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.
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.
Happy Birthday Abe & George!
I’ve set a Presidents Day table in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s February birthdays.
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…)