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How To Set a Chili Cook-Off Table

Are you ready for a chili cook-off? As part of this month’s supper club, I’m sharing my chili cook-off decorations and table-setting ideas.

For this table theme, I wanted to keep things simple and rustic. I pulled out all my pottery dishes and thrift store finds to create a relaxed, fun tablescape.

So welcome to this month’s Chili Cook-off Table!

Chili Cook-off Supper Club Theme with scrabble tiles for a rustic table setting.

Today’s tablescape is part of our monthly Supper Club Series.

If you are joining us for the first time, we are a group of friends who love to entertain, and when entertaining in person wasn’t recommended, we started a virtual supper club in January 2021.

We are from different areas of the country, and it’s always fun to see each person’s interpretation of the monthly theme. Meet the Supper Club Hosts.

  • Stacy Ling, Bricks N Blooms from New Jersey
  • Michele, Vintage Home Designs from Texas
  • Jennifer, Midwest Life & Style from Nebraska
  • Anne & AnnMarie, Simply 2 Mom’s from North Carolina
  • I’m also from North Carolina.

We invite a guest to host each month, and I’m so excited to have Regina at Saved From Salvage with us for February.

If you are joining me from Simply 2 Moms, I’m glad you stopped by. I know you loved their creative party ideas.

Supper Club Tables In Case You Missed Them

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What To Use For Chili Cook-off Decorations?

First, I didn’t want to spend any money, so I shopped my home for Chili Cook-off Decorations.

I began with my stash of thrifted tableware and then pulled from items I’ve had for years.

Keeping with a rustic tablescape theme, I pulled out antique pie plates and these fun cordon bleu baking tins I found at a thrift store.

The soup bowls are vintage French porcelain. They were a great find, and I love their unique shape.

The Place Setting

Layer, layer, layer is my motto for an interesting place setting.

First, I added the thrifted navy placemat and the wooden charger. The chargers were purchased in a Hobby Lobby a few years ago and are actually wooden trays. However, they work perfectly for holding my treasured pottery dishes.

Then the vintage pottery dishes from Seagrove Pottery add the perfect rustic vibe to the table setting. I purchased those the first year we were married and still love the texture and color.

A thrift wicker tray holds a vintage pie tin and helps to add more texture to the place setting.

French Bowl with pewter spoon on vintage tins pans make up a rustic table setting for chili cook-off supper club.

Finally, I added the cordon bleu tins and topped the place setting off with the white porcelain soup bowls.

Handwoven napkins, pewter cutlery, and thrifted water goblets complete the rustic chili cook-off decorations.

Stacks of rustic chili cook-off decorations fill the farmhouse table for a fun Supper Club theme

Chili Cook-off Scrabble Tiles

Another idea was to use scrabble tiles to identify the different chili recipes.

I used the tiles as part of the table setting as well as the centerpiece.

Decorations for Chili Cook-0ff Tablescape includes rustic vintage tin pans, wooden chargers and thrifted decor.

I shared this Crock Pot Chili Recipe earlier this week and will share all the chili recipes with you on Saturday.

Chili Cook-off Recipes for a fun Supper Club theme.  Rustic Tableware and decorations.

Rustic Table Centerpiece

Because I wanted to keep the table simple, I only used a few items to create the chili cook-off table centerpiece.

I began with two long and narrow vintage breadboards stacked in the middle of the table.

Rustic Table Centerpiece with scrabble tiles, vintage breadboards, silver urn with forced forsythia blooms.

Do you remember seeing this silver urn on Dirt Road Adventures? It was a lucky Thrift Store find for only $5.00.

It certainly looks better since I shined it up.

I decided it would be a perfect centerpiece because it looks somewhat like a trophy.

Scrabble tiles for Chili cook-off Decoration Ideas.  Supper Club Party Idea

It is filled with foraged twigs, and forced forsythia blooms gathered from our front yard.

It’s so easy to force blooms in winter for early Spring flowers.

Silver urn holds forced yellow bell blooms with scrabble tiles and vintage bread boards for centerpiece.

The addition of the scribble tiles and salt and pepper shakers completes the chili cook-off centerpiece decorations.

Table Setting with vintage silver urn holding forced forsythia blooms and rustic place settings.

Additional Tablescape Details

Another addition to the table is the vintage soup tureen.

Chili Cook-off Table Setting with wooden chargers, vintage tin pans and thrift store finds.

The simple white ironstone tureen will be filled with chili for the supper club dinner.

Vintage Soup Tureen - perfect for Chili Cook-off Table setting with scrabble tiles

I enjoyed setting the table with all my vintage and thrift store finds.

Chili Cook-off Decorations include rustic place setting and scrabble tiles to identify the different chili recipes.

More Chili Cook-off Table Ideas

Next up is Stacy at Bricks N Blooms with her Mexican Themed Chili Cook-off Table.

Click each link below to see the full table settings.

Stacy’s Mexican Themed Chili Cook-off Party Table / Michele’s Unique Tablescape Ideas – Chili Cook-off

Regina’s Tips for the Best Chili Cook-off Party. / Jen’s How to Plan the Ultimate Chili Cook-off Party

Anne & AnnMarie – How to Host a Chili Cook-off Party with Friends. / Rachel – Chili Cook-off Tablescape

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Chili Cook-off Tablescape with a Rustic Supper Club Theme.  Thrifted Dishes and tableware.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 25th of February 2023

I love your take on a chili cook-off table, Rachel. The scrabble pieces are the perfect finishing touch!


Monday 27th of February 2023

Kim, I appreciate this.


Friday 24th of February 2023

Rachel I love your table for this one! The scrabble letters are perfect! xo


Monday 27th of February 2023

So glad you like it.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

I love your stunning tablescape. I also love what I often called pie pans. They are beautiful no matter what they are called. Thanks for sharing


Monday 27th of February 2023

Ivory, Thank you for your sweet comments.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Rachel - I love the layering of your place setting, the different textures and the interest of each vintage piece. That urn was quite the find and definitely looks like a trophy. So glad I got to guest host with you gals today.


Monday 27th of February 2023

Regina, I really appreciate you for stopping by. Glad you could be with us in Feb.


Thursday 23rd of February 2023

Your tablescape is perfect for a chili cook off. So fun! That silver urn is unbelievable. I can’t believe that you got it for $5. Hugs to you, my friend.


Monday 27th of February 2023

Renae, I know. It was a great find. Thanks so much.