Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Patriotic Table by the Pond



Welcome to a Summer Tablescape Blog Hop today with 
Rita@Panoply at the helm. Welcome and thank you Rita for organizing this new season of tablescape hops.
Links to participant's tablescapes are at the bottom of this post. Please stop by and leave them a comment.

Summer officially begins June 20th but it seems like it has already begun. The fourth of July is just around the corner being a few weeks away. I set a patriotic table by a pond in our neighborhood. It is a simple table and easily put together. For a picnic, paper plates are always appropriate, too. 
The Fourth of July celebrates the birth of our nation.  It celebrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4,1776. It declared independence from Great Britain.





Just soak in this tranquil spot under the trees by the pond and enjoy the peaceful moment. Reflect on the blessings of freedom we enjoy in America.


Watermelon is always welcomed at picnics in the summer and is so refreshing. I can remember so many picnics growing up as I am sure you can.



This is a great spot for doing a little fishing, too.



White hydrangeas in a Chinese Happiness jar with flags added makes a quick and simple patriotic centerpiece.




Your  Fourth of July celebration could be at your home, the beach, the lake, the mountains, camping, etc, but the color scheme is usually red, white, and blue. I found both the red plates and calico print blue plates at T.J. Maxx at different times. I've had the blue glasses for many years and they were perfect for a  simple picnic by the pond.
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The napkins are made by Cynthia Rowley also purchased in the past from TJMaxx.

A menu of grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and homemade ice cream sounds good to me. What are some of your favorite dishes for celebrating the Fourth of July?


As I reflect on our nation I can't help but think of the words of "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America", "The Star-Spangled Banner", 
"God Bless the USA" and numerous others. 
Here are a few of my previous patriotic tablescapes:
America the Beautiful
God Bless America
My Country Tis of Thee

Many thanks to my friend and neighbor, Karen, for allowing me to use her idyllic setting for my patriotic tablescape. 

I hope your summer is going well and I  appreciate all my readers. I look forward to viewing all the tablescapes participating in this hop. I am honored to be a part of this talented group and I appreciate your friendship over the years.

Links are provided below to view all the talented tablescapers summer tablescapes.

Home is Where the Boat Is - Dockside Nautical Table
Hyacinths for the Soul - Summertime, and the Livins Easy!
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Sweet Peach Summer Table
The Painted Apron - Shells on the Beach
Living With Thanksgiving - Patriotic Table by the Pond 
Everyday Living - A Welcome to Summer
 

May God Bless America!

50 comments:

  1. Bonnie, Your table and setting looks so peaceful and serene with the reflection of the sky and trees! I love your pretty blue calico print salad plates framed by the red dinner plates. Your blue and white vase with hydrangeas and flags makes the perfect centerpiece for your picnic table and watermelon is always a welcome addition to our Fourth of July menu and the summer months! And always it’s always a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Summer ♥

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    1. Mary, I wanted to sit down and relax with the view as I was setting the table but of course, there was not time.
      Thanks for your visits and comments.

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  2. What a wonderful setting for your casual patriotic picnic Bonnie! I'm with you on a classic, simple meal that's more about gathering together with people we care about to celebrate our democracy. If we have a gang, I'll even use red, white and blue paper plate for an easy and fast cleanup before heading out to see the fireworks.

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    1. I'm glad you like my setting. I wish I had a water view from my house but the next best thing is my neighbors.
      Happy Summer!

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  3. Bonnie, your setting is absolutely beautiful. Water reflections always make me smile as do patriotic tables. The calico print salad plates are just perfect, I don’t remember seeing them before. I must go back and view your links to previous patriotic tables. The vase with hydrangeas and flags is the perfect centerpiece. A slice of watermelon is always appropriate, wish I had a slice now. Your menu sounds like mine. I always enjoy hopping with you!

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    1. Thank you Pam! I actually have not used the calico plates or the red ones before. I have to review my posts to remember my tables.too.

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  4. How beautiful and patriotic your table is by the pond, Bonnie! I’m crazy about those calico blue plates on your pretty tablecloth with the gorgeous vase of hydrangeas. Watermelon and your menu sounds perfect! Yes, God Bless America πŸ™πŸ»πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ™πŸ»

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    1. Thank you Kitty. I always love hydrangeas and I will enjoy the calico plates used in different wyas.

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  5. Your table is so festive and pretty, Bonnie. I know exactly what you mean about feeling that summer has already begun, even though we're still a week or so out. It feels the same here with our 90 day temps. I hope we don't get a massive cool down when I finally get to the lake! But it would feel perfect if I was sitting at your pretty table!

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Jeanie. Going to the lake sounds so nice.
      Happy Summer!

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  6. Lovely table and the setting is gorgeous. How lovely your friend Karen allowed you to have set a pretty patriotic table. Mixing your patterns is such a nice touch. The calico plates are so pretty. Love your floral centerpiece in the Chinese Happiness jar with flags. Outdoor dining, a beautiful setting, watermelon and more is a perfect way to start summer.

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  7. Nothing says summer better than watermelon, flags and red, white and blue! A lovely summer picnic Bonnie with a beautiful serene water view! Summer is in full swing in the South for sure!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna for visiting. Yes our weather is so humid and getting hot. I have enjoyed watermelon and plan on enjoying a lot more.
      Enjoy the Fourth.

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  8. Your patriotic theme is beautiful, Bonnie! The pond setting is very inviting, and your napkins look so pretty with the salad plates. Beautiful table!
    ~Ricki Jill

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    1. Thank you Ricki. I have thought of you so much. I hope things have gone well with all the repairs. I was so sorry that happened to y'all.
      Enjoy your summer. I know your lake house is a respite.

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  9. Great!How beautiful and inviting...Happy 4th!

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    1. Happy Fourth to you! You are so kind to visit. I really appreciate it

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  10. Bonnie, a patriotic picnic by the pond is perfect! I always love a red, white, and blue setting. Your table looks beautiful, and your menu sounds scrumptious! I hope that you have a wonderful summer!

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    1. Thank you Shannon. Isn't it nice we can make some plans this year for the Fourth!

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  11. What an inviting table by the serene pond! I would enjoy sitting there enjoying a meal and some chatting!

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  12. That would be very nice, Patti. I would love to chat, too. You are a fun person.

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  13. Bonnie, your menu sounds like mine. Just good old-fashioned July 4th food. The pretty calico print salad plates have always been a favorite. They look charming mixed in with the red plates and other blue and white pieces. Setting up your table over-looking the pond would be a great place to celebrate the 4th.
    Happy summer
    RR

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  14. Oh, you have me hungry now, and these are some of my favorite foods for the Fourth of July, too! I love that you used a picnic table and I love that you have found such a charming spot to set it! Your centerpiece is so pretty, and unexpected for a patriotic tablescape, but pretty all the same!

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    1. I agree it is a charming spot. Thanks for visiting. I look forward to your post.

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  15. Bonnie, your pond side setting is so peaceful and inviting. I love seeing the reflections on the water. I could sit here and enjoy this view for hours. It looks the perfect spot for a picnic. The blue calico plates are some of my favorites. I, too, found some at TJ Max years ago, but I only bought a pair. With just the two of us, I found it easier on my storage to pick up pairs rather than full sets. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
    Your menu sounds delicious. Makes me hungry!

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  16. Thanks, Sarah! I am running out of room for sure.
    I agree with the view. Such a tranquil spot.She gets a great view of the sunset and the moon and stars at night. I would love that.

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  17. Bonnie, What a beautifully simple table setting that fits perfectly with the setting. Anyone would be happy to sit at your table enjoying the company of Family and Friends.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

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    1. Thank you, Lynne, for your visit. Hope your summer is going well.

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  18. Idyllic spot indeed! I could sit there all day :) I was immediately drawn to your plates, then noticed you found them at TJ Maxx! Are they Blue Calico from Burleigh? They are gorgeous! Paired with the striped tablecloth and the patterned napkins, really makes for an eye popping table!

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    1. The blue calico plates are Royal Wessex made in England.
      Thanks for your visit and nice comment, Maureen.

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  19. Bonnie, what a delightful new space you're sharing with this patriotic display in your tablescape! It certainly is an idyllic spot, and the sight of watermelon on the plates lends itself to the heart of summertime meal memories. Hydrangeas and flags, I agree, make a quick and patriotic centerpiece. The combination of plates and napkins were smart TJ buys! They can be so versatile in styling so many tables. Bonnie, thank you for bringing your style sense to the table in this hop. Happy Summer!

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    1. Thank you Rita. You are doing a great job as our leader.
      I think I will enjoy the calico plates. They are light weight and I love that as well as a great price.

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  20. Bonnie, so sorry I'm late! This post definitely not to be missed with it's red, white and blue themed table setting on the pond. I love blue and white, especially ginger jars. Nothing could be more beautiful in them than white hydrangeas and the American flag. This patriotic setting sure has my heart jumping for joy at the sheer beauty and pride in our patriotism it represents. Happy summer dear Bonnie..........

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    1. Thanks Emily. You are such an encouraging friend.

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  21. Bonnie, your table by the pond is as pretty as can be! What a lovely setting, and you styled your patriotic tablescape beautifully! Have a wonderful summer! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  22. Thanks, Cecilia, for your visit and comment.

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  23. Bonnie, your table is so pretty and is also quite patriotic. I have always admired the calico pattern, but walk away when I see it as I do not need anymore dishes. Your centerpiece is beautiful and your menu sounds wonderful.
    Happy summer days to you, Bonnie.

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    1. Thank you dear Sandra! I realized how much I like the calico plates and they were very inexpensive. They are light weight and that helps me. I have issues with my hands. I am using them. Some of my dishes only get used for tablescaping. I've decided to use them in real life more.

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  24. What a perfect setting to enjoy July 4 or any other time! Your table, both the setting and the watermelon, is perfect for the occasion

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    1. Thanks, Linda for your visit. I picture you enjoying the wonderful weather in Maine. It is so hot and humid here.
      Enjoy the holiday.

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  25. Such a beautiful, serene setting, Bonnie. It looks like a wonderful spot to reflect on the beauty of our country and the freedoms we enjoy. 4th of July picnics are the best, nothing like hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill, a little fishing, maybe a baseball game and, of course, fireworks. You have captured the spirit here with you red, white, and blue. Love the calico plates and the mixing of patterns, it all makes for a great relaxing table!! I hope you enjoy the rest of your summer, it is always a pleasure to hop with you!❤️☀️

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    1. Thank you, Ann for your kind comment. I love the calico plates,too.
      Enjoy the Fourth coming up.

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  26. Bonnie, what a bit of heaven....your tablescape by the tranquil water. It is so peaceful. Your festive table with a serene backdrop of the pond really has me reflecting on your inspiring words regarding feeling blessed to celebrate our nation and all that God has provided. I love your calico plates and how you mixed it up with your lovely tablecloth and Rowley napkins. A very lovely floral vase for your centerpiece too. I can hardly wait for the potato salad and grilled hamburgers to go along with the watermelon and ice cream. Is there anything more that says Summer than this? Have a wonderful time by your pond.

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    1. Thank you, Marsha! I appreciate your kind comment. Hope your week is going well. Enjoy the summer. Nice to blog hop again with you.

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  27. Bonnie, the pond setting is idyllic. Perfect for any celebration, but especially a summer 4th of July party. I love how you used the blue vase for your flowers. Those white hydrangeas are so pretty. The red and blue plates are just right for the place settings. Is it too early to say Happy 4th of July!!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! It does seem we have celebrated the holiday already when we do a tablescape.

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