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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

Whew!  That was quite a weekend!  Between golf, graduation parties, and a bit of gardening, we only had one chance to sit down together for a nice meal, and it just happened to be breakfast.

The weather called us outdoors, and I really wanted to take this one opportunity to do a Memorial Day tablescape.  It was just the two of us and we took  time for a long, leisurely breakfast.

I started with these hand-painted blue and white Portuguese plates made by Mesa.  I have service for four.  Why didn't I buy more? 

I used the "matching" bowls for cereal.  Blueberries and raspberries on Cheerios made it red, white (sort of), and blue! 

The flatware is from good old Target!

These red and white striped napkins are so old, I don't remember where they came from.  In place of a napkin ring, I used a double faced satin ribbon with a Martha Stewart rosette glued on it.

These star plates were picked up at Walgreens.

This tureen became the flower vase.

The white hydrangeas and gerbera daisies came from Whole Foods, and the blue hydrangeas are from our gardens.

Gerberas don't like to be smooshed into oasis, so I created a grid with tape and just placed all of the flowers directly into the water.

It seems that almost all blue and white goes together, so I used this coffee pot in a blue willow pattern from Royal Wessex.

This reproduction sugar and creamer are also blue willow.

Blue willow shows up again on this set of individual salt and pepper shakers.

I like that the coffee mug that goes with this placesetting keeps coffee warm for a long time. 

I think these blue juice glasses came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Sunshine, the morning newspapers, Mr. Pressed Pants and Cheerios!  It doesn't get much better.

I'll be participating in Susan's Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. Pretty china...the centerpiece is beautiful.

  2. How pretty -- I love your plates --- they look like blue sunflowers!

  3. The plates look like they're hand decorated, just beautiful! I love the flower arrangement, it goes so well with your patriotic tablescape...the red star plates are great and all your blue and whites are perfect! I'm also at TT, BNOTP. Lots of hugs. FABBY

  4. Love your china!!! anything blue and white is always fresh and new. Didn't know that about the gerbera daisies! lovely setting. many blessings, marlis

  5. The Blue Mesa is a wonderful pattern. It is perfect for your red, white, and blue table. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

  6. Really, I just want to come over and sit by your pool. I know, I have my own pool but then I couldn't sit at this so cute table. It's just so inviting and cheerful. I'm cleaning my kitchen this past week and I'm sneaking a break and this is where I ended up !! Good choice on my part !! Stop in some time love to have you. Jules ♥

  7. Love those happy looking sunflower Mesa plates and bowls and your red, white and blue theme!!! I'm so glad to see that folks
    are actually thinking about the important meaning of Memorial Day and not just looking at it as a holiday that sends us into summer.


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