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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Happy Fourth of July

It's time for the fireworks, barbecues, parades and gathering with friends and family.   We are baking here in South Florida so I will be celebrating indoors with the air conditioning pumping.  My dog Cooper is scared to death of fireworks and firecrackers and we both dread what is to come over the next several nights.   I always make sure to be here with him to offer comfort and reassurance that all will okay and the world is not coming to an end.    Each year I make crock pot baby back ribs (recipe link below) for Fourth of July dinner .   They are very easy to make and the crock pot does all the work for me plus keeps the kitchen nice and cool.  
MacKenzie-Childs introduced a new line of royal blue & white  plates and accessories a few months ago.  I have the Courtley Check pattern in black & white, but the Royal Check pattern was begging to come live with me.  The plates arrived late last week and I knew they would be perfect for red, white and blue theme. 




I placed a patriotic top hat on each dinner plate. These are from Tuesday Morning. 








I used a Chinoiserie ginger jar filled with white & blue silk hydrangeas and flags in the center of the table. 



A red, white and blue beaded napkin ring from Pier 1 holds the patriotic napkins. 


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

I used patriotic wine charms from Sur La Table. 

The firework linen coasters are also from Sur La Table. 


The royal blue goblets are a recent purchase from HomeGoods. 


The patriotic flatware is from Tuesday Morning.  I noticed it in stock again this year. 

Overhead view of the table.

The plate stack starts with a patriotic table cloth.  I used a red charger then the MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check dinner plate.  

I love the color of the Royal check so much I may need to purchase the salad plates and maybe the kitchen canisters. You can see the entire collection here

I used a royal blue and white buffalo check table runner on the server.  The patriotic hat serving platter is from Sur La Table several years ago.  


I found the North Carolina flag sign at HomeGoods here in South Florida.  Once a Carolina girl, always a Carolina girl. 

I added illuminated star icons from the Valerie Parr Hill collection in front of her red quilted glass pedestals and faceted gem hurricanes.  I made the red, white and blue candle rings. 




The firecrackers are made out of pool noodles.  




Click here for the Easy Barbecued Ribs recipe.  The recipe was posted on the Mmm...is for Mommy blog in 2011. 


Have a Happy Fourth of July!  

Catherine 

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Lilly Pulitzer Turtley Awesome

The table this week is set for the first day of Summer which is this Friday, June 21st.   If you are a fan of the Lilly Pulitzer brand it's also the National Wear Your Lilly Day.    I will be attending the Pink Retreat on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach which start this Friday to celebrate 60 years of Lilly.  This is the second year for the Pink Retreat.  Lilly Pulitzer lovers with gather in Palm Beach to  shop Worth Avenue, sip cocktails and make new friends.  I will make lots of pictures and blog about the event soon.

The Blue Peri Turtley Awesome melamine plates are perfect for your Summer soirees indoors or out. 









The lantern is from HomeGoods this season. 


The Trinket Tray is also from Lilly Pulitzer. 


I made the place cards using the Turtley Awesome print in the background. 

They also offer pool cups in the Turtley Awesome print. 

The bamboo flatware is from Horchow. 

I found these beaded turtle napkin rings at Pier One.  I knew they would be perfect on the Turtley table. 



Overhead view of the table. 

The plate stack starts with hand painted buffalo check placemats. I used  a turquoise melamine dinner plate found recently at HomeGoods then the Turtley Awesome Lilly plate on top. 

The tablecloth is actually a swaddle blanket from the Pottery Barn Lilly Pulitzer collaboration in the Turtley Awesome print.  

I found the square cork backed placemats at HomeGoods in the clearance section.  They were $5.00 with a bird print.  I spray painted white then painted them in a buffalo check print. 

                 The sail boat is from HomeGoods this season. 


Catherine

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