At the Table: Celebrating the Red, White and Blue

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.

Table Details:

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!

Thank you for your visit!

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  40 comments for “At the Table: Celebrating the Red, White and Blue

  1. Ellen
    May 29, 2017 at 7:03 am

    Here’s to sunny skies and smooth sailing! The tablescape is beautiful and love the little packs of sparklers. Happy Memorial Day. Thank-you for this patriotic post!

  2. Gail
    May 29, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Thanks for tip to prevent flower droop.

  3. Sue
    May 29, 2017 at 7:33 am

    Happy Memorial Day to you Mary!!! Safe boating and have a fun day!

  4. Linda L
    May 29, 2017 at 7:54 am

    Hurray for the red, white and blue! Happy Memorial Day. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  5. May 29, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Beautiful red, white, and blue! Happy Memorial Day ❤️🇺🇸💙

  6. Michelle
    May 29, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Mary, you are so patriotic!🇺🇸Happy Memorial Day!😎🌴

  7. May 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Lovely USA patriotic theme. Have a lovely day

  8. May 29, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Great swooper flags and with your flower arrangement tied to your dock boat riders will slow down to take a good look. Your tablescape is eye-catching. I like your tin of white hydrangeas with flags on your paisley tablecloth with a great stack of plates topped with the cute little boat and sparklers.

  9. Cyndi Raines
    May 29, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Very pretty Mary, love the tin with flowers. Happy boating! Just a small cookout with family, hope to have a bonfire if rain holds off. Your swooper flags are awesome! Happy Memorial Day!

  10. May 29, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Wishing you a “memorable” Memorial Day, Mary! Your table is lovely & I am head over heels in love with your red/white & blue metal basket that you used for your pretty flowers! Very well done & thank you for the tip about the alum-dipping method. I was not aware of that trick.

  11. Marie in AZ
    May 29, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Just beautiful, Mary!

  12. May 29, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Well, you would never know you have iffy weather with this gorgeous table set by the lake. I’ve been attempting to get some outdoor photos, but rain here has hindered the project. ‘-)

    Perhaps today I’ll find a window of time to sneak out, get set up, and photos taken. I have one of the metal
    baskets. Love the idea of filling it withe hydrangeas. Thanks for the tips. I pinned it for future reference.

    All of your patriotic tables and special touches make my heart sing. Enjoy your day, my friend!

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  14. Carol
    May 29, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    So kind of you to share these gorgeous pictures and ideas for Memorial Day. Your blog enriches my life every day. I often remember images you have posted long after the fact. I might have to order some of those swooper flags as surprise gifts for my grown kids for the holidays!

  15. May 29, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Be still my heart… LOVE-LOVE-LOVE that paisley tablecloth! Gonna nose around the net and see if I can find one:@) Happy Memorial Day Mary-enjoy!

  16. Barbara
    May 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    So lovely, Mary! Thanks for all your hard work so that we can take in your beautiful designs! I had never heard the alum “trick” so I will be giving that a try as soon as I get to the grocery store to buy some. Also, any hints for growing hydrangeas? Yours are so full and healthy. Thanks again!

    Barbara and her sidekick Buddy the Bichon

  17. Virginia
    May 29, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    Happy Memorial Day Mary to you and your family. I just love the hydrangeas in the picnic basket and have successfully tried your alum dipping method, thanks so much for your many helpful hints. We are still enjoying the Manteo waterfront this weekend. Sailing home Wednesday. ⛵️🇺🇸

    • May 29, 2017 at 7:52 pm

      Wishing you smooth sailing Virginia!

  18. May 29, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Mary, I hope you and the girls are out on your boat right now! I love those little enamel boats filled with sparklers and that paisley tablecloth is just divine! You not only find the best things but you certainly know how to put them all together!

  19. Maureen
    May 29, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Love this, Mary! So cheerful as well as patriotic. Do you remember who made the striped napkins and where you got them? Thanks!

    • May 29, 2017 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Maureen, The napkins came from World Market a couple of years ago :)

  20. May 29, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    We had way more RAIN and clouds this weekend than sun. But we didn’t let it spoil our fun, had guests for dinner and then drinks Fri. night, a picnic sat. and another yesterday. Today git alot done around here and went to Walamrt:) Nice relaxing day. Love your table!!! Hope you got in some baoting!

  21. Karen Wright
    May 29, 2017 at 4:43 pm

    Alice Walker once said “whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.” I think you, Mary, restore more than your own soul. I know you certainly restore my soul with Your creative beauty!!! Words cannot explain the immense restoration and enjoyment I receive from your post. Thank You!!! ~ they make my day, too :)

    • May 29, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment Karen ♥ Happy Memorial Day!

  22. May 29, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    your table is looking amazing…the hydrangeas are gorgeous

  23. May 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    Love, love it all but especially the plaid picnic basket!!!? Have a memorable Memorial Day!!! God bless all that gave all for freedom!! ❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️🇺🇸❤️

  24. May 29, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Hello there Mary! I just adore your posts and am so pleased as you always spark my creativity! I wanted you to know that I lost my younger bichon, LadyBug, last week. It was quite a shock. We never knew she had cancer/ Needless to say, we are struggling. I hope your two are doing well. Chloe is now 13.

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful weekend with us.

    • May 30, 2017 at 6:39 am

      Oh Jeanne, I’m so sorry to hear about LadyBug. My girls are 12, it’s hard to believe and think about them getting older. Thinking of you. ♥

  25. Debbie
    May 29, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Love your table and the tin picnic basket with hydrangeas! Really special!

  26. May 30, 2017 at 8:50 am

    LOVE love the swooper flags! I hope the weather let you enjoy that cute table with the smart hydrangea centerpiece and that you had a wonderful Memorial Day Mary~ we had the same crazy weather!

  27. Jeannine
    May 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I love the paisley tablecloth. I’ve never seen anything like it. It fits the theme of red, white, and blue in an unexpected way. Very nice!

  28. May 30, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    Ooh Mary, I love your paisley tablecloth and your enamel ware picnic basket brimming with hydrangeas and flags. Your menu sounded perfect for a special Memorial Day outing. I hope you had some fun, pontooning on the lake, with your hubby and the pups!

  29. May 31, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Your tables are always beautiful. I like patriotic colours and the picnic tin looks great. I hope you had a good weekend.

  30. June 6, 2017 at 7:49 am

    You always do red, white and blue so beautifully!….Love the hydrangeas in the tin picnic basket and the tablecloth adds just a wonderful classic touch to a table to honor our men and women who give their lives so we can enjoy our precious freedoms. Love the way you dress your dock too!!

  31. Lanita Anderson
    June 7, 2017 at 8:34 am

    Mary – I LOVE your red, white and blue tablescape!! So festive and fun, especially the creative centerpiece! I’ve definitely pinned for inspiration!

  32. Maureen
    June 8, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Mary, are the Tommy Bahama plates you used in this tablescape the dinner size or the salad size?

    • June 8, 2017 at 5:06 am

      Hi Maureen, They’re the dinner size, the PB white rope plates are cocktail size :)

  33. June 15, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    Your tables never cease to inspire me and want me to be a neighbor on the lake, ready to stop in for a lovely meal with Mary! Such a pretty, pretty table!

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