When pondering our upcoming Independence Day, this table cloth came to mind.
It belonged to my grandmother, and Painter Artist Mom (PAM) embroidered her name and life dates onto a corner. We don’t know when the cloth was purchased, but let’s just call it vintage – because it probably is!
This is the first time to use the cloth in a tablescape. Why did I wait so long? Because the green leaves and red ribbons reminded me of Christmas holly and bows!
The light blue doesn’t stand out at first glance, so it didn’t seem very July Fourth-ish. But, wow. Was I surprised to see it put together with PAM’s light blue china!
(Update: PAM’s china is Meadow Breeze by Syracuse – made in America. She passed it down to me, and ID Diva loves it! I ordered more pieces on Ebay to complete the set, so I know it’s still available if you’re interested.)
You may notice the green and white table cloth beneath was used in the last tablescape I set (How Her Garden Grows). When I entered the dining room with the table square over my arm, the green and white paring jumped out and grabbed me! Why change it, when it adds to the setting?
I decided the green and white base cloth should stay. I played down the green and didn’t include the color again on the table.
Dark gray/black stems from Dollar Tree repeat the black details in the table cloth – horse tails, manes, and hooves…outlines of men.
Instead, I grabbed napkins with gold stars and all things red and light blue – and festive flags, of course. (Dollar Tree flags sure are handy to have around!) The red flatware is Pioneer Woman. We’re surrounded by it on every trip to Wally World, so I eventually broke down and got the red. 😉
The vintage looking candle holders repeat the napkins’ gold stars.
Crisp, white, cotton bolls are American – here in the south, at least. Love that Liberty Bell!
While setting this table, the whistle of soldiers playing their tune was on my mind with tunes in my head! Yankee Doodle Dandy, or something like that. (Wrong war, though.)
That reminded me to find an appropriate hymn at the piano for the occasion.
Go to this site for some terrific July 4th videos with interesting and fun facts about our celebrated day.
What do you think? Does the cloth look too Christmas-y with all the red and green?
I’m sharing this table at Tablescape Thursday. Come join the fun!