June 27, 2017, posted by Gina – The Fourth of July is an iconic summer holiday that is synonymous with cookouts, music, picnics, swimming pools, beaches and fireworks. Just as I have fond memories of parties and fireworks so do my own children. I look forward to the 4th because it is a relaxed celebration when you can enjoy all of summer’s bounty.
This tablescape provides a fun and welcoming palette. I used a quilt that has been in my husband’s family and somehow we became the fortunate recipients. We have had it for over 30 years. It was passed down to my mother-in-law from her mother. While I have no exact history on it, it’s at least 50 years. This quilt came to mind for use as a tablecloth since its colors reflect the laid back vibe of 4th of July.
I have two sets of napkins, one red and white and another blue and white. I thought it would be fun to use both and I love the casual look. The rattan chargers anchored each place setting of white plates (Southern Living Alexis) and a blue and white cup from Spode’s Italian pattern. The bamboo flatware seemed to lend itself to the casual tone of the table.
I created a couple of arrangements using sunflowers and hydrangeas in blue and white containers. This seems to be a pairing I return to time and time again. I think this combination echoes the freshness of the summer season. With these large flowers, it is very easy to create a simple arrangement in just a few minutes. I filled a couple of ginger jars I had on hand with water and started placing the flowers. Just remember to keep it simple! If you will also be cooking the meal, creating a simple arrangement allows you to enjoy the day by keeping it all easy and stress-free. By the way, have you ever wondered why they are called ginger jars? Well, their original use was to store spices. In the 1600’s Europeans apparently were obsessed with blue and white porcelain and they became more decorative in nature.
I wanted to serve something a little different than BBQ this year and came up with a menu that I think will please! I have shared all the recipes over on our Recipe Page, so check those out. Here’s the menu:
Watermelon with Balsamic and Feta
Ina Garten’s Tequila Lima Chicken
Fresh Corn on the Cob
Balsamic Roasted Potatoes
Blueberry Cobbler with Vanilla Ice Cream
GDFC wishes you a very happy 4th and we hope we have given you inspiration to create a memory for your family and friends.