As a child and well into my teens I was always trying to fit in. I wanted to be popular and accepted by the “cool” kids. Sometimes I was and at other times I wasn’t. When I started blogging some of those feelings of wanting to be accepted began to creep back in. This was a whole new world, literally and figuratively and I remembered wanting to have my work noticed. When I began to get comments I would have some of those Sally Field moments; “They like me, they really like me”. So then I felt the urgency to keep up or at least try. This to me meant jumping on every trend and doing what the others were doing. Silly Sandra!
Let me tell you that wore off and not a moment too soon. Attempting to keep up with the Joneses of the blogging world will wear you out and can drain your wallet. Of course there are seasonally appropriate postings. You’d probably think I’d been sniffing too much of the Tahitian vanilla if I posted St. Patrick’s Day offerings this time of the year. That being said, I am inspired on a daily basis to try different sweet and savory offerings based on what so many of you do. The same with tablescapes. This brings me to this post which I took forever to get to.
I wanted to put together a more sophisticated July 4th table and no sooner than the thought came to me, I found some creative inspiration. My friend Alycia at Tablescapes at Table 21 designed a beautiful and elegant Independence Day table. Alycia has been through a very rough period as of late but she still takes time to check in on her virtual friends. She’s also savvy enough to plan ahead and have posts ready for times when she knows she may not be available. After drooling over her table I asked if she’d mind if I swiped a few ideas from her, of course she said swipe away!
My white tablecloths don’t give the overhang that I want so this one was used as the overlay. Underneath it is a navy blue extra long twin sheet that I found way in the back of the linen closet. Navy blue placemats drape over the table’s edge to give them more of a charger appearance. A red napkin is wrapped around the dinner plate and securely held in place with the salad plate. On top of the stack is red bowl with white interior. I couldn’t find a red salad plate anywhere!
The red flatware is a striking contrast to the white napkins. Here’s that funny shade of blue again in the goblet. The larger dimpled goblet doesn’t mind standing next to it so who am I to complain.
For the centerpiece I used my white thingamajig as a vase and added Old Glory to it. It sits on a white framed mirror scattered with stones and tea lights. Overturned martini glasses serve as holders for white mini votives.
Thank you virtual friends for the inspiration and for accepting me as I am. You guys rock!! Have a peaceful and fun holiday.