We went to my friend Andrea’s house for a wonderful Memorial Day picnic, and I wanted to share the photos with you before the Fourth of July, because the red, white, and blue theme is perfect for every patriotic event!
I loved the burlap that she used to cover her dining room table, and the “America” banner on the front added a pop of color.
We didn’t have ALL the food on the table at this point, and some of it was in the kitchen, but we decided to keep the food inside to minimize flies. I used an idea I saw on Pinterest to put the fruit salad in a covered jar–that way if you are serving food outside, the flies still can’t get in!
I love the way Andrea stacked up old soda crates to hold condiments and salt and pepper. I have a bunch in my son’s room to hold his Legos; maybe I should borrow them for my next picnic?
The eagle, the straw hat, the copy of the Declaration of Independence…I love all the details!
Even the chandelier gets decorated for the holiday, with red, white and blue paper stars and lanterns.
Andrea took a simple boxwood wreath and jazzed it up with the Declaration of Independence and some flags.
And take a look at what she did over the wreath, with the eagle and the old flag draped around it…
Dessert–the best part! Hot Tamales, Twizzlers, Three Musketeers, and Crunch bars in apothecary jars create a red, white, and blue display. Paper flags dress up easy cupcakes made from a box.
Beautiful vintage ephemera on the hall entry table…
The bar was open for the grownups, and the kids enjoyed a bottomless cooler of ice cold Cokes (in glass bottles) on the bunting-draped porch. Coke in glass bottles is my kids’ favorite junk food treat. Not surprisingly, this was about the time my children asked me if they could live with Andrea! 🙂
Even the flowers in the backyard were decorated for the holiday…
While the grown-ups played a cutthroat cornhole tournament, the kids threw water balloons (red, white, and blue, of course) at each other to cool off. As night fell, Andrea pulled out a bucket of glow necklaces and whip-its to keep them occupied for awhile longer, while we all sat around and enjoyed some adult conversation. It was a perfect day!
As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, I am so thankful for the freedom that we enjoy, and for the brave men and women (like my husband and all of the guys at this picnic!) who fight to protect it. Happy Independence Day!
Thanks for stopping by!
Creations By Cindy says
Love your festive red, white and blue! Really adore the Coke crate with all the goodies. Hugs and blessings, Cindy
Thanks so much, Cindy!
Thanks for sharing your friends patriotic table decorations. Lots of inspiration here. Happy 4th of July!
Thanks Sarah! Hope you had a great fourth!
What a party!
I really love the use of the vintage soda boxes as trays.
Looks like it was fun for all.
Have a wonderful weekend.
Thanks, Michele–the soda crates are my favorite thing, too!
Bohemian Valhalla says
Loving this Patriotic Themed Party and will certainly borrow some of the Ideas like putting the Fruit Salad in a Lovely Vintage Lidded Glass Jar… Fruit Salad always looks so pretty anyway that a mere bowl doesn’t showcase it as beautifully. And I have the Vintage Soda Crates… nothing says All American quite like Coca-Cola huh? *Winks*
Blessings from the Arizona Desert… Dawn… The Bohemian
Thanks for your kind comments, Dawn. Hope you had a great fourth!
The Other Me Is Sane says
Love your decor, especially the little wooden flag towards the end. Happy 4th to you!
I know–she has the greatest stuff–she’s been collecting for years. Hope you had a great fourth!
Honey We're Home says
Those paper lanterns are too cute! Thanks for linking up! 🙂
Thanks girl! Hope you had a great fourth!
Janae Cooprider says
I love it all! The Vintage look is wonderful! Looks like such a fun time!
Thanks, Janae! So glad you stopped by!
Elizabeth Ann says
How cute! 🙂 I especially love the Declaration of Independence Wreath! Visiting from Honey We’re Home!
I’m so glad you stopped by! I’m going to be copying that wreath idea next year! 🙂