Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape Celebrates July 4th

Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape Celebrates July 4th

It is time to celebrate July 4th with a Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape. Liberty Blue dishes that is!

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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.

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Uncle Sam Wreath Peddles Bike to July 4th Parade

Uncle Sam Wreath Peddles Bike to July 4th Parade

Sharing a whimsical Uncle Sam wreath, in honor of our nation’s upcoming birthday.

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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…)

Smooth Sailing Wreath Flying Red, White and Blue Colors

Smooth Sailing Wreath Flying Red, White and Blue Colors

Wishing you a happy Memorial Day Weekend with a Smooth Sailing wreath in patriotic colors.

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I recently made this red, white and blue wreath for my eldest son R’s Manhattan apartment.

When I found the wood and canvas sailboat decor piece (Home Goods), I knew it would be the perfect centerpiece of a nautical theme wreath.

The patriotic color scheme would also make it a great Memorial Day through Labor Day decoration for R’s front door. Smooth Sailing all summer long!

Living in a rooftop apartment, surrounded by a terrace on three sides, R’s apartment is the gathering spot for his friends. He has it outfitted with both lounge and dining areas, a grill, mobile cooler, bar, trees and plants, strings of lights, music, and plenty of outdoor entertainment options.

Last year, for his birthday, we gave R all kinds of outdoor tableware. Many of the dishes had a nautical or coastal motif. So,  I figured a Smooth Sailing wreath would be a great welcome to the party inside — and out to the rooftop terrace.

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Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue

Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue

Happy Birthday Abe & George!

I’ve set a Presidents Day table in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s February birthdays.

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve always had a keen interest in the past. Living in Philadelphia during the Bicentennial, further sparked my fascination with early American history. Then and now, we often visit places like Independence Hall, Valley Forge, Trenton, Mount Vernon, Monticello, Yorktown, and Boston’s Freedom Trail.

Researching colonial ancestors, who were early settlers of Pennsylvania and Maryland, led to more pilgrimages and exploration of places where they lived. Walking in ancestors’ footsteps adds a deeper appreciation of the past and its relevance to the present.

What really added flame to the fire, was discovering an ancestor who served as a spy and courier for General Washington. Peacock (aka the Rebel Bird) was also an officer of three militias and at Cornwallis’ surrender. Peacock was George’s guy and I’m partial to them both! (more…)

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