Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Blue and White Ceramics

Filled With Red, White, and Blue!
My inspiration for this year's 
4th of July tablescape.

I had the good fortune to be selected 
as the one to receive a pair of these 
beautiful blue and white flower frogs that
offered as a giveaway last March.
Thank you, Marlis!  They are my "go to" vases this summer
and are a perfect compliment for either side 
of a recent estate sale find.

My Flag Day post featured  
a few pieces of Liberty Blue transferware 
that I'd found at a thrift store.
Much to my surprise, 
3 of these plates arrived at my doorstep last week,
a gift from blogging friend 
She had extras and wanted me to have them.  
Now I can set a table for five.  
Thank you, Christine!

Click here to read the Flag Day post 
that tells the history of Liberty Blue.

4th of July 
Red ~ White Blue

The Liberty Blue plates 
feature a pretty border of flowers.
I paired them with white chargers with a lattice border, 
and completed the stack using a blue linen napkin
atop a woven red placemat.

Bright red napkins finish
 off the red, white, and blue tribute.

Mother of pearl and silver flatware 
shines like the stars in our flag.

All Perfectly Patriotic!

A 4th of July celebration isn't complete 
without a few sparklers to end the evening.

~ RED ~
Red Zinnia and Strawberry Bachelor Buttons~
Lemon Basil and  Pincushion Flowers

~ BLUE ~
Plumbago and Lily of the Nile, Both From My Garden




The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Very beautiful patriotic post! I love your blue and white vases and lovely flowers. The transfer dishes are gorgeous! Have a great Fourth weekend ahead.

  2. Your Red White and Blue table is lovely - you're all set for the holiday! I wish you a grand Fourth!

  3. How sweet are Marlis & Christine!
    Gorgeous Red, , and blue!!!

  4. Sarah, oh my word you've done it again- what FABULOUS pics and post.

    I think your blue/white china is awesome and your flowers are perfect for fresh cut Friday!

    Well done, ma'am!!

  5. Oh so beautiful...Your red white blue table just lovely along with those pretty flowers...Sujatha:):):)

  6. Oooooh! Such pretty pictures of your table setting. Nothing more perfect for the fourth than liberty blue! Adding the sparklers is a spectacular idea. I wonder if I can find some good ones this year! Remember when they used to burn forever? Have a great celebration, Sarah!

  7. Sarah,
    Such an elegant Patriotic Pride Tribute for a festive Fourth of July Tablescape, dear friend!!!
    The blue & white transfereware is stunning. . .and to receive more as a gift is amazing!!! I do find that the Ladies in The Land of Blog to be so~o~o generous and inspirational!!!
    Thanks for sharing. . .and Happy Fourth of July!!!

  8. Looks like you're off to a wonderful start to the 4th! I LOVE your gorgeous flatware. This is all perfectly lovely.

  9. So pretty Sarah, love your blue and white transferware also the blue and white frog pots. Your flowers are so pretty in the vases. Enjoy the Fourth.

  10. The new tulipieres are perfect flanking the larger blue & white import jar. A perfect 4th of July tablescape. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  11. ♫♫ Lucky Dog~Lucky Dog ♫♫ Congratulations on winning those beautiful flower vases...they make wonderful playmates for your lovely Liberty plates. How nice of Christine to bless you with such gifts. Aren't bloggers the best?

    I'm coveting your Mother of pearl and silver flatware badly. They are so very elegant looking.

    Have fun at the parade & don't get burned with those sparklers!!
    Happy 4th!


  12. Everything looks so lovely and elegant. Aren't you glad that red white and blue are our national colors. Seeing your combinations reinforces my love for our flag. Long may she wave. Happy Independence Day. Love, Penny

  13. Oh Sarah, the vases from Marlis look so pretty with your estate sale piece and you arranged them beautifully with the flowers. Wasn't that sweet of Christine to gift you with the pretty patriotic plates. You've complemented everything perfectly with the flatware, napkins and ended it right with sparklers and cupcakes. I want to come to your party! Happy 4th!!

  14. Hi Sarah,
    Your gift from Marlis looks wonderful with your new find! I love you Liberty Blue dishes and the red woven placemats, but my favorite thing you own is the Mother of Pearl Flatware! I swoon every time I see it. Have a great holiday! Dianne

  15. Dearest Sarah,
    What a generous blogging friend Christine was for offering you three more of these precious plates! Looks very patriotic and elegant too.
    You have a knack for setting a lovely table and the wording is also very well chosen.
    Wishing you a Happy 4th of July!
    We are keeping our fingers crossed for having some dry moments in-between the Flash Flood Warning till Friday morning...
    Hugs to you,

  16. Aren't dish friends the BEST?!?! Your table is beautiful. Love your flatware and the cups holding the napkins! Happy 4th!

  17. The only thing that can improve that pretty table setting is knowing that part of it comes as a delightful surprise! Happy Independence Day from north of the border!

  18. Hi Sarah! I think the plates looks more beautiful on your table. What lovely things you won from Marlis, congrats! Your flowers are gorgeous! Thanks for the shout out and Happy Independence Day!....Christine

  19. Just gorgeous Sarah! You have such beautiful taste - love love love the desserts!
    Happy 4th of July

  20. Sarah, what beautiful patriotic flowers! Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus) flowers are among my favorite flowers.

    What a wonderful friend to send those Liberty blue transferware plates!

    Your presentations are just perfect for the 4th of July week. You did a magnificent job photographing close-ups of your place settings.

    Have a wonderful 4th of July...


  21. So sweet you received Liberty Blue pieces from Christine to round out a table Sarah! Your vases from Marlis make a beautiful centerpiece with the flowers from your garden! I have MOP flatware envy :) Wishing you and Sadie a wonderful Independence Day!

  22. Gorgeous post! That flatware has me drooling! You can't beat the good ole red, white and blue!
    Have a blessed 4th.

  23. How nice to have those plates and frogs gifted and won! I like the napkins underneath te plates too- love the print.
    Have a great 4th Sarah!

  24. Sarah,
    Such pretty table settings and dishes. What I zeroed in on was the white pincushion flowers in the arrangements. I love that flower and have difficulty growing it here in Southern California. I can grow the lavender variety but the white one seems to be difficult to find and the one time I did find it it did not thrive. :D
    Happy 4th of July.

  25. From the setting to the cupcakes, your table is ever so festive. I'm thinking I need to invest in a little more red, white and blue!

  26. Beautiful! Happy 4th! I am now receiving your post via email...

  27. It's so festive over here Sarah. (love that silerware). Happy happy 4th of July xo

  28. Sarah, I love your blue and white and the red that you added. Those napkins are gorgeous! Love the flatware - it reminded me that I have some similar pieces and have not used them in forever! Hope you 4th has been terrific!

  29. I would so love to sit down and have a meal at this beautiful table! :)

    Thank you so much for joining Fresh-Cut Friday!

    Happy Independence Day!

  30. I love blue and white china all the time, but on a patriotic table? Fantastic, Sarah! Everything looks so pretty. I hope you enjoy the Fourth!


  31. Sarah, your flowers are beautiful. They look wonderful in your new blue and white vases. I would love to see your garden.

    I still think about your Flag Day post. It was very engaging and so tastefully written and decorated. This post is also a great patriotic tribute.

    My heart is always warmed with your encouraging comments to everyone. You have a way with words. Happy Fourth.

  32. Hi again, Please tell me about your white chargers. They are so pretty.

  33. Your blue and whites are fabulous Sarah, Happy 4th to you and yours.
    fondly ~lynne~

  34. Sarah,
    You know I love those dishes! Everything is so pretty at your home!
    Miss Bloomers

  35. Sarah this is just a gorgeous table! I love red, white and blue and I am enjoying your special dishes! Thanks for sharing with us at TTF.


  36. Beautiful decor !
    I love the colors which are also the french flag colors !!!!
    Bonjour via the South of France,

  37. Hi Dear Sarah! Oh, congratulations on your win and the flowers are just gorgeous. I love those pretty blue and white dishes and you always do everything so beautifully! Hope you had a wonderful 4th.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  38. Beautiful vases, beautiful tablescape! How sweet and generous of Christine!

  39. Sarah, you do red, white, and blue elegantly. I love the blue and white flower containers, and I always love seeing your gorgeous Mother of Pearl flatware. How fun to get more of the plates from Christine. What is the adorable red and white piece holding the napkin? Is it a sundae bowl? I love it! Your garden must look beautiful right now. All of these flowers are so pretty. How wonderful to be able to go out and cut these beauties in your yard. laurie

  40. Darling Sarah!!!!!!!!!

    I am currently out of state visiting family and my computer time is limited. I did see however that you came by to visit! WHERE DID YOU SEE that post on Red, White and Turquoise? What a great idea!

    I have had much laughter here, being with my fantastic family. We are all a bunch of creative, wild and fun people and I love them all.....

    back to a regular schedule of blogging by next week.....have a fun weekend! Anita

  41. Sarah, Thank you for the shout out.. Your post is lovely. We just got back into town, so I'm winding down. I love the trio you have with the ginger jar in the center. And I'm in love (yes, I really am) with the gorgeous MOP flatware. The design on the handle is wonderful. Hope you had a very happy fourth. xo marlis

  42. Hi, Sarah. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my tussie-mussie post. I'm glad to be back to see your blue and white--and red. I'm still in the mood for those colors, and especially thinking blue and white. Seems like I do that every year after the fourth. Love your nice collection! ~Zuni

  43. I LOOOOVE those flower frogs! I wish I had some too:) Your table is just beautiful, the flowers are gorgeous. Hope you had a wonderful 4th. XO, Pinky

  44. OMG Sarah!!!
    What a gorgeous post!!! The vases and beautiful flowers. The plates and linen . You outdid yourself. You were so lucky to win that giveaway. It was ment to be. Thank you for sharing this gorgeous display .
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  45. Happy Blue Monday, Sarah! Very festive :) Winter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  46. It must seem like your mailbox is full of blue goodies! You've won some pretties.

    Have a good Blue Monday, Sarah.

  47. What a beautiful post, Sarah! I love your blue and whites and it was so very thoughtful of Christine to send you those gorgeous plates! Thanks for sharing and Happy Blue Monday!


  48. OMGosh Sarah, it's been so long since I've visited and I flat out did not think you could outdo yourself after the last Christmas post....but you have with this OUTSTANDING Patriotic Post. Every photo just stunning. I so enjoyed seeing you tablescapes and all of your decorations. Well done. Hope you are having a great summer and staying cool. I've missed ya!!!

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    Baby's Pink and Blue...It's A Test of Time

  49. Beautiful patriotic post. Love the blue and white frogs and the Liberty Blue plates you received. The flowers from your garden are perfect. Hope you had a great 4th. Ours was rained out. :(

  50. So pretty, everything looks great. Have a wonderful week and Happy Blue Monday. ;)

  51. Sarah, the vases are perfect and I love the patriotic transferware! How sweet of Christine to send you extra plates. Love your red, white, and blue flowers! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  52. Pretty blues. I played too. Mine are here and here.

  53. Your 4th table scape is gorgeous. You really do have some beautiful blue pieces. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  54. Sarah, what a beautiful celebration table you set for the fourth. I adore your Liberty Blue and what a sweetie Christine is to add to your collection. Of course the blue and white is stunning with your flowers. Beautiful as always Sarah.

    The French Hutch

  55. Hello Sarah, you have an exquisite hand at putting things together beautifully - love the patterns in the flower pots, the fresh flowers and the beautiful dishes - marvelously done! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  56. gorgeous and patriotic!! great combo!

  57. What lovely blue and white pieces! Your table is lovely, and the handles on the flatware are amazing!
    Hope your 4th was grand! Ours seemed to go on and on! :)

  58. I love all of the pattern and color in this! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!


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