Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Tablescape Thursday - Cowboy Birthday

Once again it's time for Tablescape Thursday and here at the bunk house we're planning a Cowboy Birthday dinner! Our son-in-law Brett, will be celebrating his birthday at our house with a cowboy theme since he loves horses and all things western.

Here's the table set for celebrating our favorite cowboy.

A "rooftop" view of our table.

A close up look at a place setting. Bandanas make great napkins.

This salad bowl is hard to describe. It's sort of a metalic pewter color with a bit of a bronze colored cast to it. No name on the back. I got these this past fall at Tuesday Morning. We used these at my husband's birthday dinner as well so I guess they're official "Birthday bowls".

These are my red plates from Marshall's - right after Christmas they were reduced to $3. It's funny how you find everything red on sale right after Christmas, like you wouldn't use it any other season.

Here's a close up of the centerpiece. The flowers are "faux" for this practice scape. We won't be having the real dinner until the week after his birthday - then I'll get real ones. I think of sunflowers and black-eyed susans as being good flowers for an old coffee pot. Hope I'll be able to find some real ones.

A closer look shows some rusty old horseshoes and a rusty star. I remembered to keep the horseshoes turned up so the good luck doesn't pour out!

My first layered tablecloth is a red and white checked one from Walmart.

I have looked and looked for several years for a vintage cowboy themed tablecloth. They're hard to come by and if you do find one they are terribly expensive. I guess lot's of tablecloths haven't survived cowboy chow! Those messy old cowboys must have wiped their hands and mouths on the tablecloths! Anyway, this year I just gave up and found one that's new, but "vintage style". Hope it survives cowboy chow!

Here's another view of the tablecloth showing the old chuck wagon all ready to cook up some vittles!

Here's my "get along little doggie" Spunky, helping out.

One more view of the table. Brett will be taking his favorite cowgirl Katy and their two little fillies to the river for a much deserved week's vacation. He'll be trading horse rides for jet ski rides! Yeeeee Hawwwww! Ride 'em cowboy! But when they get back - the birthday bash is on with his birthday request of a lasagna dinner with all the fixins.

And as the sun sets slowly in the west....the stars (tealights) come out as we have coffee and birthday cake around the "campfire". Happy Birthday Brett!

Be sure to check out the other fun tablescapes this week hosted by the bestest of all tablescapers, Susan of "Between Naps On The Porch".

See ya!


  1. I just LOVE it. What a great cowboy theme. I think it is all so cute. What a wonderful cowboy tablecloth. It just makes the whole table. I also love that you used bandanans for the napkins. I hope he has a wonderful birthday. Hugs, Marty

  2. Beautiful tablescape! I love using bandanas for napkins, too. So easy to maintain!

  3. Martha...I LOVE this! I am crazy about your tablecloths and love how you layered them! Love your red plates! I didn't know that about the horseshoes...ok, that explains my luck! LOL Thanks for a fantastic TT! :-) Susan

  4. I love this cute and the red with the vintage tablecloth is just perfect! This is so fun...really enjoyed this post! Miss Bloomers/Sonia

  5. Martha! What a wonderfully set table! I love the cowboy theme and your olden looking new tablecloth is just precious! When I was a little girl there were cowboy everythings! Love the bandannas for napkins and those dishes, the red ones are especially nice.
    Oh, and little Spunky, so glad you had a helper.
    Now I'm using the beautiful napkins you gave me with my tablescape today! I dearly love them and if anyone tries to wipe a lipsticked mouth on them - I'll slap their face! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Western themes are my favorite!! That vintage tablecloth is a gem!! And the bandanna napkins are perfect. Love every last bit of this! :)

  7. The whole thing is just adorable. Great ideas!

  8. * As WONDERFUL as it all is, that TABLECLOTH reeeeeally SPEAKS to me (maybe because I'm in AZ!!!)~~~ Just deeeelightful!!!

    Many cowgirl thanks,
    Linda *

  9. NIce table... I'm thinking steak, baked potato, ranch style beans and a green salad would be perfect of the table!

  10. Too cute! I am sure all the ranch hands will enjoy their chow!

    Have a great weekend!


  11. I LOVE that vintage looking tablecloth. I have cowboy birthday dinners at my house for my husband (who has seen every Western ever shown)! I'm going to be looking for that tablecloth. Do you know the brand? Where did you find it? Those bowls are fabulous too, and the red plates look great with the tablecloth. The coffee pot is perfect for the centerpiece. This is just a great tablescape, and I've enjoyed seeing it sooo much. laurie

  12. Oh so cute! The tablecloth is adorable!! I had a theme like this for my son's room when he was little--it's so cute for a boy's room. This is a great table--what a lucky son in law!


  13. Your cowboy table is great, I love the tablecloth! Everything goes together perfectly. :O) Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage

  14. Oh my goodness how fabulous! I LOVE that tablecloth! It sure looks vintage. Great find! The bandannas, dishes, everything, all perfect. You sure have a talent, that's for sure.

  15. This is just the cutest table ever! I love the red checked, the bandannas, well just everything! thanks for such inspiration, your family will sure love this. Cindy

  16. Oh my goodness, how wonderful!!! I love that cowboy tablecloth, and the dishes and centerpiece and napkins are all just perfect!

  17. What a great layout. I bet everyone headed for the bunkhouse with a smile on their faces.

    Purdy table,

  18. Oh, I love this table. The cowboy tablecloth is my fave! Thanks for sharing and have a great birthday celebration!

  19. What a great table!! I like all the combinations, and bandanas, of course! Super cute!

  20. Oh I really like this! This is just adorable. What are we having - steak and beans? We went to a real chuck wagon dinner in Durango, Colorado one summer when the kids were little and just had the best time! This tablescape brought those memories rushing back!
    Great job!

  21. What a great table for your cowboy! This is so unique. I have never hear of keeping horseshoes turned up so the good luck doesn't pour out--How fun!

  22. You pulled this tablescape so perfectly. The bandanas add just the right touch! Pretty tablecloth!...Christine

  23. This is such a cute tablescape. Love the theme and colors. Your tablecloth is cute.

  24. This is so so cute. I love the tip on using bandanas for napkins. So cute! At one time, I tried to find a cowboy tablecloth and never did. Now, I have such a big table, I think I will have to make one.
    Great tablescape...

  25. OK, that is one of the all-time great tables! Absolutely adorable and full of great personality! Love it! Linda

  26. Oh what fun! I love this table and you really pulled the theme together well!! Such Fun. Happy TT to you!

  27. Love your cute and I love the coffee pot for the flowers. Bandanas look so cowboyish for the napkins. Great job! Thanks for visiting by my blog today!

  28. What a fun tablescape you've created! You're so clever! I can just imagine the big smiles when you SIL sees his birthday table. Love it! Diane

  29. Love your theme!!

    Especially that cute lil pup who was peeking his head out from under the table--darling.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and posting a comment... Dont we just love! comments!!


  30. The entire theme is just adorable and you followed it through perfectly.

    Love the bandanna napkins!

  31. What a great table, and what a nice mother-in-law YOU are to make such a beautiful table for your SIL's birthday! Lucky guy.

    The table is adorable and masculine all at the same time--no easy feat! And your doggy is just so sweet, and patient looking ... waiting for the FOOD to show up!


  32. This has got to be one of the most creatively charming (in a manly way, of course) western/cowboy setting I've seen. Had you not mentioned the cowboy tablecloth wasn't vintage...I wouldn't have known. It was a right on replica.

    I would love to know where you purchased it.
    I could see this venue for many summer parties.

    Sweet wishes,

  33. Oh I love your tablescape. It seems like a lot of fun. There are so many details. Well done!

  34. I just found this and LOVE the ideas. Thanks for sharing!!!

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