Tablescape for After the Horse Show

Do you like to set a pretty tablescape when there’s been a big event in the family?  My daughter competed in a horse show last weekend, so I thought it was a good excuse to set a table with an equestrian theme!  After all, I had a rather equestrian-looking candle globe already, and my other daughter has a nice collection of Breyer horses.  And it seemed like the perfect occasion to use the newest addition to the vintage Franciscan line-up in my kitchen.



There’s even a vintage Avon cologne bottle shaped like a horse on the table, just for show.   The candle globe was a very inexpensive find at TJ Maxx a few years ago.  I’ve always thought it would look right at home hanging in a stable.  It’s sitting on an orange Fiesta plate.




These dishes are from the 1960s, made by the Gladding McBean pottery, though I think they may have been using another name by then.  The brand name is Franciscan, and the pattern is called Tahiti.  A recent thrift store find.



The dishes set came with a lovely sugar bowl and creamer, and also a covered butter dish.  The Breyer horses are a mixture of some new, some from antique shops.



If you don’t have cloth napkins that work with your tablescape, or you hate ironing as much as I do, then feel free to use decorative paper napkins!  In fact, I declare here and now that you will be seeing more paper napkins on my tables in the future.  They’re fun, colorful, biodegradable, cheap if you find them on clearance, and best of all, they don’t have to be ironed!



This vintage dishes set didn’t include the coffee cups and saucers that were made.  I was tempted to buy some online but resisted the temptation!  I figured if we want a cup of coffee after dinner, our Franciscan Autumn cups and saucers would blend just fine.  What do you think?



The horse show was a big success!  It was held where she takes lessons, and they let the students use their horses, so no, these lovely horses aren’t mine.   We had beautiful weather, and Musical Daughter did very well.   Here she is riding her favorite horse in one event:




And here is a photo of the horse I’d once forbidden her to ride, because I thought he was mean.  She was assigned to him for the category of jumping 2′ fences, and they won 1st place!



Well, I guess that shows how much Mama knows 😉


So, the next time you’re out of ideas for a wonderful table setting, just think if there is a special event or occasion coming up, and whether you might have anything around the house that you can use on your table to mark the occasion within your tablescape.  There’s no telling what you might be able to pull together!



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13 thoughts on “Tablescape for After the Horse Show

  1. I just love decorating my table with a theme, and your table is wonderful. I love your dishes, I have a set of pottery dishes from the 60’s that I love to use and I pick up pottery bowls at antique stores and thrift shops. My grand daughter was taking riding lessons and did so well, but decided to quit I was so disappointed, but it was her decision, maybe she will change her mind (one can only hope), and if she does I can do this. I better start collecting equestrian decoration now for my table. Thank you for sharing your lovely dressed table.

  2. Oh, Dawn! All I needed to see was ‘horse show’ in your post title, and I was immediately curious! Love the table, it’s adorable. The hurricane with leather detail is perfection!! How lucky your daughter is, my hubby who works where sometimes people have back injuries, absolutely forbids it. Boo! She looks elegant on that pretty paint!!!

  3. love this tablescape – and the napkins! and congrats to your daughter! i’m a little wary of horses (my horsey grandad used to tell me not to go close because his horse bit people…i guess that precaution stayed with me for life) but the one your daughter rode looks beautiful!

  4. Oh, Dawn, I love this table! Your leather covered candle is perfect for an equestrian theme and your dishes work perfectly! I’ll bet your daughter loved this. Congratulations on her achievements! What an exciting day. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. Congratulations on Musical Daughter’s accomplishments. What a great Mom you are to celebrate with this wonderful tablescape for “After The Horse Show”. Love the Franciscan plates and the great bridled candle globe.

  6. I love this table and what a wonderful idea to use the horse theme! That candle holder is wonderful and perfect for this table.

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