Folks, the Uncle Sam I am referring to is literally kinda old.
I know, the other one is old too. LOL
You see, I have had this newspaper stuffed gentleman for more years that I care to remember.
I have had to replace his “stuffing” from time to time, but I still like to place him in a vignette or tablescape, every few years.
He is my Uncle Sam after all….;)
For this tablescape, I started with a remnant piece of stars and sparklers cloth that I have also had for years….and used it as a table runner.
Next, I added red oblong place mats… that I don’t even remember where or when I purchased them.
However, I did find these cute melamine bicycle plates at Pier 1 last year.
I bought them at the same time I bought the cute little matching bicycle napkin rings, that I placed over two napkins, a blue and a white.
You can see the bicycle napkin rings here in this Memorial Day post….in case you missed it.
I was so busy trying to “fluff” up Uncle Sam, that I forgot to put a white dinner plate under the blue bicycle plates.
Oh well….I took the pictures anyway, because it was starting to cloud up outside and I needed the light for photography.
On one end of the table, I got the bright idea to use “bubbles” in a galvanized tray to hold 3 more American Flags.
Dunno what the inspiration was….unless it was the bubbles were already stored in the galvanized tray, and I thought…
OhhhhhKaaaaay! Let’s go with it!
Sometimes, when you are shopping the house or storage areas…you just have to go with the flow.
As a child, I loved to blow bubbles and we usually received those tiny plastic blow rings… along with a bottle of bubbles at least once or twice each summer.
So there you go.
The center piece is made up using different sized red, white and blue lanterns, each with a candle.
The red lantern and the white lantern I have had for a very long time, but the dark navy blue lantern I bought from Pier 1 the same time I bought the bicycle plates.
The flatware I have had for years, and I have always liked the red, white and blue stars and stripes on the handles.
The navy blue water glasses and stemmed glasses are from the dollar store.
Don’t the bicycle plates remind you of the summer parades and all the decorated bicycles?
They were such fun especially in the small town I grew up in.
I hope you find a few ideas for your Patriotic Tablescape…search around your home, I am sure you can find some great ideas too.
Tammy in Albuquerque says
Hi Kari! Your table is lovely. The bicycle plates and napkin rings are adorable. Happy 4th!! Hugs to you.
the Painted Apron says
So cute Kari! I love your mix of old and new, and I especially love the bubbles! Children blowing bubbles is a sure sign of Summer fun, and you can’t beat Uncle Sam to make it 4th of July festive! The fireworks fabric is really fab!
Sandy K Park says
Oh Kari, I love you table and your ole Uncle Sam. He’s a cutie and a keeper. Don’t you just love those bicycle napkin rings. I have them and adore them. Have a safe and Happy 4th.
Yes I do like the napkins rings Sandy…they are just so stinkin’ cute! thanks for stopping by.
Beth Wilson says
Love the bicycles and the bubbles!
thanks Beth, I like the bicycles because they remind me of my childhood. I have a bike, but it is hanging in the garage where it gets lots of use. Right now, there are wreaths hanging from the pedals. LOL thanks for stopping by.
Hi Kari! This is so cute! Those napkin ring holders are so fun! The ornaments really look like bubbles & love the festive lanterns. Have a great day!
Thanks Desiree ….I ended up doing this tablescape you commented on and the one for the blog hop which was called “Happy Birthday America”.
I am a sucker for Patriotic tablescapes, because now that I think about it…I did three of them this year for the red, white and blue.
Hey Kari, such a darling tablescape. Great minds do think alike…ha ha. Love your bicycle plates too, so patriotic and cute. The napkin rings are a big hit this year. Gotta love your red, white and blue lanterns and flatware. A pleasure to join you on this fun blog hop.
P.S. When you comment, your Blogger profile shows up and it shows your old blogspot address. See if you can change the web page to your custom domain.
thanks Linda…I will check out my blogspot address and thank you for your comments.
Only daughter says
Looks so festive I love it💙
Thanks sweetie….even though his stuffing is shifting….but aren’t we all…I still think he is cute. Thanks for stopping by.
Darling! Such cute narrative!
Thanks Jane…I do love the red, white and blue. Thanks for stopping by.