Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Patriotic Table for the Fourth

Are you ready to celebrate the Fourth of July next week? I've set the table indoors, but it can easily be taken outside if the weather permits.

I ran with the red, white and blue theme, starting with a red and white striped tablecloth that I bought when Miss J was a toddler. She loved its bright colors. The tablecloth reverses to a navy ground with white stars.Two for the price of one!

A white dinner plate, used in several posts including Silver and Gold, is topped by a blue star-shaped salad plate made of heavy paper (shhh, don't tell!).

I cut four pieces of an inexpensive garland to tie around navy blue napkins. They remind me of fireworks!

The plates are joined by vintage depression glass plates that we'll use for dessert.

Each place setting has a red balloon wine glass, found on eBay (before I learned to read the fine print regarding sizes!) Although larger than I intended to buy, the stems have made several appearances for dinner, as you can see in A Table for la Fete Nationale.



Uncle Sam has brought his own sparkler to the table. He's dressed in his very best!

Uncle Sam is a nutcracker that I've had what seems like forever.



I placed white carnations in a vintage hammered aluminum bowl and threaded a red and blue garland through them.





I often like to decorate the chest to coordinate with the table. I used part of a fabric bunting on the front, and the rest of the garland used for the napkins around the pitcher.

Paper lanterns and streamers add more color.



It's a fun table that doesn't take itself too seriously!


Hope you have a happy Fourth of July!


Resources
Dinner plates | Noritake 'Ranier'
Dessert plates | Hazel-Atlas 'Newport'
Wine goblets | Waterford Marquis 'Vintage'
Flatware | Mikasa 'Italian Countryside'

Sharing with these parties:
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Finding Silver Pennies
Patriotic Link Party
Dishing It Digging It
Amaze Me Monday
Metamorphosis Monday
The Scoop
Celebrate Your Story
The Dedicated House
Let's Add Sprinkles
Style Showcase



Monday, June 25, 2018

Early Summer Flowers

Welcome to the garden! Come with me to see the early summer flowers.

First up is a cultivar of milkweed native to eastern North America, beloved of butterflies. It's commonly known as butterfly weed.

Asclepias tuberosa 'Hello Yellow'



I am amazed at the number of blooms there have been on my hydrangeas. Planted 15 years ago, they are now shadowed by two Cryptomeria japonica that have grown out of bounds.


Hydrangea macrophylla 'Endless Summer'

I really should move these!


Blooming their heads off are two varieties of calla lilies. I don't remember which cultivars these are, but I have pink and deep purple, almost black, ones as well as white ones.


Zantedeschia aethiopica

They're commonly seen in floral arrangements or as houseplants, but these have been in the ground for at least 10 years in my North Georgia garden. They spread with abandon, and I regularly discard some each year.


Another proven butterfly magnet are the deciduous spirea shrubs in the front island. They're especially happy since we removed a dying cherry tree two years ago.

Spiraea japonica

The spirea are backed by lime green Nandina domestica. While lovely, Nandinas are considered invasive plants that may displace native species.  See their current distribution by state at The University of Georgia - Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
 



A lone daylily, variety unknown, blooms in front of a purple Loropetalum chinense.



Since the deer find my daylilies particularly tasty, I may never see another!



Thanks for visiting my early summer garden!

[Updated July 11, 2018, to correct the identification of the calla lilies.]

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Style Showcase
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Finding Silver Pennies
Dishing It Digging It
Amaze Me Monday
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Sundays at Home



Wednesday, June 13, 2018

An Everyday Table

I totally enjoy designing tablescapes for holidays and special occasions, but of course we don't celebrate special occasions every day. That doesn't mean we can't put a little thought into the settings we have from day to day.

For today's post, I thought I'd show you what our usual table looks like. We eat most of our meals in what we call the breakfast room, an open space between the kitchen and family room. My favorite thing about the breakfast room is the view of the backyard trees.

A couple of years ago, G and I marked our anniversary by treating ourselves to a new set of everyday dishes. We both still like our original set (seen in Blues with a Dash of Turquoise), but wanted to change things up after 20 or so years.

The pattern we chose was "French Garden". I liked that the pattern has a mixture of designs and shapes . . . and lots of possibilities!

Sometimes we have a centerpiece, sometimes just salt and pepper shakers. Today I've used a potted lantana that's destined to be transplanted into the garden. It's just beginning to bloom.

I used pink tissue paper to hide the garish pot the lantana is in and placed it in a pretty blue ceramic pot that will hold one of the other flowers I bought -- one that won't get anywhere near the size the lantana will.

To continue the pink inspiration, I've used flowered napkin rings in several shades. And for homemade lemon ice cream we'll use these cute bowls with pink cherries.

I'm using placemats today, in a pretty green that picks up the colors of the plates. There's a variety of placemats and tablecloths that I'll use, just to change things around.

Vintage salt and pepper shakers perched on a silver branch. (You know I can't resist bird tableware, lol!)



A small flower-shaped bowl for the sauce.

On the table are our everyday glasses and flatware.





I've found these dishes go well with others I have, such as the ones seen in Casual Fall Setting, Summer Bounty, and Falling for Apples.





At the last minute I moved the napkin onto the plate stack. Which position do you like the napkin in? I think I like both!



And there you have it, a variation of our everyday table setting. Thanks for stopping by!


Resources
Plates, bowls | Villeroy & Boch 'French Garden'
Placemats, napkins | Pier 1
Flatware | Oneida 'Julliard'
Glass bowl | Waterford Marquis
Iced tea glasses | Godinger 'Palm'

Find more inspiration at:
Thursday Favorite Things    
Between Naps on the Porch 
Metamorphosis Monday 
Homestyle Gathering   
Wall-to-Wall Wednesday    
French Country Cottage
Pieced Pastimes
Sundays at Home
Finding Silver Pennies
Dishing It Digging It
Amaze Me Monday
The Dedicated House
The Scoop
A Stroll thru Life
Celebrate Your Story
Let's Add Sprinkles
Savvy Southern Style
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