Saturday, July 9, 2011

"Let Freedom Ring"

It's the fifth of July, and I'm just now writing my Independence Day post.  Hubby went back to work today, after spending last week recovering from his orthopedic surgery.  I'll be driving him to and from the office for a while because his car is a manual transmission, and he can't change gears with his right hand at the moment; we're not sure how long before he can.  His arm is in a soft cast/sling, and we have a follow-up visit with the surgeon this Friday.

I've missed blogging.  I have tried to look at a few of your posts, but haven't had much time to do so.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth of July holiday!  We could hear the fireworks in our neighborhood until close to midnight last night.

We ate at my parents' house on Sunday, July 3rd (it was my Dad's birthday), and then we ate at my in-laws' house on July 4th.  The food was wonderful at both places, and it was nice to get out of our house for a bit.  I had already bought some things to set a Fourth of July table with, so I did get to set it up (a few days late).  Most of the things I already had, but I did get a few new things.  I just hated to save it until next year, so I did a tablescape. 

You won't see any outdoor tables on my blog (at least not for awhile) because we don't have a good outdoor area to spend time in the spring and summer.  It's one of the things that I'd like to improve about our house, but it's just not in the budget until our son finishes college.  My kitchen needs a makeover as well, so that's why most, if not all, of my tablescapes will be in the dining room.  If I were doing an outdoor table, or a table on a screened porch, I would do something lighter with more of a festive, party feel.  But since I'm using the dining room, I went with more of a historic theme.

I truly enjoyed creating this table because I really LOVE history.  This weekend, we watched several parts of a series on the History Channel called "The Revolution".  It's a 13-part series and is available on DVD, but we recorded as many episodes as we could.  We stumbled upon it by accident Sunday night, and it was so interesting, we set up our DVR to record it.   DH and I learned so many things about the American Revolution that we had never known.  It seriously amazes me that a small, ragtag, but determined army was able to defeat the British, the most powerful empire on earth at that time.

For my table, I used white dinner plates and blue and white salad plates.  I used our everyday flatware,
Oneida "Colonial Boston".  Very appropriate for an Independence Day table, I thought.

I got my red for the settings from the place mats and the red napkins, layered with white napkins.  I love the ric-rac border on the white napkins; they always seem old-fashioned to me, and add a bit of a summery, party touch to the table.  The ric-rac napkins and the patriotic garland are my whimsical touches on this table.

The pewter 1776 mug was brought to our son from a friend when he traveled out of state many years ago.  The stamp on the bottom says Duratale by Leonard and was made in Italy.

I had originally thought to use it with the small American flags as the centerpiece, but then decided to use my Williamsburg pitcher.  It and the small candlestick were made by the Williamsburg Pottery Company.  This same pottery is displayed in some of the historic houses and taverns in Colonial Williamsburg.

The coffee mugs are from Old Salem, NC, which you can read about HERE.  We tried to get a picture of the stamp on the mugs; it's sort of hard to read, but it says "Garren".  This family of potters has been making the Moravian mugs for quite a while now.

The monogrammed napkin rings and the salt and pepper are Kirk Stieff pewter, given to us as wedding gifts.  I really like pewter; it always has an old feel about it and reminds me of colonial times.

My country, 'tis of thee,

Sweet land of liberty,

Of thee I sing;

Land where my fathers died,

Land of the pilgrims' pride,

From ev'ry mountainside

Let freedom ring! 
Samuel Francis Smith, 1831

Thanks so much for visiting!  I'll be joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.  Please stop by to see all the fun summer posts there.  Also linking to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.


On The Table:
Place Mats -- Marshalls, this year
Red Napkins -- Pier 1, this year
White Napkins -- Pier 1, this year 
Dinner Plates -- Lenox "Classic White"
Salad Plates -- Churchill "Finlandia"
Flatware -- Oneida "Colonial Boston"
Wine Stems -- Gorham "French Cathedral"
Coffee Mugs -- Old Salem, NC
Patriotic Garland -- Southport, NC, many years ago
Pottery Pitcher Centerpiece -- Williamsburg Pottery, Gifted
Pottery Candlestick -- Williamsburg Pottery, Thrift Store
1776 Mug -- Gift to our son
Napkin Rings and Salt and Pepper -- Kirk Stieff Pewter, Wedding gifts
Flowers -- Local Grocery Store


  1. A very pretty and patriotic table!

  2. Lovely patriotic tablescape! Hope your hubby continues to improve. Have a great week!

  3. Lovely table setting! We don't have a place for outdoor dining yet either. It's on my to-do list.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my place. I love your tablescape. You did a fabulous job!

  5. Denise, A perfect patriotic table. I love all the details, but isn't it funny that the 1776 mug was made it Italy? I too love pewter. Thanks for you kind comments on my table. Dianne

  6. Another pretty tablescape. It looks very festive. We are a patriotic family and very proud of it!

    Love, Mom

  7. Love all your colonial touches on your patriotic table! We watched John Adams on DVD was a great series and I was fascinated to learn so many details I was unaware of! Hope your hubby makes a speedy recovery :-)

  8. Oh gosh, I love your table. The blue dishes are fabulous. What a lovely tribute to our nation. God speed to your husband for his recovery. many blessings, marlis

  9. Wonderful patriotic table. Thanks for sharing. Hope your husband recovers quickly. ~ Sarah

  10. Hi Denise,
    Your patriotic post is lovely, and your table full of interesting pieces each of which has an interesting story to tell.
    I've enjoyed my visit to your home very much, so many thanks for stopping by Normandy Life and letting me get to know you this morning.

  11. Wonderfully festive table. So glad you posted it, late or not. Hope that your hubby continues to heal. Lucky him to have you to drive him. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  12. Denise, thank you for visiting my table this week. You always leave the loveliest comments! I didn't get to visit the Fourth of July tablescapes last week, so was glad to get a chance to see this one of yours. I like the historic theme and really love the pewter accents, as well as the flag banner and rickrack-trimmed napkins. This table clearly spells "special holiday"!

  13. Denise, I hear you on the waiting to do stuff around the house while you have college to pay for.

    And I "HEAR HEAR!" you on your patriotic and historic table. It came together just perfectly. I love that lone candlestick that looks like the kind of thing a colonist might have carried about from room to room. For some reason, that was my favorite part.

    Hope your husband continues to do improve.

  14. The first thing that caught my eye was your selection of pewter appointments. Gave the perfect historical tone to your table. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

  15. I love your table. Being English, we don't celebrate independence day. But I enjoy all tables laid by you American gals.

    Yours is one of the best, it certainly seems to have a feel of history about it. I think it is the pewter.

    I am going to become a follower, please pop by and see me. It reminds me of a post i did last year. Have a look and see what you think.
    It would be good to have you as a follower too. I think all us new gals should stick together. lol.




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