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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Celebrate America

It's time to celebrate our 242nd Independence Day.   I'm sure most of you will celebrate with outdoor barbecues, picnics and beautiful fireworks.   I will be celebrating  indoors here in South Florida at my festive table.  It's way too hot to fire up the charcoal grill and enjoy being outdoors this time of year.  My poor dog Cooper is so frightened by firecrackers and fireworks so I will spend the evening doing my best to keep him as calm as possible.    Enjoy your day with friends and family and try to stay cool. 

Fourth of July tablescape. 

I made the fireworks in the centerpiece a few years ago.  I painted poster board in a flag pattern then glued it over pool noodles.  I used a scrapbook punch to make the stars.  

The illuminated mercury glass star icons are from the Valerie Parr Hills collection at QVC.  

The linen coasters are from Sur la Table last year. 

The Uncle Sam place card holders are doggie toys that I found at PetSmart last year. 

The flag flatware is from Tuesday Morning last year.   The starburst napkin rings are from Pier1.  I used patriotic scarves as napkins. 

The wine charms are from Sur la Table. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with royal blue textured chargers from Michael's.  The red striped dinner plates are from HomeGoods.  The blue and white salad plates are also from HomeGoods.  I topped each place setting with a patriotic hat and the napkin. 

The patriotic hat ornaments were found at Tuesday Morning this season. 

My favorite part of the tablescape this week is the Lemax camper.  My family had a similar looking camper when I was a child.  We spent many weekends using this camper at Myrtle Beach and especially during the week of July 4th.  

The illuminated patriotic house was a $5.00 thrift store find a few years ago.  I really enjoy it at night. 

The red vintage truck is also a part of the Lemax collection.  

The dogs and the little girl with the wagon are also a part of the collection and currently on sale at Michael's

I made a run to Michael's on July 4th to see if they had the Gazebo Park in stock.  It was in store and on sale today.  

They also had the watermelon figurines in stock. How cute is the yellow lab eating watermelon.   I have some in the refrigerator to enjoy later today.  

I really enjoy the house and camper at night with the lights turned low.  The tiny lights on the fence and edge of the house change colors. 

I made the red, white & blue rose candle rings.  I placed them on top of the cascading red beaded rings from Valerie Parr Hill. 

I added a star window cling to each candle. 

You may remember seeing this dummy cake on the Royal Wedding tablescape in May.  I am amazed how the icing has held up and it smells delicious.  

I used Sharpie's to paint the fireworks.  The Happy 4th of July topper is from Sur la Table. 

The wreath I made for my freshly painted front door. 

Happy Fourth of July!  


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Thursday, June 21, 2018

FIFA World Cup Party

The FIFA 2018 World Cup started a week ago and continues until July 15th.    I am so happy the 2026 World Cup will take place in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  Since the US did not play this time I styled the table in my second favorite team colors which is Argentina. I enjoy watching Lionel Messi that plays for Argentina.  I'm also a fan of Germany which won the cup in 2014.  When I was growing up in North Carolina we didn't have school or local soccer teams.   The only exposure I had to soccer was the world cup.   The player that I remember from my childhood is Brazilian soccer (football) player PelĂ©.   It's always so exciting to see which teams will make it to the final.   I enjoyed creating a few items for this table.  I painted the soccer plates,  made the soccer jerseys on the server and the soccer ball napkin rings. 

I used the country flags of each participating team in the centerpiece. 

World Cup tablescape. 

You may notice the wine glass at my place setting missing in a few photos.  I removed the glass to make a photo of the centerpiece and forgot to put it back.  I didn't realize it until I started to edit the pictures. 

The centerpiece. 

I made the napkin rings using soccer ball erasers found at Party City.  I sliced them in half and hot glued to the ring.  The napkin fabric if from Joann Fabrics four years ago.

My dream dinner guest would be Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Cristiano Renaldo (Portugal). 
I painted team jerseys for the server and bookcases.

The soccer theme pieces are cake toppers. 

I used the Argentina and Germany jerseys on the server. 

Brazil and Colombia team jerseys. 

I printed out a template and traced it on to foam board.  Once they were cut out I used sandpaper to smooth the edges then painted each team.  I decided not to use the exact team jersey they were playing in this year as I know they will change in 2022.  I want to use these again at future World Cups. 

Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with blue and white stripped fabric.  It's a little darker than the Argentina flag, but it was as close as I could find.  I used a black charger next then a white dinner plate that is made in Portugal.   They are in HomeGoods now.  The red plate is from Pier One years ago.   I painted the soccer plates (see below). 

I picked up 6 small white plates at a thrift store.   I traced the design on to each plate using a template. I used a medium black Sharpie for the lines and a black oil based Sharpie for the fill areas.  Once they dried for 24 hours I put them in the oven to bake for two hours. 


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