It's Indy 500 weekend!!!
After living in Indy for four years, I accumulated a lot of 500 decorations, so I'll be using them this weekend for dinner with our neighbors.
All of the dishes, except the coffee mugs are from my regular "stash", but there are a few race themed details I've added to make it fun.
Starting with banners on the deck railing......
and adding some checkered flags......
I set the table on the round white deck.
I'll add a few simple flowers in tubes to this simple centerpiece. It's just a spray of race flags and a plastic child's helmet.
A white charger, black banded plate and red bowl really show up on the checked tablecloth. So does the red handled flatware.
A simple black linen napkin is simply topped with a badge that I kept from some corporate entertaining we attended. That was such a surprise when we moved there. The entire month of May is spent going to parties and corporate events at the track. And for everything......you wear black and white. It's not just for race day, folks! It's Carburation Day, Pit Crew Competitions, Black and White Ball, and the parade just to name a few.
The mugs were favors from something, I'm sure, and the stemware is etched and painted with black diamonds.
This is just a simple place card and I put a small toy race car beside it.
Our guests are simple eaters, so the menu is going to be easy and uncomplicated.
Here's where we'll be lingering after the race.
This will greet them as they come up the driveway.
I have about a dozen small flags......
so I lined the walkway to the front door.
And on the door itself, I simply threaded two flags with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway logo through the iron ring.
Welcome, race fans!!!!!
Who will be drinking milk in Victory Lane???
Here's the menu I have planned:
"Pit Crew" peanuts (hot boiled)
"Newgarden" nacho dip
"Gas Tank" gazpacho
"Franchetti" flank steak
"Rahal" rice salad
"Penske" pita bread
"Left Turn" Torte
Feathered Nest Friday
Open House Thursday