Thursday, June 21, 2012


Last year we had our eldest daughter and her husband over for a BBQ on July 4th. But it was WAY too hot to dine outdoors, so we brought the feast indoors, once prepared.

This was before I blogged, so all I took were these photos -  none of the food, and not very varied pics, sorry! But I thought I would at least share.

I loved my scathingly brilliant idea of using boxes of sparklers as our favors! Much later when it was truly dark it was fun to watch the fireworks and use our sparklers!

I made a flat vanilla rectangle cake using strawberries and bluberries and decorated it like a flag for our dessert. I used those paper flag plates (sitting as a centerpiece in pic) for dessert. I was going to use simple white china plates but loved bringing the flag theme to the table - and it is silly to display them but not use!

My simple & unpretentious tablescape
proudly displaying Red, White & Blue!


This birdhouse was a lucky GW find!


Blessed be the Stars and Stripes Forever!!!!



  1. Ooooooooooh! That red just pops! See, you were just made for blogging, girl! I never took a picture of my table before blogging. Before blogging? When was that anyway?? Haha.

  2. I'm glad you posted your pictures...they are so festive and cheery! I am really looking forward to the 4th of July! :)


  3. Great idea of using the sparklers. Your photos are wonderful. I love all the Patriotic holidays! Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. I keep thinking it's time for red, white and blue and that I'd better get busy! Hopefully your post with the sparklers and fun bird house you found at GW will *light my fuse*!!!! Fun!

  5. You might not have pictures of the food, but that table looks very festive. I think using the sparklers was a brilliant idea!

  6. That looks so pretty with those bright colors! At least you can find the pictures! I can't find anything I took before blogging!
    Blessings, Lorraine

  7. Great plates, Michele, and I love that birdhouse! You are right ~ it was a great GW find!

  8. How pretty! My favorite part is the sparklers...I can just see desert being brought to the table...lit up with a few! You always have such inspirational tablescapes!

  9. Looks pretty festive for your 4th of July celebration Michele. I had to chuckle, I use the phrase 'scathingly brilliant' myself sometimes.

    1. Birds of a feather, Judith! (But I stole it from the old 60s movie called The Trouble With Angels!)

  10. That's a perfect tablescape to celebrate the red, white & blue! I think that birdhouse is so cute & you're right, it was scathingly brilliant to use the sparklers as favors.

  11. You are all set for the 4th of July party! I love your table setting :)
    I have a Passion Parade Link Soiree happening today and I would love for you to join and link this up! :)


  12. True blue Americana Michele. The sparklers were a very fun idea. Hubby and I decided to invite our kids up for an outdoor breakfast about 10 years agon on the Fourth of July. Ever since then it's been a family tradition. Now it has evolved into extended family and friends. We eat outdoors and it's always so fun. We've only missed it once or twice. It was actually hubbies idea the first time.


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