Monday, July 6, 2009

My Take on Independence Day

Hosted by "Susan, Sally & Rhoda"

Hello everyone, sorry I haven't visited much of you, but I'm finally getting the hang of our new schedule. Plus, I'm learning how to bake, so that's part of what's keeping me from blogging lately.

Well... for today's triple post, I'd like to share how our dining area that now normally looks like this...

To something like this! I'm sure Susan can appreciate the Met in this one. LOL

"A Salute to America"

Dollar Tree finds

My hubs was supposed to come home Sunday afternoons, but his new Chicago crew gets the 4th off every year, so he came home yesterday afternoon instead! Yay! And since I had no plans to do anything for the actual Independence Day, that also changed!

We all of a sudden needed to put together a table and menu worthy of America's most important day of the year! Where did we turn to to pull this off? Why, Dollar Tree of course! See this candle, isn't just so cute?

Sally, are you seeing all the blue? LOL

Rhoda, my true treasure today are those wavy blue stemmed martini glasses! Only $1 each from DT! I found the last good six at that particular store. Yay me!
How do you like my placesetting? The placemats, glasses, candles and star bowls are all DT finds. The Libbey "Star" bowls are for potpourri, but since I don't do potpourris, I used them as our ice cream bowls! The red Canopy "Cranberry" plates (Walmart- $1 ea), I used as chargers for our shallow salad bowl, "Classic White" by Corelle (2005). The flatware, they're my everyday Hampton "Lace". See them perfectly balanced on top of the bowls? Mr. Man (my dear hubs) said it reminded him of fireworks sparks! How cool is that?!
We hit Albertson's for the menu and I found that the red Gatorade G2 "Fruit Punch" was the perfect complimentary shade! Those blue napkins (Anna's Linens- .99 ea) were from my Memorial Day table.
The other cute thing I found at DT were these three different looking hanging twister sticks I hung on our pendant chandy. Talk about a tall centerpiece! Gotta love that! And see the star banner on the drapes, that was the last one there and I knew it would be perfect with the table.
Instead of a full on flag theme, I let the candles show off our pride for the ol' "red, white and blue"! The "Two Bubble" glass candlesticks (Hobby Lobby- 80% off) looked great with the glasses.

The hubs said, "Wow" when all was lit and the gatorade was added. So cool!

What do you think? Did I do our country proud with this table? I got three YES votes from three full pledged citizens! LOL

Thanks a bunch to our hosts today and to all of you who came by to visit. Thank you all!


  1. Chandy, it's absolutely gorgeous. I love it and you got most of it at the Dollar store. You are so clever and always have the most interesting tables. I am always so inspired. Hugs, Marty

  2. It's all so pretty and patriotic!! I especially like the star ice cream dishes!
    Good job.

  3. It looks fabulous! Great DT finds ... I need to go there.


  4. What would we do without Dollar Tree? :) So glad you got to spend the holiday together! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Love those star dishes! It all looks amazing! Love it!

  6. Hi Chandy !
    What a beautiful table, especially at candle light ! Very nice and I bet you loved spending time with your hubby !
    HUgs ~ Kammy

  7. Hi Chandy! I always love how you set a table! Your patriotic table is marvelous and to think you got so much of your pretties at the Dollar Trees! Gotta love those dollar stores! :) The streamers are extra festive too! You're learning to bake? How wonderful! You bake something and come right on over! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  8. Great martini glasses, and what a gorgeous table! It looks great by candelight! Your Dollar Tree table looks like a million bucks!

  9. Pretty! Gotta love Dollar Tree.

  10. Your tablesettings are so innovative...I like how you placed the flatware in the star bowls!

  11. How festive this is! Love that you improvised and are using your star potpourri dishes as ice cream bowls. It all looks so pretty with the candles lit. I guess I should check out this Dollar Tree store. I've never been in one! :-)Sue

  12. Great settings and I love the candles down the center of the table! Great job!

  13. I love what you did with your flatware and the star dishes! Good idea!


  14. Thank you everybody! Glad to see you all here!

  15. Hi Chandy! I love your festive! And you did such a great job of finding bargians to carry out your theme! I also scrolled down to see your post about your trip to Utah! It looks like so much fun! Have a great week!...Debbie

  16. Hi Chandy,
    What a totally gorgeous tablescape. It is so patriotic and creative. Very nice job! Amy :)

  17. What a wonderful, patriotic tablescape! I too love Dollar Tree!


  18. Very nice! Looks so soft in the candlelight.

  19. Wonderful, thrifty metamorphosis of your table Chandy!!

  20. Being able to milk our countrys's birthday for the entire month of July is what i love about summer!!

    You did it proud!!

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥

  21. First question for this Canadian...what is DT and how do I get there?
    Great job Chandi. Very patriotic but still very classy and stylish.Your trademarks.

  22. Wow so beautiful and impressive!

    I live in WPB and try to play tennis...key word TRY :)

    Stopping by from SITS to say hi and invite you to our big JEWELERY Giveaway. Spirit Jump is a charity that is made up of people who send cards/gifts to those battling cancer in hopes of lifting their spirits.

    Stop by and get in on the fun & maybe even become a Spirit Jumper :)

  23. Great table, Chandy, and you did a wonderful job pulling together lots of fun things! Linda

  24. Hi Chandy, Gotta love that $ Tree! Your table is stunning and I like the twisty things hanging from your lighting. Yes, you've done our country proud!

  25. Fun table for the holiday. I have to check out those $ stores in my area.

  26. Hello dear ladies! As always, you make my heart get all puffy! LOL

  27. Well I can't imagine what happened yesterday to make the computer do that? I am glad you tried again today. Please let me know if anything like that happens again.

  28. Yep, I see that beautiful BLUE! Happy blue Monday to you and yours!

  29. Hi Chandy,
    I have been meaning to visit for days. My blog was having issues, several people told me the right sidebar slipped to the bottom on some browsers. I had to tinker with it to sort it out so did not post much last week. I love your patriotic tablescape and especially how you fanned out the silverware. I will definitely use this neat idea, it is very effective. I am off to take a look at the posts I missed, happy baking!

  30. Howdy Chandy
    Wow this was fantastic !
    Great tablescape.
    I went to our local dollar Tree but nothing like this was found.
    I am so thrilled for you what a great job of decorating.
    Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos.
    Blessings to you sweet lady.
    Have a great week.

  31. What a very festive and pretty patriotic tablescape, Chandy! All the detail comes together so beatuifully! The photos are great, I especially loved the one with the candles glowing!

    Thanks for sharing!


  32. Chandy -- this is fantastic! And I LOVE how you put things together with such good themes and consistent colors -- and then tell us that it came from Dollar Tree (one of my favorite places!) or other inexpensive sources ... and you make it all look like a million bucks!

    I did get a bit worried when I saw the lit candles and the streamers hanging down from the light --- I am SUCH a worry wart, plus a bit afraid of fire.... so I was thinking, "OH NO they'll catch fire." But obviously they did not...all's well.

    A wonderful tribute for the Fourth of July!
    Thanks -- Cass

  33. Cass I was afraid too, but the candles were far enough that none touched any of the sticks! It was a cool illusion though, huh?

    Thank you to all of you for visiting!

  34. You did a great looks wonderful!

  35. How festive, patriotic and so pretty, Chandy! And yes, your country is proud of you for creating that...Christine

  36. Hi Christine! Love to see you here!!!

  37. So pretty and patriotic. I love a thrifty table.

    Thanks for stopping by Playing Dishes. You have been entered in the July 25 drawing for a Christmas tablecloth on the final day of the CIJ Tablescape Party. I can't wait to see your table for this week. Don't forget the party is Saturday. Mr. Linky will be up on my site Playing Dishes on Friday night.

    Check out the meme button on the sidebar for complete details and also the red button about CIJ Giveaways on my holiday blog.

  38. Thanks, Printer! I hope I win the tablecloth! Thanks I actually read both.

  39. Wow, girl you have been busy. What a wonderful experience to see all the history stuff. Glad hubs came home and you waved your magic wand and poof, Celebrate!!!

    Happy the hear your are having fun doing all kinds of things.

  40. What a beautiful tablescape. It makes me want to wave some sparklers or something. I love 4th of July and you did a great job.

  41. g'day

    love this especially the pics with the lit candles at the end, I can't seem to get good pics of candlelight, nice job

    happy tablescaping


  42. Chandy,
    This is so festive and fun! Thanks for sharing I loved how you used the candlesticks,they look so neat that way! Cindy

  43. You are amazing to do that so fast and festive...thanks for visiting my's been lonely over there and your comments really brightened things up ! LOL

  44. Girl I left a comment and now I don't see it...what the heck!! any hoo this is wonderful my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  45. Sarah, thanks, I love how it turned out as well!

  46. Cindy, I know, it looked great! I love how they look lined up.

  47. Lynn, I love coming over there, you know! Will visit you soon enough!

  48. Gloria, sometimes that happens to me! Glad you left a comment again!

  49. Thank you everybody for stopping by!

  50. Sooo beautiful! It makes me even more embarrassed that I don't even own a table cloth...

  51. Hello Holly! Welcome to my blog!

  52. My sweet friend Chandy, Forst, forgive me for being MIA. I am trying to get back int eh saddle.
    LOve the new background!
    And great tablescape. I LOVE to come here. You are such a great hostess, entertainer and creating such wonderful memories for your fmaily! A blessing to many. Myself included. Thanks!

  53. WOW! Great setup for the 4th! Pus me to shame for sure! I love that you shop Dollar Tree! Who knew you could find such beautiful stuff for just a buck? Well I knew but I admit I never thought to decorate as lovely as you did with my findings!

    Next time I need party inspiration I know who to ask! I popped in from SITS congrats on being Featured Blogger!!

  54. Very impressive! Everything is so very well put together, and looks very glamorous.

    You're a talented lady, mrs!!! x

  55. Visiting from SITS. This is a gorgeous tablescape! I can't believe the transformation!

  56. so very festive!

  57. What a cute place setting and table decor. I'm amazed it all came from DT.
    Stoppin by from SITS, congrats on being FB!


  58. stoppin by from SITS, love your blog very unique I love all your settings i have seen so far, I love love the red white and blue theme I could so see that at my table thanks for a great place to come and get awesome ideas

  59. I love all the tips on where to find the stuff! That's great!

    The table is beautiful!

  60. Thank you ladies! My whole family loved it, too! So it was all worth it!

  61. THIS IS classy n 4th of July-ied!

    P.S. I'm coming over from SITS....bunny hop over to find out how you can get 50 free photos and enter 4 great giveaways: Hippo books, CoverBee Laptop sleeve, Chex Mix bars, Piggy Paint- 10 winners in all!!)

  62. Thank you, Marina and thank you everyone!

  63. Other might have forgotten,
    But never can i,
    The Flag of my country
    Furls very high,
    Happy Independence day

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