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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Patriotic~Red, White, Bleu

Friday, May 24, 2013

Hurrah for the 
Red, White, & Bleu 
all summer long...

May 26 ~~~ Memorial Day
June 14 ~~~ Flag Day
July 4 ~~~ Independence Day
July 14 ~~~ Bastille Day
of course, a little French has to be included
September 2 ~~~ Labor Day

A celebration table that will 
set the joie de vivre for any of our patriotic holidays...
Just seeing red, white, and blue cheers me!
Hurrah for the red, white, and blue, 
may it wave as our banner forever...

Holidays bring families together 
to enjoy good food, to enjoy laughter, and 
to enjoy swapping stories.

To show how important families are to us, 
we set tables with special dishes and decor.

The table runner is two kitchen towels from France.
I mixed the unexpected red dominoes with
traditional themes of stars and stripes for a fun table 
and as a reminder of fun games to come later this day. 

Lots of memories of good times/jokes recanted to 
young, old, new to the family, those who
just want to hear it again...
"Mr. J took a bite of Mrs. J's ice cream, 
when she asked for a bite of his in return, 
he said, 'close your eyes, open wide,' 
and gave her a BIG spoonful...

Most of us do not have 
sets and sets of dishes to create 
a multi-layered place setting.
The red, white, and blue striped layer is 
a french fries paper holder from World Market. 

Flags and flowers...
The American and French flags are in an 
antique blue bottle.

White flowers, red berries, and blue stars...

Place cards are homemade using white card stock 
trimmed with deckle-edge scissors and
decorated with US Postage stamps.

Words that describe ideals we hold dear...

The fleur de lis is a nod to 
the French who celebrate 
the French National Day of independence, 
known as Bastille Day, 
on July 14.

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité
Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
The national motto of France...

Stories of aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, babies... 
Stories of time spent serving 
in the military, defending our freedom.
Three nephews, brothers in the same family, 
who were career military...
The oldest in the Air Force, the middle one in the Navy, and 
the youngest in the Army...
Each with different stories...
Tours in Iraq...
Working in the Pentagon on Sept. 10, 2001, 
but not on Sept. 11, 2001... 
Repairing ships...

Moods lighten and thoughts turn to 
dominoes "42" which is one of the favorite games in this family. 

After the dishes are washed and put away, 
the centerpiece remains and so does the 
patriotic basket on the coat closet door 
seen from the table.

A faded American flag design basket holds
American and Texas flags, 
plus flag tissue paper,
bluebonnet printed ribbon, 
and a flag decorated legal envelope.

The patriotic basket will hang 
all summer 
from the closet door hook 
as a celebration 
of all our 
red, white, and blue holidays.
Renaissance Lapis china by Fitz and Floyd
Jamestown Red glasses by Fostoria
Stainless flatware by Towle
White Madeline plates by Pier I
Blue chargers by Kirklands
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  1. Your table setting is so festive! And omigosh I love your arched closet door!!

    1. I love that door, too. My husband and I bought the hinges and rim latch at an old hardware store in Huntsville, Alabama. Then my husband made the door from wide pine planks and made the trim molding to match the hinges. If ever I sell this house, the door frame moldings, hinges, and door are coming with me.


  2. Judith, this is one of my favorite patriotic posts! Your table is perfection! Love the idea of mixing in the red dominoes and the stamps on the placecards. Very clever! We'll enjoy parties and meals at friends over the holiday weekend, so not setting a patriotic table here. I'll have to return to enjoy this one again and again. With the not to France I'm really smiling with this table. Enjoy the weekend with your family. ~ Sarah

    1. Sarah, your comment truly brightened my day! One of the nicest comments I've ever received...


  3. And also our colors !!! from!

    1. Now, I will be on the watch for a Holland flag! I've only been to Holland once, but had a wonderful time while there. We were able to go to the commercial flower market which was an amazing experience.


  4. Love this, Judith! I especially love the red dominoes. We only have the traditional black and white, sadly! Now, my creative juices are flowing -- where did I put those flags!

    I have always flown a flag on Flag Day as it was my mother's birthday! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating with your family!

  5. Love your table! Every detail of a patriotic tablescape. Love that you can carry this theme through the summer. Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Jocelyn @

    1. Thank you so much for visiting and leaving such a nice comment! It really made my day!


  6. You have given me inspiration this morning to decorate for Memorial Day. Several members of my family have served-5 generations in fact. I adore the basket on the door and the table is perfect. Ingenious using tea towels. Everything is so pretty.

    1. How wonderful that your family has served for 5 generations! The little basket has been around for many years, and I've updated and added to it as I find more patriotic items. It's time for me to repaint it since it is so faded.

      Thank you for leaving such sweet comments.


  7. I don't know what to write that hasn't been said above! Your tablescape is incredible. I think the delight is in the details~ the postage stamp place cards are an amazing touch. Love it all!

    1. Oh, and I forgot to say, those red dominoes rock! :)

    2. Your comments really made me feel great about the table. The postage stamp place cards just popped into my head, but I love stamps and am always buying some just because they are pretty.


  8. What a great table! I didn't realize there were so many summer holidays you could uses red, white, and blue for. Have a great weekend!

    1. Thanks, Sherry. I'm so glad you like the table! Hope you had a great holiday weekend, also.


  9. OmGoodness, Judith!
    Our hearts are matching right now!
    ...and you have fed me an extra helping of Madame Liberty in this post!
    Our Star Spangled Banner... with the flags of France and Texas! Be still my heart!!!!! This post just made my "today" until the Fourth of July fireworks display!

    This morning, I started revisiting the new friends and loves that I met last week, so I could rebuild my sidebar! I can't wait to see Botanic Bleu pop up on 34th street!

    1. Your comments are just so wonderful. I hopped right over to your post and LOVED the two Lady Liberties...France and USA! Just perfect!

      Your comment about the sidebar prompted me to rebuild mine also so I could include my new friends, too. Thanks for inspiring me to improve my site!


  10. Bonjour Judith

    Thank you for visiting my blog.
    French and American flag made me smile.
    Did you read about me ? (you will know why..)
    I left my heart in loire valley, Can't function properly now days (smile)

    I will try to post some more interior pics of the house.

    Julie x

    1. I am your first follower on the My Old French House blog! Cannot wait to see more photos of your new adventure....I know you say it will be September before you start renovating, but I'm hoping you will begin posting photos of the interior of the house as it is now. It would also be great posts if you showed photos of some inspiring rooms, houses, gardens, etc... that are guiding you in what you want to do for your new OLD house! :)


  11. Gorgeous setting. I played too. Mine are here and here.

    1. Thanks. I hopped over and left comments on both of your posts...way fun posts!

  12. Beautiful patriotic table!

  13. Love that beautiful American blue. I remember.

    Happy Blue Monday, B.

  14. Hi! enjoyed your patriotic setting...So glad I bought Fiesta red, white, and blue dishes today at Canton!! Now, you have inspired me. Thanks! Hopefully, I will catch up on blogging soon. I enjoyed your blog!

    1. Canton, TEXAS? Oh, I haven't been in so many years and really want to go again. I'll be looking for your post using the Fiesta red, white, and blue dishes.

      Thank you for leaving such a nice comment. Have a great weekend...having fun playing with your new old dishes...


  15. It's stunning!! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see you again at the blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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