Independence Day 2011

We had our Independence Day dinner celebration on the third. I love this holiday!

This is a thrifty tablescape, too. I’ll list the patriotic participants at the end.

Flags and stars are some of my favorites.

My sweet friend “S” gifted me with these beautiful star napkin rings for my birthday. Each one has a different design. Love them!

There is something about red, white, and blue that just makes my heart sing.

Our menu included my husband’s fabulous barbecued chicken with his special sauce, his grandmother’s recipe mustard cole slaw, green bean salad, baked beans (find recipe here), Kansas cucumbers, and turkey hot dogs. (It’s not the 4th, or the 3rd in this case, without hot dogs!)

The grand finale was Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge Cake. Delicious! Find the recipe and step-by-step directions by Janet at The Empty Nest.

Happy Birthday, America! I hope my fellow Americans took time to celebrate the independence of our country and the many freedoms we are blessed to enjoy each day thanks to the sacrifices of many.

Patriotic Participants:

Blue wooden chargers – yard sale

White dinner plates and mini bowls from set by Gibson, HomeGoods

Red dessert plates, Tracy Porter’s Jolly Ol’ Snowy, thrifted

Blue goblets, Fortessa outlet

Red napkins, from my napkin stash

Silver star napkin rings, gifted by “S”

Patriotic placemats, thrifted

Mini milk glass vases, thrifted

Lanterns, yard sale

Star plates, thrifted

Stainless Flatware, Reed & Barton, QVC

I hope to join parties at StoneGables’s On The Menu Monday, A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, and Thrifty Tablescape at The Thrifty Groove.



About tammylovesdishes

I love searching for dishes for tablescaping. That leads me to yard sales and thrift shops and fun, fun, fun.
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26 Responses to Independence Day 2011

  1. Love your tablescape! It looks so festive and fun! The food looks yummy! Glad you had a good holiday. Mine was wonderful also! hugs, Linda

  2. Very cute table setting. What a great idea to put the flags in the milk glass vases. The food looks delicious as well. Happy Fourth!

  3. Nina Moore says:


    You are as talented as Stilson when it comes to setting a beautiful table!!! My goodness, it looked spectacular. Your pics should be in a July magazine (not to mention all of the delicious looking food pics). I enjoy looking at the pictures of all of your flea market/thrift shop finds so much. I was in Richmond a couple of weeks ago and was in a church thrift shop where they had sooooo many plates, glasses, etc. Could not help but thinking of you and how much you would’ve loved that place.

  4. Love your tables cape! I love dishes too my new friend! Where do we put them all?


  5. Pat says:

    Cute centerpieces, and love your placemats. Ok, what are Kansas cucumbers? Cukes in sour cream and vinegar? That ‘s what we fix. Just wanted to know since I am in Kansas, and maybe I am missing something. All your menu looks soooo good.

  6. Poppy says:

    You have set a beautiful tablescape Tammy… loved going through your post. Loved how you displayed the flags in those line of milk glass vases… they make such a wonderful centerpiece! And those adorable star napkin rings I adore them! I can’t believe you found those gorgeous looking wooden chargers at a yard sale… you lucky duck! Love ’em! And your yummy spread made me hungry….especially the bbq chicken. I spot the lovely looking lantern put to good use. Loved your patriotic tablescape…. Have a wonderful week!~Poppy

  7. Leslie Hayes says:

    Everything looks so festive. That barbeque chicken looks so delicious, I hope you’ll post the recipe one day. Looks like you have a great eye for finding wonderful bargains while out on the hunt!

  8. laurie says:

    I love all of those milk glass vases standing at attention with flags. Great idea! Your table looks like fun and your food looks delicious. laurie

  9. Dianne says:

    I just love the milk glass vases marching down the table with their flags! The food looks delicious too. I also love the napkins rings. Great job. Dianne

  10. marlis says:

    Milk glass is really one of my all time favorites! Your table looks so pretty and I love the food! It looks so scrumptious. Many blessings, marlis

  11. vickie says:

    This is so cute. I love the flags in the milk glass vases.And your menu sounds delicious.

  12. Mary says:

    Love your milk glass vases displaying the flags! Glad you had a tasty celebration!

  13. Sue says:

    Tammy, Your patriotically dressed table looks so festive- just the right amount of color and accessories. I love the flags in the white bud vases look so cute- like a line of little soldiers waving their patriotism in the air! The napkin rings are so whimsical and the food table looks as if I could dig right in and indulge myself. We didn’t celebrate with a cook-out this year. Much too busy. So I’m eating vicariously through you! LOL hmmm…. maybe that’s how I should diet…
    ~ Sue

  14. Linda says:

    Hi Tammy thanks for stopping by. Yes I love that four tiered stand the moment I saw it I new it was coming home with me. What a steal. I have priced them @ $158.00.
    I love dishes too.

  15. JudyBug says:

    Love your table! Red, white and blue makes me smile every time. So thankful for our freedom!

  16. Leslie says:

    Fantastic!!!! I love the table and the food looks delicious!!

  17. Sarah says:

    Tammy, your patriotic table is fantastic. Stars and flags, patriotic colors, and delicious food ~ what could be more appropriate for the 4th of July?

  18. Linda says:

    Tammy, Your little milk glass vases are so cute marching down the middle of the table! And those placemats are so interesting too! Three cheers for the red, white and blue! Linda

  19. What a fun and cheerful 4th of July table Tammy! you put it all together wonderfully and thrifty! Everything looks wonderful! Thank you for joining TT and I hope you have a fantastic day!

  20. Tammy,
    I have those same vintage vases…but never thought of putting flags in them lined down the middle of the table…until now…how stunning!!! Those napkin rings are adorable! Fabulous tribute to America!

  21. Your food looks out of this world! Love your milkglass vases all lined up like little soldiers with flags. This is a wonderful red, white and blue tablescape.

  22. I remember getting flowers in those milk glass vases when I was a young girl. Great tablescape! Thank you for sharing the PB Fudge cake recipe and your delightful design for the 4th! Cherry Kay

  23. Gorgeous table! The blue-red-white combo looks so great! Patriotic and festive setting. Love your style. Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  24. Tanya says:

    A great patriotic table!! Love those star napkin rings, and the row of white vases with the flags. I did that last Canada day with old glass coke bottles!

  25. laura says:

    heya Tammy did you ever get your seafood? I didn’t hear from you OR them so I assume it was all taken care of. If not let me know!! Love the tablescape, too cool!

  26. Tammy I will need you to email me you first and last name and your email address so I can send you the My Points info. This is the only way I see to contact you.


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