Sunday, July 1, 2012


As a child, the Fourth of July was a favorite holiday -- it ranked right up there with Christmas.  My step-grandfather in Kansas was born on July 4, so we often traveled to Kansas from Colorado in the heat of summer to celebrate with a picnic and lots of fireworks.  Even with the heat, the humidity, and the chiggers; it was always fun!  And because of World War II at the time, always a very patriotic and emotional holiday for the adults.
For my tablescape centerpiece, I gathered a few things to remind me of that time.  You can't think of Kansas without a sunflower.  
 That picture hiding behind the leaf is of me taken during 
World War II holding a flag.  There's an antique postcard of Betsy Ross and an old George Washington bank holding a flag.
 In front of the old drawer, I've assembled three generations of selective service cards from my family starting with 1918 (WW I), 1945 (WW II), and 1956 (Vietnam War).  Also, are Bob's and my War Ration Books.  Both of our mothers thought these important enough to save all of these years.
  The tablescape includes my Mikasa Italian Countryside white dishes - a bargain at a thrift store of 6 place settings for $27.
 The red Fostoria glasses, plates, and bowls were gifts from my mother in the late 1960s.  I have three sizes of glasses, the plates, and the bowls - service for 12 -- always perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day and any patriotic holiday.
 At each place is an antique patriotic postcard.
 I just found this set of eight place mats at an antique/gift store.  They are locally hand-woven.  
I'll be joining the following parties this week in celebration of our nation's Independence Day.  Please stop by these blogs and tell them hello!
Little Red House for Mosaic Monday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
No Minimalist Here for Thursday Open House
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
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What did I do with my French jar that I posted about here?  I filled it with memorobilia from trips to France -- boarding passes, museum passes, business cards, maps, and every tourist's purchase - a miniature Eiffel Tower

In doing a little research, I believe the jar is just an ordinary French canning jar and fairly new.


Sarah said...

Love your patriotic table. I think it's wonderful that you have saved the service cards and the ration books. My mom saved a ration book in her papers too. Cute idea to fill your jar with memories of your trip.

A Few Pennies said...

Wonderful tablescape for the big celebration. That sunflower adds a pretty touch to your patriotic colors. I love that little pic. of you holding the flag--precious!

Marilyn said...

Very nice way to keep your French mementos together. Red does cover many holidays! Looks festive.♥♫

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

I enjoyed reading your post. Lovely tablescape. I like how you put those special items in a little drawer. I also want to keep in mind the memory jar. I pinned it. Thanks for the inspiration. Love the red dishes and what a steal you got on the Mikasa.

Olive Cooper said...

Your family treasures are very sweet and important history we must never forget. The red, white and blue table is stunning. Have a happy 4th. Olive

Anonymous said...

Beautiful red dishes and lovely tablescape. Happy 4th of July.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your tabescape, so pretty and the cards and pieces of history are such fabulous treasures. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Honey at 2805 said...

Your tablescape is lovely and your patriotic memorabilia are such nice treasure to have.

Adore the frenchy jar!

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

Judy Bigg said...

Love George Washington standing in the box and the picture too.

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

I adore that George Washington figurine in the box!! What a great way of displaying goodies from a trip! Love that jar!!

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Oh, what a wonderful table you've set and I love all of your olden post cards. Oh, I wish my little grandbaby lived close so she could leave some grandbaby droppings! :) I love that!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

CJ Foss said...

Great use of memorabilia to tell a story of great patriotism. Thanks for inspiring. Happy Summer. ~CJ

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

I love your tablescape. You got a great deal on the Mikasa! and I love the red Fostoria! The little touches of family history make it all the more special! ~Tammy

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Your patriotic table is lovely! I love the pop of red in your plate stack and goblets. What a super buy on the Mikasa Countryside. Wow!

I especially like the sweet vignette you created in the vintage drawer. Very creative!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I love those french canning jars old or new! Love what you did with it! Your table is pretty! I love all the memorabilia. That picture of you is darling! The 4th is wonderful for families. You painted a wonderful picture of your childhood celebrations. So glad you got a bit of rain! We're thrilled that we're getting the monsoons!

SmilingSally said...

I love your ability to decorate so that everyone has a taste of history. (I vaguely remember rationing stamps!)

Thanks, Sally.

Sharing Shadymont said...

Your centerpiece is lovely. I especially like the George Washington figurine!

Sherry said...

Very pretty! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!