Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Happy Early Independence Day, America!!!


I'm revisiting my July 4th post from last year, as we'll be away for the holiday.


I bought this tablecloth from Domestications catalog
many, many years ago.
It has stayed really nice but, of course, it only gets used 4 times a year:

Memorial Day
Flag Day
July 4th
Labor Day


I took the above photo of the centerpiece
before I found the middle
spikey-sparkley hicky-d0-jigger...
(very technical decorating term, ya' know)

Remember those gum balls leftover from
Princess Caroline's birthday party?


Don't they resemble a waving flag in
this Crate & Barrel appetizer dish?


This is one of the 3 Josephina vases
I bought from Bill at
Affordable Accoutrements

I used 2 with votive candles on the table
& one on a shelf in the foyer.

Thanks for letting me buy these
hand-blown Polish treasures, Bill.

The brand new salad plates
(stickers were still on them)
were a thrift store find
at $1 each.
♥♥♥ the diamond pattern around the edges!

American Whitehall (1960's)
tumblers for lemonade, iced tea

or maybe even a beer?


The Candy-Apple RED chargers were purchased
before Christmas at Big Lots.
I'm SO glad I bought 12 of them!


The white plates are a mixture of
American Antelier
"Bianca Leaf"
(available from Horchow)
Federalist Ironstone


My flatware is Oneida's "American Harmony".
I thought the name was especially
appropriate for the occasion.

The sideboard is set up, using my new
"tube quilted" table runner that I
just finished making.
You can read about how to do it
HERE & see more photos, too.
It was really easy, honest.

This is what the other side looks like.
I'm using my Longaberger Cracker Basket to hold some RED treats to go along with cake & cupcakes.


My patriotic JellO, which takes hours to make,
looked so pretty, chilling in the refrigerator
that I had to take a picture.
I thought it looked so cool.


It is worth the wait!
The blue JellO does not come in
sugar-free form, but the strawberry is sugar-free
& the Cool-Whip is "Lite" so
this dessert is pretty favorable for diabetics.

These treats below, on the other hand, are NOT!!


Not this, either!!!


I want you to know this was NOT how I requested the cake to be decorated. I think it is hideous but I didn't have the heart to ask the girl to do it over, since it was a special flavor order.
I'm sure it will get eaten & the kids will it!
(Pavilion cake pedestal by Ralph Lauren)

After I had taken all these pictures,
I went to Big Lots today &
found these darling little bowls.

They mimic the wave appearance of the
Crate & Barrel dish.

I bought all 7 that they had & still need 5 more.
They will be perfect for orzo salad or coleslaw
or any side dish really.

They add that extra little touch...
like the whipped cream on the JellO!

I remembered to put the nuts in the stars, too.
(Dollar Store, last Christmas)

Look how pretty the
glass reflects the candle light.


Before you go, I want you to see what is inside this quilted tote.

A very patriotic quilt
for only $20 at Walmart!


Perfect for a night at Blossom Music Center,

the summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra
or a picnic in the park.

Also perfect as a tablecloth in the gazebo
for extra seating!!

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More of the same napkins & rings, chargers & silverware
but we have BLUE Pier One plates along
with Walmart stars out here.

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I can't remember where I found the napkins
& napkin rings. It was so long ago & my memory
isn't so great these days. LOL


Look at the cool web effect the peak of the roof
makes on the bowls of the spoons.
Neat reflection, huh?

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This little swirled dish, below, is one
of 3 serving pieces
from Crate & Barrel.


Here are the other two!


Gorgonzola stuffed Greek Olives
Mozzarella cheese with grape tomatoes in EVOO.

Fritos & Salsa are going in this one from Jo-Ann's.

Have a *COOL* 4th of July!


and don't forget to fly your Flag on the Fourth!!

Thanks for visiting the Gazebo House
& thanks to Susan at
Between Naps on the Porch
for hosting our favorite Thursday event

Also linking to I Savor The Weekend
for her Partiotic Linky Party &
4th of July Treats!
The Tablescaper for
Seasonal Sunday

Have a safe & happy holiday!


  1. Rett, First of all, I'm going to Big Lots asap! I also saw that quilt at Walmart and didn't get it..BIG mistake! Will go back and they will most likely be gone.
    I LOVE the waving flag dish. I think it was made for that. I made 7 layer jello once...ONCE I said! Took forever.
    Nice visiting with you today and thanks for your comment.

  2. Wow! You are going to have a very festive 4th. We're just going to smoke some ribs and have my fil over for dinner. Then, we'll go to the town's fireworks celebration.
    In reply to your comment on my babygirlsobservations blog, believe me I did report her and we actually moved my mom to another nursing home shortly thereafter. I hope she isn't still working there, or anywhere that requires compassion. I did report her to the director of that nur. home and to the headquarters of the NHC as well.

  3. I wanna come over and sit at that pretty festive table too and eat that pretty jello! I don't think anyone has ever decorated a table so pretty for me and your lucky grandkids don't even know how good they have it! I hope you have a wonderful 4th, Rett. You and Ernie certainly deserve it!


  4. Rett - you don't need fireworks with a tablescape like that! Absolutely beautiful in every way.

  5. Wow, Rett, I don't know where to begin! What an amazing post! Both tables (and the sideboard too) look as if they belong in a decor magazine! You've styled it all beautifully, and your photographs capture the colors, the lighting, and the festive mood perfectly!

    Love the new Italian tumblers (they look as if they'd mix well with Fostoria 'American' pieces). The new white bowls are fun -- hope you can find a few more. Your quilted table runner is gorgeous, another example of how talented you are in so many areas!

    Hope you have a festive, FUN Fourth! I know your guests will love what you've created for them!

    Warmest regards,

  6. Girl, you have just knocked yourself out, and it looks GREAT! Loved all the details in this post. Just love them! There are too many to name individually, so just let me say that you socked it out of the ball park, Rett! Great job!

    Happy Fourth! I hope you all have a marvelous time at your party. I know everyone is going to love this!


    Sheila :-)

  7. What a fun, festive table! So many great touches~ I love the waving flag bowl & your layers of dishes & tablecloth! I especially love those ceiling reflections in your spoons~ Happy 4th :-)

  8. Oh Rett, I about died when I saw that cute patriotic quilt from Walmart for only $20!!! Do you know that I just bought a whole bunch of patriotic prints to make a quilt before watching fireworks on Sunday! I may run to Walmart tonight to see if one is still there! Someday, I'm gonna just surprise you and show up at your house. :) You throw the best dinner parties. Happy 4th of July!

  9. I knew your table was going to be a good one! LOVE IT! I am soo impressed that you not only did one setting you did two! I am really in love with all the yummies on the sidebar! Especially the handmade yummie! I love your main table so much it is quite adorable! Happy 4th of July!

  10. Oh...this is a happy, festive and patriotic table, Rett. Everyone is going to love it!! What more can I say??

    Have a happy 4th!! :-)


  11. Great hicky do jigger~! I want to come to your party. Looks fabulous. Quilts yours and the Walmart one are my favorites.

  12. You're sure to have a wonderful Fourth of July! Your table is fabulous!

  13. Wow! TWO wonderful tables! Those serving pieces from Crate and Barrel are great, but you really made them spectacular, the way you've filled them! Just wonderful, festive tables! Your family will be thrilled, I know.

  14. I LOVE it all-how fun! What a neat party atmosphere you've created for your family,I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July-enjoy!

  15. Wow, that was wonderful! The table looks great, both of them. I love the quilt! Everything looks so festive!
    Happy 4th, dear Retta! I am sure your guest will LOVE the table and all the treats!

  16. Happy Independence Day Rett, the $20 quilt from Walmart is a great buy. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  17. You have totally outdone yourself! I love the runner and "easy" is a relative term :) The fabric is beautiful. I think the cake turned out just fine. Everything is PERFECT on both tables! So glad your grandchildren are Scouts--such a good organziation for girls and boys both! Have a happy 2nd and
    4th :)

  18. That is such an impressive table and I love the candy bar centerpiece along with all the other creative things you've done. Have a safe and happy holiday!

  19. Stunning! I love everything...the tablecloth is probably my favorite...that cake is adorable!
    Have a great weekend.

  20. Goodness -- I just love BOTH of these tables. Love that quilt from Walmart! Everything looks wonderful and festive and fun! Have a wonderful celebration with your family. Your tumblers look like the very same pattern as the large vase I used last week that came from my FIL's estate....I wonder if it could be the same. Happy 4th!

  21. Rett-Don't believe those other 5 ladies--MY pimiento cheese is the best :)(wink, wink)

  22. Hi Retta:
    Loved your holiday post. So many inspirational ideas...and very patriotic, indeed! I'm going back now to read about that tube quilt! Thanks for visiting Brynwood. I've joined your follower friends, and hope that you'll stop back again. I'm having a celebration giveaway that I'll debut on July 2nd!

  23. You are so clever! I love the gumballs looking like the flag. I am in search of chargers but think I must wait until the holidays. Those tumblers are just wonderful! Well, I could go on and on but I will just finish with - I love this table!

  24. First of all I wish I could come to your party! I don't think I've seen anything so beautiful and patriotic as your setting! You did a fantastic job with everything. You are going to have so much fun! Thanks for sharing your talents with us.

    Happy 4th!

  25. Wow, Wow, WOW! Fabulous! Reading this post was so fun, it just kept getting better and better! Love the flag tablecloth (using a tablecloth like that 4 x a year is lots - us Canadians couldn't do that - not enough national holidays!) Everything looks terrific and you've thought of so many ways to use your dishes and accessories! I better go back and look again....
    Happy Independence Day!


  26. Rett, thank you for your sweet comment. But my table is nothing compared with yours. Yours is breath taking! Every detail is just perfect. From this awesome tablecloth over the pretty center piece to the china and glass and not ending with the pretty Josephina vases - all is so elegant. And the food really cracks me down. I love this idea of food decoration in matching colors. The quilts are stunning, too. I can't imagine how much work it must be to make this precious handcrafts.
    Wish you a happy 4th of July.
    Greetings, Johanna

  27. my cheeks just ache from smiling so much! talk about a dazzling display! your photos are fantatic too, they just POP, i love the lighting on the glass too. fantastic post from top to bottom!

  28. What an awesome post! I loved it all... And totally in love with your napkins!


  29. Oh, this is really great! Such neat details - love the candy bars in the centerpiece, and all those unique serving dishes!

    Love the Walmart quilt as well! I also like the decorated cake!

    I know your family and friends will enjoy it all!

    Happy 4th!


  30. If there was an olympic event for tablescape posts...you get a 10. Wow, you did a fantastic job. I was impressed with the first table, but then the desserts & the outside table...another wow.
    I am also jealous of all the blue! I need to go shopping.
    ps thanks for the comment on my blog. Glad my mom isn't a computer user.

  31. Wow, you gave us soooo much. Everything is just wonderful. I love the tablecloth. That is a real find. The wavy dish and spiral dishes are just great. The family is going to love everything. It is all so festive and fun. I know I would be excited to treated this well. Have a fun 4th.

  32. Hi Rett!!!!
    oh my, I have got to get busy on my 4th of July desserts , you did an OUTSTANDING JOB!!!!
    I was going to make the layered Jello, I saw that in a Magazine a few years back, I will also make star ice cubes in my star ice cube tray, make red and blue from red and blue koolaid or gatorade, both are very good out here where it might be 110 plus, has been 110 plus for over 5 straight days!!!!Today was 113, and It was HOT!!!!
    I love that cake, I think it looks so patriotic!!!!!
    I am having desserts only at our house, going to Brunch after church with friends and family and then home to rest and then off to the 4th at the farm, should be fun!!!
    I will make a flag cake, jello, and have watermelon!!!!
    all my favs!!!!!
    The table is stunning!!!!!

  33. Hi, Rett,
    All I can say is "oooohhh" and "ahhhh" over both tables. I love EVERYTHING you did. And your food looks delicious. What's wrong with the cake? I don't think it's that bad. You did make me laugh over that. :)
    I too saw the quilt at Walmart, and think I'll go back and get one.
    I didn't think of using it for a tablecloth. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.
    Have a great 4th.


  34. Wow..whatt a great job, Rett! You certainly know how to put a table together! Everything is just so festive and fun to look at. I especially loved the basket with the candy sticks in it...:) Made my heart beat a bit faster! I love those!

  35. What great 4th tables -- so patriotic! Love all of your things that you used to make a pretty table!

    Coleslaw -- you can use the bagged cabbage mix if you want -- if you don't want, then one head of cabbage thinly sliced (rather than chopped) and one onion thinly sliced. Mix together. Put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup vinegar in sauce pan. Add 1 t. mustard (dry or French's -- doesn't matter) and a good palmful of celery seed. Let come to boil. Add 1 cup oil and return to boil. (veg oil works best for this but you can use olive oil -- it just sets up in the fridge) Pour over cabbage. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate. Overnight is best but you can do it early in the day before you serve it. It keeps "forever".

  36. Wow...beautiful...so much beauty to see my head is swimming with red white and blue!!!
    Happy 4th!!!

  37. Amazing post-Lady Rett- so enjoyed looking at all the pretty items so carefully arranged- that quilt is really pretty - will have to look for one- love it on the porch or for outdoor concerts and movies.

    have a happy 4th!!

  38. I love the whole setting, but especially the candy bars in the centerpiece. I wouldn't have know what to put in the white wavy dishes -great idea! The whole table comes together beautifully. Happy Fourth!

  39. Rett, you continually are able to out do yourself. Both of these tables are fantastic. The folks who share them with you are indeed fortunate. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...Mary

  40. I'm saluting your amazing tablescape. Wow!!!

    Happy 4th to you and yours!


  41. Wow, what fabulous tables. Loved everything about them! Very festive. I actually thought the cake was kinda nice :) Love your waving flag plate (with the tomatoes and mozzarella)- too fun.

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  42. Got interrupted in the middle of my blogging comments --hate when that happens -- anyway, that table cloth (first one) is so amazing I'd have to use it on Sept 11, D Day, Dec 7, Columbus Day, at least once a month -- it is SO fantastic. Looks to be a great size. Also, I found those napkin rings in the gazebo setting at GW just the other day!!! And al the serving pieces are just adorable.

  43. Rett, you definitely have all the patriotic bases covered with this stunning table. Love all the details with the waves, the colorful food, the fantastic table cloth and that quilt - oh, my! Love these beautiful tables! The photos are amazing, and this post is amazing! ~ Sarah


  44. well I am just speechless!!! It is all so beautiful!!! I think the cake is beautiful too, but don't know what you had in mind!!!
    And I love that quilt!!
    You have outdone yourself this time!!!

  45. Hi, Rett! This is my first time visiting with you and all I can say is....WOW! I can't tell you how much I enjoyed your tablescape. Every pic just kept getting better and better! Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

  46. Wow I love the tablescapes, they are just so festive and beautiful, love the sparkler at the end...as you know I did not ever get that for mine which is really bugging me now that I see how great it looks, thanks for sharing the tablescapes and thanks for making them so beautiful and really putting everything into them....love it

  47. Rett, this is a marvelous post. I really admire your ability to set such gorgeous tables. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

  48. Your tables are just wonderful! Very festive! I agree with Bill they belong in a decor magazine..you are so talented. A bib thank you for sharing!

  49. Hi Rett!

    What a spectacular tribute to the spirit of your Patriotism. Love the candy bar. Everything is perfect. You have truly inspired me for the holiday weekend. Thank you.


  50. Your table is bursting with patriotism! I love all your fun dishes! Keep your flag-a-wavin' Joan

  51. Don't be so hard on the cake!!! I think it's darling!

  52. Wow, just wonderful! I am now a follower, this is a wonderful blog!!!

  53. I remember these! They are fantastic and so full of inspiration. I don't think I noticed the napkins last time, but sure do love them! I cracked up when I read how you were trying to describe the wiry thingy in your centerpiece too. LOL! Thanks for visiting my post and your kind comments too. I hope you and your Mr. have a very happy 4th of July!

  54. I love this fantastic, festive post, Rett. I hope you have a very happy and safe July 4th holiday.

  55. This has got to be one of my favorite red/white/blue table...gorgeous! I love everything about it, but the tablecloth is really pretty.
    Have a great weekend with your family, Rett!

  56. It all looks wonderful! WOW! I would love it if you could link it up on my "4th July treats" Linky!

  57. The wavy Crate & Barrel dish is so effective! Great idea! I'm completely captured by the blue colors that you used on your tablescapes. It's spectacular, and it makes everything pop. What a marvelous celebration you have designed. Thank you for sharing so many inspirational designs with us. Cherry Kay

  58. Wow! this is so amazing! My salute to you... you have done an absolutely gorgeous job on these patriotic tablescapes! I love how you used the quilt as a tablecover. And I love love love those Crate and Barrel appetizer plates. This is a beautiful inspiring post and I enjoyed each and every picture. Thanks for sharing with us. Visiting from The Seasonal Sunday party. Happy Independence Day to you!~Poppy


  59. What a great, festive table!! I just adore that tablecloth! So glad you re-posted, that was an amazing post, so patriotic! Loved it, I will go back and take another look, so many amazing things to see! Loved that quilt, too. Wish I had of seen those chargers at Big Lots...Happy 4th!!

  60. Thank you so much for your Patriotism and your beautiful, beautiful Patriotic post. I appreciate your support and for linking to my Patriotic linky party! Hope you had the best 4th yet!!

  61. You have some amazing posts to celebrate your patriotism. Before I forget, I LOVE your header. It's so festive! I'm also loving both of the tablecloths. I have a few old cloths from Domestications. They used to have such spectacular prints. That quilt is terrific!

    - The Tablescaper


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