Monday, May 27, 2013

Tablescape Tuesday - Memorial Day Americana Table


I hope you had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!   Ours was very eventful!   Lots going on pretty much all weekend!  

Well, since we had a BBQ with a few friends at our house on Sunday, we decided to have our Sunday Family Dinner on Monday instead, and it was the perfect time to do it because it was MEMORIAL DAY!  

We had my father and his girlfriend join us for this "Monday Family Dinner".  They just returned from a wonderful 47 day whirlwind vacation halfway around the world!   So it was great to see them, to hear about their awesome vacation, and to have them cook us a DELICIOUS gourmet meal at our house for us!   That was a treat!

In case you happen to be wondering.....I'd love to take a short minute to explain what our "Sunday Family Dinners" are all about for those of you who are seeing my blog for the first time...If you've read this before, feel free to skip this part...

We started a new family tradition in January 2013 (a New Years' Resolution) that I hope continues even after the kids are grown.


We pretty much have dinner together as a family most nights, but on Sundays, we have a special dinner in the dining room as opposed to the kitchen table, where we normally eat.

I get out the fine china and candles and make a special meal and so far, it has been something we look forward to each week.

Then once a month, we invite some of our extended family to join us for a Sunday family dinner.

It's also been giving me a chance to do lots of new TABLESCAPES..haha!

To see my previous tablescapes from other Sunday Family Dinners, you can click here:

Sunday Family Dinner #1 - Red and Blue Toile
S.F.D.#2 - Black, White and Silver
S.F.D.#3 - Winter Woods With White
S.F.D.#4 - The "Royal Treatment"
S.F.D.#5 - Super Bowl Table
S.F.D. #6 - Mardi Gras Table
S.F.D. #7 - Spring is Springing Up
S.F.D. #8 - "Apple of My Eye"
S.F.D. #9 - "Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss"
S.F.D. #10 - The "KNego" Tablescape (Designed by my 9 year old son)
S.F.D. #11 - The St. Patrick's Day Tablescape
S.F.D. #12 - Last-Minute Lavender Tablescape
S.F.D. #13 - 3 Easter Tables
S.F.D. #14 - Wrapped In Love Tablescape
S.F.D. #15 - Wrapped Up in Family Tablescape
S.F.D. #16 - Orange You Ready for a Picnic Tablescape
S.F.D. #17 - Barbies and the Pink Shoes (Designed by my 6 year old daughter)
S.F.D. #18 - Simply Nautical but Nice Tablescape
 Because I'm on a budget but love to switch up my decor for the various tablescapes each week, I'm decorating my tables almost entirely on BARGAINS....finds from the Dollar Stores, Thrift Stores, or regular stores with sales or clearance items.
Of course, considering that this was Memorial Day, I wanted to create a special patriotic table to celebrate the Holiday!

Here's what I came up with...

I was hoping to pull off an American table with just a hint of hometown friendliness. 

I found the cute flag hangers at Dollar Tree, 3 for $1, so I bought those and I really like how they turned out hanging from our lights!  (other Dollar tree finds at this table include the wine/water glasses, the round placemats, and the glass candleholders along the center of the table)

I had also found some great burgundy plates and bowls at our Goodwill store...they were so pretty...they were Better Homes and Gardens dinnerware, but they only had 3 bowls, 4 dinner plates and 3 salad plates....sooo...I had to improvise and I ended up making some varying sets of dishes in white, navy and this burgundy color. 

The runners across the table (two of them) are from Walmart's fabric dept.  I loved how they matched the bowls in the center as well.  I wasn't sure what to put in those, so I ended up putting a candle....looking back, I should have added something else in there to fill it, but, oh well...haha!

The centerpiece is a bouquet of pretty flowers in a glass vase that I found at a garage sale.  I set them on a nice silver box shelf (also from a garage sale) as a pedestal.  I draped it with a scarf I found at the Dollar Tree.  On both sides are my Ikea white candleholders with white candles. 

I really liked the look of the red white and blue with this tan tablecloth..I think it made the colors really stand out and it was also easy because I used the same tablecloth last week..haha...

Well, thank you so much for joining me today for TABLESCAPE TUESDAY!   Please come on back tomorrow when I'll be sharing a great new recipe with you for my WHADDA WE EATIN' WEDNESDAY segment!

Have a wonderful day and I hope to see you again soon!  =)

This post is being added to...
Tablescape Thursday
Thrifty Things Friday
Let's Dish






  1. You did a great job with the Red, White and Blue theme! Love the dishes you found at GW and I also will mix and match when I don't have enough of one color! Works for me and gives lots of interest to the table!

    1. Thank you Linda! Yes, it can be frustrating to not find as many of a particular plate, etc when I go to Goodwill, but I can usually find something to pair them with so I'll usually buy them anyway...especially if they're a great find! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great day! =D

  2. Bravissimo! You really filled this table out, and it looks great! A wonderful way to celebrate the holiday! You know I like the sumptuous look!!!!

    Great idea to just switch up the salad plates & bowls to accommodate what you had. It's a really good look, and it teaches newbies who may be reading your blog how to use their imagination and use what's on hand. The runners look terrific, too, and work hard to both ground the table and give it a "homey" feel.

    Way to rock Dollar Tree!!! That place is a wonderland! I love just going in to browse, but I almost always end up buying something!!!

    I'm glad you guys had a good holiday! Enjoy your week!!!

    1. Hi Alycia! Thanks so much! It was fun to put this one together. Yes, I'm also such a huge fan of the Dollar Tree! It's hard to say no to something when it's only one dollar...of course, that's the exact thinking that gets me into trouble...haha! Have a great week, girl!

  3. You have definitely created a hometown friendly feel with your patriotic table! My favorite parts are the flags hanging on your chandy and the casual draped scarf full of stars in your centerpiece! The tan cloth keeps everything looking causal too.

    1. Thanks so much Jenna! I really appreciate that! Hope you have a great rest of the week! =D

  4. Very festive! And the tan really does set everything off quite well. I love that you mixed and match your dinnerware and placemats. It comes off very unified.
    Happy belated Memorial Day!

  5. That is a wonderful table. I love the different stacks of dishes, they add so much interest to the table. Love the chandy decorations too. $Tree rocks! xo marlis

  6. Love your Red, white and blue dishes. So perfect for this time of year. All the way to the 4th of July!! I love the Dollar Tree :-)

    Jocelyn @

  7. Great job, I love how thrifty you are!
    Coming over from tablescape Thursday.
    My favorite kind of table, bright, cheery and frugal!

  8. It turned out great and thanks for joining Diann and I for TTF this week! I loe the mix and match so much!


  9. What a festive did a great job mixing and matching. It is amazing what we can find at thrift stores, isn't it?
    Have a wonderful week...