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I will be very busy the next few weeks so I decided to post a “4th of July” tablescape a little early.
I am serving a very American menu and not the usual Italian influenced 4th of July menu I grew up with.
I know it is an American holiday with the standard barbecue fare of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, but being Italian, my family always celebrated the Italian way with antipasto, linguine with crabs, chicken, steak, fish, lamb kabobs, sausage and peppers, caprese salad, roasted peppers, potato/onion/string bean salad, panzanella salad, tomato salad, rice salad, tossed salad, focaccia with olives & rosemary and zeppoles.
I can’t even start to name the desserts we would have…
My American menu this year will be hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, corn on the cob, French fries, apple pie, and ice cream.
This year I even purchased red, white and blue popcorn.
Another Homegoods find.
I made a test batch of popcorn. The kernels didn’t pop as red, white and blue as I wanted, but it tasted great with a little butter and a dash of cayenne.
I love decorating for the 4th, but seriously, there is just so much you can do with red, white and blue. I already have two sets of dishes that I use for 4th of July and if you have been following the blog you have seen both of them.
Here is a little reminder….
I try to mix it up every year with the standard stars and stripes, but this year I happened to wander into Sur La Table one afternoon and it changed my 4th of July decorating world.
Instead of the usual stars and stripes, Sur La Table is featuring a new design called “Fireworks” and I love it. I bought the platters, plates, napkins, serving bowl and salad tongs. This is a very cheery pattern. I think you will like it…..
I am starting off with a navy tablecloth with white stars that I use quite often for my 4th of July and Memorial Day tablescapes. It has always been a “patriotic” favorite of mine.
(PHOTO looks black with the lighting but the tablecloth is navy)
To that I am adding red woven placemats and galvanized metal chargers. You have seen this combo before, but I think this combination looks best with the tablecloth.
My dinner plates are a solid navy melamine plate with a white star border. Very bold and matches the tablecloth.
The salad plates are also melamine and they are my new “Fireworks” purchase from Sur La Table. Red, white and blue fireworks bursting across the plate. I think they are great with the dinner dishes.
I also bought the “Fireworks” napkins and I am using a red, white and blue spray napkin ring made out of glass and plastic beads.
The napkin rings also remind me of a fireworks display.
Cutlery is red enamel by Cambridge.
I usually use red and blue striped glassware, but this year I am using cobalt blue goblets for a little change.
I have used this centerpiece before for the 4th of July and I just love it.
The centerpiece is a crème, red and blue water pitcher with stars and “America the Beautiful” written around the neck of the pitcher.
Adding a Flag with some red, white and blue carnations and Gerber daisies makes it complete. Simple and perfect for the table.
Table accents for this tablescape will start out with mini galvanized pails that I found in Dollar Tree. I am going to use the pails as votive candle holders with just a little bit of sand in the bottom of the pail to hold the candle in place.
You can also string a tag on the handle and use the pails as place-cards instead of candle holders.
Next, a flag salt and pepper shaker set added to the table. Remember, salt and pepper shakers are great for a tablescape to enhance the theme and small enough not to get in the way of the serve ware.
The last table accents are patriotic table scatter and a wooden sign that reads “God Bless America” which I found at a spa gift shop of all places. You never know where you’ll find things.
The serving pieces are quite large so I am setting them up on the buffet server and not directly on the table.
The first piece of serve ware is the large “Fireworks” melamine platter. The platter is 14 x 20. I will be using this platter to serve hot dogs and hamburgers.
The next piece of serve ware is a large “Fireworks” melamine serving bowl and I am using stars and stripes melamine salad tongs. I didn’t want to use the Fireworks salad tongs and have them blend into the design on the bowl.
This serving bowl is 14 x 4 and has the capacity to hold 5 quarts.
I will use this bowl to serve my 4th of July potato salad.
Since I got married, the first day of the year that I make my potato salad has always been 4th of July and never a day sooner. It has become a family tradition.
I will repost the potato salad recipe for you at the end of the post, absolutely delicious.
Along with hot dogs and hamburgers you have to have French fries. I will be serving Tuscan French fries* and serving them in mini fry baskets along with condiment cups for ketchup.
* Tuscan Fries are made with garlic & fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage) added to hot oil and drizzled over the French fries.)
I am lining the fry baskets with red and white check basket liner tissue. This tissue is food grade so it doesn’t leak or fall apart (especially with greasy French fries).
I just love mini serve ware of any kind. It must go back to the days when I had mini everything in a doll house. I just find the mini items too cute to pass up.
Remember the mini colanders?
For the corn on the cob, I will be using another melamine platter, but this one is white stars on a navy background with a red border.
This tray is 7 x 15.
The main dessert has to be red, white & blue of course, so I will be serving vanilla ice cream with strawberries and blueberries along with some apple pie.
Bob needed a dessert sampler ahead of time, so here are the photos.
I have one more 4th of July family dessert tradition to tell you about.
Every year we purchase Friendly’s Watta -Melon roll. It just isn’t 4th of July without it. My son came up with this tradition many years ago and it has been going strong for decades.
Watermelon and lemon sherbet with chocolate chips as the seeds. To me, this means Summer has arrived.
I bring it to the table on a platter with fresh watermelon cut into the shape of stars (using a cookie cutter) and the addition of some sparklers.
I love sparklers.
Reminds me of my Uncle Vinny. He brought sparklers every 4th of July.
And that completes this year’s 4th of July tablescape. I hope I gave you some inspiration for your own 4th of July celebration.
Have a wonderful holiday and take this opportunity to make beautiful memories with your family and friends.
Be safe and keep your pets safe too.
Until my next post, make every day a celebration!
Navy tablecloth with white stars from Macy’s
Red woven placemats from Homegoods
Galvanized chargers from Pottery Barn
“Fireworks” cloth napkin from Sur La Table
“Fireworks” serving bowl from Sur La Table
Star and Stripes salad tongs from Sur La Table
Large “fireworks” platter from Sur La Table
Stars oblong platter from Sur La Table
Navy and white star dinner plates from Sur La Table
“Fireworks” salad plates from Sur La Table
Mini fry baskets and condiment cups from Sur La Table
Mini galvanized pails from Dollar Tree
Red, white and blue glass spray napkin rings from Pier 1
Patriotic pitcher from Homegoods
Patriotic artificial flowers from Michael’s Arts & Crafts
Patriotic table scatter from Pier 1
God Bless America wooden sign from Drew Patrick Spa
Red, white and blue popcorn from Homegoods
Blue goblets from Crate and Barrel
Red flatware from Amazon
Food grade basket liners from Amazon
Ice cream dishes from Williams Sonoma
Ice cream spoons from Chefs Catalog
NOTE: ALL melamine serve ware is indoor/outdoor and is ONLY top rack dishwasher safe.
Potato Salad Recipe
5 lb bag of red potatoes- NOT PEELED – boil whole until a fork can pierce the skin but not mushy – DRAIN
2 ½ C Hellman’s mayo – NOT LIGHT
5 TBSP Red Wine Vinegar
3 ¾ tsp Kosher salt
2 ½ tsp Sugar
¾ tsp Pepper
2 ½ C Celery (chopped)
1 ½ C Red onion (diced)
1 dz Hard boiled eggs
(Shredded carrots are optional)
* Safety check…
Check your eggs for signs of cracks. Since fresh eggs are harder to peel it is best if you purchase your eggs a week prior to boiling. You can test the freshness of the eggs by placing them into a glass of water. The freshest eggs will lie on the bottom of the water on its side. As an egg ages the air pocket inside grows so your egg will start to stand up on end. An egg that floats to the top should be discarded.
Mix mayo and vinegar together—Add salt, pepper, and sugar and mix thoroughly.
Add celery and onions—Next add potatoes WARM (cut into bite size pieces)
Add eggs (sliced) and fold all ingredients together.
*Cooks Note: I think the potato salad tastes best after it has cooled in the refrigerator for a few hours and all the flavors have blended together.
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