Happy Memorial Day! I set a table in celebration of the Red, White and Blue!
Our Memorial Day weekend weather has been a combination of sunny, cloudy, rainy and stormy. It’s been one of those weekends where the sun is shining in the front yard while storm clouds are gathering in the back. ;)
Memorial Day kicks off boating season at the lake and is the unofficial start of summer. I enjoyed a window of sunshine to weigh anchor and set sail into Memorial Day with enamel appetizer boats, ideal for serving Lemon Basil Shrimp Salad and Watermelon, Pecan, and Gorgonzola Salad.
For a centerpiece for the table, I used red, white and blue plaid picnic tin, filled with hydrangeas that are blooming.
For easy and quick assembly, I added plastic cups to the picnic tin, lined with plastic bags to help keep the cups of water secure and in place. Mini flags were added to the hydrangeas for a stars and stripes salute.
To help your cut hydrangea blooms last and prevent them from wilting, use the alum-dipping method.
Flatware resembling rope, adds a nautical touch to the table.
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.
Enamel Boat Dishes / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Red White and Blue Plaid Picnic Tin / World Market, several years ago, used here
Blue Goblets/ Pfaltzgraff All Purpose
Melamine Rope Dishes/ Tommy Bahama, HomeGoods
Rope cocktail plates, Pottery Barn, several years ago, used here
Flatware / World Market, several years ago
Ralph Lauren Paisley Tablecloth / HomeGoods
Napkin Rings, Straws, Placemats/ HomeGoods
American Stars and Stripes Swooper Flags, Amazon
We hope to enjoy a little boating time today between rain showers. What are your Memorial Day plans?
Wishing you a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!