This started with visiting an Etsy shop several months ago, like March or April.
I had been casually looking through a few of my favorite on-line sites and all of a sudden…
There they were.
The cutest navy blue placemats with a cute little red bow secured by a white button.
And there were matching napkin rings and…are you ready?
Flatware holders to match it all!
They were just too pretty and the price was reasonable too.
So before I could think twice, I hit the pay-pal button and then forgot about them.
And just between you and me…I can never get enough of the red, white and blue!
Our whole family is very patriotic and red, white and blue to the core!
God Bless America!
But I digress.
Memorial Day came and went.
4th of July came and went.
And then a couple days ago, a package arrived and imagine my surprise when I opened it up and there were those patriotic red, white and blue placemats.
I immediately heard John Philip Sousa’s band playing “The Stars and Stripes Forever”!!!
If you care to refresh your memory of this famous marching song, click on the above you tube video!
I couldn’t wait to set up a table setting with these adorable placemats and matching napkin rings and flatware holders.
For the tablescape, I started with a plaid tablecloth, and matching napkins.
There is something about a plaid tablecloth that just calls to me and if it is red, white and blue…well, it doesn’t get any better than that.
For the plate stack, I used white dinner plates, a blue enamel salad plate and a bright red dessert plate.
The flatware is red handled.
I used the bubble stemmed water glasses because I thought they looked like water bubbles.
The centerpiece consists of two large navy blue lanterns that I found at Pier 1 earlier this year.
I placed white luminara candles in both lanterns and kept the tablescape simple by adding a few sea shells and a small boat.
This could be a patriotic tablescape, Washington could be crossing the Delaware.
If it was a nautical tablescape, we could be boating on a cool summer picking up sea shell day.
You can’t have the red, white and blue without a beautiful dessert and the one shown here is so simple and easy to make.
I made it from my fruit pizza recipe that was given to me by one of my church friends in 1975!!! Click here for that recipe.
I just changed up the shape and the fruits.
I started with a sugar cookie crust, but you could use graham crackers or oreo cookies.
Then I spread on a cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture to off set the sourness of the fruit.
The raspberries and blue berries were perfect to make a design.
Lastly, I added a glaze made from the juices of a few raspberries and poured over the top of the fruit.
I kept the menu simple: Hamburgers, potato salad and baked beans.
You can’t get any more American than that….
……altho if you wanted to go the nautical route; a deep fried shrimp in a tempura batter with french fries and cole slaw would work just as well.
I really did have Christmas in July as I was so surprised to open that box and find my almost forgotten purchase.
Have you ever ordered something and forgot you ordered it?
Better late than never, right?
Have a great and blessed day.