This will be a very quiet and low-key Fourth of July — for obvious reasons. It’s caused me to reflect on the first Independence Day. And, to honor the memory of our family’s Patriot ancestors.
Originally, I had hoped our sons would come home for a couple of weeks at the start of the holiday. We’d planned to setup offices in each of their old bedrooms. Instead, I’m crossing fingers and toes they’ll be able to come home later this summer.
So, we invited my brother-in-law and his wife to come up from Virginia. But, with the dramatic increase in cases, we’ve pushed that visit back. After all, it’s not like there will be fireworks, an outdoor concert, or any community festivities. Sistah B and her family are also postponing a trip. So, we’ll reassess in a couple of weeks. Life on pause.
That’s when I starting thinking about how hard and frightening life was during the Revolutionary War. And, I’m remembering the sacrifices made for the freedoms we enjoy today. Even if it’s muted and isolated, I’m still celebrating Independence Day.
Just in time for fireworks, I’ve set a patriotic July Fourth table on the covered back porch.
It’s good to bee back in the country to celebrate our nation’s birthday. Hubby and I have recently returned from a nearly three-week vacation in South America. It was a bucket list, post-retirement trip that was about two years in the making.
I’ve been on a blogging break since about the middle of May, after my dad went into hospice and passed in Florida. That was immediately after my niece’s wedding in Charleston (see Hand Painted, Wedding Champagne Flutes).
Although it’s been an extremely hectic two months, the vacation turned out to be good timing for processing my grief and beginning the healing process. We left for Peru and Ecuador, less than a week after my mom went back home. Dad would have absolutely loved all the birds and wildlife we saw up close and personal in the Galapagos Islands.
But, now it’s time to try to get back to normal routines.
It’s so hot and humid outside, I’ve set a July 4th patriots table in the kitchen, with Betsy Ross and Paul Revere as guests of honor. There’s more than hotdogs and hamburgers cooking out there LOL!
The Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape is set alfresco, out under the covered back porch. In the cool of the air-conditioned kitchen, I’ve set another July 4th patriots table. It uses the same Liberty Blue dishes, but with different linens, embellishments and centerpiece.
Betsy Ross and Paul Revere are actually Muffy Vanderbear and Hoppy Vanderhare. Today, they are masquerading as a pair of colonial patriots. I have a number of different holiday and seasonal outfits for them. See more at Thanksgiving Figures, Pilgrims and Indians Decorate Home.
I think the figures add a bit of whimsy and fun to the tablescape.
Join me inside on this red hot day, for a little tour of the holiday-decorated kitchen and July 4th patriots table.
I want to wish you a happy July 4th, by sharing old-fashioned Independence Day decorations around my porch.
Because I’m still putting Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party decorations away, and since it’ll only be hubby and I celebrating July 4th together, I elected not to bedeck the covered porch in traditional bunting this year.
Recently, I shared the Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape, also set on the back covered porch and pergola. For more holiday inspirations, see Uncle Sam Wreath Pedals to Parade and Smooth Sailing Wreath Flying Red, White and Blue.
I usually pull out lots of red, white and blue Independence Day decorations— bunting, pinwheels, rosettes, garlands, banners, balloons and lots of flags. Lots of ’em!
Let me show you how I typically celebrate our country’s birthday, with pictures from years past.
It is time to celebrate July 4th with a Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape. Liberty Blue dishes that is!
I am so happy to be joining Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate and a group of very talented bloggers for the Red, White and Blue Blog Hop.
Be sure to visit the links at the end of this post to see the patriotic tablescapes they have created throughout the entire week.
My Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape is inspired by my husband’s ancestor. Peacock (his real first name!) was an officer in three Pennsylvania militias during the Revolutionary War. He was also a quartermaster at Valley Forge, and known spy and courier for George Washington. The British nicknamed Peacock, the Rebel Bird, and put a 500 pound silver reward on his head!
Read all about him in, Celebrating Patriots on Independence Day.
Today’s patriotic table is built around a George Washington figure and Liberty Blue dishes.
Sharing a whimsical Uncle Sam wreath, in honor of our nation’s upcoming birthday.
In May, I created this custom, patriotic wreath order request for Kem. She is one of Debbee’s Buzz’s first followers, and already has several of my wreaths decorating her home. When she asked for a July 4th theme wreath, I was skeptical I’d be able to get it done between an out-of-town wedding and other commitments. Happily, the Uncle Sam wreath pedaled (via USPS) in time to decorate Kem’s Atlanta home for Memorial Weekend.
Normally, I have July 4th decorations up in time for Flag Day. But, right now my house is bedecked in Alice in Wonderland decorations for this weekend’s 4th annual My Favorite Things Party.
As you read this, my sister, college roommate and I are busily preparing for the vintage iced tea party. So, just a quick photo tour of the Uncle Sam wreath today. (more…)