Wednesday, August 18, 2010

This Time, We Made It!

 Mr. Delight and I have been away on vacation where we hopped on his Harley and took a motorcycle trip to Sturgis, South Dakota.
Some of you may remember that we had tried to make it there last year but had 
an accident on the way. (see here) 
This time, all went well and we had a fabulous time.  
It was quite an experience to see so many motorbikes/people in one place!
We also enjoyed touring parts of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Washington. The highways in the States are fantastic - the back-roads are like our (Canadian) highways!  We can't wait to go back again and tour some other areas! 

Since I haven't done much tablescaping lately and in keeping with the theme of our vacation, I thought I'd do a repeat broadcast of the Harley Davidson setting I posted last year at this time. Sorry to those of you who remember it!

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. (I'm a content passenger, i.e. no desire to get my own bike!)  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!!  Now that we are back from our motorcycle trip, I'm anxious to host another "Harley Davidson Dinner Party" and share all our adventures with our friends!
Be sure to check out all the other fabulous tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch hosted by the always inspiring, Susan! 

31 comments:

xinex said...

I remember seeing this amazing tablescape. Love all the details! Enjoy your trip!...Christine

Sherry said...

Nice colors! Just perfect for fall too.
Sherry

Kathleen said...

I remember this table too! I am so glad you had a safe trip this time!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I do remember this -- it's a wonderful Harley table! I'm glad that your trip went much better this year!

Sailing Simply said...

Wow! That is so cool! My first time seeing it. I'm so glad you did. I love the idea of the drink coasters on the center of the plates for the theme as well as all the other printed out and well used decal placements. Very creative! I love how shiney everything is in this setting too, it looks very classy!

Through My Red Door said...

This is the first time I've seen it and I'm hugely impressed! How creative you and your husband are. I'm sure your guests were in awe!
Sheila

Marlis said...

This is soo much fun. I've got to share this with my biker friends.. They will be stunned, just like i was. Fun, fun. fun.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You are an adventure lover! Sounds like a fabulous trip! And your table is not only very creative but a great tribute to Harley!
I love that your hubby wanted to get involved! I'm so glad you share this because I have not seen it before... and I would have missed something very special!
Yvonne

Debbie said...

This is new to me so I get to enjoy it for the first time. I'm amazed at your ability to take something with this theme and make it not only FUN but really attractive at the same time. This is one of the most creative things I have seen in a while. I'm so glad that I clicked here!

And I would love to own those orange dishes...

Entertaining Women said...

I'm a new kid on the blog block, so this is my first viewing of your tablescape...it's delightful and quite creative. Great job! I know that you Harley friends were blown away. Thank you for sharing your unique design. Cherry Kay

Sharon Haynie said...

Oh how fun! My hubby would be thrilled to sit at this table. We own an auto parts store so I see many familiar things on your table. Have fun and keep riding!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad you had a good time. I wasn't blogging when you posted this last year...so this is new to me! I'm not into motorcycles...but we have a great Harley Barn here and we've been there for some events. Those people like to party!! I was so stunned the first time I was in the beautiful building at how many things you can buy with the HD logo!

Kate Dickerson said...

Wish my dad were alive to see this, as he was a Harley fan. Your table is so FUN!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Such a fun table!! My Mom just took my Dad to Sturgis for their 50th Anniversary :)

Blessings!
Gail

Mimi said...

What a fun table...great job!

GrannySue said...

What a great table! Fun, festive and so inviting. I see some ideas I intend to 'steal'. Thanks for sharing it.

Wanda Lee said...

This is just delightful; it's gets better with each viewing!..,

Please pop by for a wee visit sometime and let's share some 'cyber tea and treats'!

Thanks for sharing today, there are so many innovative and delightful details to feast our eyes upon!

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com and http://silknpurse.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I was so happy to read your blog today. I had just discovered Tablescape Thurs. a couple of months ago and you had become one of my favorites because you were Canadian too so I would see where you had shopped for your dishes etc. Today's post put me over the edge--not only are we both Canadian Christian mothers of two that love tablescaping, we both love Harleys'!!! My husband and I just got home from our first trip to Sturgis! Don't have a blog yet but will continue to love yours! God bless!

Atelier de Charo said...

What a fantastic tablescape!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Well...who would have ever thought Harley Davidson and Elegant could be used in the same sentence!!!! FABulous creativity at work here...perfect for the fall, too!
Have a beautiful weekend~
;-D Kathleen

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

I had a smile on my face as I scrolled through your post. You and hubby and so creative. You did an excellent job on the table and I'm sure fun was had by all.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

You went all out for Mr. Delight and the other couples for the HD theme. Your tablescape and all the elements you used was so creative. My husband is a gearhead into cars, and I have yet to try a tablescape with hotrods at the scale you did - maybe one day.

All the Best,

Requi

Pat said...

Recently stumbled upon your site.I really enjoy it. SO glad you got to finally go to Sturgis. Love the tablescape of HD. Very classy! Used to be a high mile rider, back won't take it anymore, but still love the bikes for short trips. You are a great role model that we are not all "Hell's Angels"! :)

Sarah said...

What a fun, creative table. Thanks for sharing this and happy to hear this year's trip was a safe one. I hadn't seen this one so I appreciate that you posted it again. ~ Sarah

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

Oh that is just tooo creative! I'm so glad your trip has gone well and you got to see so much this year. Thanks for sharing the Harley table again, I didn't see it the first time around.
Dena
Sweet Pickles and Chocolate

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

You have done an amazing job. Who knew Harley Davidson could look so elegant...you did! Congratulations!

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Texas Tea Party said...

I know you had a great trip on your vacation. If you haven't been to the Texas Hill Country, may I suggest it as a great location to ride. We have several friends who love to ride there. Tablescape great the first and second time!

Bettsi said...

Good for you! You got the mister involved and it looked terrific! Love!

Tammy said...

You and Mr. Delight makea good decorating team. Being an avid rider (my bike or behind my husband)I especially enjoyed the "Harley" theme. Great job!

Pat@BPM said...

That is a wonderful tablescape! We have friends who go to Sturgis every year, via Harley's. They would love this table!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How neat that is! Such great ways to use the bike parts! Who knew a motorcycle table could look elegant - obviously you did! laurie