One of the tables for our 4th of July celebration is all about the stars and stripes. I think I purchased the tablecloth at Target.
The inspiration for this table was this set of playing cards that my sister-in-law, Brenda, found at a yard sale and gave to me. Yes, I’ve mentioned her before. All of you want her for a sister-in-law, because she’s always finding great things to give to me.
Each place setting begins with a red dinner plate (Gourmet, Nova Rouge), which I found at one of those great sales at Kohl’s in January of this year (50% off the already 20% discounted price!). I have had these plastic place mats for-evah!
I’ve also had these patriotic plastic for-evah (yes, they are plastic, not melamine – I think melamine wasn’t even around when I bought these!). I topped each of them with one of the playing cards, and topped that with a clear glass salad plate. After the first course, the plastic plate will be removed along with the glass plate.
More stars and stripes were added by securing a cocktail napkin with a brass star napkin ring on top of a white napkin
I used red flatware, along with white salad forks that have tiny American flags printed on them (another thing I’ve had for-evah).
I used museum wax to secure two playing cards back-to-back and also to secure them to the top of these place card holders, which I purchased at an estate sale years ago. I haven’t ever used them before and had kind of forgotten about them. You think that’s an indication that I have too much stuff?
The base of my centerpiece is a vintage toy drum that I blogged about buying at an auction several years ago. The grandchildren drive everyone crazy with those little “party drums” that you twirl in your hands, making the balls beat each side of the drums. Two of the playing cards are displayed under the cloche on top of the drum. A couple of years ago, Brenda also gave me a box of patriotic stand-up paper napkins, and I’ve used one of those on the left side of the centerpiece.
Thank you for coming to visit me today, and I hope that all of my American friends enjoy a wonderful Independence Day celebration and that my Canadian friends enjoyed a wonderful celebration on Canada Day. laurie