Best in the West: The Best-Dressed Table at the County Fair

Welcome to the 218th Tablescape Thursday!

Recently, I was chatting via email with Dawnette.  She was telling me how she was inspired to participate in a competition for “the best dressed table” at her county fair this year.   Does the county fair do that in your town, too?

Dawnette said, “The two table themes to chose from were Victorian for 2, which was the formal table and an Engagement Party for 4. I decided to go with the engagement party table. I decided to go with a western themed table and it turned out that the fair theme was “Best in the West”.

Love the sunflower and cattail centerpiece!  Let’s take a closer look.

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair

Beautiful color scheme with aqua blues, russet oranges and warm brown.

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair


Dawnette chose a western themed table runner, perfect for this setting.

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair

 A boot is the “vase” for the beautiful floral centerpiece…so clever!  Love the leather “branded” candle holders.

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair

 The menu is displayed inside a “saddle” frame.  I absolutely love a themed table!  They are always my fave because they are so much fun to put together and dinner guests always love them!

The little sign on the table say, “If a man has enough horse-sense to treat his wife like a thoroughbred, she’ll never grow into an old nag.”  Good advice for the newly engaged groom. 😉

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair

   Of course, we need wine for the occasion, displayed in a wine caddy perfect for this themed table setting.

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair

 This was Dawnette’s very first time participating in this event and guess how she did!

Autumn Tablescape, 1st Place at the County Fair

 You got it!  1st Place!   Congrats Dawnette for taking 1st Place!  Whoo, Hoo!  Envision me tossing my cowboy hat high in the air!  Wish I had a cowboy hat to toss. 🙂

Fall Tablescape, 1st Place at the Fair


Have you ever entered a table into an event at your county or state fair?

Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Thank you for hosting this great part! Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  2. Susan, this looks fun! I’m rushing out the door for a meeting but will be back to study and comment again later……..Sarah

  3. Oh No! Her table is sooo pretty, and I am sharing a Western themed table today too. I can’t compete with first place. Congratulations Dawnette! laurie

  4. Hi Susan,
    Dawnette has a real knack for tablesetting. I would never have thought to put the centerpiece in a boot! Congrats on her win and thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Dee Stephens says

    Two buck Chuck!

  6. Congratulations to Dawnette! This is a really fun table, and she came up with some clever accessories to catapult it to 1st Place status! Even the table runners went along with the theme, and the fringe on them reminds me of the fringe on the shirts of rodeo performers! We don’t have a county fair here, although I think there’s one about 1-1/2 hour’s drive from the Kansas City area. We do, however, have the annual American Royal to which an annual tablescaping contest was recently added. Gotta love it!

  7. We lived in a small town for a few years and its county fair did the same thing – for kids. My girls, who were 6 and 8 at the time, both entered their own themed tablescape – and both won 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t think bigger fairs do this kind of thing anymore.

    Have a great day Susan!

  8. Awesome! First place!! That’s great! She did a wonderful job and I love the colors. The wine holder is the bomb!
    I love all of it and that saying about a man and his wife- that’s a good one!

  9. Hmmm, I don’t think we have state or county fairs here. But congrats to Dawnette! First plate and so well deserved! This is one beautifully themed table. I love all the details….Christine

  10. I have never thought about pairing blue and orange that way. It’s beautiful!
    Our county doesn’t have fairs like this..wish they did! We have Fiesta week and that’s about it.
    Tablescape Thursdays are my favorite way to spend my day!

  11. Thanks so much for hosting! Hope you have a great week!

  12. I adore this table! That would be a lot of fun, being able to participate in a county fair with tablescaping.

  13. THAT is a really nice Tablescape – great work Dawnette! 🙂 Thanks for sharing with all of us. Love the rustic look and the blend of colors. And of course the sunflowers 🙂

  14. Dawnette did a magnificent job and deserved 1st Place. Congrats, Dawnette! Thanks to Susan for sharing this with us. Some great ideas. I LOVE the wine holder! We have lots of Armadillos in Texas and Dawnette’s wine holder would be great for any Texas table. Her color combo is wonderful. The blue and browns blend great with that pop of orange to catch the eye. Good job!

  15. Forgot to mention that we do have county fairs and of course, the State Fair of Texas, but I don’t remember seeing any tablescapes. I might have to just see if some of the county fairs might be interested in having tablescapes so I can enter one. How much fun would that be!!!!!

  16. Great job, Dawnette! This native Texan would feel right at home at your elegant table! Susan, we have a county fair, but no tablescape event. That would be fun! BTW, I hope you’ll check out my post today. I think your readers will be a wonderful source of insight!

  17. A fun table Susan and specially lke the cow boy runner, plus the accessories she used are great too! Thank you for histing yet, another terrific and fun party at TT. Big hugs,

  18. Well done Dawnette! What a fun table, love the dishes and just loved the husband and wife comment. Yes Siree!! Thanks for hosting Susan.

  19. Thanks for hosting, week in and week out, Susan! I can see why Dawnette’s table won first prize — GREAT attention to the little details that made the fun theme really sparkle!

  20. I so admire those of you who can put together such lovely tablescapes… I’m your newest follower and rss subscriber…

  21. Hi, Susan!
    Dawnette’s tablescape is really nice! I love those cowboy boot card holders!
    They’re too cute! And of course they match perfectly that “vase”! 🙂
    Well done!
    ~Hugs to you~

  22. LOL, Kitty and Myself in the same mood ! I’m going to make her soup. I love white beans! thanks Susan for hosting. ♥

  23. Congratulations Dawnette…you tablescape is so wonderful…it is not surprising that you took first place!!! I love all of the beautiful western touches that you had so creatively displayed to make that table a sure winner!!…

  24. Fun, Susan! I finally have a tablescape to share on your party. Yay, my first pretty project in my new house.

  25. Susan, thanks for sharing Dawnette’s tablescape with us. I’m hoping Dawnette’s community ignited a great idea for all the county fairs with this new addition. Sounds like a terrific idea! Thanks for the details…loved those. Helen

  26. What an ADORABLE table. Our oldest son is an OSU (Cowboys) alum & former staff member. He very quickly slipped from his midwestern roots to a boot-dancin’, cowboy hat-wearin’ hunk. He even wore his charming hat to twirl and dip his beautiful bride(with her permission) for their first dance! I am going to show this to him!–I know he’ll want me to recreate it for an anniversary or other fun evening with my beautiful daughter-in-law. 🙂

  27. What a thrill to win first place. Her table is so interesting and perfect. No stone was unturned for this fabulous tablescape. I love all of the details. Congrats on a perfect theme table.

  28. Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life says

    Beautiful table scape, love the dishes!

  29. What a terrific table. I almost expect a cattle stampede to come through or to see a tumbleweed roll by! Good job, Dawnette!

  30. CONGRATS to Dawnette! It was a beautiful table and perfectly set for its theme. -Brenda-

  31. Sad to say that County and State Fair table-setting competitions here seem to only be for the young people in 4-H. It is always nice to see photos of the winners, though – hopefully these youngsters will take their skills into their own homes and continue to get enjoyment from it! “Best of the West” is a beautiful table – I especially like the use of the turquoise color among all the western browns and natural elements.

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