Happy Monday Morning Blooms, dear readers, and three cheers for the red, white and blue! Tomorrow marks a most special holiday in our country…America’s birthday. It is a day that we gather with family and friends and celebrate all of the freedoms that we have been granted as American citizens. I am so thrilled to be joining my very talented flower loving friends for a special patriotic Monday Morning Blooms.
On the first Monday of each month, my friends Pam at Everyday Living, Mary at Home is Where the Boat Is, and Lidy at French Garden House share their gorgeous floral creations. I am always excited when they invite me to join them as a guest bloomer. You will find the links to their beautiful patriotic arrangements at the end of this post.
“It will be celebrated…with pomp and parade…bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other.”-John Adams
To celebrate America’s birthday, a table set outdoors among God’s beautiful handiwork seemed fitting.
A bouquet of red and white roses accented with American flags and placed in a Spode Blue Italian pitcher serves as my patriotic centerpiece.
Providing a lovely underpinning for the celebratory table is an April Cornell tablecloth. Anchoring each placesetting is a red, white, and blue placemat with a matching napkin tied with a blue hydrangea napkin ring. For the plate stack, Mikasa English Countryside plates are joined by Better Homes and Gardens red scalloped plates and blue and white floral plates. The Better Homes and Gardens plates were purchased several years ago. The flatware is by Reed and Barton.
“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it”. -Thomas Paine
Godinger Dublin goblets are filled with iced raspberry tea. I must confess with the sweltering heat; I consumed a gallon of this delicious tea.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it on to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” -Ronald Reagan
“Independence Day: freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed — else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower
“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” — Harry Truman
In honor of America’s birthday celebration, I set up a dessert buffet on my outdoor potting bench. This bench is very special because my sweet Mr. Bleu made it for me. During Mother’s Day of 2020, when we were on lockdown, he rummaged around to find some scraps of lumber and leftover paint to make this for me as a surprise Mother’s Day gift. It is a treasure, and I cherish it so!
Uncle Sam stands guard over the dessert buffet. He has been with us for over twenty years, and the celebration would not be the same without him.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. The patriotic cookies are from the grocery store bakery.
Help yourself to more raspberry tea and red, white, and blueberry parfaits. The parfaits are delicious!
Since we are on the subject of secrets, I must tell you I did not make the parfaits from scratch. With our triple digit temperatures, I really did not want to heat up the house by running the oven. Therefore, I took an easy shortcut by using a Sarah Lee poundcake. I simply cubed it and layered it with strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream. Special Edition Patriotic Ball canning jars serve as the perfect containers. My official taste testers could not wait for me to finish photographing the buffet and loved every last bite of the dessert.
Strawberries and blueberries are a perfect summertime treat.
“Wherever the standard of freedom and independence has been or shall be unfurled, there will be America’s heart, her benedictions and her prayers be.” — John Quincy Adams
“We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something-for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” -Ronald Reagan
My sweet friends, thank you for your visits and kindness. Please be sure to visit my dear friends Pam, Mary, and Lidy. They were so gracious to invite me to join them today, and I know their creations will make your heart sing. May you and yours have a most joyful and safe Fourth of July. May God Bless America and all that she stands for.