Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Tablescape Thursday.....Memorial Day



On Monday May 25th, our country will celebrate Memorial Day to honor the brave men and women who have given their lives while in military service. Schools will be out, government offices will be closed, and thousands will fire up grills to celebrate the day with friends and family. I started looking in the cabinets and this tablescape almost made itself!


It seems I have a lot of red, white, and blue without even knowing it. When I found these William-Sonoma lookalike placemats at T.J. Maxx, that closed the deal! I started playing and this is what I ended up with!

For me flowers are an important part of any great tablescape. What could be any more American than daisies in a Mason jar? I'll tell you what--daisies from the 1/2 price container! And look-- Savannah Grace and William are back from their honeymoon and already at work. They're very patriotic birds. I've even lit the red and white candles. After all, it is a celebration!


We've all seen these versatile white Gibson dishes from Big Lots. I don't know how I ever lived without them. Now is a good time to share a little secret. You may already know, but if not, you're going to love it! Hobby Lobby has a section with kerchiefs and bandanas in tons of colors and different prints. The best part--they are all under a dollar! I buy these when I need a particlar color napkin or basket liner and don't want to splurge on expensive napkins .


The napkin rings are a Pier One find. I like the way they echo the pattern in the placemat. And that white- handled flatware--? I bought that for my daughter's first apartment so I know it was cheap. I've reclaimed it now that the bride to be has considerabley better flatware coming :).

Red, white, and blue is one theme that is very easy to carry into dessert. Cool Whip, blueberries, and strawberries in a parfait glass makes a light and patriotic way to finish the meal.



I hope you and your family get to spend time together doing whatever makes you happy --whether you are visiting friends, taking a hike, or simply enjoying a day of rest. So fire up the grill, hang your flag, and don't forget to say thanks to a veteran!



Be sure to visit Susan at http://www.betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. Susan always has something excitng and beautiful to offer and she'll be joined by a host of friends!

40 comments:

  1. Great Red White and Blue tablescape! I love the daisies in the mason jar. And your parfait looks yummy and refreshing. Happy Memorial Day...I love your "look".

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  2. Such a gorgeous red, white and blue tablescape. I love the dishes of course and the placemats and napkins are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the tip about HL. I will definitely check it out. You've put together such a beautiful table and I hope you have a wonderful day. Hugs, Marty

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  3. Susan,

    I just love this. It is very patriotic with going overboard. All of your thrify finds are great (I have those napkin rings too!!) The bandana idea is really great, I am forever sticking a clean tea towel in the bread basket! And of course, napkins are expensive unless they are marked down because they are ugly!!

    Daisies are my favorite flower and look right at home in the mason jar~just where they should simply be. And I am coming over for the parfait!!

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday and many thanks for the reminder of just what this great day stands for!!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  4. What a lovely table and the music is beautiful too.

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  5. This is a fabulous red white and blue table! Love it. That parfait looks absolutely fabulous!! happy Memorial Day weekend to you!

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  6. I just love this! You have made it patriotic without overkill and also just beautiful! Love those placemats and the daisies are the best! Cindy

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  7. Can't even begin to remember all the things I loved on this table! LOVE the napkin rings and the napkins/bandanas. LOVE the daisies in a mason jar!!! LOVED it all!!!! :D Jewel

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  8. Great red white & blue table! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  9. Love your blue and white table -- it will be a great table for Memorial Day.

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  10. Hi Susan! I love your red, white and blue table! Those place mats are so pretty! Love the daisys in the jar! Love it all!
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  11. Hi Susan! I love your red, white and blue table! I think those placemats are my favorite thing! And so nice to see Savannah Grace and William back at work and enjoying themselves! lol But the star...the thing I couldn't keep my eyes off of...was those parfaits!! Yummy! And what a great idea for bringing the colors into the dessert! Hope you are having a great week!...Debbie

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  12. I always love a blue table! So fresh and clean! I love to visit! Liz

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  13. I love the casual canning jar as a vase! I have a blue one that I will occasionally use as a vase too. Cute!

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  14. The red white and blue dessert looks delicious. Great tablescape to honor our vets. I salute you for remembering them.
    Joyce (Army Mom)

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  15. Beautiful! I love the placemats!
    Happy Memorial Day!!

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  16. Your tablescape is beautiful and I'm drooling over the parfaits! Loved the tip about your napkins. We don't have a Hobby Lobby but I'll be on the lookout at Michaels & Joanns. ☺ Diane

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  17. Grat placemats and napkin rings!

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  18. Great Memorial Day tablescape. I love the idea of using bandanas as napkins. I wish we had Hobby Lobby. And the desert looks so yummy!!!

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  19. Well done with your red white and blue theme, it looks great.

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  20. Hi Susan !
    Love your post today ! Yes, God Bless America and our soldiers fighting for our freedom !
    Your table is great and I love all the tips you passed on (you know how I love a great steal..I mean deal !) Great idea about napkins at HL- love that place... Great Red , White and Blue !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

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  21. a very patriotic table! I've been thinking I better plan ahead for 4th of July, as I have little to no red or dark blue. You've given me some inspiration.

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  22. Beautiful table and quite inspirational. I look forward to exploring your blog further for more great ideas. Thanks for stopping by.

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  23. I know I'm suppose to be concentrating on the table setting, but I can't seem to resist staring at the dessert! The choice of flower goes so perfect with this setting! Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

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  24. Love the boldness and freshness of the tablescape! That dessert is perfect for the holiday (and the table).

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  25. Snappy! Those placemats are great find! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  26. This is exquisite. The place mats just pop and tie everything together so beautifully. The parfait looks so tasty. Wonderfully patriotic table. Thanks for hunting me down sans Mr Linky!

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  27. Love your color theme... very nicely done!

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  28. Oh, what a lovely table! Thanks for visiting my blahwg. I'm building steps up the slope from my balcony steps to the pool area. Earlier posts show the 'before'. I'll post more tonight. The steps are done, the plants are sitting next to the bed and my step-son is stopping by to help move the slab. Lots of progress today! Come back and visit soon...

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  29. Mmmm...that dessert looks yummie...errr, I mean your tablescape is lovely...thank you for the reminder about our troops!
    Love your theme!
    happy holiday weekend!
    ;-D

    ps...the peony is silk!

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  30. Hi Susan, thanks for honoring our veterans by sharing your festive table with us and reminding us what the holiday is all about.

    Nice to have you visit and take time to leave a comment at my place too.

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  31. Hi Susan,
    I love your table and I loved that you reminded us to remember our veterans. You took red, white and blue to a new level....perfection.
    Thanks for visiting me and I hope to be back a for a peek as well.
    Maryrose

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  32. Such a lovely table...all bright and colorful. A great tribute to Memorial Day.

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  33. I really love this table! So bright, fun and summery. Great tribute to veteran's day. Thanks for stopping by, I envy you getting to go to Destin. The beaches and water there are just gorgeous. Have a great Memorial Day! Kathy

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  34. Wow...this is stunning! I love all the color and what a great tip on the napkins/bandanas! Savannah Grace and William look very rested and ready to work! :-) The parfaits look soooo yummy! Happy Memorial Day and Happy TT! Susan

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  35. Oh, a totally wonderful tablescape!!! Happy Memorial Day!

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  36. Susan, that parfait looks so delicious! Your red, white and blue tablscape is very pretty, just perfect!...Christine

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  37. I love this. For some reason, I'm drawn to the deep indigo blues...

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  38. Love the flatware and the napkin holders.... so nicely put together and fitting for this weekend! Great job... Loved trying my hand at my first ever tablescape... Stop in for a visit, xoxo~Kathy~ @ sweetup-northmornings.blogspot.com Happy Memorial Day!

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  39. I have had a very busy week, so I'm late getting here, but I stopped by on the perfect day for this red, white, and blue tablescape. It looks so festive. Love those placemats! laurie

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  40. I absolutely love it! Those placemats are an awesome find. I think I will have to drive over to Abilene and visit TJ's. Thank you for sharing and for the congrats on my son's graduation. Many blessings to your family on this big day! I know it will be fabulous!!

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