Saturday, July 4, 2015

A Red, White, and Blue BBQ!!

Happy Fourth of July!!  We celebrated America last night with a backyard bbq with friends.  Even though rain threatened, we went ahead with our plans, but put up two additional tents just to be safe.  We provided pulled pork bbq, slaw, macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and bite-sized desserts.  Beverages consisted of frozen margaritas, beer, wine, and of course, lots of cold water.  Upon entering the backyard, a lantern with a double mesh bow greeted guests.

I found these patriotic candles at Pier 1 as well as the lantern, which was on sale!!
Torches lined the sidewalk, with white candles adorned with red and blue mesh bows.
This is a view of the party venue coming in.
Another view of torches and sidewalk from the opposite side.
Lots of red, white, and blue accessories on the bistro table coming in.
I found these great pillows at Joanne fabrics for a reasonable price.

On my stone console, I used my little pails with fireworks-type decorations.  I love using quotes, so I added these with easels.
The cylinder globes held red and white marble fillers, red and blue wiry stuff with stars (I found this everywhere),  water and white floating candles.

I added lots of American flags to my flower pots.

I usually buy flowers from Kroger or Fresh Market, but they were sold out of red, white, and blue flowers, for the most part.  I did buy a few red and white carnations and some status.  I used lots of greenery from my backyard.


More quotes on the tables!
We set up a bar for self-serve.
I used a tray with a festive placemat, and these wine glasses.  The American flag container chilled the white wine.
Another table under the big tent was dressed with a blue-striped tablecloth, red runner, hydrangeas, and festive centerpiece.

Everyone brought a dish, so we needed lots of food tables.
My original thought was to use the round table for dessert, but we had to move desserts to make room for all the food!!
Plates, trays for hot dogs, and utensils wrapped in paper napkins tied with more of that wiry stuff that I don't know the name of.
Thank goodness for warming trays.  Luckily I have lots of outlets in my backyard, and I used two warming trays to keep the bbq and mac n cheese hot.
A picture of the table before all the food!
I found these tall candlesticks at an estate sale.  
I like using individual bags of chips for outdoor functions, because they don't get soggy.
A table for two . . .
Lots of lanterns, and even a fresh arrangement inside the house.

We had lots of fun, plenty of food, and when the rain came, we just congregated under the tents, moved the food under shelter, and kept the party going.

So, may God bless America, and bring unity, peace, and goodwill to our great country.

Have a happy Fourth, and be safe out there!!

Hugs,
               --Betsy

Thursday, June 4, 2015

A Little of This, A Little of That

Since the rain won't seem to go away, I thought I'd take a few minutes and post what's been going on the last few weeks (and months) since my last post.  This is a hodge podge of pictures I thought I'd share, no theme to speak of, just a little of this and a little of that.

The first picture is of the spring wreath I made for the front door.  It's mostly pink, and I guess the neighbors might think I'm wishing for a baby girl, but I liked the colors.


My children came home for Easter, and we had dinner in the dining room.  I used a garden bunny in the centerpiece, with pink tulips on each side.
It was nice having just the four of us, and we certainly had a lovely time being together!
For teacher appreciation week, I helped my cousin do the tables for a teacher luncheon.  We used decorated mason jars with cut flowers from the yard, big pieces of chalk tied with twine, and apples as our centerpieces.  Simple, but cute!

When the flowers finally bloomed for spring, they were magnificent.



We opened the pool and set the tents up.
Flowers were planted in all the pots.
Now we are ready to enjoy the outside, if the weather will cooperate!
Instead of going out to a restaurant for our anniversary as we usually do, we decided to go to our lake where we cooked dinner outside, and enjoyed the view.  Nothing fancy on the table--but with this view it wasn't needed.

Our dinner consisted of salad with fruit, walnuts, and feta with strawberry blush vinaigrette, fillets, roasted squash and zucchini, and sauteed mushrooms with onions.  We enjoyed being outside and cooking together.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Happy Easter Setting!

As the song goes, "because I'm happy", a fun Easter tablescape was designed to welcome both my children home for Easter!  It's not too often these days that we are all together at the same time.  With Child #1 living in New York, and Child #2 still in college at VA Tech, we cannot seem to get our schedules to work out so that everyone is home at the same time.  I am happy to say that it hopefully will work out that we will all be together for Easter this year!  I think they decided to come because Easter Sunday is also my birthday.  So I will prepare all of our favorite Easter dishes, and we will enjoy good food and each other's company!!  What a fantastic birthday present!!  

My spring table was changed up a bit and became an Easter table.  The napkin rings, salad plate, and centerpiece were changed, but the dishes, flatware, and glasses are the same.  

I created a centerpiece arrangement using a wheelbarrow-type container, Easter eggs, and spring flowers.
The bunnies were purchased this year at HomeGoods, and I found a cute little basket for this guy to hold.
The salad plate was changed to yellow, which brought out the yellow in the arrangement.
The bunny napkin rings have been around a long time.  Wish I had more than four!!

I believe the bunnies are Fitz & Floyd.
 This fellow has a cute little butterfly that has landed on his backside.
The flowers in the arrangement are artificial, and I purchased the glitter eggs at Michaels.  For our actual dinner, I will more than likely prepare a fresh arrangement.  That's the plan for right now!

I will serve spinach artichoke dip and chips upon their arrival using this silver tray, white basket, and cabbage bowl.
This tray livens up the kitchen counter.

I enjoy using this trumpet vase on the island because it doesn't take up much space.



Peace, happiness, and joy to you at Easter and always!!