Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Revisited

I am joining Chari at Happy to Design for Sunday Favorites with one of my very early posts--before I learned to enlarge pictures. Still, it's one of my favorite tablescapes and originally posted for Tablescape Thursday. With Memorial Day on Monday I thought I'd indulge myself. Join Chari here for some classic reruns!

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 make 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!


  1. What an exciting tablescape. I love the red, white and blue. They are striking as well as significant.

  2. Happy Memorial to you too Susan! Beautiful place setting and the "parfait" looks perfect. Thanks for sharing.


  3. I love this table and it makes me proud to be an American!

  4. Love your perky red, white and blues. I also would love to reach in and grab that parfait too! Thanks for your sweet visit -- have a good and safe weekend.

  5. Gorgeous table. Love the placemats. Great colors for the 3 summer holidays!

  6. A very festive and pretty table setting. Hope you are enjoying the weekend.

  7. Love the theme and that parfait looks awfully good!


  8. Susan, this is such a festive and pretty table. I love those placemats. I also love to buy bandanas at H.L. My major problem is selecting colors. There are just so many! I'm so glad you re-posted this patriotic table, because I don't think I saw it the first time you posted it. laurie

  9. I love it! It's so patriotic and festive! I like the idea of posting reruns. Since I only recently found you, I hadn't seen this so it was a treat to me.

  10. Hi Susan...

    My friend, I was just elated to find that you joined in with Sunday Favorites this week! WELCOME!!! Ohhh...and what a fabulous and very befitting post to revisit...for Memorial Day! I love this all of its red, white, and blue finery! Those placemats are simply gorgeous...don't you just love TJ Maxx? Hehe! And...I love the pretty red napkins! Girlfriend, I will be checking that out at Hobby Lobby...what a great idea to use the handkerchiefs...they really are just the right size and you can't beat the affordability! Susan, this is such a pretty table...right down to your pretty daisies in the mason jar...I love that look and think it is just perfect with this tablescape!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites this week!!!

    I also wanted to thank you for the lovely note that you left on my post...I sure did enjoy it! Sure hope that you'll join in with us was a real pleasure having you, sweet lady!!!

    Have a super and safe Memorial Day, Darlin'!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  11. Beautiful... PS.. Kiss Jesse for me Keri

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