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Aka Kuroguro Table for Two

This month I am sharing posts that are Oriental inspired, on a variety of subjects.  Although I like a full table, and I don’t mind a bit of clutter during certain times of the year, this Japanese inspired table for two begins with simplicity.  Aka Kuroguro means Red and Black, so it is the name of this tablescape idea.  In Japanese culture, colors have significance, and many meanings for each one. Among other meanings, red is the color of joy, happiness, and love, and black symbolizes mystery in this context.  I found this artificial bonsai at the store the other day, and knew I had to get it for today’s tablescape.  By the way, did you know that bonsai is pronounced “bone-sigh”, not “bahn-sigh”?  It came in a black vase, and I set it on a black lacquer serving tray with an Oriental feel.  A dark red tablecloth is the base of the tablescape.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The place settings begin with a thrift store find of red and black placemats.  These are plastic, but made like the bamboo ones.  I added black napkins with red napkin rings.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the Japanese tradition of using odd numbers, there are five dishes in the place settings, plus the sake cup and chopsticks.  Typically there would be two bowls, one for rice and one for soup, but I only have one bowl.  It will hold rice, since I don’t plan to have a soup course with this meal.  The two square dishes will hold the main course and vegetables, while the smaller dishes at the top left hold sauces.  Everything in the settings except the napkins were all thrift store finds at different times and three different cities.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In proper Japanese table settings, the chopsticks are placed with the points facing to the left, with a holder to keep the points off the table.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The table is very simple, no flatware this time, just chopsticks.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Three red votives sit on a small riser with three levels to complete the centerpiece.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Light the candles and admire the form of the bonsai.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Lower the lights and enjoy the ambiance of the evening.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now, all we need is a Japanese inspired dinner!  I’ll be giving you three new recipes and some additional meal ideas in the coming weeks.

Asian dinner at From My Carolina Home

For more ideas, see my Romantic Table for Two in Paris from last Valentine’s Day hop with links to recipes for a romantic meal, and Valentine Breakfast with my depression glass plates and white lace theme and a link to my Popovers with Black Cherry Creme.  Craftsy has put some of their Asian inspired cooking classes on sale, click on Craftsy Asian Cooking.  Or check out the unlimited access plan on Craftsy with the free trial, just click on the pic below.

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For even more romantic tables, visit the wonderful bloggers on the Romantic Tables for Two blog hop sponsored by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate.  With my post on Friday, all the links are live to the participating blogger’s tablescape posts.  Have fun!

Romantic Tablescapes 2018

Monday

Home is Where The Boat IsBelle Blue InteriorsEveryday LivingA casa di BiancaPMQ for Two

Tuesday

Life and LindaKnock it Off KimMy French TwistRed Cottage ChroniclesOur Crafty Mom

Wednesday

Bluesky at HomeThe Painted ApronThe Little Yellow Corner StoreThe Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving

Thursday

At Home With JemmaDining DelightPanoplyHome and Gardening with Liz

Friday

From My Carolina HomeMe and My CaptainThe Red Painted CottageCelebrate & Decorate

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January White

After the richness and clutter of the autumn season and the holidays, I like to begin the new year with a clean and fresh look, simple and pure.  Last night we got about 3 inches of snow, and this morning the view out the front windows looks much like my header photo again, just not quite as deep.  Mirroring the scene outside, the snowflake theme comes inside with all white tablescape.  I am having a sewing day next week to work on the California Fire Quilts (Update post), and of course that means a pot luck lunch.  I am really grateful for all the help these ladies are willing to give, so I set the table with my best china and flatware.  The centerpiece is a white reindeer planter, with a white painted pine cone in the well, topped with a clear snowflake.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

All the settings are set on my white embroidered lace placemats, with the matching table runner under the centerpiece.  More white pine cones are on each end.  White candles are in small crystal holders.  White mitten ornaments with silver snowflakes are placed added too.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The place settings are white on white china plates, with white porcelain leaf dishes for salad.  Crystal water glasses, silverplate flatware, and individual salt and peppers complete the settings.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

These porcelain bowls are so delicate, with pretty veining on the leaves and a graceful curve forming the bowl.  If you hold them up to the light, you can see your hand through them.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

I made place cards from white card stock, with a snowflake punched on one end.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

In the center, the floral garland of white poinsettias circle the reindeer, accented with a string of iridescent white beads.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

There is a contrast of textures with the knitted mittens, furry cuffs, shiny beads and silk flowers.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The clear snowflake is just set onto the pine cone.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

One more view.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

All set and ready for friends to enjoy.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

Elsewhere in the decor, I put my White on White Crazy Patch Mini Quilt on the quilt stand with white candles nearby.  Click on the link for the whole story and how to make one for your decor.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the pub table, the matching larger porcelain leaf bowl sits atop the Snowflake Table Runner.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the kitchen counter, one more embroidered lace placemat is the base for a wonderful white candle with a fresh outdoor snowy scent called Winter Garden (Large Jar) (Winter Garden Small Jar). (affiliate links) The hyacinth bulb sits next to it, and is growing slowly, as there isn’t enough sunlight to stimulate it.  I put it down in the basement yesterday under the grow light to help it along.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, a Fostoria Fenton candy dish and a white candle flank the Victoria magazines and the book At Home With White.  The books from Victoria are so wonderfully illustrated, the pictures are works of art.  There are lovely chapters on just about every room in the house, to add a feeling of gentility and quiet beauty.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the bookcase, more white items are collected together, little white chickens sit near white candles in clear crystal holders.  A white rabbit planter holds some votives, and a snowflake candle holder are in the center.  On the plate stand is a wonderful oyster dish that I got to actually bake oysters in.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The detail on it makes it a beautiful piece for display as well.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

How do you like to decorate in January?

January White ~ From My Carolina Home


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Thrifting and Estate Sale Scores, and an amazing story

It has been quite a while since I showed some of my thrifting and estate sale scores. It was a fruitful autumn season, LOL! There is a new auction house just south of Brevard, and the attendance isn’t up yet so prices were really low!  Plus there is a new thrift store in downtown Hendersonville to benefit the drug treatment program in the area.   I scored some orange chargers, stamping stuff and a puzzle there.  The plastic drawer set, milk glass footed square bowl, and roll of wide pink lace came from an estate sale the same day.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

I set the puzzle out in November, but didn’t have enough time to finish it before the holidays, so I’ll try again next year.  It is a cute Gooseberry Patch design, and looked like it wouldn’t be hard.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

The big score was this plant stand at the same new thrift store.  I found it folded up, covered in dust in the back of a back room closet.  I hauled it out and asked if it was for sale since it didn’t have a tag.  The manager came out, said he had forgotten about it, and what would I offer?  I made a low offer, and he said ‘sure’, I think just to get rid of it.  I moved it inside to hold plants over the winter, and I’ll put it back on the verandah in the spring.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

Over in Brevard, visiting the thrift stores there, I found this neat item.  Do you know what it is?  It is a napkin holder, that I plan to use outside on the verandah for picnic parties.  It is in rough shape, but for $2, I could probably clean it up.  DH put it in a tub so we could clean it, but the ‘rust-removing’ soak didn’t work.  It needs to be wire brushed to knock off all the peeling parts and most of the rust, then I’ll spray-paint it with rust-covering black paint.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

Also in Brevard at the bigger thrift store I found these goodies, red votive candles, lemon plates, a couple of Christmas items, and a set of Sake cups.  These will be coming to tablescapes this year.

Thrift Store Scores at From My Carolina Home

At the new auction house, I scored big with two larger items, both destined for the verandah to hold plants.  I got both of these for $15!!!  The birdcage is missing its door, but that doesn’t matter as I will be putting a plant in it.  I hope the little wren that likes to sleep in my hanging baskets might try it.  I’ll get something that makes a lot of tendrils, and perhaps a second tall plant to fill it up.  The little wagon needs some work, and I will be asking DH to fix it for me when he is ready for a project.

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Now for the amazing story.  I frequently visit the large Goodwill store on Four Seasons Blvd in Hendersonville, and often find really good items there.  Over a year ago, summer of 2016, I found these napkin rings.  All eight were banded together for $4.  I normally like to get six of anything for the table so I have the option of using it on either the pub table or the larger dining table.  But these were so inexpensive, in good shape, and close in style that I thought I could perhaps mix them for the larger table.  So, I got them.

Thrifting Story ~ From My Carolina Home

I used them on my Broadway Tablescape, and just didn’t say anything about two of them being green.

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Fast forward to late 2017, when I was again in the same Goodwill store.  There on the shelf was a little baggie, with four napkin rings, two green and two brown.  I swear I am not making this up!!  It was like the person that donated the others found some extras over a year later and donated those.  Of course I snapped them up.

Thrifting Story ~ From My Carolina Home

What are the odds that I would happen to wander into that store at just the right time to find the extra rings to finish both sets?!!  I still have a hard time believing it myself.

Thrifting Story ~ From My Carolina Home

A friend took me to an older thrift store in old downtown, new to me as I had not been there before.  For some reason I am drawn to vegetable shaped dishes lately, couldn’t resist the pumpkins and leaf dishes.  And my eye was drawn to these square red plates, once again thinking of Japanese food.  The tiny turkeys were just $1 at another shop on the clearance rack.

Thrifting Nashville at From My Carolina Home

At the Safelight thrift store in downtown Hendersonville, I found these lovely gold chargers.  I just couldn’t resist the pretty edge detail.

Thrifting Nashville at From My Carolina Home

I went to Nashville last fall with DH on one of his last business trips.  While I was there, I found the Antique Archaeology store of American Pickers fame, but I was not impressed.  I expected a space stuffed with treasures, but it was mostly things for display and a lot of items with their logo for sale – hats, magnets, mugs and T-shirts on this table.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The items that were for sale were very pricey.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

There were a lot of bicycles and one motorbike hanging from the ceiling, only for display.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Several more motorcycles were in the store, also not for sale. It seemed that they were more interested in selling T-shirts and magnets as those were on display all over the store.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I looked around a bit, bought a magnet for DH, and hit the road for the thrift stores.

Antique Archeology in Nashville ~ FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I didn’t find much there either though, just these two lanterns for the verandah.  I visited at least a half dozen thrift stores there, but just struck out for the most part.  Ah, well, some days chicken, some days feathers.

Thrifting Nashville at From My Carolina Home

Finally, just this past week, I was at my absolute favorite thrift store in town, the Blue Ridge Humane Society thrift store. Why is it my favorite? One simple reason, bargains. They understand that all their merchandise was donated, so whatever they get for it is gravy, unlike some other thrifts who want to get ‘what it is worth’. So, the merchandise at Blue Ridge Humane turns really fast, and I am more likely to donate there too, since I am already there, not to mention that the animals are a pet (pardon the pun) project charity. I know I am not needing to ‘dress for success’ anymore, but years of being a bit of a fashionista don’t go away overnight. So when I spotted this Kenneth Cole Reaction bag with gold hardware I stopped in my tracks to take a closer look. Offered at just $22, and the sale of the day was 50% off five items. I had just thrown out my black ruffle handbag as it was coming apart all over, so there was no way I could resist this at just $11!!!

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Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is such a fun time for decorating, and doing special tablescapes for friends is at the top of the list.  I’ve been having sewing days to get a big quilt top done for Quilts of Valor, and we’ve been doing pot luck lunches.  I am blessed with a lot of friends, too many to have all at once, so I get to have more fun with more sew days.  Certainly we need a pretty table to enjoy our lunch, and I could take care of two goals at once, as I needed a new tablescape for today’s post, my day on a fun blog hop.  Last year, my focus was rustic green with gold, and the year before was red with gold.  Since I like to change things up from year to year, this year the color scheme will be more red.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting out, I put a holly berry tablecloth on the dining table, and set a stack of dishes down so I could gather more things for the centerpiece. The print was not enough red for what I had in mind, so I decided to add a solid red topper.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red chargers provide the base, and I added Lenox Holiday Tartan china dinner plates and the large soup bowls.  We were going to have soup with lunch.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

But, knowing that everyone would be bringing a dish, and there is always too much food, I changed the bowls over to a smaller fruit bowl for smaller portions of soup.  I love this china, inherited from my mother.  She had exquisite taste.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a large sleigh in some greenery garlands and added poinsettia flowers on each end.  In the sleigh, I placed red ornament balls.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

A couple of pretty ornament balls are on each end adding a bit of shine.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red apple ornaments flank whimsical reindeer taking a break.  I have two of these cute little guys, so there is one on each side of the sleigh.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is low and full, so we can see each other and have conversation over it.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

I found some tiny tartan wrapped packages, and added those to the sleigh to echo the tartan pattern on the dishes.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Crystal glasses for water, coffee mugs, flatware and napkins held with red napkin rings finished off the settings.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Later I added place cards so all the participants had a special place.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

One more overall view.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

DH will be happy to know that not one new thing was purchased for this table, it is all done with new ways of using items I already had.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And now, for more tablescape ideas, here is the link list for the blog hop.  Monday through today are direct links active now.  Thursday and Friday link to the blog’s main page, and will be updated to the individual pages each day so you can come back and see more through Friday.

Do you like to set a pretty table for the holidays?  Do you have special things or holiday china to use year after year?

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Autumn Tablescape

Cooler weather means mornings on the veranda with a hot cup of coffee looking for the first signs of turning leaves.  I love this time of year.  Wearing sweaters, cooler nights with a warm quilt on my lap, looking forward to  a fire in the fireplace, some wool applique handwork, a lovely scented candle, and a good book.  I enjoy decorating to usher in the season with an Autumn inspired tablescape.  I’ve mentioned this before, our table is visible from the loft next to our bedroom, so a pretty tablescape is a decorative display that I see every morning as I come down the stairs.

This year I got out my Autumn placemats that I made a few years back with some wonderful plaid fabric with gold Autumn leaves.  They are simple rectangles, quilted with a maple leaf pantograph, then bound as usual.  The fabric was a secret sister gift in a longarm group. I put the placemats on a cream color tablecloth to set them off, and added my Nutmeg Spice napkins with wood napkin rings.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The plate stacks have my copper color chargers, with white dinner china plates, topped with these Autumn Leaf plates from Pier 1. I swear, they should pay me for all I do for them, LOL!! Don’t you love that store?

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Above the knives on the placemat, I set knife rests, a gift from a friend and the first time I’ve had a table to use them. This is the kind of detail that makes a tablescape just a bit more special, not to mention it saves your placemats from getting quite as dirty.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

As usual, I add individual salt and pepper shakers.  I had to do a silverware polish, but that really didn’t take too long.  I use the Wrights Silver cream with water, and it is fast and easy.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Wine glasses are added too, these were a thrift store find.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Taking a closer look at this year’s centerpiece, I used my Advent candle holder to hold four rust color candles, then added a large ceramic pumpkin to the middle. Autumn leaf garlands span the length of the center table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these ceramic leaves are really salt and pepper shakers. I nestled them into the garland leaves as a surprise for those willing to look at bit closer.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My crackle glass votive holders and ceramic pumpkins are on each end of the centerpiece, surrounded by the leaf garland.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The colors of the elements of the centerpiece really go together well.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store score, these pumpkin bowls fit into my existing leaf plates nicely, and would be great to serve salad dressings. I put a set on each end of the table.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Another look overall, with all the elements in place.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I am ready for autumn!  You can see my tablescape from last year using a more rustic theme HERE.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Did I mention how much I love these plates? LOL, I think I should get the dinner plates too.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Welcome Autumn!!

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you ready for Autumn? Do you have any special things that come out for the season?

 

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Summer Luncheon

Last week I wanted to have some friends over for lunch and chat time.  It has been a while since I had some gal time, so I planned a nice day for the veranda.  The pots were all planted, flowers blooming all over, and I thought it would be nice to have a meal on the outdoor table.  So I invited some friends, planned a menu, decided on a color scheme for a tablescape and got excited about two new recipes I was developing.  And then, it decided to rain on the day of the luncheon.  So, instead of setting up outside, I set the table in the library in front of the sliding doors so we could have a view.  Better to have the meal inside than not at all!  So, I  spread a tablecloth over the table, brought the pots with the pink flowers inside, and cut some pink hydrangeas for vases to complete a centerpiece.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

I wanted pink and green to be the main colors.  The green napkins I have were either too dark or too yellow, so I decided to go with white.  Pulling out the white ones, I found I only had four.  But, I can sew, and I have white fabric.  I went down to the basement and whipped up six white napkins on my serger.  Do you need to do this sometime?  I have a tutorial on Serging Perfect Napkins for you (and also tells how to do it with a sewing machine). These only took me a half hour to run up.

Serging White Napkins for Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

I tied pink ribbons to the acrylic napkin rings to add a bit more pink to the table.

Serging White Napkins for Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The colors were pulled from these wonderful salad/soup plates that I got at the thrift store. They are deep enough for a light serving of soup or salad, yet shallow enough for use as a lunch plate.  I love the design and the scalloped edge.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Green chargers were set on the table, topped with my white stoneware and the pink salad plates. Individual salt and pepper shakers go at each setting, along with everyday flatware and pretty wine glasses.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Can you tell that it is raining outside?  At least it was light enough to get some pictures of the table.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Place cards had a small bird, and a sentiment “Your friendship is like a song of spring”, from a Stampin’ Up set.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The wine glasses were a thrift store score, Gorham lead crystal for 25 cents each, and they came with the little wine charms too.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Our luncheon began with a new recipe I developed for a chilled corn crab soup.  Recipe shared HERE.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Spinach salad was one of the main course salads, with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and blueberries.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Blueberry vinaigrette for the salad is another new recipe, but that one will have to wait as I am going to enter it in the State Fair competition. I’ll share it after the competition is over.  Ranch was also provided so guests had their choice.  I use this cut crystal sugar and creamer set more often for dressings and condiments than I do for their intended purpose.   I set the blueberry vinaigrette in a depression glass dish to keep the drips off my white tablecloth.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Asian chow mein noodles were passed in a separate dish so my gluten free friends could skip the crunchies, but the others could add them to their salads if they liked.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The other main course salad was a pasta salad with bacon, cheese and tomatoes (not gluten free). This lovely glass bowl was my mother’s, one of her favorite dishes for serving. It holds memories as well as food.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Dessert was a frozen strawberry treat made with fresh strawberries, strawberry yogurt, and bourbon. I found the recipe on the internet, and it was nice to do once, but I doubt I’ll do it again.  I added fresh whipped cream and a chocolate dipped strawberry on top to make it a bit more special.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The hydrangeas stayed fresh for several days past the luncheon.  We’ve enjoyed them on the pub table since the luncheon.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Have you had a fun day with friends recently?

 

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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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