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Monday, May 30, 2011

Celebrating the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave

Happy Memorial Day, everybody!  
A special day to remember and pay tribute to all the brave men and women who serve in the military to keep our country safe and to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving up their lives so that we can be free. I salute all the soldiers who have served our country valiantly in the past and continue doing so.

Hope everyone is having a happy and safe Memorial Day. Our day was spent attending the annual memorial day parade(my older daughter plays in the band in the parade),visiting the nurseries, planting our garden, and grilling. Summer is officially here, so let's celebrate!

 I would like to say thank you to Heather and Vanessa, two beautiful sisters at The Picket Fence for featuring my Merry Merry Month of May. I feel honored to be part of their Inspiration Friday weekly party. Please, visit their inspiring blog and I promise you will walk away with so many innovative and creative ideas. 

With the danger of frost gone, I can now safely plant all the flowers and vegetables outside! I love going to my favorite nursery and choosing my flowers. Here are a few glimpses:
Onion bulbs ready to be planted: 

 We bought  this flowering cherry  tree and now I have to find an ideal place for it in my yard:  

A Patriotic Tablescape:

With burlap being all the rage nowadays, I thought I will make a round burlap tablecloth and add a patriotic ribbon trim to it. I made a round cutout in the center for the umbrella pole to go through it. This is the first time I worked with burlap and this fabric ravels like crazy... but I like the overall effect it creates. 

 I like the contrast between the burlap and the red and blue ribbon:

Overall cost for the round burlap tablecloth: about $5.50
$4 for 4 yards of burlap for a 70 inch round tablecloth and $1.50 for the ribbon trim

Close-up on the star napkin holders: 


 I love these cute salt and pepper shakers in patriotic colors. (Dollar Store:$1.50 for the pair)

 My girls baked the cupcakes and made the strawberry-blueberry no-bake cheese cake in patriotic colors:

 Bowl of  watermelon:

God Bless America! 

Thanks for stopping by today. I always appreciate your visits and your sweet comments, so thank you. Linking up with these lovely ladies:

The Tablescaper: Seasonal Sundays



  1. Beautiful! Love all the red, white, and blue. And that burlap table cover is awesome! Found you over at A Stroll Thru Life.

  2. I love your table and the burlap tablecloth turned out great. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Your Patriotic table is stunning! I love the tablecloth and your blue glasses! So pretty!

  4. Love your tablecloth. Burlap is scratchy! Have fun with the flowers. I just added you to my blogroll. If I come any other way, I can't leave a message...wish blogger would fix this google issue. Anyways...have a great week. Oh, and I would love a cob of corn and a cupcake please! Yum!!

  5. Everything looks amazing! I do love the blue transferware plates though. Are they by Royal China, perhaps?

  6. Wow, absolutely perfect. I am totally impressed. Love the tablescape, the cloth is fantastic and all the food looks sooooooooo good. Beautifully done. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  7. I love all the red, white and blue. Looks awesome. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  8. Hi Poppy, I love the table scape and your beautiful colors. I see you are new to blogging. I have a newbie party going on now, and would love for you to join.

  9. Poppy, your table is wonderful!!! Love burlap, hate the raveling and shedding. But you showed that it was so worth the effort. Your tablesetting is wonderful and the creations your children made are lovely. This visit made me smile! xo marlis

  10. What a wonderful setting! So festive and yummy!

  11. What a great table setting and the food looks wonderful. thanks for joining WUW.

  12. Wonderful patriotic table. Where did you find those blue goblets? I've seen similar in red, but never blue. Your food suits your table perfectly.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. So glad you joined me, thank you.

  14. I saw you on Creative Bloggers Party. I'm your newest public follower. What a beautiful table setting. A burlap table cloth? Who thinks of that.......not me! I am so impressed with all the talent I found in this party. I would appreciate you following back I would also appreciate if you would like me in facebook and in twitter @DeniseLillaRose. I always follow back. Just leave me a note so I know you stopped by.

  15. Poppy, Love all your red, white and blue . Everything looks awesome especially those cupcakes.

  16. Thanks for visiting, Poppy! I love your tablescape and the ribbons on the burlap are so cute, the perfect touch. Everything looks so pretty!

  17. hello...happy memorial day! wow.. you did great job with the tablecloth and the table setting, beautiful!! thanks for stopping by my blog.
    cheryl x

  18. Love your new creative and thrifty tablecloth. Your table just is so bright and fresh and American! Love it! Are the blue and white dishes Currier and Ives -- blue and white transferware is always a favorite of mine:). Love the cupcakes too and the cheesecake! Joni

  19. Lovely table-setting and the food, wow and very yummy. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and sharing.

  20. Your table is beautiful! Love the great tablecloth you made! The cheesecake looks amazing-enjoy:@)

  21. What an amazing table, love those stars! I need to make a patriotic table, I'll try for the 4th. of July, although there's nothing here in red, white and blue! I love the centerpiece, the glasses are great and the red bowls bring it all together. Maybe I should have you make me a terrific tbcloth like yours! The food looks fav and the cheesecake decoration I'm going to copy for the 4th.!! Thank your for dropping by and leaving me such wonderful and sweet comments! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  22. What a fantastic tablescape! I love the way you did the cupcakes and the pie too. Very creative and cute! Thanks for linking it up to HSH!

  23. Your burlap table cloth is fantastic. I love the patriotic trim. The entire tablescape is just wonderful. I am a huge fan of red, white and blue and you have really done justice to this color scheme.

  24. Beautiful Table. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  25. Your patriotic table is just perfect, so beautiful!..Christine

  26. Hello.
    Lovely art craft!! You have the spirit of a true creator.

    Please look at Traditional Japanese crafts decor.

    The lucky charm for safe life

    The prayer for your calmness and beauty....
    Please Have a nice weekend.

    Greetings,and Dear hug!!
    From Saga, Japan.

  27. What a beautiful party! I love it all (especially the bowl of watermelon)! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Oh, Poppy it was absolutely our pleasure to feature you and we just feel so honored that talented folks, like yourself, take the time to share their creativity with us! :-) Speaking of...this tablescape is just so fun and festive and I love what you did with that burlap tablecloth. Great job!

  29. I like your burlap tablecloth with the ribbon well conceived and executed. Your tablescape is delightful, and I'm in awe of that wonderful nursery. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

  30. What a pretty table. I bet it was fun party! I love that tablecloth! :) You have some wonderful ideas. I'm your newest follower. :)

    Have a great weekend!


  31. Hello Poppy - truly fantastic patriotic tablesetting! Love the vintage plates and your burlap tablecloth - inspired - then that grilled food - yum - everything is wonderful,

  32. Hi Poppy,
    What a fun-filled post! I love your table settings and you most certainly could have used your tablescape for Tea Time. I love your dinner plates! Are they Currier and Ives? Love the burlap too! Very festive! Thanks for your visit and have a lovely weekend.


  33. Wow, this looks lovely. I am hosting a photobook giveaway on my blog. Would love to see you there. Have a great week. Anu

  34. Beautifully American! And the rockets red Glare!!!!



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