Race Day Tablescape and Nibbles

Sunday is the biggest day in racing of the year, with a Formula 1 race early in the morning, then the Indianapolis 500, followed by Nascar’s 600 mile marathon race in Charlotte, NC.  Naturally, a day of racing needs some fun nibbles, and a festive table for the weekend.  Starting with the centerpiece, this spray with racing flags came from Dollar Tree, and the larger checkered flags I have had for a while.  I put the spray and the flags in a mason jar, and set that inside a black iron candle stand without the candles.  Green votives are set around the four corners.  [Note – On May 22, 2019, Flickr will be down for planned maintenance for about 12 hours starting at 5pm PDT (that’s 8pm EDT or 12am GMT on May 23), so if the pictures aren’t showing, just check back later.]

Race Day Tablescape at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The settings are really simple, as I do not have any salad plates that fit the theme.  Once again I am kicking myself for letting go of my solid green ones, as they would have done nicely here.  Anyway, the napkins are in green, and placed in a triangle shape.  We only want green flag racing today.  Everyday flatware and drink glasses complete the settings.

Race Day Tablescape at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Actually, I expect that we will pick up the plates, serve ourselves from a buffet style smorgasbord of finger foods, then park ourselves back in front of the TV.

Race Day Tablescape at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Appetizers to graze on all day long is the ticket to hours of racing!  I’ve done a number of recipes for small plates and appetizer style foods in past posts for game days.  See my Appetizer Meals post for recipes for Baked Parmesan Chicken Wings, Lower Fat Sausage Balls, and Baked Spinach for a hot appetizer meal.

Appetizer Small Plate Meals ~ From My Carolina Home

Then jump over to my Summer Fun Recipe Roundup for more finger food ideas like my Perfect Deviled Eggs (the last recipe you’ll ever need) and Ham Roll Ups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

Instead of plain hot dogs, try these Crescent Dogs.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

My Shrimp Flower appetizer is a chilled treat for a warm day.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

Perhaps you’d like to try the Guacamole with Green Onions and some chips.

Guacamole | From My Carolina Home

For a lighter appetite, my Asian Salad with Sriracha Mayonnaise is a fresh addition and a way to get more vegetables in the day with both spinach and lettuce.  Technically not a finger food, but I still love the fresh taste of this salad.  These are the green plates I wish I still had.

Asian Salad at From My Carolina Home

There are now over 140 cooking posts on my blog for all kinds of appetizers, entrees, sides, breakfasts, donuts, coffee cakes, and desserts.  You can use the Cooking Category link on the sidebar anytime to see all the recipes and ideas, or use the search bar to see if I have something for your chicken in the frig that needs a new idea.  I have some, but not nearly all, of my recipes on a Cooking page at the top of the blog.

What’s your favorite finger food for days like this?

Thank you to everyone who commented with well wishes, my knee is feeling a bit better.  I am hopeful that it will heal on its own with just conservative care for a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, I’ve been working my own ‘Bored Box’, like the one I made for a friend a few months ago – Basket of Comfort.  Updating all the passwords on my shopping and selling accounts was first on the list.  I know two blogger friends whose blogs were hacked in the last year.  With that going on, my blog has a 31-character password, and most of the other accounts have at least a 12-character one, with upper and lower case letters, some numbers and special characters too. If your blog doesn’t have a super secure password, consider changing it today.

Amazon has some fun books for Appetizer meals (affiliate links) –
Williams-Sonoma Food Made Fast: Small Plates
Small Plates: Appetizers as Meals
Tapas: 40 Delicious Traditional Spanish Recipes (Contemporary Cooking)
Small Plates – Appetizer Meals

9 thoughts on “Race Day Tablescape and Nibbles

  1. Karen Marlow-Goad

    have fun with your races and your company – it sounds like you will have a great day. I’m not a sport’s nut and neither is hubby but your day sounds like fun to me

  2. Woot Woot! Indy 500 weekend – woohoo! That means summer HAS to follow shortly behind, right?!! I love race weekend . . . bring on the checkered flag. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Your tablescape is lovely! The company I worked at before retiring had box seating for the Indy 500 — we always chose bar-b-que type foods to be served in our area! My favorite were the crescent hot links – definitely not healthy but oh so delicious 🙂

  4. Have never been to the Indy 500, but it and Memorial Day signalthe start of summer! Our town has a parade on Monday that is usually well-attended, so we will go if I am over this nasty virus! And then a barbecue for just the two of us as the kids have other plans. The sun has finally shone brightly the last few days and it has warmed up and the flowers are growing inches every day. Hooray for the start of summer!

  5. Mary Stori

    So appropriate……our club is having a big event on Sat. so we will be hanging with lots of gear heads!

  6. Melanie

    My husband is a big race fan while I’ll “listen only” while quilting away (hopefully). Thanks for the ideas on party foods….think I’ll make the crescent dogs and deviled eggs that he can enjoy while watching the races. Have a great race day! Hope you’re learning how to rest creatively. LOL

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