Just in time for fireworks, I’ve set a patriotic July Fourth table on the covered back porch.

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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.

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Patriotic Parade Bandwagon

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Out on the porch, I’ve set a July Fourth table in traditional red, white and blue.


Jumping on the bandwagon (or in this case a mini Radio Flyer) are Paul Revere and Betsy Ross.

Also featured in last year’s, Patriots Table With Betsy Ross and Paul Revere, the pair has hitched their wagon to a holiday parade centerpiece.

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Betsy is leading the way, carrying the stars and stripes.

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To light the way, I’ve placed a large citronella candle in the wagon.

Meanwhile, inside the house, Uncle Sam Wreath Pedals Bike in another holiday parade.

Stars & Stripes Forever

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Anchoring the July Fourth table is a stars and stripes tablecloth.


After I first set up the centerpiece, I realized it needed a quick ironing — a little too much banners waving, LOL! Gosh I hate ironing, particularly during the summer.

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Each July Fourth table setting is defined by a navy blue, round placemat.

Dinner plates, stemware and flatware (also seen in Don’t Be Crabby Coastal Table) were selected for their patriotic color scheme.

Metal navy or red pails (with cutout stars) hold an extra large napkin, small flag and several decorative picks.

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Adding to the festive display, are the metal firework stakes in the planters (also seen in Give Me Liberty Blue Tablescape).

Other classic decorations include these colorful spinners from Independence Day Decorations, Banner Yet Wave!

New to the porch is a red, white and blue windsock. I often pick up holiday decor on post-holiday clearance for the next year.

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Will you set a July Fourth table this year? I hope you’ll have a happy and safe holiday with family and friends.

See how I use red, white and blue to transition to Kitchen Coastal Decor for Summer.

Summer Vacation Stories

I’m excited to share pictures and stories over the next few weeks of our amazing south of the Equator vacation. We started Touring Lima & the Sacred Valley and its Ingenious Inca Legacy. Next, we Explored Magnificent Machu Picchu.

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Then we visited the colonial capitals Cusco and Quito. While in Ecuador, we stayed at the fabulous Hacienda Zuleta ranch and condor reserve and went horseback riding.

And, you definitely won’t want to miss the amazing sea life, animals and birds seen while on a Galapagos Islands Cruise. What an adventure!

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