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Wednesday, July 3, 2013


We serve our 4th of July meal at about 2:00 in the afternoon, so by fireworks time, we need want a little snack. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I fill a basket with plates, grapes, and a few flowers (okay, honestly, the flowers go in the basket only if I’m posting pictures to my blog).  (Red and white melamine plates:  Le Cadeaux)

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I cover a tray of cheese and crackers with one of my willow cloches,

flag tray

and grab a bottle of wine.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Yes, I know these are martini stems, but can you see those pretty stars and swirls on them?  It is much more important to use a stem that fits the occasion than one that fits the beverage you are having, right?

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

I purchased the napkins and matching square tablecloth at an estate sale several years ago.

Bargain Hunting with LaurieJust a little bit of light, so we don’t slosh the wine all over the place when we’re trying to pour it into those martini stems.

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Patriotic napkins, tied at the corners, cover pillows from the sofa. 

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Bring on the fireworks show.  We’re ready!

Bargain Hunting with Laurie

Wishing everyone a great weekend, and wishing my American friends a safe and happy 4th of July.  laurie

I am linking to Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How adorable -- I would love to have a picnic watching fireworks and toasting with my star etched stemware! Have a fabulous 4th!

Sarah said...

Laurie, I love a picnic, and a patriotic picnic is the best! Have fun at the fireworks display. We did this same routine as a child, and it's one of my fondest memories. The chef and I don't go to the fireworks display because of the heat and the crowds. ;-)
Love the idea of tying the napkins on the pillows. I think I'll copy that one! ~ Sarah
Happy 4th of July! ~ sarah


Your patriotic pic nic is awesome! Gorgeous basket and dishes..what could be better tan watching fire Works?! I love that gorgeous quilt too! Have a wonderful Fourth weekend, Laurie.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Love your picnic. The quilt is stunning and the basket is perfect. You really do know how to do it right. Hugs, Marty

ellen b. said...

a perfect picnic setting! love it!
Happy 4th of July to you and yours!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Wow, love the quilt, how perfect for your picnic, I'm ready for fireworks too. Enjoy the Fourth.

Mary said...

Oh I adore your patriotic picnic! Love your QUILT and all your festive, red, white & blue! Happy Independence Day!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like you are ready for the day!
Happy 4th!!

Perfectly Printed said...

Happy 4th to you!

Unknown said...

What a pretty picnic. I love everything. Happy 4th of July, enjoy the fireworks.


Debbie said...

Fantastic idea for an Independence Day post! It's too hot for a daytime picnic, but some year I would love to take one for the fireworks. This year, we were rained out.

Well, phooey.

I pinned this basket for pinspiration!

Kathleen said...

What an inviting picnic, the quilt is great. I do so love r w and blue, it just says summer and celebrate!
Stars on your picnic glasses, wow, our soda cans are just so trite! :)
Thanks for linking up, hope baby is well!