Patriotic for sure!
I do love me some red, white and blue!
I can hear the band playing “the Stars and Stripes Forever”!!
I hear it…
As I gathered up my Patriotic tablescape “stuff”, I noticed the clouds were getting a little dark colored!
And you know, I don’t need an excuse to have a picnic, but the weather was playing a game of peek-a-boo with me.
Should I not?
I knew I couldn’t let my dear Friend Chloe down…she worked so hard organizing this Patriotic Blog Hop and besides, she, Benita and myself also host the link party, Celebrate Your Story.
I mean, she knows where I live…ya know what I mean? LOL
So ….Being the trooper that I am….
I decided to compromise and instead of going to a nearby park for my Patriotic Picnic…I decided to have it in my front yard.
I don’t usually show the front of my home…you are usually with me in the Secret Garden at the back of the house.
We have this huge shade tree called a Shady Lady no less, and she does give plenty of shade.
She also drips of Spanish Moss which I adore.
So, I put my “Stuff” in a little cart and headed out to the front yard.
I tossed down a blue blanket and topped it with the cutest, little, roll-up, slat table I found on-line.
(The table is for older folk you understand, as it sits about 12 inches off the ground and has a hard square surface.)
I suppose a pallet would do the same thing, but I don’t feel like dragging a 4 X 5 ft wood pallet all over the yard.
Why not just a blanket on the ground?
You know, there are those of us who don’t particularly like sitting on the ground, and balancing a plate on our laps, but we don’t want to tote a large table and chairs to a park or in this case, the garden.
You know who you are!!
I see you nodding.
I mean, I love romantic picnics… but there is nothing romantic when your chicken salad sandwich slips off your plate and ends up on the blanket, surrounded by the remains of the potato salad.
That is where this little table comes into play.
It is a hard surface for your table settings.
As far as actually sitting on the ground….I don’t care too much for that either.
It isn’t that I mind sitting on the ground, it is sometimes a little difficult to get back up……
I would be so embarrassed if I had to yell at one of my neighbors to come and help me back up.
(The Captain is flying, of course)
And most of my neighbors are snow birds, so they have already headed back up north.
No, I found these huge pillows…I mean really huge, that I can sorta lay back against and use as a brace to get up when needed.
At least that is/was my plan.
I no sooner set up the tablescape, and started taking photos, when the rumbles of thunder could be heard in the distance.
I tried to tell myself that it was the drums from the “Stars and Stripes Forever” that had been playing over and over in my head, as I did my set-up!
I knew I was sweating like a stuck hog…but I do believe a few of those “drips” were stray raindrops, even though the sun was still shining.
So, I gave the last photo a lick and a promise. (my mother’s description of cleaning the house, or doing something in a hurry)
I was able to get all the “stuff” loaded back in my cart and wheeled into the courtyard (which is also in the front of our home) just as it started pouring, not drizzling, but pouring down rain.
Notice the baseball?
You can’t have a picnic with out America’s favorite sport….so it seemed fitting to add it to the tablescape.
Before I started putting everything away…I popped open a cream soda that was in the picnic basket, and sat down in a real chair, at a real table, on my lanai and marveled at the beautiful rain and the crisp, fresh, clean smell that permeated the air!
Blessings dear ones….
I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit.
Wooden Roll up table…Amazon on-line, this year
1/2 pint Mason Jar holding red, white and blue flowers…had for several years when I canned jams and jellies.
Red wire candle holders…Target Dollar Spot
White tablecloth ….had for years
Red, white and blue bandana napkin over white tablecloth and in picnic basket….Michael’s, years ago, see them here in a Flag Day tablescape.
Rolled blue napkins with stars…I’ve had so long, I can’t remember where I got them
Patriotic Plate Stack:
Blue and white chargers…Michael’s several years ago
White Melamine dinner plates…Old Time Pottery, several years ago
Red, White and Blue Salad Plates…Home Goods, last year
Handmade Blue Denim napkin rings and blue denim flatware holders….Etsy, a couple years ago.
Red handled flatware, ….not sure as I have had them for years
Blue water glasses…Dollar store a couple years ago
Cheese board, Patriotic handled cutlery, and individual star bowls… Temp-TaTions, last year
Navy Blue lined Vintage Picnic Basket….EBAY two years ago
Blue Blanket…KC Royals Game earlier this year (where I was freezing cold) LOL
Baseball….bought it at the same game in KC
Large Pillows…Amazon, earlier this year
Blue hat…Target, on-line last month
I want to thank Chloe for her organization of these wonderful blog hops.
She is so good at getting the most wonderful ladies together for one cause.
If you are coming from Jenna at The Painted Apron, welcome….. and be sure to check out Rita at Panoply who is right behind me….
Hugs to all the other wonderful bloggers with their Patriotic, red, white, and Blue Tablescapes.
Don’t ya just love the Red, White and Blue?
Aside from being a good color combination…it just makes me proud to be an American!
God Bless America!