Sunday, July 26, 2009

Harley Davidson Tablescape

I will be away on vacation for this week's Tablescape Thursday event hosted by the terrific and ever-inspiring, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Mr. Delight and I are going on a two week motorcycle vacation to Sturgis, South Dakota. In keeping with the theme of our vacation, I am posting a tablescape I did last fall. I'm hoping I can link up to BNOTP at the proper time during our trip but wanted to post it here early in case it doesn't work out.


Last October, Mr. Delight challenged me to do a table setting and dinner (for 5 couples including us) incorporating something we all enjoy doing which is riding our Harley Davidson motorcycles. It was so FUN to do because Mr. Delight got involved and while I came up with the place settings/dishes, he did the centerpiece and accessories on the table. You will see, it was a challenge to make them look like you wanted to eat there! Since the Harley Davidson colours are black, orange and white, I thought it was a good time of year to do it as it was just before Halloween and we were soon going to be putting our bikes away for the winter.




Mr. Delight came up with the idea for two cylinders (do you know your bike parts? lol!) as a centerpiece which were put around a glass vase with a HD print-out inside and a HD bandana tied around. The pipes (heat shields) became a "runner" down the length of the table. Used the skulls for a "bad biker" look as well as the Halloween time of year.


I was thrilled to find these burnt orange coloured plates at a local store (were pricey but I NEEDED them!) which matched the HD colours perfectly. I added a cardboard drink coaster on top of each salad plate and a black charger to complete the look. Two mirrors (one seen) off bike were displayed on the opposite side of the cylinders.



I had two square black plates (could only get 8 of the orange) so used them along with the square white salad plates. I made a HD print-out for on top of the plates (only had 8 coasters too!) which was removed before the salad was served. For the soup course, I used my pumpkin bowls as they went with the orange part of it and the time of year, but forgot to take a pic of them.

Each guest received a take home gift which was a box of chocolates. I bought some small boxes of choc wrapped in orange paper for Halloween so added the HD print-out to go with the theme. The place setting cards were made with print-outs as well and put in photo frames.

A chrome air filter cover makes a shiny candle holder! A HD patch off an old leather jacket makes a statement.

A shock absorber, HD drink glasses used as candle holders and a tail light add to the look.


Hard to read but I prepared a six course meal on top of all the table decorating!


Hope you enjoyed a very DIFFERENT themed tablescape!! It was such a fun party, we are thinking of making it an annual event! But for now, we are heading out on our motorcycle adventure. It is the first time for us to go so far (2,000 km) on the bike (I'm a content passenger) but it has been Mr. Delight's dream to go to Sturgis and this is finally the year it has all worked out. Will check in when I get back! "Born to be Wild....."
DD

22 comments:

Eileen said...

Wow! Very innovative!
All this beautiful, detailed tablescaping, and then preparing a six course meal too! I want to come to your next party!
Great job!
All the best,
Eileen

marty39 said...

This is unbelievable. Very creative. It looks like he really got into it. It is outstanding. Love it and the menu sounds sooooo good. Hugs, Marty

Scrappy Girl said...

How fun! I love it. I would love to buy Dr. Hubby a Harley!

Martha said...

What a great tablescape -- so inventive. You should send it to HD -- I'm sure they would be interested.

Hve a great time in Sturgis!

susan said...

Now THIS is a party! I love that you and your husband worked on it together! I suspect this will be back by popular demand (at least now you own all the dishes!) Every detail is perfect right down to the menu! Hope you are having a fun and safe trip!

Kathleen said...

Hi DD!
I remember this! Very creative..
Hope you are having a great trip!

Mary said...

This is just too cute! How you pulled that all together to look so charming and fun is beyond creative. Yes, I would love to eat there! Can I bring my grandkids?

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

DD, your Harley tablescape is fabulous! Such attention to detail and great way to incorporate Halloween. Sounds like Hubs was excited about it too! He added some nice touches! Such a fun and whimsical table! Hope you have a fabulous ride!

Tina

Beansieleigh said...

Hi! I'm a new visitor to Tablescapes Thursday, but I do ASPIRE to join in "playing dishes" someday! (0; I LOVE your Harley table setting! What fun this had to be, with all the chrome and mirrors and colors, etc., etc.!!.. even cylinders!! Applause! Applause!! This was fun! Hope to visit again next week! ~tina

Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Cookbooks said...

Couldn't be more unique and cute ... fantastic!

ellen b. said...

Now this is one serious theme with amazing dishes and accessories to pull it off. I'm guessing you are serious H.D. enthusiasts. Enjoy your rides!! My hairdresser and her husband bought Harleys and I get to hear about her adventures when she does my hair :0)

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hahaha... Hilarious, gorgeous, and BRILLIANT. Fantastic table --you are a genius. Amazing.
I am in awe!
Cass

Liz said...

I didn't even know that there was such a thing as HD dishes. How funny. Pretty table!

~Liz

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Yes, this is very different! Really cute!

Great job!

Katherine

Kim said...

I loved this tablescape. Something different. And something that your hubby was willing to help out with. That's a win/win. I loved everything about this!!!

Happy Momma to Six Blessings said...

You rock my good lady. I love the way you got into the theme and went all out. Adore all the little Harley touches. Keep on Keepin on

Nicole said...

Your Harley tablescape is excellent! It's something different and cute too. Good work

Nicole

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Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

This is such a clever, fun tablescape! I bet your friends had fits when they saw it! I LOVE it! Every little detail is so amazing...and I love that you guys did it together! How cool is that! :-) Susan

Grits414 said...

So neat! I would show that to DH but he may get ideas! Did he really take parts of his bike for this or were they spares/old?

AROUND THE HOUSE said...

DD, I absolutely love your tablescapes and I love your creative blog so fun to see pictures and read your comments.Thank you for being one of the first to view my new blog, I sure needed the encouragement, it is my first and I look forward to getting as good as you (hopefully) Love the colors...phyllis

Renee said...

I am new to your site and am enjoying scrolling back through past posts. This one blows my mind!!! You are incredibly creative. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jodi Saffell said...

This is totally awesome!! very creative...me and my fiance are avid Harley riders and getting ready to tie the knot in 5 months. our wedding theme is a classy HD wedding..we are going to use this idea for our bridal table and such. thanks for the awesome idea..you rock!