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.
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Patriotic Parade Bandwagon
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.
Betsy is leading the way, carrying the stars and stripes.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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I’ve been enjoying all your patriotic tables and decor. Paul and Betsy are definitely the cutest!
Always lovely hearing from you Sandra. Living in a household of all guys, the little bear and hare are my nod to girly stuff!
I’ve missed your posts. So sorry to hear of the loss of your dear Dad. I have enjoyed your posts about him. Looking forward to travel posts. Your recent trip sounds incredible.
Oh Linda, thank you for your kind words. It’s also so nice to know my posts were missed.
Love the patriotic tablescape, especially the mini Radio Flyer. Maybe next time you can give us a tour of your back yard. Looks so green and nice.
Hi Myrna! Apparently it rained a lot in Pittsburgh while we were gone. Not sure this is the best year for a yard tour in that with my dad’s passing and the trip, we never got the annual mulching done and the weeds are running amok! I need to get out there and “rescue” my herb garden.
totally delightful! I, too, love the mini-Flyer! Such cute extra touches!
Thanks Jeanie. I can’t remember where I found the little wagon, but most of the year it’s got a moose or two from my collection taking a ride in the lodge-theme gameroom (Welcome to the Apres-Ski Lodge Buffet).
I love your little bear and hare Deb. And your back porch is a perfect staging area. So glad you made it home safely and are back in the pocket again. Hugs Kari
But, not quite back in the groove LOL! I’m still regrouping.
Love all that red, white and blue! Your trip sounds awesome:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen
As wonderful as bucket list travel is, it’s always good to be home. I don’t post travel stories to your party, but if you are interested, see Exploring Magnificent Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands Cruise: Nature Wonderland.
I’m impressed that no matter what the tablescape, you stay true to your personal color season (winter).
Not sure what you mean by winter being my personal color season? To date, I’ve published over 50 table settings for all 4 seasons, holidays and occasions. There’s been plenty of yellow, pinks, and Tiffany blue too. What makes red, white and blue a winter color scheme?
“Seasonal color analysis is based on skin tone, eye, and hair color. After establishing tones, each person falls into one of four seasonal categories.” You seem to know instinctively which colors suit you, since all of your decor that I’ve seen is in tune with your season.
Huh! I thought it was just related to clothing and makeup, not decor etc. Thanks for the color analysis and being so observant of blog posts.
Your trip sounds amazing! I never imagined a seal rolling in the sand like that. So cute! And the table on the deck is so festive! I think my favorite thing is what the bears are wearing. I want those outfits!
It was a grand adventure! I’ve just published part 2 in, Galapagos Vacation Adventure. A reminder that nature perseveres and so will we.
I especially like Paul ReHare (he’s a rabbit) with the ears poking out of the tricorn hat. I was living in Philly during the Bicentennial and my mother made my sisters and I all colonial lady dresses and bonnets. Wish I still had mine! Hope you have a most happy 4th Cindy!
Love your displays
Thanks Cheryl, I love decorating for the holidays.