Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red, White & Blue Tablescape

July 4th is always a fun holiday to celebrate. And since most people like to be outdoors and BBQ for the weekend, it's easy to throw together a simple and casual look.

Here is my festive tablescape:

I added everything around the tablerunner my mom made me last year. (Here's a look back at it.)

My Ikea cocktail glasses.

The place setting starts with silver chargers, my patriotic napkins from Hobby Lobby, a basic white plate and a decorative blue salad plate on top.

My new Pottery Barn utensils wrapped together with twine.

The burlap-wrapped candles I made a few weeks back.

A blue bucket from Hobby Lobby holds more napkins and would be handy if you want to take the party outside.

And there you have it! Happy 4th everyone!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Patriotic Pretzels

July 4th is just around the corner and I've been busy preparing for my long holiday weekend.

Here's a sweet treat I borrowed from Martha Stewart- Pretzel Sparklers.
Just melt some chocolate (I chose white chocolate) in the microwave. Dip each pretzel rod in the chocolate and then lay them out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Pour some red, white and blue sprinkles on top and refrigerate to harden.
Once the chocolate has hardened stack them up in some jars.
Easy to grab and go.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Trip to Hobby Lobby

My trip to Hobby Lobby was quite successful. Let's take a look at the goods:
A double pail container with a handle. I plan to use this to hold silverware or napkins and haul it out to the back patio for some outdoor dining.
A glass jar, patriotic baking cups and some red, white and blue sprinkles. I saw on Martha Stewart's website some chocolate and sprinkles covered pretzels. I plan on whipping up some of these and staking them up in the glass jar.
Some paper tags that can be used for gifts or as placecards at the table.
4 napkins
And a wire basket I plan to use to hold all my cloth napkins.

And stay tuned to see how all these patriotic items come together in my 4th of July tablescape.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Vase Alternatives

Looking for something other than the ordinary vase?

Take a look at these pictures of great vintage finds converted into flower vases.
Teacups and teapots.

Bottles and crates.
Coffee mugs.
Tiered wire baskets.

Water pitcher.

Images courtesy of Style Me Pretty and Snippet & Ink