Today I am so excited to be joining the most amazing group of bloggers for the Styled + Set Blog Tour: Valentine’s Day Entertaining! This wonderful tour is hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm (thank you Lory!) and features 30 bloggers sharing decorating ideas and inspiration for Valentine’s Day. There will be 6 bloggers a day, for 5 days, so check back during the week to see all the inspiration! And if you are coming here from The French Garden House, welcome! I am so glad to have you here.
Usually I only decorate for Halloween outside. Well, until last year, that is. It all started when I purchased the cutest Halloween plates on sale (yay!) from Williams Sonoma. I fell in love with them, and used them in last year’s tablescape. And because that was so fun, and also because I wanted to use them again, I decided to do another one this year. I did want to mix it up a little though, so even though I used the same plates, I tried to use different items everywhere else. And I didn’t want it to be too scary – we don’t really do scary here. This is what I came up with……
The other day I realized I had been so busy all summer that I hadn’t done a tablescape since July 4th! I do usually like to toy around with tablescape ideas at least a couple of times a month. Not only for fun, but also so that when we entertain I have something prepared beforehand. I adore doing them; it’s kind of a fun, creative outlet for me.
When I posted my Memorial Day table last month I had mentioned that I would like to try something a little different for my Independence Day tablescape. Though I did end up changing it up a little more than I planned (I didn’t want to bore everyone!) I don’t usually go too crazy with the “theme” stuff because I think it can get a little overwhelming. I like it to feel fresh and patriotic, while still being uncluttered.
Every year I bring out the red, white, and blue decorations right before Memorial Day, and I usually keep them out through July 4th. I treat the whole month as a “patriotic” season! Also, since we usually have people over for one or the other of these holidays, I wanted to put together a patriotic tablescape that could work for either one. I love the crispness of red, white and blue, and of course I want to honor the holiday, but I also didn’t want to go too overboard. So, I included a few flags, but not too many, and concentrated on the combination of colors. I may do something a little more decorated for the 4th, but for this weekend, I wanted to keep it simple. Perfect for Memorial Day, Labor Day or even just a summer bbq!
Since spring isn’t quite like Christmas, with access to so many decor items, I tend to keep it pretty simple. I adore white flowers, and I try to have them as a focal point. I especially love the crisp green of the leaves mixed with the bright white flowers.