HOW I STARTED/PROPS:YOUR PROPS are everything, from a first impression to an ongoing theme, to eye candy depending on how creative you allow your imagination to get. I was fortunate enough to have been collecting model horses in different shapes, sizes and textures to add to my ever whimsically growing table. Where was I going with all of this? To create a horse lovers heaven.
I started simply by taking a folding table from Target and covering it with an old woolen plaid blanket, found in a local thrift store. I had the blanket dry cleaned and used it for my table cloth. Next, I went on a treasure hunt at a local antique junk shop in search of old run plaid picnic coolers.
I found two in two different plaid patterns and in different shapes to add dimension and layering to my tablescape.
Below: I used one of my picnic tins to elevate and display my "Rose Garden Bourbon Shots," adding more height to my table.
It was perfect and in great condition. The box was bright red and the white stenciling really popped on my table. Next, I needed a floral center piece and it of course it had to be red roses, hence the race nickname, "the race for the roses."
Below: a larger basket holds Kentucky-style Fried Chicken. I elevated my basket by putting one on top of the other and lined it with plain cloth napkins and then gingham parchments sheets on top to prevent grease staining on the napkins.
Some other table props or decor included a gold-toned small trophy which I hot glued a horse patch to (Jo-Anne 's Craft Store), a brass bugle, mini riding boots, iron horses, horse show ribbons and a faux square of grass where I added a horse ridden jockey.
Below: a lucky antique junk shop find; mini equestrienne field boots
Now off to the races!