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Friday, August 26, 2011

It's State Fair Time!

In Illinois we have two state fairs ... one in our capitol Springfield and a second one in Southern Illinois called the DuQuoin Stere Fair.  This year, my daughter Nicole and I attended the Springfield State Fair to accept an award from State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.  She recognized folks who have worked in agritourism and our culinary destination project was a winner!  It's hard to take a serious picture with Ms. Topinka ... she's a blast and we all love her for her efforts ... and her sense of humor!  Just look at our picture in the sidebar!   We'll attend the DuQuoin State Fair, too ... for several events including a Willie Nelson concert!


Here's a cute tablescape I set to celebrate state fair time!  The whole table theme focused on a set of place mats and a table runner that I have used for 15 years!  I get them out at least once a year!  Look closely at these cuties .. all the elements of a perfect fair!

I wanted the centerpiece to pick up the colors in the placemats ... especially the cluster of balloons, so pink was a must!  I surrounded the silk flower basket with other key elements of the fair ... the animals ... and the only blue ribbon I've ever won at the state fair!  It was for a centerpiece that had a ceramic pig in it!   My sister made me the cut out pig with her basket of apples .. .several years ago .. .but she finds her way to many tablescapes!


 My dinnerware ... and especially the napkin .. mimic the fair foods ... pink cotton candy and lemon shake-ups!  I don't eat cotton candy anymore, but still have at least one shake-up ... then I'm on a sugar high for three days!  The dinnerware is Home Trends from JCPenny.

Now for the stars of the tablescape ... and of the state fairs in the Midwest ... Watkins, the extracts and seasonings folks ... and now they sell all kinds of cosmetic products, too!  I have a collection of Watkins Kids plates ... and they are adorable.  You'll see more of them this year at Halloween time .. but for now, take a look at these sweet little salad/dessert plates.  They were made in 1991 ... and I love to use them!



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17 comments:

  1. Really adorable table! I don't think I've seen a state fair theme table before! xo,

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  2. A very pretty table setting. It is nice when a group gets together and attends a function that all enjoys it.

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  3. Congratulations on your award - well deserved praise indeed!

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  4. Such great placemats. Love the deatail. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  5. What a great theme! I love those placemats and table runner and the little piggy bowl is just too cute. I remember going to the DuQuoin State Fair many years ago.

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  6. What an adorable state fair table! I believe you get the blue ribbon! Love those fun plates.

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  7. Hello,
    thats a nice tablescape and I love the bouquet. Just wonderful.
    best greetings, Johanna

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  8. Congrats on your award Debbie that's exciting! Cute table, love the runner and placemats:@)

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  9. Congrats on the blue ribbon.. and the kids plates are darling. Love your runner and placemats too. Great fun on that table! xo marlis

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  10. Love your setting! I'm from C'dale just moved to Ky.I miss going to the fair at DuQuoin.Congrats on your award.Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This is a wonderful table! I found myself humming the song "State Fair" as I scrolled through. I love the placemats/runner that were the inspiration.

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  12. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Beautiful sweet lady. I love the collection of the kid's plates with the palcemats and the runner so sweet.I hope you have a great week.also thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape.
    XXOO Diane

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  13. Oh what a fun tablescape. You definitely have captured the spirit of the state fair. The placemats are wonderful.

    Thanks so much for joining in on the fun today. Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

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  14. Love this tablescape theme...shucks yeah,I love a state fair,farmers markets,and road side stands,can't wait to enjoy some.
    ~JO

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  15. Hi, Debbie! It is so cool that you have brought back great memories of the State Fair! It has been years since I attended one here in Missouri, but this totally brings back every single memory of them! It has also been years since I have purchased any Watkins products. I can remember the man coming around to the house selling them when I was a teenager! That is where I got my recipe for 5-flavor pound cake!!! I still have the original recipe card that he gave us!!! Have fun at the DuQuoin, and give Willie a little kiss on the cheek from me! :-)

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  16. Congratulations on the award...cute table, Debbie!

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  17. Congrats! What a lovely table. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

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