I have set the Memorial Day table a few days early since I am not quite sure if I will have time this weekend. It is hard for me to come up with new ideas for Memorial Dy (and the Fourth of July) since I only have a limited amount of patriotic tablescape items, and I try not to spend much on my tables.
However, last week I was in Dollar General and ran across some really cute things for patriotic tables. The store actually had a couple of different placemats that will work for Memorial Day, and I liked both of them. I chose these because with the red and white on taupe color scheme, I can use them in more than just patriotic tablescapes. The other design was nice, but a more limiting red, white, and blue.
I topped the placemat with my white Nikko plates, an antique mall purchase from long ago.
Dollar General had the napkins that matched both placemat designs, and I chose the one with the blue in it. I like to mix it up a little rather than be all matchy-matchy, and it was obvious that these two designs were meant to mix-n-match. Of course, I still may decide later to go back and get the matching ones…decisions, decisions! I placed the napkin on top of the white plate.
My small square red Wal Mart plates went on top of the napkin. I think the napkin helped to provide a little contrast between the 2 plates.
For the top of the stack, I used my Salem Old Staffordshire bowls. I like the blue directly on top of the red plate.
It was easy to decide on my flatware. Present Time was perfect for this casual setting. For stemware, I chose my ruby red tumblers and blue Dollar Tree flutes. I like the way these 2 contrast with each other.
Turning my attention to the centerpiece, I looked through my stash of décor and found some things that I had purchased on clearance at the end of the summer last year and had never used. This patriotic pin wheel is actually supposed to be yard décor. Looking through my vintage pottery collection, I chose a white jardiniere from Gilmer Pottery. To get the pin wheel to stand up straight, I used some Styrofoam then weighted it with river rock. My décor stash also included a blue garland with red stars that I had purchased on clearance for 50 cents. I wound it around the top of the pot to disguise the Styrofoam and rock. I’m not necessarily crazy about that look, but it so much better than the Styrofoam showing!
On the very bottom of my décor bin, I found these patriotic stars, also clearance items that I had never used. I decided to use my blue and red pillar candles on my large candlesticks, so these stars were perfect to prop on them.
I was very pleased with the final outcome and love my new placemats and napkins!
It is rare for me to go a week without posting, but I have been very busy in the yard this week. I am a good bit later than usual getting my yard cleaned up and ready for spring and summer. Due to the late Easter and my Passion Play responsibilities, all of my free time in April was tied up with that.
In addition, the unusually cold weather hung on for much longer than normal, and we also had a lot of rain. Also, we had to put the lawn mower in the shop for a couple of weeks.
Finally, we were able to work on the yard starting last week! David spent an entire day mowing, weed eating, blowing, and trimming the hedges while I worked at the flea market. Then I started my jobs: picking up sticks, raking, trimming bushes, fertilizing, watering, and planting herbs in my front pots.
Of course, I did not do all of these tasks in one day. I have worked anywhere from 2-4 hours each day, even on the 2 days that I worked. I have made a lot of progress, but am nowhere near finished yet.
Of course, the house suffers when I concentrate on yard work, so now I find myself behind on that. It’s just never-ending, isn’t it? Anyway, that is my week in a nutshell. Hope everyone has a great Memorial Day weekend and stay safe!
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