The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays (along with Christmas and Easter). I have fond memories from when I was on the drill team in high school, and we marched in the Fourth of July parade. It was such a thrill to be there. The parade route went through a neighborhood that to my young eyes was fantastic, and I decided that was exactly where I wanted to live when I grew up—right on the parade route, so my family and I could step right out our front door the evening before and set our lawn chairs out to reserve our spots. I don’t know exactly when I realized that the reason the parade went down that street was because it’s a wide and busy road, and that the houses, though nice, aren’t really all that grand, but the memories of the patriotic music, all the flags, and the cool morning air when we got there early in the morning…I’ll never forget. Oh…and I forgot to mention another part of my young girl’s dream: we’d have a BIG barbeque in the backyard with LOTS of people in attendance, and all would be decorated in RED, WHITE, and BLUE. What fun!
Well…we don’t do the big, blow out party, but for all my adult years I’ve done some semblance of decorating and setting a patriotic table. In fact, in my 4th of July bins I still have pictures of a Country Living spread that I fell in love with, probably in the late 80s. My passion goes back a loooonnnnggg ways.
Now that blogging has entered my life—how FUN to get to share my tables with all of you! So here it is, my FIRST 4TH OF JULY TABLE FOR BLOGLAND! In anticipation, in our screened porch…
The candles in the PB tall sherbets are floating ones, but I was afraid to light them and have the heat break the fragile crystal, even with water in it. I love these stems, and they were a gift from my husband, so the risk wasn’t worth it (and PB doesn’t carry them anymore).
And now for a few vignettes, inside and out~
Because we have a storm door, regular wreaths don’t work, so I use a garland that can be pressed by the door and not damaged, then added the flags, which I had attached to twine with clothes pins for another project.
I wish you all a happy and SAFE 4th of July. Please take a moment to reflect on the freedoms of this great country, and the sacrifice of those who have served and currently serve to protect it and us~
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