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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Labor Day Tablescape

I'm reprising this post for the Picnic Party at:

We were so happy to spend Labor Day at our home with our favorite young newlyweds. One is in grad school and one is in dental school and their lives are very busy. We just love to spend some special time with them and  spoil them just a bit. They are the most wonderful houseguests, and I'm sure it's because they have been brought up by such great parents.  (You know who you are!) They even brought us wine from their wedding.  And boy, did we enjoy it!
I used an old two-piece cachepot for the centerpiece.  I put oasis in it and stuck red carnations in until it looked rounded and full.  Then a couple of small flags were tucked in to finish it off. I have to give credit to Carolyne Roehm for making carnations a chic choice.

Parties at our house usually start at the gates. 

We ate dinner on the upper terrace beside the pool.  The sound of the waterfall just seemed to add to the laughter and good conversation.  This is a tabletop I have done for several years, and I often use it for Memorial Day and Fourth of July, too. 

Most of the items are acrylic and nothing is precious or particularly unique, but I love the way it all comes together.  The tablecloth is from Tuesday Morning many years ago.  I've used it so many times.  The dinner plates and salad plates are from Target a couple of years ago. I don't remember where I got the flatware, but I'm sure you could find it many places.
The star bread and butter plates are from Walgreens and they are pottery.

These glasses are acrylic and came from Target. 
Of course! 

Don't you love these individual reproduction Blue Willow salt and pepper shakers? I bought eight pairs of them at Tenille and Company in Atlanta. I really like what Blue Willow does for this tablescape, and I used it for several serving pieces, too.

These napkins have been with my Christmas linens for a long time.  Who knows where I got them?  The napkin rings are embellishments from the Martha Stewart line of crafts at Michael's. I just applied them to some double-faced satin ribbons. 


Multi-grain Bread Stars with
Ranch-flavored Cream Cheese,
Fresh Basil and Tomato Slice

Grilled Figs Filled with Saga Blue Cheese

Arugula Salad with Sweet Onion Dressing
served with
Tomato and Carmelized Onion Tart

Grilled Cajun Shrimp Skewers
served over
Orzo and Vegetable Salad

Vanilla Ice Cream and Blueberry Torte
with Red Raspberry Coulis

Here are a few images:

Mr. Pressed Pants did a great job on the grilling!

Here's the dessert did that happen?

I guess this means it's time to put away our white shoes and send our white pants to the cleaner one last time. Labor Day has come and gone again!


  1. What a lovely yard for a cheerful table!
    I agree, easier to change to Fall tablescaping than Fall clothes. I am still in summer mode, black, beige and jeans!

  2. Gosh what a beautiful table and a gorgeous setting. The menu sounded delicious and looked amazing. Loved the pics of the food. I got hungry just looking at them. What a lucky young couple to have friends like you and Mr. Pressed Pants to entertain them. Barb

  3. Great patriotic table...your centerpiece is absolutely stunning! Oh, and the menu isn't too shabby, either...yummy.

  4. Beautiful outdoor setting with patriotic theme! How nice that you invited friends (students) over to join you! Food looks delicious!


  5. Your table is so happy. I did a red white and blue for my first ever post back in July. The figs with blue cheese look delicious! I would love to try making those. I am your newest follower--looking forward to seeing more. Linda

  6. Love the labor day table, my fav the salt and pepper shakers. That terrace to die for. Love your gate decorated.

  7. I couldn't agree more about spoiling your special guests. I am glad you got to entertain them a bit. You have a beautiful pool and a fabuous backyard.Beautiful table setting!..Christine

  8. How wonderful to have a "go-to" tablescape for all the national holidays! The centerpiece is gorgeous and adds both elegance and festive flair. Love your terrace setting!

  9. Oh, it all looks so wonderful. FYI, I got 12 glass star shaped bowls at Dollar Tree that would be really cute for you. My girlfriend still has them..hmmmm, I wonder if she's gonna give them back. lol

    They are really nice and sturdy.

  10. Beautiful setting and scenery, looks like you had a great time!

  11. What a beautiful place for a celebration! I was sitting there at your table just glancing around a bit.

    And the table was bright and patriotic and festive too! Love all of the red, white, and blue!

  12. What a fun, festive and patriotic tablescape,
    in such lovely surroundings as well. Know your dinner guests were more than happy to be having din din with you!! the food looks delightful
    as well. what a delightful celebration!!
    Blessings, Nellie

  13. And to think that I heard some fool on television trying to convince us that it's now fashionable to wear white after Labor Day...silly people. They obviously aren't from the South. Your table is wonderful. I'm really fond of the blue and white cachepot with the red carnations. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  14. You have a beautiful entrance and a wonderful back yard to celebrate in. Love your tablescape.

  15. A lovely table setting, perfect for the holiday weekend. That dessert plate is fantastic!

  16. Hello...

    What a festive and fun Labor Day table, my friend! Wow...can you believe that Labor Day 2011 is nearly here? Where did the summer go to? Anyway, I just love your beautiful table...nothing more colorful than a red, white, and blue colorscape! Love your place settings! Ohhh...and my favorite...that gorgeous blue transferware cachepot filled with red carnations! It is GORGEOUS! You have such a beautiful home and outdoor space for dining al fresco! I'm sure that your sweet guests enjoyed this special celebration! By the way...your menu sounded sooo yummy and I loved that you included a few photos!

    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely Labor Day table with us for the Sunday Favorites this week! What a treat!

    Hope that you're having a super Sunday, my friend!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. What a great tablescape for the 4th of July. I really like the tablecloth and the centerpiece. You did a great job on making your party very festive, and I bet your friends and family love when you entertain. Thanks so much for visiting the Grill, BBQ, and Picnic Party this week!

  18. What pretty decorations and a wonderful menu! Happy summer!

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