This Patriotic tablescape is better late than never…..isn’t that what the old saying is?
The Captain and I celebrated the 4th of July several times this year and as I was editing pics, I realized I did not share this particular Patriotic tablescape!
So this will be short and sweet because the 4th of July was last week.
This tablescape featured the blue and white of my one of my very favorite dishes.
OK, you have me on that one, all my dishes are my favorites!
However, these blue and white dishes are made in the Staffordshire district….in England, much like the Blue Willow dinnerware.
The distinction of this dinnerware is they were actually designed on behalf of the Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan which was based out of Portland, Oregon from 1925 to 1990. The dinnerware, made in 1975, was for promotional purposes. It didn’t hurt that it coincided with America’s Bicentennial in 1976.
Blue Liberty dinnerware consisted of 15 historic scenes from the colonial times and were depicted on the face of the plates.
My set features Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were debated and signed.
I placed the dinnerware on a white plate which sat on a blue and white charger and to add a bit of interest, I placed the charger on yet another charger of red, white and blue.
The navy blue napkin has stars in a wedgewood blue which accents the navy blue background.
I chose navy blue flatware with silver knobs on the ends because I felt they looked like cannon balls.
The stemmed glasses were from the dollar store a couple years ago.
I used a navy and white tablecloth and sprinkled small confetti flags and stars around the table.
I also found red, white and blue paper fans that I thought added to the table and made great party favors.
I like to give guests something to take home.
The centerpiece is red, white and blue carnations with a few small flags stuck into the navy blue and white pitcher.
I sat this up inside the house, but later moved it to the outside, which made it fun when we got to the sparklers.
Yes, I have to admit we do not go in for all the loud pops, etc, although we do watch it on television….But we are always Patriotic!
Our little Jesse James does not like all the loud noises of fireworks….just as he does not like thunder. However, he is still Patriotic! He did sport a red, white and blue scarf to honor the 4th.
So, we old foggies….stayed home and celebrated with the volume control on the remote.
Did you enjoy your 4th of July Holiday?
Hi… We drove our Thunderbird on the Parkville Parade with the windows up and the Parkville Rotary signs in the windows. Had a text night before it was going on “rain or shine”. Just Misty during parade. Had a good time. Watched fireworks at home.
How exciting to be in the parade…we used to participate back in N.M.in local parades but our “ride” was a bit more rustic than your Thunderbird ride….a covered wagon! No shocks! I know you and John rode in style. thanks for for comments…they make my day!
Believe it or not, I had the exact same dinner set. My parents who lived in Milwaukie, Oregon had an account with Ben Franklin Savings & Loan. Every week, in the late 60’s mom would come home with a new addition to the set….pitcher, soup toureen with ladle, butter dish, etc. She had a 12 piece dinner set complete with salad bowls, small plates for dinner rolls, dessert plates, salt and pepper shakers, etc. Beautiful set which I inherited when she passed away. My son asked if he could have it before we moved. So, he is now the proud owner of the set. My mom loved the set. Hopefully, it’ll be passed down to my son’s son or any future children he has. Thanks for the history about the dinnerware. It brought back some good memories.
How fun that you had that set of dishes! And I am so happy that you passed it down to keep it in the family. I always feel a part of history every time I use them. Thank you for your background on the Liberty Blue Dinnerware! You have (had) more pieces than I have, very fortunate indeed.
I wish you and Bud well and enjoy the big island…I know you are glad to be back there enjoying the Island life.
Aloha and hugs!