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 Bog Hop.
Be sure you 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, the Rebel Bird. Peacock (his real first name) was an officer in three Pennsylvania militia’s during the Revolutionary War. If you follow Debbee’s Buzz, you know that “discovery” started my passion for peacock décor, tableware, holiday decorations, and a My Favorite Things Party theme. The British gave Peacock that name because of his role as a quartermaster at Valley Forge, and as a known spy and courier for George Washington. They put 500 pounds silver on his head!
Today’s patriotic table is built around George and a fife and drummer centerpiece, set with Liberty Blue dishes.
Centerpiece Celebrates First July 4th
A trio of Byer’s Choice figures, from the Revolutionary War period, serves as a simple centerpiece for the Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape. You might remember George sharing the center stage with Abe in Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue.
I’ve incorporated Byer’s Choice figures into a number of tablescapes and centerpieces, including pilgrims and Indians in Cornucopia Takes Center Stage on Thanksgiving Table.
Although I love my Christmas Dickens, Salvation Army, and Nutcracker figures, it’s the historic ones I like best. The fife and drummer were found years ago while I was shopping with my sister in Florida. She has about 100 Christmas figures! My collection is much more modest in size.
Don’t they look like they’re singing for their July 4th supper?
Liberty Blue Tablescape
The Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape takes it’s name from the Liberty Blue dishes I first shared with you in, Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue. Here’s my favorite serving piece, depicting the Boston Tea Party, from that table.
For the July 4th celebration, the dishes are set on a red, white and blue tablecloth decorated with stars and stripes. It and the matching napkins were from Kohl’s a number of years ago. No matter how much I ironed that darn tablecloth, I couldn’t get it to lie nice and flat. As the line says, “Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave...”
The luncheon plate on top depicts George Washington during the winter at Valley Forge. I’ll bet he’d have appreciated the warm temperatures on the porch today! Underneath, the dinner plate shows Independence Hall. The blue stemmed glasses were a find at Goodwill.
The sun kept coming in and out while I was taking pictures of the Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape. And, I’m not a skilled photographer. I hope the glare on some of the tableware isn’t too annoying. Here’s the lovely little Betsy Ross fruit bowls.
Red, White & Blue Table
Napkin rings from Pier 1 add some star-spangled flair to the table.
The red flatware was found at Home Goods. I also used it for several table settings in, Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day.
Give Me Liberty Blue in the Fresh Air
For the Give Me Liberty Blue tablescape, I took the July 4th party outside onto the porch.
Fortunately, it wasn’t a windy day or I wouldn’t have been able to put George and his little band on the table.
That’s my antique wallpaper table in the back upper right. I will use it as a buffet table to serve the July 4th dinner. The star-spangled runner matches the linens on the table. Here you can see more of the nine-foot table with a large hurricane on one end —“one if by land“… No sign of Paul Revere though!
I also tossed a needlepointed flag pillow on one of the side chairs.
Join me inside for another Liberty Blue setting, July 4th Patriots Table With Betsy Ross and Paul Revere.
Rockets Red Glare
Normally, I plant red, white and true blue annuals in the two urn planters on the deck. But, with this year’s Alice in Wonderland theme for the Unbirthday Party, I wanted more of a pastel color palate.
I went ahead and added the rocket stakes to the urns once the My Favorite Things Party was over. They are from Hobby Lobby.
The annuals came in so beautifully, I plan to enjoy them all summer. In case you are curious, the flowers are Lascar Black Velvet Verbena, StarShine Violet Calibrachoa, Alonia Big Indigo Angelonia, and SuperCal Light Yellow Petchoa.
I did elect not to hang my red, white and blue bunting this year. Still recovering and putting away decorations from the Alice in Wonderland party weeks later!
At Christmas, the red glare is from lighted red and white candy canes. See more at Candy Cane Christmas Urns Add Whimsy to Deck.
Red, White & Blue Blog Hop
Time to check out all the other patriotic tablescapes:
Will you be setting a special July 4th table or laying out a picnic?
For July 4th, I’ll bee sharing other patriotic décor around my house. There’s also lots more from the Alice in Wonderland Party and other My Favorite Things Parties in the weeks ahead.
Let that stars-spangled banner yet wave,
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