How many of you had rain-outs for the Fourth? The weather teased us all weekend, and as you can see by this photo of our front door, it was gloomy, gloomy, and rainy as I planned for our small dinner party.
But, inside, it was cheerful and fun, especially after our guests arrived. I had fiddled with dishes, planning the table, but when it came time to set the table indoors, rather than out, I settled on an entirely different look.
I started with this placesetting, and took some of these photos......
then I remembered the star bread and butter plates and added them. Some of these pictures have them and some do not.
Here's the table and the fun chandelier decorations.
I've had these for years and never used them. I planned on hanging them from the dogwood tree as we dined outdoors, but this was a really easy and fun plan B.
This is a flower arrangement I have used many times. I wish it had photographed better. All you need is a container, a piece of oasis, and lots of flowers. Just trim and poke them in, starting with the rim of the container. And these carnations will last and last.
I chose this glassware, but I only had four of these vintage red ones, so I used two more blue glasses.
These old blue and white pottery candlesticks are so versatile.
I love these little individual salt and pepper shakers that have the iconic blue willow pattern.
Our dessert was served on these Old Glory plates. It was a red, white, and blue ice cream torte, and for some reason, a lot of it ended up on that white tablecloth!
What's fresher than a crisp red, white, and blue?
Add four good friends and great conversation and you've got an evening of wonderful memories.
I always carry the flowers or decorations into the powder rooms. Here, I just added a zinc vase of more carnations and some fun hand towels.
Here, I picked a few additional flowers from our cutting garden to bring in all three colors of the holiday.
Well, in this photo, it's dinner time, and the sun is out again. It was too wet and too late to make a move outside, but the sun was good news, since Mr. Pressed Pants had to grill our shrimp skewers. I hope every one of you had a good celebration on this very precious holiday. Happy Birthday, America!
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