Wednesday, June 27, 2018

My Country, Tis of Thee

My country, tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing: Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrim's pride, From every mountain side Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, Thy name I love: I love thy rocks and rills, Thy woods and templed hills; My heart with rapture thrills, Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze, And ring from all the trees, Sweet freedom's song: Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, Thy sound prolong.
Our father's God, to Thee, author of liberty, To thee we sing: Long may our land be bright With freedom's holy light; Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King!

The words to the song, My Country Tis of Thee gives me chill bumps thinking of how blessed we are in this nation. As we celebrate our freedoms and count our blessings here we are celebrating and decorating our tables with red, white and blue! Our bloghop sponsor Chloe Crabtree named her blog, Celebrate and Decorate which is very appropriate for her. She is always decorating and celebrating and inspiring us.
 A list of all the bloggers participating in the hop and the schedule is at the end of this post.  Thank you Chloe for starting these tablescape blog hops two years ago. I have been inspired by all the tablescapers and have enjoyed their creativity so much. 

My table started outside but the humidity brought me inside for sweet tea and  watermelon. Both are staples for the south for summer celebrations.

How will you be celebrating the Fourth of July?
Two Fourth of July tablescapes from the archives can be viewed here.

My centerpieces were inspired by this arrangement I saw when I visited Château Chenonceau in the Loire Valley in France in May.

The U. S. and France have the same colors in their flags.
Did you notice I had two centerpieces? Which one do you like best? 
Table Resources:
Blue and White Pottery-Horchow
White Chargers-Ikea
Rattan Chargers- Pier 1
Cutlery-Williams Sonoma
Blue Stemware-Estate Sale
Napkins- Cynthia Rowley/T.J. Maxx
Blue&White transferware pitcher- Antique mall
Blue& White Planter- Bought years ago
Flowers-  Red Alstroemeria and white hyrangeas from Publix and dark blue hydrangeas from my garden
Links are provided below to view all the talented tablescapers patriotic tablescapes. It is always fun to see how creative and unique each tablescape is. 
Happy Fourth of July to each of you. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Home is Where the Boat Is
Red Cottage Chronicles
Belle Bleu Interiors
A Casa di Bianca


  1. Beautiful Bonnie! I love all your patriotic elements of your table paired with the lyrics of 'My Country Tis of Thee"! Who would have guessed that your red, white and blue centerpiece inspiration to celebrate Independence Day would have come from France? I love your pretty plates, napkins and both centerpieces. It's been oppressively hot here! I've been making a mad dash in the mornings to water and weed and retreating indoors to the comfort of the A/C by 9am. It's always a pleasure to blog hop with you. ♥

  2. Bonnie, I also tear up to the lyrics of “My Country Tis of Thee”! It is so appropriate for your beautiful table. The Horchow pottery is a perfect choice for a patriotic table! I knew the centerpiece from France was inspiration for yours. There is no way I could choose between your two arrangements, I love them both. A slice of the watermelon would be heavenly on this already hot morning. I understand bringing your Tablescape indoors. It is so much fun blog hopping with my Alabama blogging friend!❤️

  3. It's a beautiful setting and I'm particularly impressed that you were inspired by your visit to France for your lovely floral arrangement!

  4. Bonnie, your beautiful table paired with the words of this beautiful patriotic hymn is so inspiring. I love the photo looking out into your garden. The Horchow pottery so beautiful. Hard pressed to choose between the arrangements. Lovely Bonnie.

  5. Absoulely beautiful. ELEGANT! Love it. Love the blue and white. My fav. Hugs and blessings, Cindy P.S. Happy 4th sweet friend.

  6. I loved reading the words to My Country Tis of Thee as I viewed your beautiful table Bonnie! All of your blue and white china pieces are so gorgeous, and the flowers are simply knock out! I didn't even notice you did 2 different centerpieces, I was so focused on the big red white and blue blooms! Watermelon is my favorite summer snack, I even eat it for breakfast. Stay cool Bonnie and Happy 4th to you!

  7. The song speaks volumes, and is set to a visual display that speaks to me as well, such a beautiful fitting table!! I love both centerpieces, but partial to the tall pitcher. I am a pitcher girl, my husband asked me one time-how many pitchers do we need? Your flowers are gorgeous!! What an elegant way to show off our beloved Red, White and Blue!! Enjoy your 4th!

  8. Bonnie, an absolutely perfect table and so patriotic! My eyes were immediately drawn to your beautiful matelasse tablecloth. Both of your floral arrangements are stunning, although I will say I believe if I had to choose, I would choose your French inspired arrangement. There are so many special touches here, I am sure I have missed some.

    Wishing you and your family, a most Happy Fourth of July!

    ps - Love the watermelon, always immediately makes me think of my Mom ~ it was her favorite treat in the world.

  9. Your floral arrangement is a perfect complement to your inspiration one! I love that you used the words to My Country 'tis of Thee, one of may favorites in the realm of patriotic songs! I sure understand that coming inside to escape the heat and humidity these days! I like the 'pot' a little better than the pitcher, but why not use both, one on a sideboard and one on the table? Thank you so much for sharing your talents and joining me in another hop!

  10. Bonnie, this is so beautiful in every way. I'm singing with you!! Your table is lovely with the red, white, and blue. :)

  11. Bonnie, a very moving story behind your centerpiece. My father in law was a German POW, captured at the Battle of the Bulge.

  12. Bonnie, your gorgeous centerpiece is the first thing that caught my eye. I love them both, and I don't think I could choose a favorite. That beautiful song always gives me chills, and it was the perfect thing to accompany your pretty table! Everything looks just beautiful, and at my house we love watermelon too! It seems to disappear very quickly. I hope that you have a very Happy 4th of July!!!

  13. Bonnie, I love that you used the words to My Country 'tis of The.
    Such a beautiful table full of grace. The floral arrangements are so lovely. Great inspiration. A tabe that truly represents the 4th of July.

  14. Bonnie, this is a beautiful post with the the gorgeous table setting and the words to My Country 'tis of The. I'm a patriotic gal, so all this red, white, and blue thrills! I love both of your centerpieces, but the low one is probably my favorite. Chenonceau is such a gorgeous chateau. I think it may well be my favorite, but it's difficult to pick favorites. Thanks for sharing all the beauty and inspiration. Happy 4th of July!

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  15. Bonnie this is so touching that I tear up at the lyrics to this beautiful song about our country. You couldn't have chosen better. I love your tablescape and I also love both centerpieces. Each is special in it's own way. And to think your inspiration was France....Wow! is all I can say about that. Your garden must be gorgeous with those blue hydrangeas. I only have a whiteish lime color in a large pot. Florida is not conducive to growing these beautiful mop heads but we do share the heat and humidity. Always a pleasure to blog hop with you.

  16. Bonnie,
    You always shine so sincerely and lovely in all that you share. Every detail here is beautiful, gentle and elegant. I love knowing that the inspiration for this genteel tablescape came from your trip to France. I know the tender love and care you put into everything you do.
    Lovely to share this bloghop with you,


  17. A very elegant and lovely table setting! My favorite is your centerpiece. In fact, I need to borrow it for my "bastille day" red white and blue fete I'm posting on Friday! I also loved browsing through your blog and reading your post on the gardens of France. Looks like you had a wonderful trip.

  18. So beautiful Bonnie.. Happy Fourth..
    Love, Mona

  19. This is such an elegant tablescape and I also loved that you used the lyrics. I always tear up too! The centerpiece is just lovely. Very warm and welcoming!

  20. I love the floral arrangements and your beautiful textured tablecloth. Have a Happy 4th of July and it was fun hopping with you again.

  21. Bonnie, what beautiful blue and white dishes. They are perfect for a 4th of July tablescape. All the flowers are so pretty and you've arranged them so well. Hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

  22. So poetic ❤. Happy 4th of July!

  23. Bonnie, such a beautiful table. Both centerpieces are gorgeous! One can't help but sing that wonderful song. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  24. What a fabulous and festive tablescape!
    Thank you so very much for your sweet comment. It truly made my day.

    I hope you had a wonderful fourth of July and are enjoying this hot summer!


  25. What an appropriate song for your beautiful table, Bonnie! Your blue and white dishes look so pretty on your table. It's hard to pick a favorite centerpiece, as their both equally stunning. I hope you had a Happy 4th!


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