Anchors Aweigh for Memorial Day


Memorial Day kicks off the summer 

boating season on the lake! 


Although we generally refrain from boating on major holidays to avoid the crowds, we have been known to weigh anchor early in the morning or enjoy a late evening cruise.


 In anticipation of the holiday, I’m setting sail into summer with  appetizer boats and wooden buoys from Pottery Barn for a nautical and patriotic table!


A “ready-refill” at Lowe’s was proudly hailing its patriotism with a combination of  white petunias, red verbena, and blue lobelia.


   Drop your refill in your pot, and anchor some flags for quick decorating & smooth sailing into the holiday weekend!


I found an Americana Plaid Seersucker Tablecloth from Kohl’s to top a red quilt for the table. Baskets serving as chargers were brought ashore from HomeGoods several years ago.


Flatware, resembling rope, adds a nautical

touch along with mini glass buoys.


Red, white & blue striped napkins from World Market are casually knotted on the port side of the basket.


We filled our boats with a recipe from Southern Living’s collection of Quick & Delicious Summer Salads for an easy summer meal after watching a regatta on the lake last summer.

Help yourself to a taste of Lemon Basil Shrimp Boats~

 Shrimp Salad with a Lemon-Basil Marinade.


 And Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad~

 A refreshing summer salad and a combination I have had before, with the exception of Pepper Jelly Vinaigrette~ a  surprisingly delicious addition, which added just a little heat in contrast to the salty cheese and sweet melon!


The newest ship added to our fleet,

found docked at HomeGoods~

a boat cooler for beverages.


Of course Memorial Day has a much more important significance than boating & picnics. . .  it commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in military service.


First enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War, it was extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.


A day to recognize, reflect, and remember

how fortunate we are to live in freedom.


Anchors Aweigh Table Details:

Dishes/Food Network™ Cafe Red & Blue Dinnerware, Kohl’s

Americana Plaid Seersucker Tablecloth/ Kohl’s

Goblets/ Dollar Tree

Flatware & Napkins/ World Market

Baskets & Boat Cooler/ HomeGoods

Buoys, Appetizer Boats/ Pottery Barn


Wishing you a Safe & Happy Memorial Day!

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  50 comments for “Anchors Aweigh for Memorial Day

  1. May 21, 2013 at 6:12 am

    I’d like to sail in for some of your shrimp salad. Love your table. I am hoping our area Kohls has the seersucker plaid tablecloth. I love it. Everything you do always delights and inspires. I love fresh and real. You have the gift.

  2. May 21, 2013 at 7:18 am

    wow your table looks lovely and inviting…and that cooler is sooo cute!

  3. May 21, 2013 at 7:38 am

    :D SO flippin’ cute, Mary. LOVE the boats, especially the beverage container/cooler. We are going to the beach this year for Memorial Day. We need a vacation in the VERY WORST WAY!!!

    Aw! The table square looks like seersucker…all preppy! LOVE it!


  4. Cheryl
    May 21, 2013 at 8:06 am

    You have really inspired me and put me in the mood for this holiday weekend. I absolutely love your new cooler boat. So perfect for you. The new pepper jelly dressing sounds great. Definitely going to give that a try. Enjoy your holiday on the lake.

  5. Paula
    May 21, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Happy Memorial Day weekend to you and yours!!
    I love the boat cooler, that is soooo neat!! and of course everything looks super, as always !
    God Bless our Troops !!

  6. May 21, 2013 at 8:56 am

    All the elements of this table are wonderful, Mary. I am taking notes.:-)

  7. May 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Beautiful. Your tribute to remember those who gave us our freedom is simply gorgeous. Love the flowers, went looking for some this weekend and our Lowe’s missed the boat! Still love those baskets. The tablecloth and napkins are a wonderful addition. xo marlis

  8. Jeannie
    May 21, 2013 at 9:29 am

    Love every single detail, from the table covering, to the way you’ve staged the Lemon Basil Shrimp Boats, to the boat drink cooler. Fabulous.

  9. Barbara
    May 21, 2013 at 9:57 am

    I love your table. Thanks for creating such beauty for us all to drool over. Love the table cloth. The baskets were a great touch. Your talent for decorating a gift. Thank you

  10. janie gore
    May 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Wow, Mary, you really did a fantastic job with this table! I love the seersucker tablecloth and napkins paired with the simpleness of the plates. The little boating details are awesome and echo the beautiful lake setting. Well Done! (as usual!).

  11. Marie
    May 21, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Once again you have shared with all such a wonderful table. I recently purchased the same tablecloth from Kohls and was debating as to whether it was a “keeper”. You have helped me make up my mind! As I commented once before, your photography makes a lovely table setting look even more spectacular. Thank you.

  12. May 21, 2013 at 10:33 am

    You find the BEST things at HG!!! That boat cooler is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!! I do remember those 2 recipes from your outing last year and since we are having houseguests in 3 weeks, I am going to make both for our first dinner. Theyw ill be arriving around 5PM so a light dinner will be perfect. Your table is perfect, again. LOVE the flatware. XO, Pinky

  13. May 21, 2013 at 11:01 am

    You have truly thought of everything, Mary! I chuckled at your “brought ashore” reference to your shopping excursions…very clever!
    Both food items look quite luscious. I hope to get to try them soon.

    I bought a very similar floral basket from Loews…love the colors all summer long at the back of the house, while the front is all PINK, courtesy of Ms. C’s shopping with me. LOL

    Have a safe & memorable day,

  14. Peggy thal
    May 21, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Wow ! What a beautiful Memorial Day table. I would love to be invited. You did a fantastic job. Love the shrimp boat and huge drink boat. Have a fun week end. Thanks for sharing!

  15. Patti
    May 21, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Absolutely love your blog and look forward to your next creative idea! We too live on a lake and try to avoid the “weekend warriors”!!! Thanks for the inspiration and lovely tablescapes.

  16. Anne Boykin
    May 21, 2013 at 11:44 am

    Happy Memorial Day! What a lovely table setting. Your new items are perfect and everything looks gorgeous.

  17. May 21, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Anchors Away…! Every time I look at one of your posts I see at least one thing I wish I could find here…this time its two!…I have lusted after your little appetizer boats before but this time I’m adding the boat cooler to my “I wish I had” list!

  18. May 21, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Hallelujah! This is yet another big time winner, Mary! I love everything about it! The little appetizer boats with the flatware “oars” is cute, cute, cute!!! I just love it! And a seersucker tablecloth…great find! I really need to start looking in Kohl’s every once in awhile. I hardly ever go in there, but they obviously have some really terrific things! Those plates you used are perfect for this!!!

    You, of course, have the perfect back drop for this fabulous table: the water. I hope that you and your family enjoy a wonderful and very SAFE Memorial Day weekend!!!!!

  19. Debbie
    May 21, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    absolutely perfect!

  20. Polly
    May 21, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    How adorable and soooo patriotic! I just love the boat cooler, I can see many different uses for that:) Have a safe and Happy Memorial Day Week-end!!

  21. May 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    so cute my little twinsy, i spy this and that that we share on a regular basis, its always fun to see your nautical side come floating around. i saw that big boat, its always so cold at our beach that cold drink boats are not needed, more like thermos and blankies! wishing you a very happy holiday weekend, we are staying in the country, a little too crowded for my likings too so i am playing with lavender… that i don’t have any of :-( but i am eating well!

  22. May 21, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Love this table! I would join you in a second for a meal by the water! Gorgeous!

  23. May 21, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I loved your plaid topper when I first saw it Mary, then was tickled to see it’s seersucker! I may actually stop at Kohl’s, think I’d enjoy one of them! The RW&B flowers are beautiful too-Enjoy:@)

  24. May 21, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Here Is What I Like and commented:
    Cute cute

  25. May 21, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    How fun this post is! I love everything about it and the red white and blue boating theme is wonderful. The shrimp ‘boat’ looks so yummy too. I wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday weekend. Blessings, Pamela

  26. May 21, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Happy Memorial Day weekend Mary, it looks like you’re ready! I’m with you on the boat traffic, we usually just watch the water parade from our porch. That boat cooler is too fabulous! I am using a wooden boat with flags for our table too, but I sure wish it could hold iced beverages, that is so cute! I wish you perfect weather and a wonderful time for the holiday weekend!

  27. May 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Mary, we are headed to the lake this weekend as well! I am so looking forward to the “beginning” of the summer lake season! We will try to sneak in some boat rides as well!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  28. May 22, 2013 at 5:32 am

    I can’t decide whether my favorite part is the table linen, the rope looking flatware, or that ship shape cooler with the drinks. It all looks just plain out wonderful.

  29. hollybertone
    May 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

    The boat cooler is soooooo cute! Hugs, Holly

  30. Kim
    May 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Mary, I love every teeny tiny detail of this setting. Pure perfection yet again and I love the new boat cooler. Have a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.

  31. May 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Looks like so much fun, Mary, love that wonderful seersucker tablecloth!!

  32. May 22, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Your table is perfect for the Memorial Day celebration, Mary! The shrimp dish looks so cute served in those darling boats. You’ve thought of everything, as always.

  33. May 22, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Oh everything is so cute! Love that big cooler boat! Your Kohls tablecloth is great and that red underneath sets the stage! The dishes, stemware and food all look great! I don’t blame you for avoiding the crowds on the lake. We had a pontoon for a while and experienced what it can be like….way too many crazies out there! I hope your Memorial Weekend will be great!

  34. May 22, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    You come up with some of the most unique tables, Mary…I love this table. I think those boat bowls are the cutest thing and perfect for that delicious looking shrimp dish! I never find fun things like that beverage cooler…so perfect for you, Mary.
    Have a wonderful week…

  35. May 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    This is the perfect place to spend Memorial Day after a ride on your boat!!! What festive detail, Mary!!! I wish our HomeGood’s would have that boat cooler! I don’t live anywhere near water, but it would have come home with me!!!

  36. Pam
    May 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Lovely lake side dining with a pretty table of red, whte and blue colors. Your darling boat bowls are perfect for the shrimp salad. A very cute cooler for the season! Enjoy your dining on Memorial Day!


  37. May 22, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Oh Mary, such spectacular boats! Each filled with the most wonderful of treats.

    – The Tablescaper

  38. May 23, 2013 at 9:27 am

    This is stunning! I absolutely love it. Beautiful! I would love for you to share this at


  39. May 23, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Love this table….and those buoys? OMG! such a great table!

  40. May 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm

    just perfect!

  41. May 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Ahoy Mate!!!!
    What an excellent boatwoman you are….love your sea worthy tablescape! I am sure you will have fair weather for your picnic by the lake. Enjoy!
    Blessings My Friend,

  42. May 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Beautiful table! Gotta try the Watermelon salad!

  43. May 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    We are not boaters but used to be – loved sailing and cocktails cruises :). Love the new addition to your fleet :)

  44. May 27, 2013 at 10:20 pm

    Exquisite Mary, both the table and the sentiment. I love those little boats, so cute!
    You wouldn’t have been boating here this weekend, cold and windy! Boat is in, but couldn’t go out.

  45. May 22, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    I remember this post! Here we are a year later! Have a great Memorial weekend!

  46. May 22, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    I think that boat cooler was made just for you!! Perfect setting for a Memorial Day picnic, fabulous red white and blue display!!

  47. Bev
    May 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Lovely and perfect for the holiday!

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