Lots of folks have weekend-long Memorial Day celebrations, but that hasn't been our style. We have occasionally been invited to a large party at friends' houses, and we've even hosted a small intimate party at the lake. But generally speaking we have a pretty low-key Memorial Day.
This weekend I think I'll re-create the relaxed table I set last May but never got around to posting on the blog.
It will just be the three of us, or perhaps a fourth if Miss J invites one of her friends. As a base I used simple red placemats underneath the centerpiece as well as the plates. These were topped by bright white dinner plates (Noritake 'Ranier') and deep blue star-shaped plates for the watermelon/fruit salad. Although the star plates are paper, they shine as though they're fine porcelain!
Stars are repeated in paper napkins. (Because they're easy and steaks and corn on the cob cooked on the grill — not to mention watermelon — can get messy, requiring lots of napkins, lol!) The care-free acrylic pitcher and glasses can easily move outside if the weather permits.
I gathered white carnations woven with a red and blue garland in a vintage aluminum bowl. Sparklers set in faux candles are tied with vibrant striped bows. Together they make a centerpiece that follows the rule-of-three.
The effect is festive and casual,
simple and patriotic.
I used flowers to honor the beginnings of Memorial Day in 1868. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was a somber day of remembrance of those who fought and died in the Civil War.
After World War I, the holiday evolved to commemorate American military personnel who died in all wars. The name changed to Memorial Day but continued to be celebrated on May 30. Over time, the holiday came to celebrate the beginning of summer as well. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday and was established as the last Monday in May.
A similarly relaxed table can be found at A Casual Fourth of July. However you celebrate, I hope you find inspiration here to create an enjoyable Memorial Day and take a moment for remembrance.