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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A Thrifty Tablescape Thursday in time for Rodeo!

It's Rodeo time in Kansas!! Time for the cowboys and girls to come to Phillipsburg for fun, money, and fame. You can look up Kansas Biggest Rodeo on the internet and find out more than you ever wanted to know. All joking aside, there is one of the top Rodeo's in the US right here in north central Kansas. Good old boot kickin' fun, if you're up for it. I have decorated for rodeo every year for a long time, it's darn near like a holiday for the people in the area.

Instead of one thing for the centerpiece, I used 3. I used a pair of cowboy boots (thrifty) filled with sunflowers,

a brown paper sack with rafia ties, filled with faux sunflowers and grains, (thrifty)and a lamp that is an antique railroad lamp. (hand me down from MIL/thrifty) If you were going to eat out on the prairie, you would surely use an oil lamp for lighting, wouldn't you?
You would use a jar to drink from, right? How lucky yours has a handle!
The tablecloth is medium blue, with a white square tablecloth on the diagonal. The white cloth is fringed, and kinda looks westerny"?" (is that a word?) Of course a red bandana for a napkin.(thrifty)
Each place setting is the mismatched stuff you just threw in your saddle bag, maybe? (thrifty) Salad plate is clear glass, hard to see here. (I got 4/$1.00 at GW earlier this Spring.) (thrifty)
Bottom plate is my "new" sunflower plates. I got 4/#1.00 at GW too. I have a lot of sunflower stuff, so they will get used! (thrifty)
Here's my artsy-fartsy picture taken through the handle of the cup!
Please go visiti Susan at to see other tablescapes and have a great weekend or to Leigh at for more thriftiness!


  1. Sandi, I think your tablescape is a LOT of fun! I like sunflowers a lot, and I like how you filled the boot with them and then have the plates to complete your theme. Neat! And I love the bandanas, too.

    Happy Tablescape Thurs!


    Sheila :-)

  2. Hi, I just love your table setting! I also have Sunflowers in my kitchen and ding room. Roosters to. Your plates are lovely and the cowboy boot is great! Have a wonderful day!
    Oh...I had posted your Anniversary Roses Mosiac over at my blog, I even had someone comment on it!
    Hope you have a wonderful rest of your day!

  3. What fun. I enjoyed it all including the artsy fartsy photo! Enjoy the rodeo!!

  4. Cowboy boots and sun flowers! How fun! - The Tablescaper

  5. Fun table. The idea of using the boots is a good one. Hope you all had a fun time. I have always wanted to attend a rodeo.

  6. Very cute and fun! Love the sunflowers in the cowboy boot idea!

  7. fun combination of different peices for your theme, it really does feel like summer

  8. Love the boots and sunflowers!

  9. Sandi, this is adorable. I love all your cute touches. The boots, the sunflowers, the bag, everything! Wonderful.


  10. Sunflowers and a table that I am not afraid to touch! I love it.

  11. What a cute table... the paper bags just made me smile! (and hey, I love to drink ice cold lemonade out of jars in the summer!!!) :)

  12. Nothing says Summer like Sunflowers. I love the cowboy boots!

    From Little Things

  13. Sunflowers and cowboy boots, great combination! Cute tablescape!


  14. cute!!! I love the sunflowers and the cowboy creative!!! Perfect for the rodeo!!!

    Happy TT!!!


  15. Those sunflower plates are wonderful. Great idea with the flowers in the boot!


  16. Your tablescape is very charming. Great idea with the boots! The sunflowers are perfect with the beautiful sunflower plates. Thanks for sharing. Happy rodeo...Crystal

  17. This was a fun table setting!
    Hee Haw, the rodeo has come to town for sure.

    from Kansas where the Buffalo roam...

  18. It is so inviting! Love the boot filled with flowers.

  19. FUN theme table... LOVE the sunflower plates!

  20. Fun table! Last year at Christmas, my workplace holiday dinner for everyone used a western them and they decorated old boots with red poinsettias and glitter for each table. They were adorable.

    Nice job.

    Don't forget to join us on this weekend for the final Christmas in July Tablescape Party on Saturday (some may spill into Sunday since the 25th is Saturday. I am having a real CIJ family dinner on Sunday, but will post my table photos Friday night and Mr. Linky will be up and ready at Playing Dishes.

  21. Sounds like fun! I love the pattern on your plates.

  22. Wow! I love this Western motif! This was such fun!
    You pulled everything together so nicely! Great job!
    All the best,

  23. Hi Sandy,
    You are always so clever. Love the sunflowers.

  24. Hi Sandi...

    Ohhh...your Kansas rodeo sounds like a hoot, my friend!!! What fun to do a tablescape in honor of's so cute and festive!!!

    Just love the're such a creative lady!!! Love the cowboy boot and brown paper bag for the floral arrangements...I really do love that idea!!! I'm going to use that one!!! I just love the blues and reds with the pretty just doesn't get any better than that!!! Girl, you got a deal on those beautiful sunflower plates...they're really pretty!!! Beautiful tablescape!!! Thanks for sharing it with us on Thrifty gave me some great ideas!!!

    Have a terrific Thursday, my friend!

  25. Hi Sandi!

    That is
    I just think it is presious! I love all the thrifty finds! Well done! Thank you for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week! Be sure and drop by to see what the other thrifty participants are showing off. Some really great finds!
    Thanks again!
    Tales from Bloggeritaville

  26. Fun, colorful, and very thrifty! You carried out your theme very effectively!

    Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

  27. What a cute cowboy table. I love it...I'm married to a cowboy!! :O)

  28. Love the sunflower cowboy theme! Lots of fun! You had some great finds there!! Hugs!!

  29. What a great, colorful table. I love the sunflowers,

  30. Fun tablescape! Love the sunflowers!!! :D Jewel

  31. What a fun tablescape! Love the artsy-fartsy shot throught the handle. Very creative!

  32. Great tablescape -- great way to celebrate the rodeo coming to town. We rodeo here on this town on the prairie -- at our community college -- we even have an indoor rodeo arena!

  33. This is a very creative tablescape, Sandi., So much fun!..Christine

  34. I love the sunflowers in boots. Man I worked for had an old boot (huge) in plaster for something or other so I took it down and had a sunflower arrangement put in it. If I'd paid more attention, I would have bought the stuff and done it myself, but as I was working temp for him, it was rather hard money wise and I was not going to shell out and be reimbursed! It looked great though. I need to locate some old sister just keep getting hers resoled!

  35. What a fun tablescape! I so would have grabbed those sunflower plates, too...what a terrific find! :-) Love the bandana napkins! The pics at the bottom of your blog of you and your family are soooo precious!

  36. Wow that was marvelous. Very classy.


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