Thursday, September 01, 2016

Labor Day Table

I'm doing a re-run of a tablescape
I did a few years ago for Labor Day.
I have a bursitis in my hip that makes
dragging dishes up & down the stairs difficult.
I think I need to go soak in some of those
epsom salts I used with that candle!!

I assembled this little round table on our deck as a trial run
for Labor Day weekend.

We invited a widowed friend to join us for
Sunday dinner so I need 3 place settings.


This little table is at the far end of our deck,
opposite the Gazebo House.

Usually, I sit here with a cold Diet Coke,
watching the g'kidlets play in the hot tub.


The flower pot cost me all of $5 at the beginning of summer.
Amazing what a little Miracle Grow will do!

I placed it off center on our picnic tablecloth &
added candy-apple red chargers that sparkle in the sunlight,
followed by blue & white & polka-dot reds!


One of my favorite summer wines is this Blue River Riesling
but the unique bottle has a lot to do with it, too.

I love how you see through the bottle to view the
beautiful river scene.



The Revere bowl is there to hold shrimp tails.
I'm serving Garlic Marinated Grilled Shrimp &
will share that awesome recipe soon!


The red handled flatware is from this year.


My Napoleon Bee glasses were won in a Give-Away
from Libby at Taste & Twirl.
Thank you again & again, Libby!
I really use them & their matching carafe often.


I bought several of these glass stars last year....Dollar Tree.

They work for so many patriotic holiday celebrations

as well as Christmas.

This one is filled with epsom salts to help anchor the red candle.


Red chargers are from Big Lots,

Blue plates are from Pier One,

White plates are Bianca from Horchow,

Red polka-dots were found at Tues. Morning


I like to have my guests get up & change location for dessert.

If we eat in the dining room, then I often ask them to move into

the living room for coffee & sweets.

I think a change of locale adds interest to an evening

plus it feels good to move about after a big meal.


We'll move into the Gazebo for dessert,

in case the mosquitoes come out in the evening.

Plus, if it cools off, we can tuck the quilt around our legs.

This is a different quilt than the one I used for the 4th of July.

(see below)


I'll have fresh fruit with mint from 
the garden on hand & coffee or tea.




I also intend to serve mini individual cherry pies!

Yvonne, at StoneGable inspired me when she made blueberry ones.

One ready-made pie crust will make 2 little pies.

You use one side of the mold
(shown below)

to cut the bottoms & the lattice side

to cut the tops.

Placing the solid piece on the bottom of the mold,

fill with 3 Tbsp. of any fruit filling,

top with the lattice cut pie top &

PRESS together to seal & crimp the edges!

Easy as PIE!!


Available at Williams Sonoma for $10.


Any leftover crust can be re-shaped,

sprinkled with sugar & cinnamon,

rolled up, sliced & then baked with the pies.

(Thank you, Carol, for my special cinnamon!)


You know you want to lick up that drip, doncha'?!


A last peek at the lantern in the Gazebo at dusk...


Thank you to everyone who visits The Gazebo House.
Enjoy your holiday weekend!



  1. Your tables are so festive, Rett, with my favorite red, white and blue. I love the view from your porch and know I could easily spend many hours there watching the scenery.

    I saw that nifty little pie maker on Yvonne's blog and have yet to make it to WS to get one. There is something special about little individual desserts.

    Beautiful post. I hope you have a very enjoyable holiday weekend.

  2. It is lovely Rett! I am sure your friend will be very happy!
    It is near 90 here today, so we will walk down to the beach. I will stay on the pavilion , as I have been at the beach two days in a row, and I am not good in the sun! But the gkids are here and they want Nana to watch them water ski!
    Love your little pies! I have a few mini molds, but you know I didn't pay 10 bucks!! :)
    Have a great weekend!

  3. Rett, I cannot tell you how many times I make those cinnemon roll ups. My husband just adores them. I have never seen that kind of cinnemon. Your little luncheon looks like it is going to be wonderful! Enjoy!

  4. Rett, there is nothing quite like a red, white and blue table to close out the was 100° here yesterday...summer will be lasting longer than I would like, this year.
    Those little pies are adorable...I need to find a little gizmo to make the lattice, but probably won't find one here in the middle of nowhere! Penzey's Vietnamese cinnamon is my favorite, it is beats all the other cinnamons I have tried.

  5. Love your tables, Rett! They're so festive and perfect for Labor Day {which I haven't given a lot of thought to!} Your dishes are so cute and I have to check out that new flatware at Target!

    Thanks for sharing your cherry pies with us~a real favorite of mine and I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!


  6. Love your scape and so agree with you on the different environment for dessert. I love your bottle and am a fan of Reisling in the summer. I like to squeeze lime juice into it and a couple of cubes and it makes a nice light beverage. I keep all the blue Reisling bottles and they go on my bottle tree.

    Everything is lovely. Your pies look fabulous and I want a pocket pie thingy, NOW! Enjoy your holiday. Ern and I are of to the North Shore of Massachusetts to watch the waves with the kidlets. Have fun!

  7. Ah, Rett, your tables are always so beautiful - lucky friend to have an invitation for dinner. As if the decoration isn't enough, the food sounds fabulous.

  8. Wonderful festive table...I love anything red/white and blue...The quilt is great and those little pies are so are the cinnamon roll-ups...And by the way about my house post....The Boss loved house number one..the Plum house while I loved the big house on the mountain....but I have since taken him back for a second look and now he's in love with it as much as me!!

  9. How come I never knew about those cinnamon roll ups? You're holding out on me, girl!!! That's not nice! Guess we'll have to talk so I get the scoop! Love your beautiful tablescape (again). Wow! (It is the best cinnamon in the world, isn't it????)

  10. How pretty you make everything look!

  11. Beautiful, Rett! I've been waiting to see those cherry pies. I think I need to add one of these lattice pocket molds to my kitchen. I've enjoyed using my other ones, but need this one too. Thanks for the idea of the left over crust. I always just do what my grandmother and mother did: just cut out strips from the left over dough and add sugar and cinnamon. I like your idea of rolling these up. Terrific!
    Happy Weekend! ~ Sarah

  12. This is perfect. I just can't get into these patriotic holidays with just the 2 of us here. I should, since this is the first holiday that we've been home and together this year. It was just more fun when the kids were around.

    I have that little pie maker on my wish list. I started to order it from WS, but the shipping was almost as much as the pie maker. So, I'll wait until I'm somewhere with a store.

  13. Beautiful red, white and blue theme! Love the quilts on the tables! I'm getting so hungry looking at those little pies!


  14. This will be a special night! Red, white, blue, polka dots, checks, quilts and individual pies-you did not forget anything!!! Happy Labor Day Weekend:@)

  15. Those polka dot plates are just too cute, those pies look delicious too!

  16. Love BOTH tables and I particularly like how you move to an entirely different one for dessert. That is something that I'd like to do even for family means. Hmm....

    Two things on my wish list: Some more festive flatware like yours and those cool little pie thingies. I like the pinwheels, too.

    Great post. Wonderful tables!

  17. ooh I love your red, white and blue. the flower pot is a wonderful addition to the table. Very inviting and fun.

  18. Those mini pies are amazing - I had to go back to revisit the tables, they put everything out of my mind! YUM

    Your deck is so pretty and I just love the tables. What a lovely place to enjoy a meal.

  19. The table looks bright and inviting.. and the mini pies look ever so yummy. Just stumbled across your blog. -Kansas Amy, your newest follower

  20. This was such a wonderful post! Your live in ther most delightful house and your tablescapes are so pretty! I love the WS pocket pie molds.

  21. Oh Rett, both tables are set so beautifully, so patriotic and festive. And the food, hmmmm, it's making me hungry....Christine

  22. Rett,

    I bet everyone is going to WS to get those molds today! I love the red, white and blue.

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  23. Oh wow, Rett - I just love everything and even tho I don't like cherry pie, those pies look scrumptious! I think I need one of those mini pie maker things! I love Wms Sonoma! The fruit picture looked like i could just reach in and take a piece of fruit - yummo!!!
    Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend and thanks for sharing your tablescape!

  24. You've lovingly taken into account every detail for your beautiful dinner party. The red check with the red and white dot and the shots of gorgeous cobalt blue...perfection! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  25. Rett~ What a fun, festive table for the holiday! Your friend I'm sure will be thrilled to be included, especially since you're serving those adorable cherry pies! I ordered a mold from WS but I haven't played with mine yet...your mouth-watering pies are making want to pull them out right now.

    Have a great Labor Day :-)

  26. Both your tables are so pretty! I love your white dishes. Those little pies are the cutest things ever and look so delicious. Thanks for sharing all the info with us!

  27. It all looks very beautiful, Rett, and so colorful and patriotic! The shrimp sounds wonderful, and I agree, that wine bottle is gorgeous! The little pies look wonderful - what a neat trick with the cutting gadget. And you used epsom salts in a tablescape! Your medical training comes in handy, doesn't it? ;)

    Love the glassware you won in Libby's giveaway. I'm sure she's pleased that you're enjoying it. I know her, btw -- saw her Wednesday at a committee meeting for an upcoming charity event.

    The little cinnamon rolls brought back a flood of sweet memories. My mother always used to make those whenever she baked a pie.

    Have a great weekend!

  28. Rett~ Hi, I just found your blog and I love that someone else loves
    to sew and smock like I do. You
    do a wonderful job.
    Your tables are so creative and
    colorful for the occasion.
    I do not have a blog,but I love
    to blog hop. I enjoy reading about
    other people and where they are from and their hobbies. I live in
    Central Louisiana. I have been
    married for 43yr. and we have 5
    grandchildren. (two are twins)
    I will be back to visit again. Hope
    you have a wonderful weekend.":O)

  29. HI RETT!!!
    I love the table and ADORE those colors!!!You know I do!!!!
    The sitting arrangement is ideal!!What a great place to sit and eat!!!
    I love the menu choices!!!The little pies are so lovely!!I want one!!!
    Your weekend is going to be perfect!!!|
    Enjoy every minute!!!

  30. Rett, thanks for stopping by my post again. I agree that it's a LOL moment because the Flaming Festival doesn't allow open flames. They originally had tons of candle light and it was gorgeous...part of their fund raiser involved selling candles. Then came the day when the country club manager and the fire inspector joined the committee, so to speak. Oops, time to change focus. Cherry Kay

  31. Retta,
    Thank you so much for commenting on my Autumn post, and for understanding, and the encouragement you gave me! I'm hoping and praying the bursitis pain goes away soon!


    Love the Labor Day Table!

  32. Hi Rett! What lovely tablescapes! I love those white plates...gorgeous! and your quilt/tablescape is perfect for patriotic tablescapes! How nice to have that yummy dessert in the gazebo, too! I know you must be cringing about the dining room set. I gave away two beautiful tole trays years ago and I am still kicking myself! lol Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

  33. Your table is so colorful and cheerful, Rett! Really beautiful! The cherry pies look pretty and delicious.
    Blessings, Beth

  34. The reruns are beautiful and those pies!!!! Yum!!!!

  35. I love a second helping of your red, white and blue table and adorable pies Rett! I have a touch of bursitis in an elbow that flares up from time to time and makes lifting and hauling a challenge. Have a soak and a glass or two of that Reisling! Happy Labor Day Weekend. ♥

  36. Both of your tables look beautiful, Rett! I hope you soaked in some of that Epsom salt to help your poor hip. I keep a large jar of Epsom salts on the ledge of my bathtub, and use it every other night.
    I've enjoyed your Maui rainbow header, and we actually saw a Kauai rainbow this past week!
    P. S. I wish I had one of your cutie pie cherry pies with my cup of tea right now.

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  38. Rett, what a delightful treat. Your tables are so pretty. Those are the cutest cherry pies. I would love one. Epsom salts does wonders. So sorry to hear your bursitis is acting up. Enjoy a nice soak and that awesome bottle of wine. thank you for your sweet comment.

  39. Really nice blog! I like those testy dessert in the gazebo.A gazebo is used to make the garden backyard look lovely and sumptuous. It is a place where we can socialize with others. Last week I bought one leaf steel gazebo replacement privacy panel from SunJoy Industries.Keep Blogging like this.


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