Thursday, May 24, 2012

Indy 500



It's official!!!


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.

 Festive, but not at all fancy.

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
"Andretti" asparagus
"Penske" pita bread

"Left Turn" Torte
"Carborator" Coffee

Joining:

Inspiration Friday

Feathered Nest Friday

Fridays Unfold

Seasonal Sundays

Tablescape Thursday

Open House Thursday





18 comments:

  1. This is soooo fun! I hope you'll link to Seasonal Sundays. Your post couldn't be more seasonal!

    - The Tablescaper

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  2. What a fun party! You've got all the details covered here. Lovin the black and white theme. Happy Weekend! ~ Sarah

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  3. Love the whole setting, but the place card holders are a riot! Good thinking! Thank you for commenting on my Memorial Day post and the children honoring the flag and our heroes. ~Zuni

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  4. Man...when you throw a gathering.....you go all out! Gonna be a fun time at your place :)

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  5. this is so fun! i love themed parties/dinners! :D

    <3, Mimi
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  6. What an absolutely fun tablescape! I love your stemware, everything is perfect for the race!!

    ~Happy Memorial Day~
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

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  7. This looks like so much fun! No doubt you'll all have a wonderful time-enjoy:@)

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  8. Perfect table for race day! No detail overlooked! I love it all. How fun for your guests and the menu looks sooo good! Share this at my party on Tuesday?

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  9. Whoa, what a racey table. Very cool and fun.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

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  10. Love that you brought your Indy enthusiasm down south with you!! How fun! Paul and boys are currently melting at the race. I don't think they'll make it to the end of this one :)

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  11. Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  12. Never been to Indy but I know the Daytona 500 well! What a fun party! Angie

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  13. Looks like this will be a fun party! Love the cute place card holders and your menu is so cute. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

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  14. I'm a new follower. I love people who love the Indy..I don't really get it, but I love festive parties!

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  15. This is SO fun! My son is a huge Indy fan and really missed not being able to attend this year (he's in media). I'm sending him a link to your wonderful table and decorations!

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  16. That's a great table! You nailed it! I love all the details, such fun.
    I hope you will add Let's Dish to the parties.

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  17. What a fun party! I love the chequered theme you created.

    Thanks so much for joining in with my weekly Say G'day Party. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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  18. I love the way you put everything in a way that the one who will dine in there will be enjoyed. Like the table setting down to the walkway that goes to the front door. Hope to have a deck at my home too.
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