A Patriotic Table for the Fourth of July

I love mixing in my nautical elements into a table set for celebrating the Fourth of July. My plates here are vintage and a little mismatched, but that just adds to the charm. And any centerpiece or floral arrangement gets an instant Americana boost by just adding lots of small flags! 

A Table Set for Easter Brunch

Serving an Easter breakfast or brunch?  I decided to go less formal and added a little whimsy with my fun bunny centerpiece and lots of colorful eggs.  I used vintage egg cups from my collection and varied china.  The key is to stick to a color theme to keep it cohesive as I did with the yellows and greens here.  

Easter Tablescaping

I love to make creative and fun place-settings and tablescapes throughout the year, and Easter is no exception! I found this giant faux cabbage at Hobby Lobby and built my arrangement from there by adding the forsythia branches, pussy willows and a cute nest with eggs. I hope these pictures provide some inspiration for your table as well!

More Christmas Place Setting Ideas

I’ve posted Christmas place setting ideas on the blog before and you can actually look them up under Entertain.  Here are a few more that I had some fun with.  I especially love the plaid with the little gnome plate atop.  The plaid plates came from @HobbyLobby, the gnome plates came from @williamssonoma a few years back and the plate with the cabin came from @homegoods.  The gold and red chargers are from @Christmastreeshops.  The light blue china is a vintage pattern from @franciscanchina called Silver Pine.  It is available through a company called Replacements.  

I’ve picked some of my favorite china and serving pieces on my new category on The Hive Shop, Christmas.  Check it out for all your entertaining needs!

Super Spring-y Tablescape

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How colorful and beautiful is this table!?  From a fellow blogger, I love the use of different textures and colors and heights.  I always stress using various heights for more visual impact.  I’m loving the small details like the greek key patterned table runners used as place mats mixed with bamboo flatware and the use of real lemons to carry the yellow color throughout.  Great Inspiration!  Find the bamboo flatware on The Hive Shop.

Turn a cabbage into a floral arrangement for Easter!

How clever is this idea from a fellow blogger,  “Home is where the Boat is”

I’ve done the ‘pumpkin as a vase’ before, but never thought of using a cabbage.  I think this is a great idea and really quite simple.  Cut a hole in the cabbage large enough to hold a vase or container in which to put your flowers.  I would suggest cutting the hole on the smaller side first, then shave away until your container will fit firmly.  It doesn’t have to be completely contained in the cabbage either. If your floral arrangement will drape slightly over the edge if will cover the container.  Remember to cut a slice off the bottom so that your cabbage will sit evenly, and place on a plate or platter.

 

Mad Hatter Themed Luncheon

I recently helped a friend with a ladies golf tournament luncheon.  Our theme was Alice in Wonderland, but I opted for the Mad Hatter Tea Party for the lunch centerpieces, since I felt it could be more fun and colorful.  Here are some pictures of how the centerpieces looked – for your inspiration.

 

See “Create” on how these centerpieces were made.

The Fourth of July!

 

America’s Celebration!  Who doesn’t love the 4th – an annual day for cookouts, picnics, family reunions and just plain homespun fun.  Here are some pictures from our cookout at the lake.  It turned out to be a sweltering day, but just eating outside at dusk takes the heat of the day away and just makes everything enjoyable.  I combined two picnic tables end to end.  I love using a paper “runner”, but unfortunately ran out!  These are a fantastic product, so fun and more up to date than the traditional plastic of days past.  I used my cloth seafood motif tablecloths and just built on the red, white and blue.  I collect vintage lobsters and scattered them about.  I placed the utensils and plates attractively in a picnic basket for folks to help themselves.

My menu suggestions:

Our tradition is usually to grill spareribs to “fall off the bone” perfection.  However the extreme heat made my husband (head griller) decide to opt for something that wouldn’t require basking over a hot grill.

Grilled strip steaks – cut in half (not everyone always wants a full one!)

Dill potato salad – recipe on blog

Bean salad – recipe on blog

Corn on the cob

Caprese tomato salad – recipe on blog

Brownies ala mode and s’mores

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