Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday … 4th of July


Welcome Everyone…

This is my very first time participating in Foodie Friday.. and my second addition to Tablescape Thursday. So hopefully you’ll all bare with me through my nervousness and greenhorn skills. 



I wish to thank Our Hostesses Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch and Gollum @ Designs By Gollum.. for always graciously hosting these fun and entertaining blogland events. They have both inspired so many of us to be creative wonders. I know for me many of Gollum’s treats have helped me fill my husbands tummy so full of joy he forgets to pay attention to all I spend on tablescapes.. So after you finish looking around here click on the buttons below and go visit these lovely ladies and all the other talented ladies participating today.








In honor of the 4th of July Holiday..



We’re all decked out in Red, White & Blue. 


  • The 6” Blue Bowl is Mainstay that I picked up from Wal-Mart.
  • The White Fish are from Target.


  • The White Salad plate is Simple Dining .. that I found at Ross. They don’t have lil black dots on them I promise lol.. something happened as I was trying to adjust the resolution of the photo.
  • The Red, White & Blue Tea Towel.. Dollar Tree.
  • Dinner Plate.. Seltmann Weiden “Christina White” .. Given as a wedding gift years ago.
  • Red Sedona Plate.. under dinner plate is Mainstay.. from Wal-Mart.

    Red Mat Charger.. Wal-Mart.

    Blue Place Mat.. Dollar Tree.


    • Flatware .. Oneida Brooch pattern .. Target.


    This darling little hamburger salt & pepper set is from Pier One.. I love how it stacks together perfectly as one piece .. or separately.



    The Flags used in the center piece were some I already had.. but I saw plenty of them at Dollar Tree, which had multiple sizes and packages that had 2 & 3 flags in each pack.


    • Blue Water Goblets.. filled with homemade lemonade.. are Mainstay also from Wal-Mart.
    • The Pitcher is Crisa that was a gift from Dillards.
    • The Red Stemware below is from Target from years ago I purchased for my Christmas table.
    • Sunflower plate.. is by Boston Warehouse Trading Company.. picked that lil set up at Kroger.


    On to the FOOD:

    Those YUMMY tomatoes up there.. They came from my dear friend Suzanne’s garden. She has been supplying me with tons of veggies over the last few weeks.. some of which I’m about to share with you.

    How about a fresh picked cantaloupe.. perfectly chilled for dessert.


    Fresh baked homemade Croissants.. I made 2 dozen of these because I knew I’d be fixin lots of tomato, cucumber & vadalia onion sandwiches with them over the next few weeks.  Click HERE for my croissant recipe.


    We like a lil twang with our meal .. so I made this lil pepper mix you see below. It’s a mixture of diced black olives, red, green, yellow, orange peppers, vadalia onion, and cucumbers. I normally dice up enough so that I can toss it in a pasta salad for the next day. BTW.. those lil white appetizer bowls are from Target and the Mini Crystal Pastry Stand is Laura Glass that I got from Ross.

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    Another shot of those Croissants filling up an Old Glory basket. I had made these cute little star ice cubes.. but I totally forgot to get a picture before they started melting.. so this is the best photo I have of them.


    On to the Main Course:


    • Grilled Boneless BBQ Pork Chops …  with grilled red & yellow peppers.
    • Green Beans … straight from the garden.
    • Fried White Cream Corn.. also from the garden. Click HERE for My Southern Fried Cream Corn Recipe.
    • Red Ripe Tomatoes.. also from the garden.
    • Pepper Mix.. all fresh from Suzanne’s garden except the black olives.



    Are you hungry yet? It was so delicious! This was the meal I prepared for Jeff and Ashley the Saturday night before they both left for camp on Sunday..  


    Another view.. as it started to get dark outside.


    The Centerpiece with the larger flags.. The Red Canister is from a canister set that I purchased recently from Kirklands.. They matched the Red Stemware perfectly. I removed the larger flags from the centerpiece before we sat down for dinner because they were so large we couldn’t see one another.


    Thank You All for dropping by to visit my addition to this week’s Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday..

  • Greenhorn mistake: I didn’t include recipes for the Croissants and other goodies in this post.. so I made a new post with those listed. Click HERE to view those recipes. Sorry for that lil mishap, Debbie


    From My Family To Yours.. We hope you all have a Wonderful Safe Fun Filled Happy 4th of July. Enjoy the Great Food… The Spirit of the celebration.. and the Freedom we all share in this Great Country of Ours.


     Happy 4th Everyone!

    God Bless, Debbie


    1. So CUTE! love the hamburger S&P

    2. Oh Debbie this is all just so pretty love the way yoi did it all...I bet we are going to see alot of Fourth tables this week...Foods looks YUM and from your garden how cool is poor little tomatoes are still too tiny to eat...can't wait until they get bigger for fried green tomatoes YUMMY..May you have a great fourth...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

    3. Debbie...your table is lovely. I see you have the white fishys from Target I believe! You really set the patriotic mood. Have a great 4th weekend!

    4. What a gorgeous 4th of July table. I love everything. YOur mix of dishes and accessories are stunning. Your centerpiece is so lovely and the hamburger salt and pepper are just about the cutest thing ever. Your menu sounds so yummy. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

    5. Ummm...your table is just beautiful. I love all your flags..and the food looks and sounds so so good.
      Have a wonderful 4th..
      xo bj

    6. Hi Debbie, your table is pretty and festive and all the food looks absolutely delicious.

      Happy July 4th to you!!


    7. Oh, my Dear, you have the touch! Your table looks wonderful! I love every aspect of it! It's so colorful, too! Now your food looks so scrumptious!
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia :)

    8. Hi Debbie! Your table is so much fun. I love all the red, white and blue. Those blue bowls are great! Have a wonderful 4th!!

    9. Beautiful patriotic table!

      Happy 4th of July!

    10. all looks wonderful, love those napkins and with the flowers...

      happy tablescaping, enjoy


    11. Debbie,

      I love your red, white and blue tablescape! It's very festive for the 4th.

      The meal looks yummy, too! My daughter and I were just talking about finding a good recipe for croissants earlier this evening. Can you post the recipe for yours?


    12. Yes, you are making us all hungry. I love the hamburger salt and pepper shakers. I know you are going to enjoy the 4th by your patriotic table.

    13. I love your table setting! And the food...oh have my favorite...I LOVE fresh corn with fresh tomatoes. There is something about those 2 flavors together......Your post has made me VERY hungry! Have a great 4th!

    14. Wow! What a post! Love the table, totally festive! The food looks great! Happy 4th!

    15. Beautiful and Delicious - that's an unbeatable combination! I have those fish salt and peppers from Target too!!!! Have a great 4th! :D Jewel

    16. Love those little hamburger salt and peppers! Your plate looks very yummy. Our tomatoes and corn are just starting to come in, and I can't wait, especially after seeing them on your table.

    17. Yep! you are hooked already! You did great with your post, hope you have a festive weekend. Your meal looked great - I could just about smell it! Come visit me sometime too!

    18. This is all just beautiful! What details you have - love the star ice cubes!

      That cantaloupe looks luscious! All the food looks delicious!

      I also have a patriotic tablescape this week!


    19. Debbie, What a fantastic job you did , and the food looks so delicious. And you said you were nervous, just spectacular!. I so enjoyed this post. Everything just flows. and the salt and pepper shakers so cute. Thank you for sharing. Wishing you and your family a most blessed 4th of July celebration.

    20. Welcome to TT! Great tablescape -- I love it all.

    21. How beautiful Debbie!

      Love all the patriotic colors and that "burger" from Pier 1. LOL! Toooo cute! ~Gorgeous~

      ~Happy 4th! ~Melissa ;)

    22. Those little salt and pepper shakers are just about the cutest things I've ever seen.
      Enjoyed your tablescape!

    23. Debbie... That was an exceptional scape and an over the top MEAL.. Goodness, I wish I were invited. I think this is the firat time ever to your blog, lovely, will stop again soon, God Bless, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

    24. Beautiful table setting and delicious looking dinner! "Fried white creamed corn"? My hubby loves Creamed corn... I buy it in a can... it looks icky... and I odn't eat it... Yours looks way different and ... please pass me a spoon! Happy 4th of July!
      ~Really Rainey~

    25. Debbie, you didn't skip a beat! Your table is perfection and the food mouthwatering! Happy 4th of July!

    26. Debbie--You knocked this post OUT of the ball park! It's perfect from the table to the food! Unfortunately I have no friend supply me with fresh veggies--guess I'll head to the farmers' market now that you have made me hungry! Have a happy 4th!

    27. Debbie,
      Can I get a carry out! this is an awesome tablescape and the fools looks really yummy. Happy 4th.

    28. Debbie, Your tablescape was festive, creative, AND fun! The sunflowers and flag centerpiece was especially cute, as were the s/p shakers. So can we have the recipes for the croissants and the corn? Pretty please.... hugs, Sue

    29. Hi Debbie,
      Just beautiful!. Everything is perfect and the meal a feast to behold.

      Enjoy your 4th of July weekend,

    30. For being a newbie -- you are doing a great job!!

      I was behind in everything this week and didnt get my act together but I am really enjoying all the inpsiration everyone else is giving me.

      TTFN~~ Claudia ♥

    31. This is just scrumptious-looking and beautiful! I'm going to look for some of these wonderful pieces you've shown. I like the painting on the easel. The glasses are so pretty. Not to mention your flatware! I'm in love with those. Very pretty touches your family love, I'm sure!

    32. You did a great job, Debbie! Your table looks so festive. I love the white tablecloth underneath - it gives everything a nice vintage feel.

    33. What a fun and festive table.. girl this food looks delicious... I enjoyed your creativity very much... Happy Fourth..
      hugs ~lynne~

    34. Debbie! I'm back! I missed you!

      Why can't we live closer? I want a friend who does theme things like this because I never will. We all just potluck it and throw it on the table. It's fun and friendly but I love the pomp and circumstance. I just saw the Today Show this morning to something similar (though not a DARLING) and I thought, "I wonder who actually does this?" Now I know! You ROCK!

    35. Debbie, I love how you let us know where everything was from, and I am crazy about those wavy white salad plates from Ross and the round woven chargers from WalMart. I haven't seen those, but I sure do like them.

      Very fun table for the Fourth. Speaking of which, hope yours is happy...


      Sheila :-)

    36. Thanks for all the details. This was fun to see and read about. Like everyone else, I love the ceramic burger. I have something similar that is a pump dispenser. You have a wonderful assortment of dishes used in a creative way.

    37. I thoroughly enjoyed your tablescape. All the special touches. Your centerpiece was beautiful. Happy 4th!

    38. Great table, happy 4th! :O)

    39. * DITTO to all of the above compliments, and THANK YOU for allowing us into your CHARMING home!!! It all looks sooo lovely and fun!!!

      Linda in AZ *

    40. Great table! The food looks wonderful. Happy 4th:)

    41. The food looks so yummy!! Your salt and pepper shakers are great. Your table is so pretty!!!

    42. What a festive table with lots of cute details! Have a wonderful 4th!


    43. I don't believe I've ever seen such perfectly red tomatoes... amazing!
      The cantaloupe looks delicious too, and I will look forward to trying your croissant!

    44. This was such a charming post:-). A great deal of time and effort went into it. It is appreciated and I want to thank you for sharing it with us. Have a wonderful holiday.

    45. I love tomato and onion sandwiches, never tried them with cukes, but it sounds good.

      Also, never made croissants, but found a recipe earlier for a Baked French Toast Casserole made with croissants. I believe I'll make with your recipe.

      Fried corn? Another favorite, but then I am Atlanta born.

      You did an amazing presentation!

    46. You have really pulled a great tablescape together. Good job.
      Fried cream corn? I will have to check that one out.

    47. My favorite detail is the red, white, and blue tea towel from Dollar Tree!

    48. Good job on your 1st and 2nd posts! It all looks so good and I'm sure it was delicous as well. I have never seen frozen croissants. What brand are they? Maybe they are just a southern thing that we can't get here in the west--I don't know. I love the patriotic napkins and I have the same red goblets from Target! Happy 4th.!! I have been posting all week about the 4th. Come visit soon.

    49. So yummy and cute! You have such great ideas. Thanks for sharing. I hope you will join me for Crick Pot Wdebesdays beginning in August. Thanks again, another Debbie

    50. I came back by to mention that I am hosting a Christmas in July Tablescape Party at my Playing Dishes blog. There will be one held each Saturday this month. Please come and participate or at least visit. A holiday tablecloth will be given away on the last Saturday, July 25. Info on signups is available by clicking my sidebar memes available on both my blogs.

      I am also having a weekly Christmas giveaway at my Christmas Memories in My Heart blog. Weekly entries are closed out a midnight on Wednesday for this.

      Hopefully some of you tablescape regulars will pull together a tablescape for CIJ or pull out some photos from last year to post.

      Happy CIJ!

    51. Boy, you have outdone yourself. I love every detail of your tablescape and your dinner. Thanks for sharing the recipes! ~ Happy 4th & all! ~ Robyn


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