A Stars & Stripes Salute~
In a centerpiece and a book for the coffee table~
in celebration of the American flag
for Independence Day!
I found a copy of Long May She Wave for $9.99 at a bargain outlet last week. I’m pledging allegiance to shop for books there more often. :)
From one of the world’s leading graphic designers comes a stunning tribute to America’s most enduring icon-the Stars and Stripes. The Revolutionary Congress resolved in 1777 that ‘the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white, that the Union be 13 white stars in a blue field representing a new constellation.’
Since that time, the American flag has been raised high in wartime triumph and peacetime celebration; burned in fervent protest; sewn lovingly onto quilts, caps, pillows, and bags; appropriated by the commercial sphere to sell goods as varied as cigars, and designer clothing, and rock-and-roll albums; and faithfully honored every 4th of July to celebrate America’s independence. This collection of more than 3,000 Stars and Stripes artifacts ranges from Civil War-era banners and Native American braided moccasins to an early 20th-century ‘friendship’ kimono and original flag art by several of the world’s leading designers.
In its deluxe format with over 500 illustrations, LONG MAY SHE WAVE gives wide berth to the flag in all its manifestations, and the result is a stunning visual history of America’s most treasured symbol.
A decorative birdcage with an Eagle landed from HomeGoods. It’s flying flags as a centerpiece for a patriotic table.
Stars and stripes are paired in napkins. . .
And blue plates are layered over
red and white ones for
an Independence Day table.
Blue bottles are offering a flag and
hydrangeas at each place setting.
Eagle Birdcage/ HomeGoods
Chargers/ Pier 1
Plate layers~ Paula Deen Whitaker, Crown Ducal Bristol Pink, Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage
Flatware & Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn
Goblets HomeGoods & Dollar Tree
Napkins/ World Market & Kohl’s
Since I love mixing patterns, I appreciate how you’ve combined your red, white and blue dishes. These days I’m liking anything that uses blue and white though I have very little in that color way. Hope you are planning a boating outing on the 4th.
A beautiful tribute, Mary. I love all of it! Those napkin rings are especially nice and work well with your tablescape. Wishing you a happy 4th!
Thanks for the great idea for a patriotic center piece! Happy fourth! Keep the flags flying!🇺🇸
What a lovely tablesetting!! The birdcage with the flags is spectacular! And the cobalt vessels with the hydrangeas and the flag are perfect (I need to remember that one. [wink]) The top blue plate is stunning…it’s sort of reminiscent of bandana art.
Wishing you An Extraordinary Fourth, Mary!!
God Bless America !! you did a wonderful job (as always) showing your red,white, and blue patriotic table setting .
Have a Happy 4th!
I salute you!! Lovely! franki
Mary, I’m thrilled you found a copy of Kit Henrich’s book. I had the good fortune to see his exhibit in NYC in 2000. I was there for the 4th of July, and the American Institute of Graphic Arts had his collection on exhibit. This was before he published a book. It is my favorite coffee table book! I’ve given it as a gift at least a half dozen times. It’s a must have for anyone who loves patriotic memorabilia.
I want to pull a chair up and dine at this beautiful table! I thought those napkin rings were antique at first glance. Guess I’ll make a stop at Pottery Barn later today. Love the one with square details!
Al always thank you for sharing your incredible style. Happy 4th to you and the girls………Sarah and Sadie
this was beautiful mary, you know how i feel about sharing books in wonderful ways~ love all your details, right down to the eagle. which i must have missed ;-) happy 4th to you, wishing you safe boating and loads of fun~
This is truly beautiful, Mary. I especially love your quilt table-topper and the unique bird cage. The cobalt blue bottles are wonderful! Your book looks quite interesting; I have a “geeky” fascination with flags :) and I’ve always loved our beautiful American flag.
I love your tablescape; I’m thinking of doing one with red and blue transferware, as well. Thanks for sharing, and I hope you have a wonderful, patriotic holiday!!
so vintage and patriotic. love how you’ve mixed the transferware!!
Beautiful post, Mary. The book sounds wonderful and so nice to have in your collection. The table is, as always, stunning. Love the birdcage centerpiece. Have a beautiful 4th. We will be going to our daughter and SIL’s. It is SUPPOSED to stop raining by tomorrow…..I HOPE!!! XO, Pinky
What a beautiful book for display on a coffee table, Mary! I love your centerpiece and your layers of dishes. Happy 4th to you!
Happy 4th of July !!!!!! Pretty table.
Sending wishes across the ocean for a Happy & Safe 4th! Love the red, white and blue table!
Gorgeous! Love the birdcage.
Your table is perfect with the mix of china patterns and the flag napkins. Love the little blue bottles with the hydrangeas, and I’m looking for the book next time I’m out. It looks wonderful. Wishing your and your family a Happy 4th!
I can’t keep up with you, Woman!!! So many wonderful posts with such creative & beautiful ideas. How DO you do it??
I never would have thought of combining my Pink Willow dishes with blue ones but they pick up the pale red in your quilt perfectly & I love how much of the rims show around the edges. Well done!
Now I’m off to find that book!
Next year I am dragging out my cobalt blue glass for a 4th of July vignette or tablescape. I love it.
Great use of the flags for your table motif. The bird cage was a great addition for your table. Have a great 4th.pam
Great idea to use the birdcage for the flag centerpiece = very unique and interesting! Your t’scape is fantastic with so many wonderfully themed décor!
Great use of your cage with the flags. I sure wish I had the book, love the cover too. Such a gorgeous table plus the plates are beautiful. You always have the perfect touches and images.
Lovely tribute, Mary! I need to find that book….I think I’d like it!
Beautiful! my favorite table I have seen this week…the combination of plates and patterns and quilt and book..oh my! I am in love..and need to find this book too. :-) so lovely…
Love the transferware. I’ve got a few pieces myself and used them on my 4th of July post. Great table!
Beautiful — love the old fashioned 4th with the quilt and transferware.
Happy Fourth, Mary! Your table is so classy as usual and filled with great details. I love the vintage milk of magnesia bottles filled with hydrangeas and flags. Your various transferware layers fit your patriotic theme so well and pair beautifully with your lovely blue goblets. The superb quilt sets off your tasteful napkins and I love the birdcage adorned with flags as a centerpiece.
Long May She Wave looks like a very intriguing book. I love coffee table books.
Hope your fourth hasn’t been as wet as ours since you probably had boating plans. It has rained all day here but I have enjoyed the restful sound of the steady rain. I actually like rainy days and we had no plans this year. Kind of nice.
Nobody does it better.
Really. You are just such a master.
I love everything about the table, especially the way you mix your patterns and even hues so beautifully. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. I think you could publish a coffee table book.
And speaking of books, I love that one and would love to have it.
A great book and it shows you how many Americans are still very patriotic. The table is beautiful and I love the Birdcages! Mary have a wonderful holiday weekend!!
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Great table. I almost used the same blue plates! Fun to mix up the whole red, white and blue scene.
– The Tablescaper
Such a beautiful table Mary…I have that book and love it too!..A great salute to our grand ‘ole flag!!…Stunning post as always Mary!
The book looks as beautiful as your table. What great combinations you used. R w and b to me is summer!
Thanks for sharing your masterpiece!
Everything looks so festive! The book looks great! Thank you for sharing such a great tribute!
Love your posts!! Your table settings are so beautiful and festive! I look forward to all your future posts!! So creative!
what are the names of the beautiful plates,
They’re listed at the bottom of the post: Plate layers~ Paula Deen Whitaker, Crown Ducal Bristol Pink, Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage
I can not thank you enough for your creative ideas! The table setting and recipes are All American! Thank you for lighting a fire under me!