Summertime is here, and I am ready for some backyard garden parties, are you?
I feel like we missed events like this so much last year.
Today, three of my blogger friends and I are sharing our styles of patriotic décor and inspiration for you.
We have each written a blog post to share. A blog share is always so exciting, as it is a surprise to each of us.
We do not share more than the theme before we post our blogs. I am very excited to see what my creative friends have come up with, and I hope you enjoy meeting them.
Meet Susan from Hen and Horse- https://henandhorse.com/red-white-beau-ti-ful-memorial-day-tablestyling-treat-ideas/
Meet Regina from Saved from Salvage- https://www.savedfrsalvage.com/post/red-white-blue-patriotic-too
Meet Missy from Sonata Home- https://www.sonatahomedesign.com/need-ideas-for-your-memorial-day-tablescape-gotcha-covered/
It is the perfect time of the year to get your family and friends together to celebrate outdoors and have some fun. With Memorial Day and the Fourth of July just around the corner, I wanted to share some inspiration with you to add to your parties.
Planning will make it an easy and relaxing day for you.
This year we will be hosting a dinner party in the planting garden, a lovely shaded area where we can relax and have a casual dinner.
I have to admit that most of this table was put together from estate sale finds; I am a genuine estate sale junky!
Estate sales are a great way to find items you don’t often use at a reasonable price. This way, hubby can’t get upset 🙂
I started with a wicker charger, then used a solid red plated, topped off with some American Fitzhugh enamelware plates.
I used a mix of two vintage glasses I had and added some fun red and white straws.
I also purchased a few items from Amazon. You can click on any of the blue words, and it will take you to the link.
I used a large square basket on the bottom of my centerpiece, then layered a picnic basket on top.
You can find a similar basket here,
Fill the picnic basket with three 1 gallon red geraniums( I left them in the container from the store). Plant a few smaller plants such as white bacopa and a smaller red geranium, and some red and white striped petunias in some small red clay pots.
I then made a bow that I draped over the geraniums, and you can find an excellent bow-making tutorial on my IGTV.
I also picked up some cute checked stars at the dollar store and put a skewer in them to poke them into the flower pots.
I embellished my decor with a cute red stool ( estate sale find )some American flags and a cute red and white check throw.
I tied up the napkins with the silverware and placed a personalized white clay star at each place setting. Adding a personal touch makes your guests feel special.
Roll out a piece of clay with a rolling pin on a piece of waxed paper. Use a star cookie cutter to create the tag shape. Using a pencil, make a hole at the top of one of the points of the star.
I then used this stamp set to create names that I imprinted onto the tags.
These do take about three days to dry thoroughly, so give yourself enough time to dry them well.
My gang is all about the food, so we are stepping up our game and serving a wonderful meal this Memorial Day.
We will start with a beautiful Charcuterie board that everyone can graze on.
Charcuterie is the art of preparing cured or smoked meats. Charcuterie boards are an assortment of meats, cheese, fruits, pickles, jams, and just about anything you want to add.
I enjoy the creativity you can add to these boards, and they look so beautiful.
The remarkable thing about charcuterie boards is that there is no end to the possibilities. Switching up a few ingredients gives you something new and unique every time. Everyone loves at least a few things that are piled high on your board!
Use in-season fruits and veggies to make it easy on yourself and add a few special touches for holidays. For example, I cut stars out of watermelon for Memorial Day and made skewers that look like sparklers out of blueberries and watermelon. For Christmas, you may want to add some rosemary and cranberries. Etc.
For our main course, we will be serving smoked chicken, which is my husband’s specialty. Garlic and Parmesan creamed potatoes served in small ramekin dishes, asparagus wrapped in bacon, and carrot pudding on the side.
My husband brined the chicken using a mixture of citrus slices, garlic, rosemary, brown sugar, and chicken stock. The chicken sits in this mixture in the fridge for 36-48 hours, and then he smokes it for approx.1 hour. Be sure to dry the brine off of the chicken before smoking.
The asparagus was parboiled, wrapped with pre-cooked bacon, and roasted in the oven for about 10 minutes.
I added a simple orange slice and some rosemary for garnish; this always adds to the presentation.
Here is the recipe for the Carrot Pudding. It is so delicious and adds just a touch of sweetness to the plate.
Here is the recipe for Garlic and Parmesan Potatoes; they are sinfully delicious.
Dessert is always my favorite, and I never seem to be able to say NO!
Using a special bundt pan makes it look extra pretty, along with some fresh roses from the garden.
We love this easy sherry bundt cake, and it seriously takes about 5 minutes to make it.
Serve it with vanilla ice cream or some whipped cream.
And who doesn’t love a giant lawn dice game?
Wishing you all a beautiful summer with your family!