Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fourth of July Tablescape!

Hi all! It has been a fun few days here at Nana's! I found out that I won a giveaway from my blog buddy, Bill, at Affordable Accoutrements!!! I haven't really won a giveaway before- well, I kinda did as a sharing deal, but this is my very first actual win! I won a book written by The Elegant Thrifter, Stan Williams. Talk about excited! Here are the kind words that Bill wrote when he announced the win on his blog: "If you haven't stopped by Just Call Me Nana!, you owe it to yourself to pay her a visit. Nana's a frequent Tablescape Thursday participant and, while she has several sets of dishes, she often limits herself to using thrifted white Johnson Brothers Snowhite Regency Ironstone china in an amazing variety of ways. I have some of the same dishes I've used in a few tablescape posts, but Nana puts me to shame!
Most of Nana's English Ironstone collection was purchased for her by her sweet sister, Tammy, who also happens to be a blogger. You can check out her blog, Domestic Diva at Work HERE. Last Friday was Nana's birthday, so I thought it was a nice coincidence that she won the giveaway. I hope you'll all stop by and wish her well. Congratulations, Nana!"

Those words were almost as great as the Shakespeare he quoted on his blog to help describe his Tablescape! (What a GORgeous table he had this week- I think he must be a professional photographer too!) What Bill didn't tell you is that HE is the one that inspired me to collect my Ironstone! Yes! I saw those beautiful plates on one of his Tablescapes and I just FELL in LOVE with them. I love them so much that I decided to use them as my every day plates as well. Like Bill says "I would rather risk breaking a few here and there than to have a perfect set left when I die"! So true, what are we saving the "good stuff" for? USE it! Thanks so much, Bill! What a great addition to my birthday celebration!
So this week (I had just finished my table when I saw Bill's post about my Ironstone, so I am glad I used it- again!) I did a 4th of July Tablescape.(I was impressed with the whole Shakespeare thing going on over at Bill's that I put in a little rhyming action of my own!)

How we love the red, white and blue-

our love for our country ever true-

Candles sparkle like our nation shines!

Independent and Free- a country so fine!

The place setting

The napkins reminded me of the three cornered hats (Ok, I am getting a little carried away here!)

Here is a close up of the silver- I bought 38 pieces for $3.95! I didn't even look in the bag they came in- didn't see the pattern or anything, I just scooped it up. I tried finding the pattern name, but couldn't find it anywhere. I love the set. It looks kinda Americanaish, don't ya think?

Be sure and check out other tablescaping fun over at Between Naps on the Porch with our hostess with the mostest, Susan, who graciously throws this great party every week!


Tammy said...

Love the table & the poem was good too. Thanks for the mention too...

xinex said...

Very patriotic and festive!...Christine

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a fun and festive table! I especially love the candlelight photos -- very sparkly and appropriate for the Fourth! Congrats on winning Bill's giveaway, too!

Susan said...

Very pretty and festive! Great job! Susan

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Congrats on your win of Bill's wonderful givaway. I love your star spangled table -- Very festive and what a great way to showcase those white dishes for this red, white and blue holiday. Happy 4th.

Dining Delight said...

Your tablescape is very striking! Love how you've used all the R,W & B together in such a pleasing manner! Congrats on winning Bill's giveaway - always fun to win something - especially something so lovely!
Happy Independence Day!


Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

What a poetic tablescaper you are Nana. Your table is a great representation of a 4th of July celebration; it's so cute. I like your Ironstone, too. Happy belated birthday!

All the Best,


Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

VERY patriotic! I love it! Red, of course is my all time favorite color and this really made me smile.

Sailing Simply said...

Love your festive and sparkly table scape! Congratualations on your win too! That's fantastic! Just visiting from TT! Happy 4th!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Congratulations to a lucky winner!!! I love this patriotic table settng!!! Happy 4th!!!

Pinky said...

CONGRATULATIONS on your WIN! So happy for you! Isn't Bill the best!? I love your patriotic table AND your poem! Hope you have a great weekend with your family!!!! XO, Pinky

craftyles said...

Really festive. I love the firecracker thingies on the candleholders. Great idea. Happy Fourth!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your win! That ironstone is so classic. That silverware is such a lucky find and looks great on your table. Happy 4th!

Debbie said...

What a fun and festive setting! Love how everything sparkles in the candle light. Congrats on your win!!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

I adore your patriotic spirit. It is red, white and bluetiful!

I hope you'll stop by for my bbq on an Anthropologie inspired white tablecloth. :)

Atelier de Charo said...

So festive table!
Happy 4th July.


Bill said...

Hi Nana,

Congratulations again. You're always go generous with your comments. Thank you for mentioning me again (not necessary, but very sweet of you!).

This is such a fun, festive table! You pulled out all the stops with this one! What a great deal on the flatware!

Hope you and yours have a very happy 4th!

Warmest regards,

Mimi said...

Very pretty table, Nana! Congrats on winning Bill's giveaway.I think the pattern of your flatware is International/American Silver Co. Camelot aka Harvest 1964.
Have a great weekend!

Deanna said...

Great Tablescape!!!

God Bless and may you have a sparkling 4th of July,
d from HomeHaven

Johanna said...

Dear Nana, I have given already a comment but it failed somehow. So I repeat a commet. Congratulations to the wonderfull win of Bills giveaway and abelated Happy Birthday. Your sparkling table is so nice and you will celebrate their with your family certainly a wonderful Independence Day. Have lot of fun.
Greetings, Johanna

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Nice patriotic tablescape, I like it!

Congratulations on winning Bill's give-away! You lucky girl, you! A belated Happy Birthday, too!