Independence Day, 2014, will soon be upon us here in the United States, and we Americans make it a very big day each year! The birthday of our country is certainly reason to celebrate with the red, white, and blue, parades and flags, and family traditions. We may be out of town for the actual holiday, so a little pre-party on our new porch seemed in order. If we do end up being at home, I’ll just re-set and it will be quick and easy!
I created this table from estate sale and yard sale finds, as well as new items I’ve picked up in recent years.
The challenge with this small, ice cream parlor set we recently discovered at a flea market is that it’s small, and it doesn’t allow a lot of room for a centerpiece. So I looked around my collection, and my yard, and put together this little arrangement using a vintage Glasbake “Bicentennial” cup, a Gerbera daisy, white daisies, and geranium leaves. Oh, and I can’t forget the cupcake flag picks.
When you see tablescapes in stores and magazines, you often see plate stacks 5 and 6 plates high. They do look lovely, but I just don’t find them practical for an actual meal. Not around here, at least, as we don’t have 6 course meals! So we have just a salad plate (for broccoli salad) and a dinner plate (for pork BBQ sandwiches and black eyed peas.)
Too full? Relax on the other side of the porch in the glider or a bouncer chair. Oh! I just hung up “tacky” lights! I’ll be showing those in my next post, which is “junkin finds”, so be sure to check for that next time!
Since clearing the table, this little arrangement has been hanging out on my kitchen window sill. It’s been perfect for bringing a bit of the 4th of July to the kitchen.
New readers may be wondering if I covered the chair’s seats just to match the table? Of course, I do that all the time, don’t you?
Nah, I just got lucky that I had that fabric in the attic. It started life as a tablecloth, turned into a valance and dresser scarf, made an appearance in last years Independence Day Tablescape here on WCIJ (link at the end), and finally settled in as seat covers. $10 well spent.
The star of the table just might be those glasses. You can see and read more about them on last year’s table article.
- white plates – World Market*
- blue glass plates – Wal Mart*
- white flatware – Family Dollar*
- red napkins – junkin find
- napkin rings – by Pfaltzgraff, junkin find
- Glasbake cup – vintage, junkin find
- glasses – 1973 Flags of Our Nation, junkin find
* purchased 1-2 years ago.
Last year’s Independence Day Tablescape
Make your own Freedom Candy like I made last year!
Will you be celebrating the 4th at home? Are you making a big dinner, and if so, is it fancy tablescape time, or paper plates all around? However you spend it, be safe and be blessed, y’all ~
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