I had big ideas for this week. I’d planned indoor and outdoor tablescapes, each suited for Memorial Day celebrations and graduation festivities.
Due to a week of rain, I was only able to get the indoor table set. I’ll save the outdoor patriotic tablescape decor for a July Fourth post. That’s one good thing about red, white, and blue. We have many occasions for it.
Blue and white decor seems to be very popular right now, so that’s where I started. Since the reds are only in accents of the flowers and later, dessert, the table is transitional rather than strictly “stars and stripes forever”.
I’ve used the Piggly Wiggly China as the main plate. The simple cobalt blue salad plates are from Wal-Mart. Many of you know by now that I have no shame in using what I’ve got and shopping frugally.
PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave me the ice cream spoons a while back. HH snickers when he uses them, because he thinks it’s funny to have a special spoon only for ice cream. That’s fine, HH. Help yourself to a regular spoon. PAM and I will use the fun stuff. 🙂
The center grouping of cobalt is a collection that belongs to Mom 2. You might remember me speaking of her before. She is the mom of my very good friend (Jas) from the neighborhood where we lived during my middle- and high-school years.
Jas and I have been friends since I was in seventh grade, and my feet were under Mom 2’s table often. (Not all people require two moms, but I must have been a real challenge.)
When Mom 2 sold her home and downsized a couple of years ago, she passed along many of her treasures. In my mind, they’ll always be her things, but I’m just keeping them for her for a while. Cobalt blue is her favorite color, and I love it, too. It’s special to enjoy her decorative touches I grew up seeing every day in her home and to savor the memories through it all. It’s pure “home comfort”, y’all.
This blue and white pitcher came from Mom 2 also. The center “tower” base is Mom 2’s vase, topped with a potted plant that was a gift from another treasured friend.
I collected red, white, and blue flowers from my yard for the floral arrangements. You might recognize the False Indigo Baptisia from What’s Blooming Wednesday #3,
PAM’s favorite flowers, the daisies, were featured in First Flowers of Spring Tour, along with the first red knock-out rose bloom. There are many blooms on those knock-outs these days, so I brought in clusters for each vase.
The scarf that is spread under the center collection is one I brought home from a trip to Costa Rica quite a few years ago. I’ve never worn it, but it adds a little travel memory to our dining table.
Costa Rica was where I conquered my severe fear of heights and rode a zip-line from tree to tree 1,000 feet above the Rain Forest floor. (Those who know me are very surprised right now to read that.)
HH and I now laugh about our trek on horseback to a waterfall that turned out to be pure H E double toothpicks. Tourists, be wary. Don’t let the excursion hawkers fool you with promises of real horses with life in them, promises of horses that will move without having to get off and push them. More promises were made of beautiful waterfall vistas to enjoy.
They failed to mention the part about parking the horses and literally climbing a steep wooded mountain, weaving back and forth along a rocky path (it was at least a mile!) to finally reach a waterfall that fell short of description. We had not dressed appropriately for all we encountered.
Miserable memories become special because they bring laughter later. Lessons learned.
There are good memories from that trip, with time away to relax on a sunset beach. Couples need to get away occasionally, just the two together, no kids along. Marriages are made stronger by prioritizing God first and your spouse second. Not the kids. They’re third.
Speaking of kids, the Berry Lime Sorbet (click it to see how to make it) dessert is formed into a star, something I thought kids would like.
This star mold is used to bake star-shaped bread, which my kids grew up eating.
The molded sorbet idea took a little tweaking to figure out how to keep the melted part contained until it was frozen well. Tin foil covering the bottom end is the only way I found that worked. Cover it tightly, pour the sorbet in, and move it to the freezer fast. Leave the tube in the freezer over night, so the sorbet will be manageable for slicing.
When you’re ready to cut your stars, run water over the tube (with the lids at both ends intact) to melt it just enough to release the sorbet, but not too much, or you’ll have a melty mess. As you slide the sorbet out, run your knife along the tube edge to cut star sections right into the individual bowls.
Again, this is no time to dally. Serve immediately. See how the stars are melting a little already?
It’s a little messy in the kitchen, but kids love having food in fun shapes. You can order a star (and a flower) tube pan through Pampered Chef. I love them, don’t you? So many great gadgets I use every day are from Pampered Chef. (I’m not getting paid by them, y’all. Just my opinion.)
The dessert stemware has delicate roses cut into the glass that I love. I found these at my new favorite thrift shop. They had iced tea stemware to match, but only five. So, I passed them up and got the bowls I truly needed. When I set the table, I wished for six iced teas. That’s the sacrifice of thrifting, I guess.
The stem is shaped into two opposite-facing roses. I love the detail of this stemware but couldn’t seem to capture it in the detail the natural eye can see.
I must get more photo savvy!
Along with the treasures from Mom 2, these are her cobalt blue crochet placemats. She had a friend that made them, and we all had gifts of these placemats from Mom 2 for Christmas one year. She gave me a set in a medium-toned blue, which are on my kitchen table right now. PAM has white ones. That may seem impractical, but they are washable. We’ve had them for many years, they still look new, and we love them. (Thanks, Mom 2!)
Do you know anyone who knows how to crochet placemats like these?
Many of you may be celebrating a graduation at your house this month. The blue and white table is fitting for that, as well.
Whatever your occasion, make the most of what God has blessed you with – not only tableware, but cuttings from your yard. No need to purchase flowers, y’all. He’s got the prettiest stuff ready for us to enjoy in His creation of nature.
Y’all are a blessing to me, and I thank God for you. I hope you’ll be back tomorrow, because there are a couple of things on this table I didn’t mention today. You may already know what it is. We’ll have a little DIY time tomorrow. 😉
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SEASONAL SUNDAYS at The Tablescaper
LET’S GET SOCIAL SUNDAY at Memories by the Mile
METAMORPHOSIS MONDAY at Between Naps On The Porch
MAKE IT PRETTY MONDAY at The Dedicated House
MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY at Alderberry Hill
ON THE MENU MONDAY at Stone Gable
PROJECT INSPIRED LINKY PARTY at Setting For Four
CREATIVELY TUESDAY at The Rustic Pig
UNDER $100 LINKY PARTY at Beyond The Picket Fence
ASSETS AND EFFORTS at Hickory Trail
THE SCOOP LINK PARTY at Crafty Texas Girls
TIME TO SHINE at A Diamond in the Stuff
INSPIRE ME TUESDAY at A Stroll Thru Life
TUESDAY TRIVIA at Memories By The Mile
TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY at The Gunny Sack
WOW US WEDNESDAY at Savvy Southern Style
WE DID IT! WEDNESDAY at Sew Much Ado
BEST DIY PROJECTS at The 36th Avenue
CATEGORICALLY CRAFTY at Someday Crafts
SHARING WITH THE DOMESTIC SUPERHERO at Domestic Superhero
THURSDAY BLOG HOP at The Busy Bee’s
TABLESCAPE THURSDAY at Between Naps On The Porch
OPEN HOUSE PARTY at No Minimalist Here
TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY at Stone Gable
TGIF LINK PARTY at A Peak Into My Paradise
ANYTHING BLUE FRIDAY at The Dedicated House
FEATHERED NEST FRIDAY at French Country Cottage
WHAT TO DO WEEKENDS at Crafts ala mode
WEEKEND POTLUCK at 4 Little Fergusons
SHARE YOUR CREATIVITY at It’s Overflowing
PARTY JUNK LINK PARTY at Funky Junk
GET SCHOOLED SATURDAY at Too Much Time On My Hands
BLITZED ON PINTEREST LINK PARTY at On Sutton Place