Sunday, May 24, 2020

Liberty and Freedom for All

~ Liberty and Freedom for All ~

 As we recognize Memorial Day 2020,
there will not be the usual parades, 
nor the large gatherings.

Here we will set a table for two,
a rememberance of the brave men and women 
who served and gave their lives for our country.

 Originally begun after the Civil War in the 1860s 
and known as Decoration Day, it gradually became known as
Memorial Day and a National Holiday.

 Celebrated on the last Monday in May,
it also welcomes the unofficial start of summer.

Memorial Day marks the first of several 
American patriotic summer holidays,
and traditionally I would set out patriotic 
vignettes to enjoy through Labor Day.
This May, as with everything during 
the Pandemic, I'm keeping things simple.

The beautiful paper products of Hester and Cook 
are from the Love Letter series.
They seem appropriate to honor those 
lost in wars through the years.
I selected one of my vintage napkin rings 
with an F monogram for Freedom.

 The other napkin ring, an L for Liberty.

 A table of red, white, and blue seemed fitting and inviting.
Chargers ~ Ambiance Vintage Garden
Dinner Plates ~ Juliska Country Estate Blue
Flatware ~ MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check
Red and White Napkins ~ Su La Table
Blue Napkins ~ Sue Fisher King from the 90s
Striped Linen Tablecloth ~ Crown Linen Designs

I set a dessert table too.
The vintage table cloth is another hand 
embroidered piece from my mother.

Beautiful bee embroidered cocktail napkins 
are from Crown Linen Designs
destined to be heirlooms for future generations.

 As is this Crown Linen Designs hand towel.

Serving up a delicious blueberry / cherry pie 
from our local Central Market Bakery.

 My very special Bee Brave Bear, created by 
Bobbie @ Rolling Hills Cottage and Studio,
is here to remind us to be brave like those who 
serve in the Armed Forces of our country.

 All the brave men and women who gave 
their lives so we can live in freedom.


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. A child at heart.
    Americans are so general much more so that Canadians.
    You fly your flag on homes and shops ..a rarity here.
    Take care!

  2. Sarah, your table for two is perfection, honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Happy Memorial Day 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  3. What a beautiful tribute for Memorial Day, Sarah! Just adore all your darling patriotic items, so creatively displayed. Sorry I haven't been around to visit your blog much. Ipad wouldn't let me post a few times & I kinda gave up. I always enjoy seeing it come through my email. Hope you have a meaningful holiday.

  4. Such fine details, Sarah. They're all beautiful. Have a peaceful holiday.

  5. Everything is PERFECT! Delightful details! ❤️🇺🇸❤️
    I miss Central Market since my son moved from Dallas! Great looking pie.
    I would love to examine your mother's cloth close up. What a treasure.
    So tastefully done as always, Sarah!

  6. Love all your patriotic MKC touches and bee-utiful monogrammed linens Sarah! That pie looks scrumptious! ♥

  7. Love all your patriotic touches and monogrammed linens. Happy Memorial Day. We Remember and Honor. You and my husband are two of the most patriotic people I know. ❤️❤️

  8. Such a beautiful way to honor fallen heroes on this special holiday. Your patriotic scenes are so creative and lovely. I've enjoyed and appreciated the thought and creativity in each one. Stay safe, stay well Sarah.

  9. I love the way you've combined Courtly Check and red white and blue for a special Memorial Day table Sarah...such an important time to remember and honor those who sacrificed so much for our precious freedom. The pie is fabulous!!

  10. Sarah, how beautiful your table is to represent Memorial Day. The pots are beautiful and you have added some whimsy with the owl and the Brave Bee bear. Love the courtly check with this. As I have said many times, I admire your wonderful collections. A wonderful tribute for Memorial day. xo

  11. Dearest Sarah,
    Lovely keepsakes from your dear Mother and a perfect setting al fresco!
    Not only for the freedom of our country, but more so for the freedom of the entire world!
    It were the Americans, with the Allied Forces that freed Europe in WWII. We will be forever grateful to them and in my Province of Limburg in the Netherlands, it is very chilling to visit the American War Cemetery of Margraten... They all gave their lives to free OTHERS.

  12. I love this table, Sarah. It's so pretty and it really does speak to Memorial Day and the sacrifices of our veterans. (May I have a piece of pie?!). I came across your lemon pie recipe yesterday and pulled it out to make sometime soon. (I didn't have enough lemons -- I used them all in my pasta!)

  13. A lovely patriotic display, set off by elegant black/cream checks. I especially liked all the animals sporting red ribbons (the bunny in particular!).

  14. So beautiful Sarah! Your pie looks amazing. I love your MC touches - and the flatware!!! It was a wonderful Memorial Day. We got to be with one of my daughters and her hubby and baby.

  15. What a beautiful tribute for Memorial Day, Sarah. All of your MC pieces are stunning and then your added touches makes it stunning.

  16. Sarah, I love love love this post. The table settings are beautiful and I envy you the MC flatware. You probably aren’t surprised to find I am especially partial to the bee napkins and towel, lol. Pinned!

  17. Sarah,
    I love this table setting. So patriotic and I am so jealous of all the beautiful bee linens and the MC pieces. Congratulations, you are being featured on over The Moon Linky Party. I hope you stop by.
    Have a nice week ahead.

  18. Sarah, thank you so much for sharing your post at Share Your Style #258 a couple of weeks ago! I had to go out of town for my father-in-law's memorial so I am just getting features up for this week (6/10/20). Happy to share your sweet patriotic table and linens!!! <3

    Barb :)


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