Banner Yet Wave and a Giveaway!

Our Star-Spangled Banners are Waving 

in anticipation of Independence Day!

I’m Proudly Hailing my love of Red, White & Blue

AND

Picnic Love~ in one portable toting package~

 this Vintage-Style Metal Picnic Basket!

I spied this plaid picnic basket at World Market before Memorial Day~  drawn to its retro-1950’s-style, like a child to a fireworks display :)

We packed it with jarred salads, chips, and Mini MoonPies for our Patriotic Picnic~ here.

I picked up an extra one to share and give away, (and packed  a few goodies inside :) in celebration of the Red, White, and Blue~ in time for you to enjoy it for your Fourth of July celebration!

 My picnic basket is proudly serving as a centerpiece for my table~ protected and lined with plastic, filled with an assortment of plants that can be taken apart and planted permanently in pots on the patio~

Red Coleus, White Petunias, some stems of Blue Hydrangea (nestled in a plastic water bottle and concealed with moss), trailing Ivy, and apropos of the holiday~

Patriot Plantain Lily!

Napkins are folded forming pockets to hold flatware, sparklers and mini patriotic pinwheels~

 Lanterns are flying flags and housing battery-operated candles, so the flags remain gallantly streaming with no risk of flag burning :)

Our Star- Spangled Menu will feature

Banner Yet Wave Burgers~

Mini burgers or sliders with a mini flag pick~

Mini in size~ since we pledge allegiance to small bites~ allowing us the freedom to snack in good conscience over the course of a long holiday :)

Rockets’ Red Glare Potato Salad~

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad, using a trio of potatoes, with a recipe from Cooking Light.

This potato salad is flavorful and light~ liberated from mayonnaise! Oil & vinegar based instead, with chopped red onion and hard-cooked eggs, chives, parsley & dill.

Since my dill is blooming, our potato salad is garnished with a bursting fireworks display of flowering dill :)

I found a 24 oz. bag of Green Giant Klondike Medley petite potatoes, with all three colors at Super Target.

 Blue (or purple) potatoes are starchier than the others and they tend to bleed, so you’ll want to cook them separately.

This potato salad can be served warm, room temperature or chilled~

You can find Cooking Light’s

Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad recipe here.

Broad Stripes Berries~

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, rolled in blue sugar and served in a Bright Stars cupcake liner :)

I inverted the stars cupcake liner which I nested inside a striped one for a stars & stripes salute!

Ready for the Giveaway?

For a chance to win this picnic basket, and a few goodies packed inside :) mention in a comment that you would like to have it for your own Patriotic or Plaid Picnic!

Subscribers/followers automatically get a second entry.


For an additional chance to win, leave another comment and tell me a favorite food/ beverage for your July 4th celebration :)

A winner will be chosen June 25th!

The giveaway is now closed.

Congratulations to Linda @ More Fun Less Laundry!

Banner Yet Wave Table Details:

Patriotic Mini Pinwheels/ Michaels

Napkins & Picnic Basket/ World Market

Goblets/ Dollar Tree

Dishes/ Oneida Westerly Basket

Flatware & Blue Basket Chargers/ HomeGoods, last year

Runner/ Kohl’s

Thank you for your visit, I’m happy to be joining:

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

 Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish!~

A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday~

The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday~

 Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

The Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday~

Sweet as Sugar Cookies for Sweets for a Saturday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

StoneGable for Tutorials Tips and Tidbits~

187 responses to “Banner Yet Wave and a Giveaway!

  1. I Love to Celebrate the Fourth of July with a cookout for my family,we love the traditional fourth foods as well as having a big juicy ice cold watermelon,yummy,makes me want one today.I would love to win the patriotic World Market metal plaid basket to go on my patriotic table that day,I will fill it with my plates and utencils and napkins and such,I love that basket,it brings back memories of Fourth of July holidays from when I was a little girl.Thank you for all you do to bring me such a beautiful blog,I Love It!!!!

  2. This basket is just fabulous. :) Of course, I would love to have it for my 4th of July party. And, yes, even though I live in Germany, I usually have a small 4th of July party. :) Thanks for the chance — and even for the extra chance as follower (and also subscriber).

    Greetings from Munich,
    Birgit

  3. A burger is something I definitely want to have on 4th of July. Burgers aren’t common around here (gasp!), so, yes, they are special food for me. Hard to believe, huh? Once I made a blue-red-white cake in honor of the occasion. Maybe I will get around to make another one this year, if strawberries and blueberries are still sold in the beginning of July. :)

    Happy Independence Day,
    Birgit

  4. Oh would I ever love to have it. Patriotic would be so delightful. Love your patriotic tablescape. The flags in the little burgers is such a cute idea! Everything is so beautiful. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. I have big food plans for the 4th. Your post is spectacular! I would love to add the Plaid Picnic basket to my July 4th celebration.

  6. Hurray for the Red, White, and Blue!!! Very cute post, and I love your flowers and basket….I have never seen such a cute picnic basket! *love it*

  7. Happier Than A Pig in Mud

    Cute table Mary, lovin’ your great runner! The basket is adorable, I’d like shish-ka-bobs for the 4th:@)

  8. What an amazing giveaway, Mary! Love your basket and table.

    A favorite 4th of July food would be burgers, with the usual sides and homemade ice cream.

    The foods I remember best for childhood Independence Day celebrations, are fried chicken and watermelon. Nowadays, we have watermelon year round, but back in the 1950′s,here in Missouri, we enjoyed our first watermelon of Summer on the 4th of July.

  9. Oops, I forgot to separate the food.:-) The favorites still stand as I mentioned in the first comment.

    I am adding another favorite; an iced down wash tub, filled with bottles of soda and the above mentioned watermelon.

    Hope this counts as another chance to win that wonderful basket.

  10. What a beautiful post! I so enjoy reading and looking at your wonderful and always beautiful ideas. I would love to win the basket to use for the parade I attend with my precious granddaughters each year. It would be so special to take snacks to the parade and then later to take on a picnic this year and years to come. Can’t wait to see your next post! HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU!!!

  11. Mary, I just adore that red, white, and blue metal picnic basket, so I’d love a chance to win it. As I have said before, you are just amazing with your tablescapes. From the little flag picks in the burgers to the decorated strawberries, every detail supports your theme. Just beautiful!

  12. We usually barbeque ribs on the 4th, and corn on the cob is usually on the menu. And I usually make a red, white, and blue trifle. May have to steal your strawberry idea this year, though!

  13. Hi Mary, I would love to win that fabulous tin basket!!!! I fell in love with it on your last post and I can imagine so many ways and places to use it! Your strawberries look yummy–white chocolate ~ ~ ~ take me away~ ~ ~ so many good ideas here like the inverted cupcake liners and the red white and blue flowers! Mini burgers are a good idea which I think I can use too! Have a wonderful day. Linda

  14. Hi again Mary! Can’t miss another chance to win your wonderful basket, so I’ll tell you what we are having for our Independence Day cookout. Lamb burgers–ground lamb with cumin and lots of mint and minced garlic–I let it sit for about 8 hours to blend flavors–put on grill–serve on toasted buns with chopped tomatoes, add some couscous salad with grapes and pignolia nuts, and Blueberry Boy Bait or Puzzle Pie for dessert! Iced Tea and Lemonade. Lots of sparklers and family fun too. Linda

  15. I am a new follower to your blog – it’s just beautiful! I especially like your book reviews. I would love a to have the basket you so generously put together for this giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Oh, boy! I’d love to give the wonderful basket a home and celebrate Red, White and Blue with watermelon!!!!!!!!! Wonderful, fun post Mary. Thanks!

  17. A patriotic table as only you can do it.. It’s really pretty magnificent. I love the napkin fold and LOVE the rustic trays that hold the plates and you fabulous flatware. Don’t we just love battery operated candles? Totally. Great table and thank you sooo much for a chance to win that terrific basket!!

  18. There is no way I could forgo a second chance for the darling basket! Our favorite foods for the holiday are bbq pork ribs, German potato salad, beans, and watermelon…. have a great day and thanks for the chance.. xo marlis

  19. I am also a new follower of your wonderful blog. Everything you present is beautiful beyond words and I look forward each day to seeing what creative things you have done. I LOVE the Fourth of July with the Red, White, and Blue accessories. Your picnic basket is great and looks wonderful on your amazing table. I would love to have it as a part of my holiday table also! Thanks for sharing your talent.

  20. Love your tables — and I would love to win the retro picnic basket. It would be a look I haven’t tried for next year, and I think I have some darling banners to go with it. Thanks!

  21. Great photos! I always say I’m going to make those stawberries and then July 4th rolls around and I forget. This year I *will* remember :)

  22. My second entry: we couldn’t have Fourth of July without corn salad. It’s my daughter’s favorite and just says “summer.” Thanks!

  23. As my second chance to win your wonderful basket I will share our holiday picnic menu. We will have burgers and brats on the grill with all of the fixins’, my secret recipe potato salad and calico beans. I will now add your fun strawberries to our dessert menu along with the plate of watermelon, cheese chunks, and blueberries that you shared in your Memorial Day post. ( and also a Fourth of July staple around here for the kiddos…Bomb Pops.) We will also be using the cute little baskets from Dollar Tree that you alerted me too. I ran right out and bought them! Thanks for contributing to making my holiday special and for the chance to win your great basket!

  24. I love this red, white and blue table! and I love love that picnic basket! Please put me in the drawing~I would adore using this for my 4th of July party this year!

  25. There are so many favorite foods for a picnic but on the 4th of July my favorite food has to be Watermelon! Red, cold, juicy and delicious! Thanks for this second chance to win that adorable picnic basket!

  26. Oh Mary…another gorgeous display…I so love that metal picnic basket…you have so creatively filled it with great goodies…Who wouldn’t want to win that beauty!!…I would!!…I have been a very happy subscriber and FB “liker”….Great giveaway, but most important, absolute great tablescape!…

  27. And my favorite food for the 4th would have to be hands down a great hot dog with the works!!!….with a side of great potato salad and watermelon…!!!

  28. Love your table and menu. Can you watch fireworks on the water there?
    I remember my mom buying sparklers for July 4 th! I don’t think we can buy them here anymore.
    Of course I would love a chance at your give away! Thank you, and thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

  29. Let’s see, July 4 th food. The usual burgers and dogs, baked beans cooked all night, salads and Long Island clam chowder.
    Growing up I remember the men eating clams on the half shell. Someone would always dig a bushel in the morning and get them icy cold. A spoon full of spicy cocktail sauce and down the hatch!
    I chop them and make baked clams, but I can’t eat them raw.

  30. I would love to win that fabulous basket! As someone who is quite “design challenged”, it would be a real treat to have something so put-together, so stylish, and so inviting. What a gift to be able to pull together so many different elements (using reasonably priced items), spin some of your special magic and then have something so wonderful emerge.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  31. Oh! I am so hoping my # comes up, I would LOVE to have this wonderful basket. What a nice giveaway!!! Of course I am a follower. Your table is a patriotic pleasure!!!! You never miss a detail. I’ll leave another comment for another chance:):) XO, Pinky

  32. ONE of my favorite fourth of July foods is deviled eggs. Of course I make them all summer but we love them at any picnic our outdoor meal. Also a diced summer slaw has become another favorite. I should do a post on it. XO, Pinky

  33. I love to serve all the traditional 4th of July food ( hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, icy cold watermelon etc.) but also love to grill fresh fruits and vegetables. Fresh peaches are great. Just cut in half, remove the pit, and grill.

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  34. Mary you have such a great talent for taking a few things and making them look spectacular. I loved your table. Where did you get those napkins, they are perfect! I love hamburgers and hot dogs with potato salad on the 4th. We’ve had that menu since I was a kid and even though I’m tempted by bbq chicken or steaks, it just wouldn’t be 4th of July without hamburgers and hot dogs!!!

  35. Thank you for sharing your wonderful gift for artful table settings. I would really enjoy a picnic basket like the one you used for your 4th of July display. Maybe I’ll be lucky and win it.

  36. I agree that there must be watermelon for any July 4th celebration!

  37. Mary, you have me wanting to grill burgers and make salad. Flag Day is my 50th birthday and I have decided to be very grateful for all my blessings. The red, white, and blue picnik basket wouldd be a welcome addition here. hugs, olive

  38. Debbie@Mountain Breaths

    Mary, I love the red, white and blue strawberries. I just went strawberry picking this morning, and had already planning on dipping several in chocolate. I might have to try some of these cuties :-) We enjoyed a July 4th menu over the weekend at the lake since my entire family can’t all be together for the true Fourth celebration. I made the best baked beans ever. Of course, I would love, love to win the basket. Thanks :-)

  39. Fabulous post. I love to decorate with a patriotic theme from Memorial Day to 4th of July and you have provided lots of ideas. The adorable picnic basket would add just the right touch to my decorating. Thank you.

  40. Favorite foods for the 4th of July are sliders and your delicious feta, blueberry and watermelon flag salad. Love it!

  41. What exciting strawberries. I love it all. :) Jenny

  42. Oh, yes, Mary! I’d LOVE to win this awesome giveaway! Christmas and the patriotic holidays are my favorites! That picnic basket it wonderful–perfect for my tables :). Your table/pictures/post are all beautiful, as always. Thanks for throwing my hat in the mix! ~Zuni (aka Atalove by WordPress…sorry for the confusion).

  43. Hi, Mary. Zuni/Atalove here…:) Over the last few years Amish broasted chicken (fried in a pressure cooker) has become our favorite meal for the 4th. We’re lucky to have a wonderful IGA in a small nearby town that prepares it to order, so we pick up tons of it and freeze what we don’t consume over the holiday. With baked beans, potato salad and other must-haves, it’s a vaforite meal.

  44. You do the most magnificent patriotic tables!!! You always come up with the most creative and inspiring tables. As I’ve mentioned before, the sparklers bring back wonderful memories of my childhood. My best friend(since we were 4 years old, and are still best friends but live on different coasts)always lit sparklers on the 4th of July. My dad would do the honors of lighting and soon the entire neighborhood had sparklers going up and down the block with fireworks in the sky. Your picnic basket is charming and what a fabulous idea to have mini-burgers. Wow, your table is fantastic and have me in the mood for a very festive Fourth of July celebration.

  45. Love your wonderful tablescapes. You have such talent and I appreciate you sharing all of your wonderful ideas. Would love the picnic basket as a focal point of our 4th of July picnic!

  46. Fourth of July is my favorite holiday to celebrate! I love the food, the family and friends – and the parade! And you have given me such inspiration for my table setting – I would love to win the metal basket! How cute is that!! We always have Italian sausages, burgers and hot dogs. Of course you also have to serve potato salad, baked beans, and watermelon.

  47. Our family hosts an annual 4th of July bbq in our backyard. We serve hamburgers, hotdogs, potato salad, baked beans, etc. This year I plan on making banana pudding and serving it in the little mason jars. I love all of your tablescapes but I must say that your patriotic posts are my favorite. This past Monday I drove into the city with every intention of going to the World Market based upon your recommendation, not only for the metal basket but also the parchment paper. I think the metal basket would be a great centerpiece for the buffet table! Blessings, Tammy

  48. I would love to win that centerpiece to be used for my grandson who is back home after serving in the Marines with a tour in Afghanistan.

  49. Lee McCulloch

    OMG! I have lusted for that tin picnic basket since I saw it on your Memorial Day post!!I spent an hour searching the web for one of my own, no luck. And, one of the reasons, (one of many) that I love your Blog so much is that I am crazy for the color combo of red, white and blue. And one more reason is I spend 4th of July every year on my sister’s boat on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH and I bring a Basket for her filled with red,white and blue goodies. So, I sure hope I win this great give away, thanks SO much for the chance, very nice of you!!-Lee

  50. WOW I love this! So creative and charming. Perfect table for Independence Day celebrations (including the burgers :-)

  51. We love and share potluck picnics with friends and I would be so proud to carry my contribution in such a patriotic metal picnic basket!

    I hope the dice roll with my lucky number!

  52. I don’t know why but my favorite summer picnic dish to take anywhere is my own baked beans…I also love a good potato salad, but the baked beans is the first choice!

  53. My fav 4th of July food is the American hot dog with all the trimmings. Gotta have potato salad, baked beans and brownies, too!

  54. I am glad to see you getting a jump on the 4th of July holiday! It’s always such a huge celebration, and you have lots of fabulous ideas here! I saw that basket at World Market last week and loved it! Of course, I would love to have it!!!! Who wouldn’t?!??!?!?! I keep looking at the strawberries and wondering abouat the immense amount of patience that HAD to have gone into doing those. They look so neat, especially the manner in which you have them displayed!!!!! Everything set here is just right for a boom bang 4th!!!

  55. Kathy Moody

    Oh my, what an awesome giveaway and the pictures are beautiful!! We always celebrate the Fourth at some friends house who live on the lake. From their house we can see our annual city fireworks display. Such a great time each year. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  56. I would love the chance to win your amazing basket full of goodies! How fun it would be to take to the firework show and have a picnic. :o) I like to eat barbecued burgers on the 4th, but make them with ground turkey instead of beef. Delicious! I recently discovered your blog and have been in awe of your amazing tablescapes and beautiful photos. Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  57. Kathy Moody

    For my second entry, we always have hamburgers. I am always required to bring my spinach dip and cream cheese pound cake. That sounds so good at this moment. LOL :)

  58. Sandra Farrington

    I love to see your displays and table settings. We have very similar taste, sas I have many of the Target and Pottery Barn pieces that you use on your website. However, I do not have a World Market store located close to my home. I would love to have the picnic basket give away that you offering. It would go perfectly with the items that I already have. I just purchased blue and white swirl enamelware from Horchow and I cannot wait to use them for our 4th of July celebration dinner.

  59. Sandra Farrington

    My favorite menu for a patriotic 4th dinner would include fried chicken with all the trimmings and the drink of the day would be a white wine spritzer embelished with fresh blue berries and fresh strawberries.

  60. This is totally unreal. Love that picnic basket. You are amazing, everything is perfect. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  61. Would I like to have it? Are you kidding? I love it and the whole post. I want to try that potato salad that’s liberated from the mayo, and those dipped strawberries are adorable. We’re fixing finger foods for a patriotic themed celebration later in the month, and I need to show that to my mom. VERY cute!

  62. awesome pictures! Would love my own Patriotic picnic but it won’t be as amazing as yours!

  63. The patriotic picnic basket is absolutely beautiful and the entire display tugs at my heart. I would love to have that as a centerpiece for my holiday table. We always read the preamble to the Declaration of Independence. My son-in-law who is with the U.S. Embassy in Denmark usually reads it but they won’t be here this year :-( They will be home for three weeks beginning July 11th. We will need to celebe twice.

  64. I forgot the food. We always have husband’s famous barbequed chicken, corn on the cob, potato salad, cole slaw, and Katherine Hepburn brownies with raspberry sauce. I may make watermelon salad this year. I think those strawberries are adorable.

  65. It’s so pretty, Mary! It took a while to take it all in. I love the red, white and blue picnic basket filled with seasonal flowers in patriotic colors, flags and cute pinwheel. The runner caught my eye and the tasteful napkins. I would like to buy both of those things for my 4th of July table if I won the basket. If not I need to buy one of those too.

    I am definitely a subscriber and enjoy all your posts so much.

  66. I am so hungry looking at the yummy burgers, potato salad and cutely decorated strawberries! The little flags in the burgers make the meal so festive. We do different things but barbequed ribs, low country boil and burgers are favorite foods at our house for the fourth. Homemade ice cream is also a favorite. I really like your recipe for the potato salad without mayo and plan to try it soon. The lantern with flags adds to your table.

  67. What a beautiful post; I’m so glad I found your blog! Beautiful photos, and so inspirational!

  68. Everything, as usual, is just perfect. Clearly I don’t spend nearly enough time shopping as I missed out on that darling plaid basket at World Market and can’t believe you found those goblets at the Dollar Tree. The burgers look tasty, but you really wowed me with the strawberries — I love the white chocolate and blue sugar. I have lots of summer entertaining to do, so I’d love that basket! Thanks again for an inspiring post.

  69. Pork steaks — a St. Louis thing — is always a Fourth of July favorite around here.

  70. We always love burgers and hotdogs on the grill with baked beans. Suzi pblapere@att.net

  71. Every post is gorgeous, love the floral arrangement. Would love and use the Picnic box if I won. Suzi pblapere@ att.net

  72. If I had that basket, does that mean I’d be just like you? I’d love to have you sprinkle some of your magic touches at my table, no matter what the occasion.

  73. Yes, yes, yes, I’d love to win the basket!! I would certainly use it for my very own patriotic picnic. Now, on to your post…what do I love most…hmmm, the berries, so adorable, the flower-filled basket, the red, white and blue potato salad WITH dill fire works, the flag-clad sliders…it’s all spectacular!!!

  74. My favorite dessert to make for the 4th is a fruit pizza with the fruit shaped as a star.

  75. Love love love!! Your attention to details is what makes it stand out. Especially love the folded Napkins with the sparklers and pinwheels! Too cute!

  76. Mary, Visiting you is like opening my favorite magazine! Old Glory never looked better! I love your napkin fold and all the goodies you tucked inside. Would you consider joining me for TUTORIALS TIPS AND TIDBITS next Wednesday night at 8:00 pm. with this fun post. You have some great tips in here!
    You picture of the potato salad is delicious!

  77. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! I would love to have this patriotic basket to share with my family and friends. The 4th of July celebration is a big deal in my family as we have many military family members (retired and active duty). I love to decorate with red, white and blue and your posts show such amazing designs….they are just charming! I love the fact that you list where items can be bought. You are definitely a STAR and I love your blog!

  78. I love the traditional food for the 4th of July….burgers, baked beans, potato salad, slaw, etc. But my favorite part is the dessert! I love patriotic looking desserts (the chocolate covered cherries, cake with the blue berries, strawberries, and whipped cream to make a flag design). Not only are these desserts beautiful and fun to make but they are delicious!! :)

  79. Oh my, this is absolutely delightful. I was in love with the basket way before I realized you were offering it as a give away. Thanks for the opportunity. Cherry Kay

  80. I’m a happy follower. My favorite 4th of July goodie would have to be fresh peaches in many forms…cobbler & homemade peach ice cream come to mind immediately. Cherry Kay

  81. Mary, you know I’m smiling as I scroll down through this magical post. I do love patriotic colors. The picnic basket is adorable, and I rushed to WM as soon as I saw it in your Memorial Day post. So I already have one of these beauties. My thought was to use it as a centerpiece as you’ve done. It’s perfect for that! All the details are fun. I need to find some sparklers to add to my 4th of July stash. LOL
    Thanks for sharing another fantastic table. I’ve already been a recipient of one of your generous give aways, so will cheer on the others. Some one in Blogland is going to be very happy! My favorite 4th of July food ~ fresh Texas peaches and ice cream.

  82. My mom’s birthday was July 4th, and we ALWAYS planned a picnic for her birthday, always had watermelon, and bing cherries for a special treat,
    and ended the day, watching fireworks somewhere. Your giveaway
    just touched my heart with memories of those years. It would be fun to
    win your picnic basket full of goodies, to continue the tradition in a special way. And continue on with the next generation. Thank you for this
    opportunity!!

  83. I am passionate about our country, though it is not perfect, it is still the best place to live. I have a vintage plaid hamper like yours but in beautiful fall colors. I would sure love to have this one also to use in my 4th of July decorating. I know what ever you pack in it will be great.

    Judy

  84. Jean DiDaniele

    I just love the sparklers at each place setting. Everything on the table shouts YEAH for the RED, WHITE and BLUE.. Love it

  85. I would love to celebrate with this red, white and blue picnic basket. It would just be the perfect thing to pack sandwiches and chips for an afternoon boat ride. I’m a tea drinker, and on a hot day like July 4th, it’s the perfect drink to quench the thirst. I love all your posts – really love seeing the boat decorated so beautifully the way you do.

  86. Carol Kerwin

    I love ALL of your ideas. The potato salad is a must try. Thanks

  87. LOVE IT! Winning this red, white and blue pinic basket would like Christmas in July! We love to celebrate the 4th of July with good food, friends and fun. Our menu will be beef & chicken kabobs…mini burger sliders…grilled corn on the cob with flavored butters, a variety of salads..mixed with good friends..laughs..and fun! Love your blog I troll it daily! :) Happy Fourth to you and your family!

  88. The RW&B basket reminds me of a plaid one my folks had. Wax paper wrapped sandwiches were laid so carefully inside with 2 bottles of milk. My mom would take it with us on a car outing. Love 4th of July. We’d have SWEET TEA to drink for sure. Maybe some die hard Pepsi on hand as well. Love your blog. Fun stuff. – Jan

  89. What a gorgeous display! The red white and blue basket is so wonderful! I always love to have watermelon and potato salad at a 4th of July picnic. Your potato salad looks amazing.

  90. a beach diary...

    Happy flag day to you, once again you make everything so perfectly festive! Your attention to detail is impeccable~ The photo shoot was great fun to watch, you would have loved the styling tricks :-)

    Good book, albeit shockingly, alert, once upon a secret…

    Thanks for a cup of beauty to start my day!

  91. Our big celebration is the 4th of July. I’m a sucker for anything red, white and blue. The basket is beautiful.

  92. With family and friends coming we always have a big potluck BBQ. I have to say you do such a great job on your website. Always a joy coming to visit you.

  93. I am an Italian lady living in California, now I am proud to be an American citizen. I love learning from your blog to be more creative. Love 4th of July and the meaning of it. Love the colors: red, white and blue!

  94. My hubby birthday is June 25th and this would make a lovely surprise for him if we filled it with goodies and went on a picnic…of course it would have to be a belated celebration but I am sure he would enjoy it anyway. I just LOVE this plaid basket…sure hope I win it!!

  95. OMGosh this would be perfect for a “Show Your Patriotism” luncheon I’m having for some ladies at my home for July 4! Being an Army Mom, the Red, White & Blue have extra special meaning for me. Thank you for always having such wonderful ideas and pictures. I love your posts.

  96. I absolutely adore this picnic basket. It is so perfect. I have always been a very proud American. I taught Kindergarten and First Grade for 27 years and many parents thanked me for helping their children learn about and love our country. I love this post and love all your wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing. with us.

  97. Your setting is just perfect for the fourth. Thanks for sharing!

  98. Milllie Ray

    I love the red, white, and blue. The Patriotism is in my bones. Growing up in the WWII era, has fortified it. Please enter me in the GiveAway, I would love to win, and showcase the Fourth of July in such a beautiful way.

  99. Jackie Marks

    I am mad for the tin picnic baskets starting with my MIL’s 50s faux bois basket. I swooned when I saw your plaid find! Our daughter and 3 grandpeeps will arrive back home from their recent move to Germany on the first of July. We are making grand preparations for a Red White and Blue welcome. Would this not make a fantastic addition to our festivities!

  100. I love the tin. The fourth of July is my favorite holday and that tin would look absolutely gorgeous on my table. Thanks for your post and all the good ideas.

  101. Oh, I would love to have that for my 4th get together.

  102. Dodi Sutton

    Would love to win this basket!

  103. Love your tablescape. What a great table for Memorial Day, Flag Day and the 4th of July. I love how we can get triple duty out of one table. Fabulous!

  104. For my 2nd entry. I just signed up to follow you via email. Yipee!

  105. And for my final entry. My favorite 4th of July menu is good hamburger fresh off the grill. But no cheese (have to watch the calories, lol). Lots of onions, tomatoes, lettuce and my new favorite mustard with horseradish. Yum. Can’t forget dill pickle spear on the side. And of course potato salad and baked beans. Oh, and corn on the cob. Now I am making myself hungry. Can’t wait until the 4th. Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway. I would love to win the basket. I’m now going to be obsessed with getting one.

  106. My birthday is July 3rd, & I can’t imagine a lovelier gift than winning your cute red/white/blue picnic basket of goodies!

  107. We ALWAYS have watermelon! No matter what else is on the menu, we include watermelon! Happy 4th!

  108. This year the 4th will be even more special as July 3rd is our 30th anniversary…cannot believe it! It is always our big family weekend and that dazzling basket would be a perfect addition! Love the red, white, and blue potato salad and berries! Those 2 will certainly be on the menu!
    ~Nancy

  109. Oh, oh, oh! Love all the grand ole flag stuff in your picnic! Americana is truly making its come back this year. I have been putting together a Red, White and Blue themed table on my porch (Seats 12!) for this summer. I hope to have a huge party for the 4th! That divine picnic basket in your giveaway would be holding garlic cheese biscuits on my table! Love your blog….I will be a follower now!

  110. I would love to win this basket! Hopefully it would look just as stunning with my items as well! I don’t love blueberries, so I am choosing white chocolate dipped pretzel sticks (with red, white and blue sprinkles!) as my favorite food. If you don’t love blueberries or black berries you have to settle for blue frosting! I also love hot dogs and corn on the cob for the holiday.

    I, too, have a lake blog. May I use your photo of the flag, and lunch box with your banner “Home is where the boat is?” Actually I will post a link from my blog to yours, so my followers can subscribe to yours, too!

  111. Last year we celebrated July 4th at Penn State University where it is an all day event. This picnic basket would be just the thing to take for the picnic there or for any picnic. It would fit nicely on the back of my bike to take to the nearby lake for an impromptu Sunday picnic.

  112. Beautiful patriotic tale! Love your patriotic strawberries too. They’re pretty cool. Great give away…Christine

  113. Oh yes! I would love to win your basket to use for my own patriotic table….Christine

  114. My favorite independence day food is watermelon….Christine

  115. The plaid basket is adorable, & I could certainly put it to good use! You are such a sweetheart for doing such a lovely give-away. I’m definitely pinning that potato salad recipe — looks & sounds delicious!

    We are doing burgers, potato salad, corn-on-the-cob, & lots of fresh tomatoes from the garden. I think I’ll be making chocolate cupcakes (already have some cute paper liners), because the “Grands” love those!
    CAS

  116. Mary,
    Hello! I just love the look of those strawberries and hope to make some this Fourth of July. This is a good post. Lot’s of wonderful recipes, love all the red white and blue.
    Have a nice week end.
    Pat @ Pat’s Pink Apron

  117. The little burgers look so festive decorated with tiny flag picks! And those strawberries are adorable; what a GREAT idea! Love, love, love the picnic basket, too.

  118. Lena templin

    Love all your post, I think I’m gonna try them strawberries. Thanks for the chance to win and have a great 4th.

  119. I just love your patriotic table. The metal basket is darling. I just loved all the food but those strawberries… i will try to replicate! Yums! I am a follower! Oh… and that basket would look so nice on my 4th of July table!!

  120. Oh would I love to have it. Love your patriotic tablescape. I just did mine yesterday. The flags in the little burgers are such a cute idea! Everything is adorable!!

  121. I am in love with that old-fashioned picnic basket!!!

  122. Your patriotic tablescape is gorgeous, what an inspiration, I’m looking to start mine to honor my country, the USA!! I did mine with burgers last year too, such fun. The basket is lovely, I for one, adore it. Thank you for the giveaway chance. Happy Father’s Day and upcoming 4th. of July!
    FABBY

  123. Hello! I found you on pinterest with your yummy angel food cake, berry, and lemon curd recipe and then saw your giveaway! Please sign me up because I would love to have this on display for my little 4th of July party! I love your table settings AND your recipes. I’m gong to have to subscribe since I’m a blogspot blogger, otherwise I’d be a follower! Thanks!

  124. Mary,
    I was drouling when I saw the basket. I celebrate my Birthday on Flag Day, for many years my mom always has something that is red, white & blue in my birthday bag. YES, I would love to be the winner of the basket it will fit right in with all of my other items. Your table is great of course as I am partial to red white & blue.
    I love you puppies just want to hug them!

    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity <;)

  125. How could you go wrong having a freezer of peach ice cream on the 4th, unless you have a cold watermelon!
    Southern girl can you tell!
    Cathy’s Cupboard Calamity <;)

  126. Great basket, and I would love to win it and place it right on my table. Love your patriotic decor. I love hamburgers and brats for the 4th.

  127. My favorite food for the 4th would be brats. I will probably enjoy a wine cooler to go with it.

  128. Just beautiful. Wonderful as always to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  129. Wow! Now I’m in the mood for 4th of July festivities!! Would be thrilled to win the basket for my own patriotic celebration! Those strawberries are the coolest thing I’ve seen in a long time! Everything looks yummy and your photos are all fantastic! (I’m already a long-time follower of your blog!)
    Hugs, Cindy

  130. Terry in Milwaukee

    Everything you do is sooooo beautiful. Thanks again for so much inspiration! I can’t wait for the 4th of July – such a fun holiday of family, friends and great summer food!

    Terry

  131. Love the basket! So happy to have followed a Pin to this website and to start following this blog.

  132. Oddly I will be alone the year for the fourth so I would love to pack me a picnic in that beautiful picnic basket in order to make my picnic celebration memorable (and I’m not feeling sorry for myself one bit.)

  133. My favorite summer recipe is for Skip n Go Naked from the Susan Branch cookbook. This summer drink is on my 4th menu every year.

  134. Hi Mary! What a fabulous tablescape. I had so much fun looking at all of your charming design ideas! I would love to be entered in your giveaway. What an adorable tote. No matter what else we serve on the 4th, we always have corn on the cob.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  135. Anna Marie Penix

    What an AWESOME giveaway! I love, Love, LOVE that red, white and blue picnic basket. Would LOVE to have it to celebrate my daughter’s and son-in-law’s birthdays at a patriotic picnic. Their birthdays are July 4th and 5th!
    Anna Marie Penix

  136. The most charming and well done 4th of July tablescape ever!
    I would love to win that so cute and so perfect for my colors picnic basket!
    I am a subscriber too!
    Cindy

  137. My favorite food for the 4th is my MIL’s potato salad, it’s just the best!

  138. Oh how I love this retro picnic basket. It reminds me of the picnics we had when I was a child….oh how I loved them. I love your patriotic posts as they are so inspiring and “happy”. I love decorating with red, white and blue on my front porch with all my white wicker furniture. I hope I win this wonderful baskets and the treats!
    xoxo Kathi

  139. What a beautiful post. It takes my breath away. I am sending it to my daughter on the Cape, neices in New York, N.C., Maryland and brother & granddaughter in Florida.

    It takes me back to my youth in Virginia. Thank you for such a sweet giveaway.

    I am a follower….
    Joyfully,
    ~Sylvia Faye

  140. That picnic basket would be the perfect touch for our Fourth of July celebration!

  141. Potato Salad is almost a “must have” at our Fourth of July celebration!

  142. What a beautiful picnic basket! It would definitely complement my array of Fourth of July table accessories that I just love to get out every year and use for my picnic celebration! It would look perfect sitting on my red, white and blue plaid tablecloth. :) My husband is so tired of me storing all my themed table ware, but it just makes things so festive. All tradition at our celebration: burgers, dogs, and a potato salad recipe that my late mother-in-law shared with me many years ago and admitted that it tasted just like hers when I made it! The family just wouldn’t have it any other way.Couldn’t ask for a better compliment.

  143. The Picnic Basket would be the perfect touch to our Fourth of July Celebrations, Red, White & Blue all the way!!! This is a great way to get your products out there. Thanks!!!

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  145. I would love to have the picnic basket. I sail and we race on Tuesday nights. It is always good to have a snack after the race and I think the basket would be perfect to protect the goodies while we race and to share while we are on our way back to harbor! Red white and blue theme is perfect. I race on the Hudson in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty!

  146. Debbie@Mountain Breaths

    Visiting again from Stonegable’s TTT! This post is worth seeing again and again :-)

  147. What an awesome patriotic display…. We truly do have a grand ole flag and it’s red, white and blue colors are just a gorgeous summer medley…. I cannot with for our July 4th celebration and I have already started to place my Americana decor around the house and garden…. Thx for the fabulous give a way ******

  148. You are the queen of tablescaping and all things of beauty on lthe table! Thanks for joining me!!!!

  149. HELLO!! What a great giveaway — I am here from Yvonne’s TTT party.

    I would LOVE to have this nifty prize for our 4th celebration. My Minnesota son’s birthday is the 4th and he will be with us here in Nebraska for his birthday for the first time in several years — so excited. This prize would just make it all so much more festive. Thanks for the chance!

    Blessings!
    Gail

  150. Oh the memories! We like grilled steaks, broccoli salad, traditional tossed salad and Grandpa’s hash brown casserole. Yummy!

  151. Strawberry shortcake is my favorite and the basket would make a great place to hold my homemade shortcakes. Love your blog, pics, and interesting facts. Have a great July 4th!!!

  152. Oh the memories you bring back of visiting my grandmother in eastern North Carolina! We would sit on her front porch and have an RC cola as we watched the cars drive thru her little town on their way to the beach! And…we would walk up the tree-lined street to the local grocery store and buy us a moon pie! Thanks for these beautiful pictures…and bringing back the sweet memories of summertime with my grandmother! :) Your basket of goodies is wonderful and I would love to share that with my family!

  153. This basket would be a great addition to our neighborhood July get together. You did a great job with the party!

  154. I would love to add the Plaid Picnic basket to our July 4th celebration at the beach. Love your blog!!
    Carol

  155. My favorite food for 4th of July is burgers on the grill.

  156. I love the picnic basket filled with goodies!! I would love it for my own Patriotic or Plaid Picnic!! :) Thank you for your generosity!! :)

  157. My favorite food to make on the 4th of July is potato salad and baked beans to go with the burgers and hot dogs being grilled. ;)

  158. Absolutely gorgeous! The food is awesome and you have the most beautiful photos. I have really enjoyed my visit here.

  159. I just found your blog on Stone Gable’s site. What an absolute delight! That basket is just too cute. I’m giddy about it! I’d love to be able to create a lovely centerpiece on my island counter.

  160. I love to have cold fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, a yummy dessert like Texas Sheet Cake and, of course, sweet iced tea to enjoy for the day!

  161. Love, love, love your RW and B basket….actually, I love all things patriotic! Your napkin and silverware complete with box of sparklers is way cute!!

  162. Carol Kerwin

    I always wished I was born on the 4th of July. But mom couldn’t wait and I just turned 60 and still love the fourth.

  163. When I saw this pretty basket filled full of wonderful treats on your newest post, Mary, I had to come back and enter your give away for a chance to win! I love the patriotic red white and blue color combination and would be thrilled to use this on a picnic on the 4th! your burgers and potato salad look fantastic and the stawberries are fun! xo, Pat

  164. Mary I would LOVE to win that darling picnic basket with all the delightful goodies in it. Your 4th of July decorations are wonderful and history lessons about the moon pies and RC Cola are fascinating. Thanks for sharing them.

  165. I am not here to win the giveaway, but to say I love your photos.(I am Australian. otherwise I would have entered) It’s a great giveaway.

    Kelly

  166. I am a recent subscriber to your wonderful blog and I look forward, each new day, to see what you are creating!!! I would absolutely love to be the proud owner of the adorable red, white, and blue picnic basket! Thanks so much for the opportunity to get a daily creative fix! Thanks for the possibility of winning the picnic basket!

  167. My favorite Patriotic food, you ask…Sponge cake cut into stars and stacked two high with a whipped cream filling, along with fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries…with a flag pick and a sprig of mint on top!!! Delicious! HAPPY JULY 4TH!

  168. This is the cutest post and giveaway, Mary! :D As far as patriotic food….nothing is more American than apple pie with star cutouts!

    xo,
    RJ

  169. A wonderful 4th of July basket….I would love a chance to win. You create the most lovely settings ever. You are so creative and clever with your presentations. Love the little moon pies and sparklers. The menu looks pretty appetizing.

  170. I love it all!!, wow you Went all out on this including what you wrote! So creative with your patriotic picnic!! What a nice giveaway!, pick me!, I would have to agree with another blogger…apple pie with star cut outs says America!! Thanks for linking up and sharing your amazing ideas!,

    Karin

  171. I love those strawberries! Fantastic!

    Please stop by my blog if you get a chance and enter my SUMMER TIME GIVE AWAY… Its a $50.00 Gift Certificate for Novica!

    http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com/2012/06/its-summer-time-giveaway-from-project.html

  172. Faye Moseley

    I adore the way you have presented your strawberries! This is a perfect Fourth of July display for a delightful picnic! Hope I win! Thanks for sharing with us!

  173. I would absolutely love to win this picnic basket for our 4th celebrations! How fun and what a fantastic giveaway! Thanks for the change!

  174. 4th of July screams bbq to me. So we do simple and bbq hamburgers and hotdogs. But we dessert it up! =o)

  175. I follow you on FB (Making Memories With Your Kids)

  176. Just landed upon your blog-love your ideas. I grew up hearing the phrase “go to the store and get a dope and a moon pie”….of course the dope was an RC cola…..I hope I win, but if not thanks for all the ideas and photos!

  177. Deanna Ward

    omg just love this page and love your basket!!! I would love to win one for my own Patriotic picnic!!!

  178. Marty Saternow-Gadola

    What great ideas to celebrate our American pride and to enjoy with family and friends. I would love to win your basket. WE enjoy many beverages on the 4th of July..ice tea and cold brewskis to wash down our grilled food and picnic salads! Happy 4th of July!

  179. The strawberries are looking awesome, so good and inspiring, great work. wud love to have this basket !

  180. What a delightful idea to celebrate America and the 4th of July! I would love to win the basket and moonpies! Thanks for the bit of history of the moonpies, too!

  181. I hadn’t thought of moon pies and RC cola in a long time – it brought back fond memories of hot summer afternoons. Would love to win your basket and give it to my parents – especially mom – she loves moon pies!

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  183. I would love to win the patriotic basket as I am hosting a red, white and blue bunco party as a surprise birthday for my friend who has a July 1 birthday!

  184. Loretta Miyak

    Would love a plaid picnic basket!

  185. I love all your entries especially those with giveaways! I would love to win the picnic basket filled with goodies and it would look so nice and patriotic on my deck!

  186. as far as the food… since it will be one of the few mornings my Hubby and I will be home together I was thinking maybe Patriotic Pancakes? Any ideas?

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