Tablescape: Racing Theme Tablesetting

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If someone you love has a fascination with race cars, then you might choose a racing theme tablesetting to celebrate their birthday or another special occasion like Father’s Day. Your special someone may love NASCAR or the Cars videos–whatever that person loves that’s related to speed, sleek auto design or driving, a fun racing table will delight.I started my engines–to use a racing phrase–by covering my long table with white tablecloths and runners of black-and-white-checkered squares alternating with sold primary squares of green, red, blue and yellow.  These runners were actually cotton curtains I had made for one of my sons’ bedroom at one time. I believe in recycling, and I knew this fabric with all its colors would come in handy for tablescaping at some point So the checkered squares recall racing and the other colors gave me my bright color scheme.

I used black chargers with my white dinner plates and realized that it made each placesetting look somewhat like a car’s steering wheel. On top of each dinner plate, I used a black cotton napkin with a paper dessert napkin with a NASCAR race car pictured. This red race car napkin added color to the white and black of the dish and charger. Red-handled flatware also perked up the placesetting. As an extra treat, I added a tiny red gas can favor from Cars.

Alternating down the length of the table on the table runner I added red and blue construction paper sheets on which I placed several toy race cars and trucks. I knew these would be cute interactive items that guests young and old would enjoy playing with before the meal began.For the very center of the long table, I used a racing-look helmet. It was actually a bicycle helmet that was decorated with race cars and the checker-board design. It had the right colors and reminded you of the safety items worn by race car drivers. This centerpiece prop was found at a local thrift store for less than $5, and when I was

To delight your racing fans, try adapting this tablescape in your own way. It’s very simple and inexpensive-you may be able to use race car toys from your own children’s stash or a neighbor’s. You could use a wrapping paper runner with a checkered or race-car design, or make a centerpiece with a small toy racing track or a large model of a race car. Your imagination and creativity are the only limits. Enjoy!

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