Southern Fair Entry

Submitted by Christi

Welcome to my entry in Tablescape Thursday. Hosted every week by the very talented Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

Last year, I entered a place setting in the County Fair. Since I enjoy doing tablescapes, I thought this was a fun thing to try. Lo and behold, I won Best of Show for this place setting!


Isn’t that a lovely blue table they gave us to place our settings – not! The rules state that the setting must be on a placemat. That is kind of a problem for me because I don’t have that many placemats that are suitable for my more formal china. In the setting above, I used a large napkin.

So, I’m thinking about entering again this year. I can’t decide what to enter. I’ll show you some possibilties and you can vote on your favorite. Of course, I would welcome any suggestions as well. I’ve heard they are sticklers on the proper placement of flatware. That is okay, I kinda am too. The categories are casual, formal, holiday and other. You can only enter one setting.

Okay, here are the place settings (in no particular order).

Sterling Rose by Royal Tettau (formal):
There are actually two placemats because the top one is kind of sheer. I put a plain white one underneath. Don’t want that blue table showing through if I enter this one in the fair!


With silver charger

Chantilly Silver

Chantilly Silver

Silver Victorian knife rest

Silver Victorian knife rest

Small bouquet and white candle (optional)

Small bouquet and white candle (optional)

The same place setting without the silver charger

The same place setting without the silver charger

Okay, up next is Citation Gold by Lenox (formal):

The crystal is also by lenox

The crystal is also by lenox

The candle holder matches the crystal

The candle holder matches the crystal

And, of course, gold flatware

And, of course, gold flatware

Next in our lineup is Ribbon Holly by Mikasa (holiday):
Note: I don’t have as much of this setting. Only the basics, dinner plate and coffee cups.

A pretty red goblet and coffee cup

A pretty red goblet and coffee cup

A little gold frame for a place card holder

A little gold frame for a place card holder

Gold flatware, a glass candle holder with a gold leaf candle ring

Gold flatware, a glass candle holder with a gold leaf candle ring

And our last contestant, Golden Wreath by Lenox (formal):

Gold flatware and gold rimmed goblets

Gold flatware and gold rimmed goblets

A glass knife rest from France

A glass knife rest from France

Burgandy colored candle

Burgandy colored candle

Okay there they are.




I’ll see who wins and probably enter that one. Thanks for helping me out. If I win another Best of Show ribbon, we can all take credit!

Today’s Lagniappe: Autumn Delight
Got this from The Old Farmer’s Almanac

* 2 cups flour
* 3/4 cup milk
* 6 tablespoons shortening
* 4 level teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt

Combine the above ingredients and roll as for biscuits. Place on the dough:

* 4 apples, sliced
* 3 tablespoons sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Roll up like a jelly roll, then slice and place in a buttered 2-inch deep pan. Make a syrup:

* 2 cups water
* 1 tablespoon butter
* 1-1/2 cups sugar

Bring to a boil and pour over the pan. Bake at 375° for about 40 minutes. Serve warm with or without whipped cream.

36 Responses to “Southern Fair Entry”

  1. Christine Says:

    I like the sterling with the charger the best but they are all pretty. Congrats for winning last time and I hope you win again…Christine

  2. Sue @Rue Mouffetard Says:

    I like the last place setting the best…it’s so classic….Good luck in winning another blue ribbon….my state fair in North Georgia is coming up I should check and see if they have this same catagory I can enter my Howard Johnson’s china! Thanks for stopping by my blog…..Sue @ Rue Mouffetard..

  3. Janie G Says:

    Wow! They all look great. I like the one with the sterling charger also. So beautiful, Good Luck!

  4. Allison Says:

    I voted for the first place setting. Hope you place or win again this year!

  5. Debbie at Slice of Pie Says:

    Hard to choose the best! Hope you’ll visit my site.

  6. Martha Says:

    It was hard to choose — but I really did like the first table. Good luck — but mostly, have fun!

  7. Sandy Says:

    They are all so beautiful, but I voted for the last one. Gold and bugandy together are two of my favorite colors. Congrats on winning last year and good luck this year. I used to belong to a couple of Garden Clubs and we would have tablescape and flower
    catagories in our shows, I always enjoyed doing both. Just gets you creative juices going.

  8. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections Says:

    I loved the colors of the Sterling Rose. It was so elegant ~ I would love to know where you found the silver charger.

    However, I also liked the other settings too ~ you have such beautiful pieces. I know you have fun “playing” with them all! Keep us posted on what you actually decide. Good Luck!!!

  9. susan Says:

    I’m not at all surprised you won! You have some beautiful settings to choose from. Good luck and let us know the results! ps-I voted for the first one!

  10. Susan Says:

    Congrats, girl on winning BIG TIME last year…how cool is that! Thanks for letting us vote…it was hard to choose because I LOVE them all. I ended up picking the first one…love everything about it! Best of Luck and “break a leg!”

  11. Eileen Says:

    I voted for the rose and it looks like most voted along with me so far! I’m partial to roses though, and your place setting is so different from the run-of-the-mill rose dishes!

    Loved the one you got the ribbon for too! Very pretty!
    Wonderful recipe too! Thank you!
    All the best,

  12. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    I voted for sterling rose. Just beautiful. Congratulations on the Best of Show. I can see why you won! ~ Sarah

  13. Denise Says:

    I voted for Golden Wreath. They all look wonderful, but I liked the contrast between the place mat and the china.

  14. Tammy518 Says:

    I love them all, but I do believe the first one is my favorite, and I voted as such. Congrats on winning last year, and good luck for this year! I love your “twirly” candles!

  15. Kelee Says:

    Love the gold wreath! So many beautiful settings!

    So nice to meet you…stop by!

    love, kelee

  16. Kathleen Says:

    That sounds like a fun contest..we don’t have those here..wish we did!
    They are all truly lovely! I love the first, and the gold wreaths too..this is a tough decision…

    I will vote!

    All are beautiful though!

  17. Ro Says:

    Congratulations on your winning! They are very pretty tablescapes. You have a talent for doing them.

  18. Katherine Says:

    I like all of them, but the first one is my favorite! Of course, the Christmas plate would be different!

    Good luck!


  19. Lillyb Says:

    Beautiful everyone of them!!!!

  20. Dining Delight Says:

    I voted for the sterling rose too as it is very elegant and “dreamy” looking. You have set it up very nicely. You have some very beautiful dishes to choose from though. Congrats on winning last year! I am very surprised that the organizers of that contest wouldn’t choose a more neutral tablecloth for the participants as that is the “canvas” for the “artwork”!


  21. patsy Says:

    Good luck!! #1 is my favorite, but they all look great.

  22. black eyed susans kitchen Says:

    They were all lovely! My favorite was the last one.
    ?, Susan

  23. Mama Says:

    Christi, I voted for the “Citation Gold but they are all beautiful. Of course what’s really good is what you serve on them. I’m going to try the recipe too.

  24. Mari at Once Upon a Plate Says:

    Christi, Congratulations on your win!

    You’re right ~ it is tough to arrange a formal setting on a placemat, but you did a great job.

    It was really difficult to choose a favorite (and it looks like I’m in the minority…) 🙂 I love the Ribbon Holly ~ it’s so warm and inviting and I think it would really stand above anyone elses entry. Good Luck! xo

  25. nannykim at spindlecottage Says:

    I love that tope one–I love that silver charger with the plates. Hey, I wish we still did the knife rest…what a great idea!!!

  26. nannykim at spindlecottage Says:

    I meant top not tope!!llllllllllll

  27. Hooked on Southern Apples! Says:

    […] you haven’t voted for your favorite place setting yet, go to yesterday’s post and get your vote […]

  28. Pinky Says:

    The silver charger on the first one just stole my heart!! OH! May I ask where you got it? It is gorgeous!!!! The whole setting is just beautiful. I loved them all but voted for the first! Good luck this year and congrats on last year! Hope you get something better than the blue table:):):) Pinky

  29. Jeannine Wayman Says:

    These are lovely tablescapes. Good luck in the fair. I love county fairs. Used to compete with my horse waaaay back when!

  30. Liz Says:

    I also loved the sterling blue rose! Very elegant!


  31. Cass @ That Old House Says:

    Love them all, but especially the first one!
    Gorgeous. Have you tried turning the silver charger so it is “square” to the table, and not poking out toward the edge? I don’t know why, but I look at the setting, and I “see” it in that configuration.
    Good luck!

  32. Betty 819 Says:

    Congrats on your Country Fair ribbon! Would you mind showing us the dishes without the Grand Prize ribbon covering up the plate. Want to see what the design is on the plates. Have you ever entered anything else in the country fair and won. I never knew them to have tablescapes, but I haven’t been for a lot of years. We’re real proud of your accomplishment!

  33. ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~ Says:

    The first one tugs at my heart, so pretty. Love the silver charger! The lenox, last one is pretty also. Can we see that napkin opened up and close up? The lace corner looks beautiful.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  34. sheila Says:

    Love the one with the silver charger. It is beautiful.

  35. Barbara Says:

    Beautiful! I loved it!

  36. Myra Says:

    THANK YOU —-Question answered re: glass knife rest!

    As to the place settings: All are beautiful. My favorite is 5275 (but with glass knife rest and 5284. Good luck!

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