Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Memorial Day CHALLENGE~ Let’s Dish # 63

Hope everyone is ready for Memorial Day!  It has been hectic here, lots of work going on!  I have been working and working! I am sure many of you have been doing the same, a BUSY time of year!
While the deck expansion is going on, the workers showed up to put some sod where the beautiful flowering tree we lost in Sandy was.

I didn’t want to trust just seeding it as the party is in June, and it was quite noticeable.   I did some of the pots, and they are ready to be placed as soon as everything is done.

Tonight is the CHALLENGE, a patriotic table to honor those who gave their lives for our country.  If your table doesn’t follow this theme, you can post it next week.
It has to be tablescape related too!

In between all this, I set a table!

I used a patriotic themed cloth and matching napkins via

Flatware via HG, red ceramic charger PB Outlet, blue dinner, CTree Shops, White star Pfaltzgraff Outlet, sm red bowls CTS.

Red knotted napkin ring from CTS also.

A red star plate, wicker basket filled with white, red geraniums and blue lobelia and some flags.
Blue candle holders, .89 CTS

Red stemware, CTS.  Stars clipped on to the glasses as place markers.  I got them years ago and used them in a post, but I couldn’t remember where I got them.  They are tablecloth weights, and Alma reminded me they were from $ Tree.

Gen. Libutti is my childhood friend from Huntington and is a retired US Marine.  He served and was wounded in Vietnam.

I set a place for him, and for a friend from college, Whitey, who was killed in Vietnam.

Since the top cloth is a bit skimpy, it was adv as 70, but it was only 60, I used a floor length red cloth under it. (Boscov’s has since corrected the size, but it is not 100%  cotton as stated.
 They gave me a partial credit, I will sew  ruffle on it to lengthen it)  I got it on sale, but I see it is back to regular price!

Patriotic watering cans at each place hold a flag.
They are tooth brush holders, lol, but for .19 cents I knew I would find a use for them.  Alma, do you remember I got them for you too?

I hope to use them down the middle of my July 4 th table and put flowers in them.

The blue and red ceramic fish salt and peppers are from CTS a few weeks ago. The extra blue napkin rings on the table…I forgot to remove!  No, they are to add texture, LOL!

I hope I can do the deck/covered porch  reveal soon, I can’t wait to get everything set up!

The shed is getting a spruce up too, a new step and the doors are getting new crossbars.   I did plant the window boxes back there though!

Of course, the pollen is still falling so everything has to be wrapped to protect it from getting green!

Tonight there will be a drawing for a set of star pancake molds from WSonoma.  Just be a follower and leave a comment that you would like in on the drawing.

Perfect for your 4th of July Brunch!

Thanks for visiting, and please excuse my absence from Blogland.  Until everything gets done, that will be the case!

Same rules to link up…



No  word id permitted

Only one entry per week so everyone gets a chance at being visited.

Be a follower

Blog name first, and a table related post, not just a recipe

Visit at least 5 entries, more if  you can

Please leave a comment, I love hearing from you!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day!  God bless all those who died serving,  those who served , and are still serving  this great country!

Your turn!
I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday


  1. I LOVE your table!! I love to see all the different patriotic tables over the next couple of months. I can't wait for the deck reveal, too!!

  2. I know you'll get lots of good use out of the new deck K! Love your pretty table, I think I need a fun new RW&B tablecloth this year! If I don't see you around Blogland before then, have a great Memorial Day Weekend:@)

    1. Thanks, L! The deck and porch have been there, but we removed some of the railings and widened it in one part.
      Hope you have a great weekend, and I know you served, so thank you!

  3. Love your pretty table. The cloth is wonderful even if on the short side.. Maybe a ruffle like you said, or just leave it and use the red underneath. The deck is looking good.. can't wait to see it all. Thanks ofr hosting.. and boy boy would i love to win the star pancake molds!!! thanks thanks xo marlis

  4. I can't wait to see your new deck Kathleen. I know it will be great.

    Your table is wonderfully patriotic.

    I would love a chance to win the molds. The g'kiddos would definitely enjoy star shaped pancakes.

  5. Hi Kathleen - Thanks so much for hosting! I love the patriotism and your table and your wishes to our Vets.

    We are 48 hours away from our big party and I don't have a tablescape to share yet because our deck looks like yours. Minus the workers - they didn't show up today! Yikes! Anyway, I'm linking up a few of my Memorial Day posts from the week - hope it is ok. Hugs, Holly

  6. What a great tablecloth! I wish I had a Boscovs- they offer some great prices! Your table looks great. I bet you are excited about the new deck and sprucing up. I love it when positive things like that are going on! The star shaped molds are awesome! Have a great Memorial Weekend, Liz

    1. No Boscov's here, Liz, I bought it on line. :)

  7. You always have such great patriotic tables, Kathleen. Did your workers think you set that table for their lunch?! I really like the napkin rings.
    I would be more than happy to take those molds off your hands...
    Have a great week!

  8. What a fabulous table Kathleen! I adore the red cloth with the cute patriotic topper! And those star plates! You are all set for a great weekend. What a great tribute to all who have sserved. Thanks for this fun and inspirational party!

  9. Kathleen, I cannot wait for all of your "after" photos! The deck project looks great, so far. Love your table, especially, that fabulous flatware. Also, I think the idea of using toothbrush holders is brilliant! I would love to be included in the give-away - hope you have a Happy Memorial Day!

  10. You really do have a busy time, Kathleen. But, you surely managed to put together a stunning table. And despite the shortage of inches...the patriotic table cloth really looks spectacular with the full red table skirt. Thank for the Memorial Day got me on track...Yay!
    Hope your Memorial weekend is extraordinary!

  11. Kathleen, your table is soooo festive! Love the little watering cans with flags, and the table topper looks great to me, but it is such a bummer when you buy something that isn't what it was advertised. Your deck and yard are going to look wonderful when you've finished, and I know it will get a lot of use. I want to know if any of those guys, working in your yard, had anything to say about you setting a table out there where they were working. Did they think you were going to serve them a meal? Please add my name for a chance to win the pancake molds. Thank you for hosting, and have a wonderful weekend. laurie

  12. Your deck is looking good already, Kathleen, and I can't wait to see it all "decked" out! Your table looks beautiful in all it's patriotic glory. Thank you so much for hosting and I appreciate the opportunity to win the giveaway, but I feel that I have had my share of winnings. xo

  13. Kathleen, I just love coming here to see your beautiful tables and one of these days I am going to start up the kitchen blog again and start joining in your wonderful parties.

    Your table is beautiful - and what a great idea using a toothbrush holder as flower holders. Might have to copy that idea next time I see them cheap somewhere.

  14. Great patriotic table Kathleen, witl all the right elements for this celebration! I specially love the star plates and the table topper, just terrific! Your deck is coming along beautifully too! Thank you for hosting.


  15. What a WONDERFULLY Patriotic tablescape, Kathleen!! Your glass ware looks fabulous in the sun & using the table weights as place markers was a clever idea. So was the toothbrush holders! ANY toothbrush holder would work GREAT as a built in flower frog. I'll never look at one the same way again...I'll be forever arranging flowers in them. LOL

    Your deck & yard are going to be spectacular...I can't wait for the big reveal. Hope you're taking LOTS of progress pictures.

    Thanks for doing this fun challenge this week. I needed something to take my mind off the horrors on TV.

    Hope you have a safe & touching Memorial Day.


  16. Beautiful table!! The tablecloth adds so much to the tablescape. My apologies, I once again forgot to post my blog name :-( Thank you for hosting the Patriotic challenge.

    Jocelyn @

  17. So pretty. Love all of the tributes. Great tablecloth.

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  18. And yes, my toothbrush holders are sitting in the basement, awaiting use.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Wonderful table, as always, I love the "special" place setting. I am so behind, I may get to party tomorrow, otherwise next week. Can't wait to see the full reveal. xo

  20. Love your patriotic table and all the others who joined in. It would be great to win the star pancake molds as my granddaughter loves to have blueberry pancakes when she visits and it would be perfect for her July birthday.

  21. Hey, Kathleen!!!! Boy, what a day! Out shopping with my Mom, and boy can she shop!!! I am just about worn to the bone!!! I am SO tired, but I wanted to be sure to read your post before calling it a night and pulling the covers over my head.

    You did a super job with this table! It's sweet that you dedicated it to 2 REAL heroes. The little watering cans...what a hoot!!! do what you gotta do, right? :-) I imagine the little holes for the toothbrushes can double as a "frog" for arranging the flowers when you do them for the 4th of July table!

    Is that legal for those folks to advertise something as 70" cotton when it's really a 60" something-or-other else??? Hmmmm. They need to check themselves before they wreck themselves! That's not right!!! I'm glad you know how to sew. You'll be able to lengthen that puppy in no time flat! It's pretty, so I'd really like to see you get as much use from it as possible.

    Dang skippy I want in on the drawing for the pancake mold!!!!!!!! Drop my name in that hat, baby! I'm all in! I can use them for making either fluffy light pancakes to eat or for making heavy, lethal death stars to throw at people! :-)

    Have a good one, and hang in there, baby. That deck will be done in no time, and you will be able to enjoy it for years to come! The shed is lookin' good, too, with those window planters!!!!! Later, dude!

  22. You table is perfect for the holiday. Everything looks great, but I really love that little white basket with the red with and blue flowers. Just so sweet and natural. Looks busy at your place, but it will be worth it in the end. As always, thanks for hosting. Dianne

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  24. Your table is so festive, beautiful and really patriotic. It's just perfect, Kathleen...Christine

  25. Your deck is the perfect place for outdoor dining. I love the flag theme linens with the long red tablecloth. Your blue and whie flatware is a great adddition to the red, white and blue place setting. Thanks for hosting each week and I enjoyed creating a Memorial Day tablescape. Have a wonderful weekend!


  26. You do the most lovely table settings! I really like the double-layered tablecloths. And the flatware is fantastic. Thanks for hosting this party.

  27. Love your patriotic table Kathleen! I'm looking forward to your porch and deck reveal! I hope you're taking lots of "in progress" photos! Wishing you and you family a Safe and Happy Memorial Day!

  28. To everyone that served, I can't thank them enough. Love your patriotic table. Have a great weekend.

  29. I loved your table as always, especially that you set it to remember those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I know what you mean by BUSY. I feel like a little mouse on a treadmill half the time. It was nice to have an excuse to stop and play with dishes for a minute.

    THANK YOU as always for hosting, and thank you, as always, for your table inspiration.

  30. Beautiful table..I know you will be glad to get the deck all finished...I'll be back next week.
    Love, Mona

  31. Fabulous Memorial Day table. All so cute with the patriotic table topper, the star plates and love the patriotic napkins.

  32. Last week I forgot to thank you for hosting this wonderful party! Thank you!
    This is a great tribute to the friends you lost and all military personnel. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings My Friend,

  33. Gosh I just love Boscovs! They may mess up but their online clearance section is awesome. Speaking of awesome, your table Kathleen! Love it all. And setting it outside among the chaos? What a trooper you are :-) My favorites would be the toothbrush holders and the blue napkin rings added for more texture ;-) Add my entry right next to Alycia's for that pancake mold please! Have a wonderful holiday weekend Kathleen.

  34. I just love your wonderfully patriotic tablescape! I'm a new follower of yours, from Northwestern CT. I would like to enter your drawing for the adorable star pancake molds please - my sweet little granddaughter would just love to have her blueberry pancakes at Nana's house in the shape of stars ! Love your blog - Thanks for some great inspiration! Happy Memorial Day ! Dorinda :)

  35. I can picture that beautiful, widened patio with your happy family enjoying it, Kathleen. It's a wonderful time of year with the entire promise of summer ahead and a time to remember all of the brave souls who protect our nation!

  36. It has been so long since I've done a tablescape that I'm beginning to think I need to just have a big ole dish sale at my house. We have been working in the yard (we lost 3 trees in the drought) and working in the basement to prepare for a (ugh) garage sale. Most of the next 2 days will be placing and pricing things for that. I hope by Monday to actually enjoy the holiday! Your table is so festive and pretty...enjoy your weekend!

  37. You've done a great job beautifying your yard for the summer. Everything looks great! THanks for hosting us! Your challenges are always right on the money. Cherry Kay

  38. Hi lovely lady.
    You did a Beautiful tablescape..I know you will be glad to get the deck all finished...I'll be back next week sorry for missing you for Memorial Day post.
    I am hoping you had a wonderful day with your family today.
    XXOO Diane
    I did do a post today.

  39. Your table looks smashing, as always. :)I really like the top cloth.
    How fun to be getting a new deck....and the little "shed" back there is so cute.
    See ya later..gotta go visit some of these amazing tables at your party.
    xo bj

  40. oops, forgot to add ...please put my name in the hat for your drawing. :) Thanks, K.


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