have so much fun and stay safe celebrating with your family! Engage in gardening and spend time being creative together; feel the pride and enjoy the fresh taste of your home-grown vegetables and herbs! Plus, breathe easier in your home and enjoy the air purifying qualities of indoor plants like succulents.

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Show us your fabulous celebration displays by tagging us on social media! Tag us in your photos and use #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY and #TIMETOGROW!