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Happy Independence Day Tablescape and Ideas

How is one supposed to have a cookout in the rain? The forecast isn’t promising for this evening and it is foggy this morning portending a very humid day.  Supposedly the rain will clear for a bit around cooking time, but I can’t count on that.  So, as I had to do last year as well, I set the table inside. I did it yesterday afternoon so I could get pictures and show you today.  If it clears up, it won’t take more than 10 minutes or so to move the whole thing to the veranda table.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I started with covering the table with a piece of white plastic, and covered that with a white cloth to protect it, bratwurst can get a bit juicy.  The Patriotic Table Runner is one I made a couple of years ago using a tri-recs ruler for the stars, and patriotic fabric for the squares.  Click on the name for the free quilted table runner tutorial and pattern.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The white star melamine dishes came out, and were dressed with a bit of star garland in blue and red. The “vase” for the flowers is a jelly jar. The hydrangea had a couple of small flower heads that were more blue, so they were added to the vases.  I did two of these to go on either side of the center.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The red salvia in the white planter was brought in from the veranda to be the focus of the centerpiece.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The star plates were set on either side, with two star sprays that I got at a dollar store some years ago.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

There was just a bit more needed to fill out the centerpiece, so the Mason Jar Candles with red flowers were also added.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Place settings were casual as usual for a cookout, with everyday flatware, red chargers and white stoneware. No salad plates as we weren’t going to need them. Red napkins got red rings.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Then I had another idea. I thought rolling the red napkins would make them look like firecrackers (or dynamite, LOL!!), so I did that.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

That’s fun, something different than the napkin shape I usually use.  Wine glasses were added as well.  Now, the table is set and ready for guests.  No place cards for this meal, it is just casual.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I’ve left the four corners for serving dishes. Our guests are bringing side dishes to share, and if they need a dish, we’ll use these.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look at the star plates with the garland and hydrangea, and the mason jar candle.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Ready for spending time with good friends.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The big flag platter will hold brats and burgers and buns.

July Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I always make some of my Perfect Deviled Eggs for cookouts and picnics.

Perfect Deviled Eggs From My Carolina Home

This year I’ll make a cucumber salad as well, from a couple of huge cucumbers a friend gave me.  Need more inspiration?  You can see some of my previous tablescapes at these links.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 – white placemats, red chargers, and three colors of napkins with clear acrylic rings because I didn’t have six of any one color.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Patriotic Tablescape for 4 in 2015 – Inside with Battenburg lace placemats, and red candles in depression glass holders…

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

and outside with paper napkin chargers and the melamine stars as plates!  Strawberry napkin rings hold red cloth napkins. Star sprays flank a planter with white petunia.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

And here is the veranda tablescape from an early July Red White and Blue Luncheon I had with friends two summers ago.  This time I rolled the plasticware inside paper napkins and tied them with a blue ribbon.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

I hope you have a wonderful July 4th holiday, time spent with family and friends with lots of fun and fireworks!!

What are your plans for the holiday?

 

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Crescent Dogs and Patriotic Tables

Memorial Day weekend is here, a great time for some finger food to watch the auto races on Sunday, or to take to the park for a picnic, or pack in a warmer to go hiking. Even if you are staying home, the weather looks nice here for a meal on the veranda. This tablescape was from a lunch a while ago, and I might just do the same this weekend. The plastic star plates are set on paper patriotic napkins for color, and the white straw placemats.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

Patriotic napkins are wrapped around plastic forks and tied with ribbon.  Placecards add a personal touch.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

My Patriotic Table Runner is a tutorial that you can make in a day.   This tablescape was from last year when it looked like rain on the holiday.  More casual, this one didn’t have chargers, just white dinner plates and red salad plates on white placemats, and red napkins held with wood napkin rings.

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I have used this runner several times a year since I made it, as it goes for all the Patriotic holidays over the summer.  This one used my depression glass candlesticks with red candles and the little starburst weighted sprays I got at the dollar store.  Red chargers and napkins held with strawberry napkin rings sit atop white lace placemats.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

So, food!   Let’s make some Crescent Dogs for munching.  This is a great make ahead recipe for taking along to a picnic, potluck, or even hiking.  Start with separating the crescent dough into four sections, ignoring the diagonal perforations.  Press those perforations so the dough holds together.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Boil your hot dogs for a few minutes to be sure they are cooked through and hot.  The crescent rolls will get brown before the dogs are done, so precooking is essential.  Yes, you could grill the dogs for even more flavor.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Spread mustard on the crescent rolls.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Now place the cooked hot dogs on the rolls.  Using two dogs per section, cut the dough in half.  Add cheese if you like.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and place on a baking sheet.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Bake as directed on the crescent roll dough tin until golden brown. I have to admit that I cannot remember and didn’t write it down when I did these.  I think it is about 11-13 minutes at 425 degrees, but use the directions on the tin.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Yum, nicely browned, and ready to eat.  Makes 8, two per person would feed four for lunch.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

If you are taking them to a party, just cut into bite size pieces.  You can get four nice bite size pieces from each one, for 32 appetizers.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

While you are munching on Crescent Dogs, read about my Patriotic Star Mini Quilt, full tutorial with two quilting runs in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Back to the table, I’ll be using my neat large plastic tray I got in a silent auction some time ago.  I think Crescent Dogs will go nicely on this for passing around the party.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Or make my Perfect Deviled Eggs using the last recipe you’ll ever need, and serve with Ham Rollups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These bowls were in the same silent auction win, and I haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Maybe this year.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Celebrate our Freedom this weekend, and remember those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice on Monday.   This mural is a recent addition to our local art, finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  It is located on the side of an historic building on 4th street, and the mural faces King.

Garden Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

Have a great holiday weekend!  What are your plans?

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Shrimp Flower Appetizer

With another holiday meal coming up next weekend, I thought I’d share a variation of my Shrimp and Avocado Roumelade appetizer.  I fixed it a bit differently and tweaked the recipe too.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

Start by gathering your ingredients. Remember my thrift store score of these parfait glasses? No one says they can only be used for ice cream. They are the perfect thing to create these pretty appetizers, just for us two.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

So, I combined the ingredients for the dressing, and split the avocado, shredded the lettuce and chopped it.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

Place the chopped lettuce in the bottom, arrange the avocado like flower petals, add the dressing in the middle.

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Then add the shrimp.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

You can stop here, and have a lovely appetizer.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

One thing I like is Bold Smoked Salt. It is a large crystal, smoky flavor salt that goes well with seafood and veggies. You could also do some fresh cracked pepper with sea salt.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

Dressed up or served plain, it is a festive appetizer that only takes a minute to prepare. It is perfect for a holiday or to make an everyday meal just a bit special.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

Enjoy!!

Shrimp and Avocado Flower Appetizer

2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder (or smoked paprika)
2 teaspoons horseradish sauce
8 medium shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined, chilled
1 medium avocado, peeled and sliced into eight slices
1/4 cup chopped lettuce
Optional – Bold Smoked Salt, Cracked Black Pepper

Mix mayonnaise with next three ingredients.  In pretty parfait glasses, place half of the lettuce in the bottom of each. Arrange avocado slices around the edge in a flower shape. Dollop dressing in the center. Add whole shrimp to the top fanning the tails out between the avocado. Optional, top with a pinch of bold smoked salt, or freshly ground black pepper. Two servings.

Shrimp Flower Appetizer at From My Carolina Home

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Easter Tablescape

Taking the Spring Tablescape from the blog hop to Easter was pretty simple.  I already had a good theme going with the yellow and green colors, and a few vintage rabbits.

Spring Tablescape @ From My Carolina Home

Last year I got these Easter crackers to have for the gals at the office.  But alas, the party I had planned to surprise them was not to be.  The little bunny faces and cotton tails are pretty cute though.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I switched out the yellow flower plates with some really cute Easter Egg plates.  I’ve not used these, other than to set them out and photograph them.  They are a discontinued pattern at Pier 1, you all know how much I love that store.  No affiliation, yada yada.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Putting the bunny crackers together with the egg plates and the setting now says Easter is here.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

I added little rabbit planters filled with eggs to the centerpiece.  There is one on each side of the yellow ceramic basket.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

The crackers will also stand up, adding dimension to the table and you can see their little cotton tails.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Ready for an Easter celebration.

Easter Decorating at From My Carolina Home

Are you having an Easter dinner this year?

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Valentine Decorating

Valentine hearts finally came out over the weekend. I haven’t done anything new quilt-wise for Valentine this year, unless you want to count the red and cream Scrap Dance Waltz.  But I did put up a couple of things from years past. The pink candles came out to replace the Winter White of January. I need to do a mini quilt for Valentine, but once again this year I didn’t get to it. So I have left the White on White Mini Quilt up. Click on the highlighted titles all through this post for free patterns and instructions. I added the white candle with the pink rhinestone hearts, and a bit of glitter heart garland to the reindeer’s beads.

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The Hearts Around Table Topper is on the wall this year instead of a table.  See this post Quilting Hearts Around to see how to deal with a stray dark thread under a light fabric.

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Over in the dining room, I put another Valentine Hearts Wall Hanging using it as a table topper.  Red candles replaced the white ones, and I added some glitter heart garland over the painted white pine cones.

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We don’t plan any dinner parties before Valentines, but I wanted to use the red napkin rings I just found at the thrift store. So I put red napkins in them, and set them around the table just for show. I’m sure there will be an opportunity to use them with all kinds of seasonal tablescapes later, so you’ll likely see them again.  It makes a nice view coming down the stairs in the mornings.

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This sweet little wall hanging is a table topper this year.  I don’t have a pattern for this one, it was a block of the month at quilt club some years ago.  It is sweet, with the heart shaped applique heart flowers, with buttons and stems, bordered in heart fabric.

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Make a wool applique Valentine Penny Rug.

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Maybe you can have a Valentine Breakfast this coming weekend. Here’s my breakfast table from a couple of years back, with the pink Cherry Blossom depression glass plates.

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I served Popovers with Black Cherry Creme (recipe here)…

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Make some Valentine cards to send to your family and well loved friends.

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I have been reluctant to take down my Paris inspired tablescape (Romantic Dinner for Two) because it says romance to me more than the red hearts do right now. Just having it out, with the Eiffel Tower, brought back wonderful memories of our trip to Paris years ago, and we reminisced about it last weekend. We stayed in a quaint hotel on the sixth (top) floor with a gorgeous view of the city from the beautiful stonework rooftop balcony off our room. It was just off the Champs-Elysées, right around the corner from a charming café where I got to practice my French and order breakfast each day.  It was an enchanting time.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

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Christmas Wreaths

My Christmas wreath from last year was a winter style, suitable for leaving out all winter.  But, the ribbon was really sad, so I turned it into a fall wreath for this year.  Of course that meant I had to do another one for Christmas. I scored a box full of glass balls and gold wire edged ribbon at an estate sale, so that meant I had everything I needed for a wonderful wreath. I start with a grapevine base.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

This time, I set the bow at an angle on the upper left side. Starting with the streamers I cut them long so they would reach across the wreath and have enough for some pretty twists.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I made the bow and secured it with wire, adding a bit of hot glue to make it stable.  Click on Bows for a refresher on how to do these big bows.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Good start. I glued the ends of the streamers to the wreath so they would keep their shape.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I added some glass balls for shine in silver and gold.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Then some greenery was added.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I had a box of small pine cones with some gold and silver accents, so I got those out next. The small cones are perfect for this wreath.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

So, I just kept adding more and more, filling in all the bare spots.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

A bit of red here and there breaks up all the metallic hues.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

All done. Of course, once I was done, I realized that my MIL would love it. So, I decided I would send it home with her after her visit. At least this time it could ride home with her in the back seat of the car.  Shipping it with those delicate ball ornaments would likely be a disaster.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

DH hung it on her door when they got back to her home in Georgia.

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So you know what that meant, don’t you? I had to make another one! Out came the gold wire edge ribbon again, and I selected this one.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

I added some picks with red velvet ribbon and pine cones.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

A few more gold pine cones add a bit of shine to the wreath this time too.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, this one is done too. I like the way it looks hanging on the front of the house.  Christmas cheer for our visitors to enjoy, and us too as we come home each day.

Christmas Wreaths ~ From My Carolina Home

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing everyone a joyful holiday weekend!  I wanted to share again my Thanksgiving post from two years ago about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade, as the great majority of readers haven’t seen it.  It really feels like the holidays are beginning when this day comes each year, my favorite holiday. I always wake up with much anticipation for the day. After making a pot of coffee, I’ll enjoy it while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I have been spending the holiday morning doing this for many years. Seeing Tom Turkey kick off the parade is exciting every time!

TomTurkey©Macy’s, Inc

Did you know that they use the same floats year after year as well as balloons? Each year, some are the same, and some are reworked into something new. I think my favorite float would have to be the Marion-Carole Showboat float which has been in the parade more than 35 years. It is one of the few times I have seen my name on something spelled with the E! Usually the performer on that float is one I like to see. The Big Apple float is also a favorite.

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Sometimes the balloons get a change of clothes. In 1946 Harold was a baseball player, and had a role in the 1947 release of Miracle on 34th Street. At another time, the same balloon was a Harold the Fireman. The Macy’s Parade website says this was 1948. But, the same site says the baseball player was 1949, when we know it was 1946 because of the movie.

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©Macy’s, Inc

The scenes of the parade in the movie were made in 1946, the year before it was released, with the actual parade seen through the window! They had to time the scene to correspond with the appearance of the baseball player to match the script. Plus, all the parade scenes had to be shot that morning, as doing them over wasn’t possible.

Natalie-Wood-and-John-Payne-watching-parade©Twentieth Century Fox

Edmund Gwenn was really the Macy’s Santa Claus in 1946 so the scenes could be shot with him in them. I love this version of Miracle on 34th Street, and I’ll watch it sometime this weekend. None of the remakes have even come close.

EdmundGwynn©Macy’s, Inc

Santa©Twentieth Century Fox

Snoopy is a classic too.

snoopy ©Macy’s, Inc

They even have floats perfect for foodies! The one on the left is by Lindt called The Enchanting World of Chocolate. And on the right is Domino Sugar’s Stirrin’ Up Sweet Sensations.

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And more floats!!

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Sesame 83rd Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

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A couple of years ago I started a Pinterest board to save pictures of the iconic parade – Thanksgiving Parade!! I wish I could share more of them on the blog, but you’ll just have to go to the link to see them. There are images pinned from before WWII, modern images, and even some from Miracle on 34th Street. Images I have used here are from the Macy’s media release, and are used with permission.

The holidays are now officially on, so I wish you all a very merry season!  Happy Thanksgiving!