Monday, July 7, 2014

Coke and Independence Day, 2014 Celebration. Home at Last, Temporarily!

After 2 delayed flights, John and I finally got home (John after a long weekend) and I, after 4 months) from Florida, last Monday evening, the 30th of June. I had so much to do at home so I wore my roller skates and started opening mails, packages and putting everything away in their places. By Friday, I was ready for a 4th of July party celebration.
 
The Coca cola salad plates and glasses were some of the few items John received while I was gone. I had a lot of fun opening the packages because it was like a surprise each time a box was opened to reveal its contents. I had forgotten what I had ordered on line, lol.
 

 
I thought I should show you all the packages and they waited in the foyer for me to open. Yep, shopping is a therapy for me when I get sad and nervous.
Anyway, back to the tablescape.
 Things go better with coke, don't you think? For the round table where I sat the adults, I used red "Believe" ceramic plate chargers, Polish pottery dinner plates and the coca cola salad plates.
 The servers are all Polish Pottery. I used the red San Remo flatware set for the adult table and alternated plain red and blue napkins with stars. Funny how John did not want to use the napkins with stars. He said he felt being disrespectful to the flag using it, so we switched. I told him it wasn't a flag since it had no stripes, only stars.


 Southern Living at Home napkin ring and placecard holder combo but I only used them to hold our names. I used ceramic teapot napkin rings.


  I have had the Coke S & P shakers for quite some time. The pitcher and the little woman candle holder are Polish pottery. I just took plant and flower trimmings from the front yard to put in the pitcher to add to the centerpiece.
 I set the small square table for the kids in the breakfast nook area.
 Bicycle napkin rings from Sur La Table.
 Ceramic blue and white Polish plate chargers by Danica, my red fluted everyday dinner plates and Coca cola salad plates for the kids table. On this table, I used the blue San Remo flatware.

 Coca Cola runner was another item that came in with the packages.
 A big Polish stars and stripes pitcher that I used to hold a US flag. Cobalt blue bird S & P shaker set was part of my birthday present that my daughter Rochelle gave me while I was celebrating my birthday in the hospital.



 I bought the wooden Coca Cola box from Big Lots in FL.

 Polish pottery tea set with a stars and stripes Polish pottery pot warmer.
 I baked a mocha chiffon cake and served it on varied patterned Polish pottery dessert plates.
 Red and blue San Remo flatware from Neiman Marcus online.
 Everybody brought a dish so I had to rearrange the kitchen island and decided to serve buffet style instead.

 The happy crew who enjoyed the feast who went swimming afterwards. Thanks guys, for celebrating with us!
 
Although I just arrived home last week, I am already booked for my next flight to Florida in 2 weeks. My granddaughter, Rea will have the resection of her tumor then. Please help me pray for her, for the tumor to have been shrunk by the chemo so that it can easily be removed safely. Prayers have been working because she has been tolerating the treatments very well and I am so grateful that she is staying strong.
 
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40 comments:

Phyllis @Around the House said...

You never fail to put out a delicious and stunningly displayed meal,..I adore all of your purchases and your table is so inviting, your lucky I don't have your address...lol...loved it all, you are just so talented and you never drop the ball of these tablescapes...

Karen Doyle said...

love your patriotic table and home- came here from the Dedicated House party. Am your newest follower, hope you will come by and be a follower too,
Karen

SmilingSally said...

Hi Christine,

I've missed you; I'm glad you're back. I hope that your granddaughter's problems are soon solved.

You always have the MOST blue to share. I absolutely LOVE those bicycle napkin holders! Thanks for sharing.

Have a Happy Blue Monday!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Christine, those Coca Cola plates and glasses are awesome! I've never seen anything like them before...anywhere! Your setting for the big celeb is FABULOUS and the food looks FABULOUS too!!!
I know my friend, I too shop when I'm upset or sad. We just acquired an antique French table I know you will like!
Have a super week.
FABBY

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh Christine, how pretty it all is! Love it all! Girl, I would be there for days just opening the packages! LOL! Have been praying for your sweet grandgirl. Please do keep us posted. So glad you are able to blog a little now. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Diann said...

Wow Christine! You out did yourself with this awesome red, white and blue table! LOVE IT ALL! Visiting from Marty's "Inspire me Tuesday" party!

Beth L. said...

What a bright and cheerful table you set. I do love Polish pottery and have some. I had been missing your posts. I am praying for your granddaughter!

Deborah Montgomery said...

This is the most fabulous July 4th table(s) I've seen! Love the retro Coke plates, the bicycle napkin rings; everything is gorgeous. I had to show your foyer picture to my husband and say, see I'm not the only one! haha! Your precious granddaughter is still on my prayer list, I will keep praying for her.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful table, Christine! Everything is perfect and I love the s/p shakers. The bicycle napkin holders are cute too. A fun table for your guests to enjoy.
Your dear granddaughter, her family, and of course the doctors will be in my prayers. Thank you sharing your lovely table with us and joining me for tea. Take care.

Blessings,
Sandi

Scribbler said...

Beautiful spread! I am so glad your granddaughter is doing well, and certainly send her my best thoughts.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sending prayers and healing thoughts her way!
A pretty and festive table. The food looks yummy - thanks for sharing.

The Tablescaper said...

Welcome home. You sure had a lot waiting for you!

What a great table. Love the mix of flatware intertwined with fun Coke ware.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Great table. I love the Coke them as Coke is absolutely my beverage of choice! Your meal looks delicious too! I will be praying for your precious granddaughter!

Entertaining Women said...

So glad that you had at least of spot of time at home with John and so friends for the 4th. Praise The Lord for Rea's response thus far. I pray that she will be restored to full health. Your table is delightful! The Polish pottery is perfect for an independence Day celebration. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

kitty said...

What a beautiful and fun theme for your party, Christine. Prayers are being said for your darling granddaughter, Rea. Love and blessings are sent your way.

Ruth Weston said...

Perfect welcome home party for the 4th. The plates are perfect for your theme! Everything looks wonderful! Hope your granddaughter continues to improve. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

BECKY said...

Oh my goodness! Everything is just stunning! This is my first visit to your blog because I'm participating in Martha's Favorites Tea Cup Tuesday. I'll come back soon to read more. I'm also saying prayers for your granddaughter.

Karen said...

Hi Christine,
Your patriotic tablesetting is absolutely spectacular! Love all of your red, white and blue! And oh, my you did order a lot of goodies! It looked like Christmas! I will definitely be praying for Rea. Thank you for visiting me and leaving such kind words. Karen

Traci said...

Praying! Keep us posted on her surgery.

Laurie Ritchey said...

Oh how pretty both tables are. Love those cute Coca-Cola plates, and those bike napkin rings are adorable. All of your Polish pottery works so well for your patriotic scapes. I am keeping sweet little Rea in my prayers, and her family too. Hugs, laurie

Poppy said...

Hi Christine,

This has to be one of the most inspiring and creative patriotic tablescapes EVER!! Love the retro Coca Cola dishes and all the red, white and blue in patterns, shapes, textures and styling!

So sorry to hear about your granddaughter's challenge at this time. Sending prayers and positive thoughts to her and your family.

Take care.

Poppy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You go all out when you entertain Christine, I'd love to be a guest some time - and bring my bathing suit.
There are a lot of Coke collectibles around, a friend has outfitted her basement kitchen with this theme and it amazes me where she finds all the stuff.
I'll keep your granddaughter in my prayers, hope all goes well for her.

New Jersey Memories said...

What pretty table settings you have. I love retail therapy, too.

Carrie said...

Love your patriotic table--and all that yummy looking food! The table was so fanciful with the Coca-Cola plates, and little bike napkin holders--so much fun! I really like how your flatware is also blue and red. Have a great week, and thanks for your nice comment on my blog :).

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Christine! You had your hands full when you got back! I laughed and laughed and laughed when I saw all those packages lined up at the front door just patiently awaiting your return. That is SO funny!!! You truly do live to shop, lady! I LIKE that in ya! :-) You got some really great stuff, too!

I like that Coca-Cola wooden box you got at Big Lots. We have a Big Lots right here close by (about 7 miles), but I rarely go there for some reason. I have to start hunting for bargains there more often!

That is very interesting about John not wanting to use the napkins with the stars. I have a cousin who didn't want to use certain things that he felt were too close to the American flag. I guess it's a soldier thing that we don't understand. I have great respect for the flag, for our military, and for all things American, but I've never thought of star napkins as being disrespectful. Like I said, I'm sure it has something to do with John's military background, and I can certainly respect that.

Those bicycle napkin rings are just too, too cute! I love those AND the fun Coca-Cola plates! The plates remind me of a different time in our nation.

SO MUCH FOOD!!!!! That is great! Your family really knows how to serve it up!

Great tablescape, Christine, and it was so much fun to see all the packages! Thanks for sharing that! Still praying for little Rea. Have a good week!

Candy S said...

Hi Cristine, it has been so long since I have visited your blog. Your table is wonderful, I love all of the patriotic touches. I am funny about using anything that hints at being a flag (as in someone took an actual flag and re-purposed it as something else), but the stars and stripes are so beloved in our culture how could you not love napkins with stars for a patriotic table.

I am so saddened to learn of Rea's illness. She will be in my prayers for a speedy and complete recovery.

Rajesh said...

Beautiful items on display. You have good taste.

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Christine: I do hope you had a wonderful time. Love the new plates and glasses the just scream the 4th of July. I am so sorry you are sad. Hope things are getting better. I will pray for you. Hugs, Martha

Lulu said...

What fun pieces to mix in with your Polish pottery. It all makes for a very festive table.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Well bless your heart- you are a hard worker! Your tablescape is wonderful- love the coca cola dishes and the Polish Pottery! What a fun and creative table. I hope everything is going well with your grand daughter. I know it's been an emotional roller coaster. Hugs, Liz

Ivy and Elephants said...

You are amazing! After being gone so long you jumped right in with this GORGEOUS feast! Love the coke theme, so very creative, and it all looks fabulous!
We are still praying for Rea, God is mighty!
Hugs,
Patti

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

First, when I saw the photo of all the boxes, I said "Oh my God" out loud!! You certainly enjoy shopping on line, don't you? Looks like you have a lot of treasures there! I love your RW&B table settings and the napkin rings are so cute! Your buffets looks delicious, too. Beautiful family pic!

Christine Graves said...

I am loving your tablescape....nothing says summer to my like your beautifully themed table!

Boy did you get in some shopping, I am happy you spent time on yourself and hope your not so sad now:-)

Just in case you are, and even if you aren't.

Jann Olson said...

Things do go better with Coke and this tablescape proves it! Love, love it. I am a Diet Coke girl myself. lol! Looks like you had so much fun shopping. Your granddaughter will be in my prayers Christine! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

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