Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Long May She Wave

Long May She Wave
A table honoring 
Old Glory, our American Flag

Thank you for joining us today as we launch our 
Summer 2023  Tablescape Blog Hop 
Thank you to our host Rita @ Panoply
the lady who keeps us organized and on track.

The stars and stripes are a recurring theme at my table today, set in honor of National Flag Day, celebrated tomorrow, June 14th.

My younger brother was born on Flag Day
so the date has always been extra special to me.

The linens and plate stack on my 
table today are all from my favorite company,
Arte Italica and Crown Linen Designs.
The stars and stripe smaller runner, layered on top of the beautiful white and flax linen runner, is one I found on Amazon.
It's not fine linen, but it helps set the stage for my theme.

I have a passion for pretty linen tea towels.  
I use them in my guest bath, my kitchen, and often include 
one tucked into my plate stacks for little extra detail.
I couldn't resist ordering a pair of these Old Glory 100% European linen towels embroidered in the Ukraine.

My napkins of choice for this table are Victorian.
The cream color is perfect with the Finezza cream ceramics,
and the beautiful red embroidery is the crowning touch.
My beaded blueberry napkin rings are long ago retired 
from another favorite company, MacKenzie-Childs. 

The linens, both napkins and runner, pair beautifully with 
Arte Italica's Finezza Cream dinner ware, which I've slowly  
been adding to our home.  I am totally smitten with the beautiful and intricate lace design of these handmade Italian ceramics.

I also think the vintage mother of pearl and 
silver flatware are a nice compliment to the Finezza.

I added stars and stripes drink 
umbrellas for a touch of whimsy.

I often use a pair of flag needlepoint luggage tags as
napkin rings, though today I added them as part of my 
place card along with these cute patriotic figures.

Every table needs a touch of whimsy!

Which is why I also included a few 
star shaped sparklers and red and blue Tootsie Pops.

I presented the treats along with the flatware in Bauble Stockings.
 If you don't know about the darling needlepoint Bauble Stockings, you can read about them here.  Kate's enthusiasm and passion for her business inspires.  I've committed to support this endeavor by adding a few of these heirloom quality stockings each year, and was beyond 
excited to see Stars and Stripes Uncle Sam as a new design for 2023.
My Uncle Sam loving heart couldn't order this one fast enough, 
and Kate kindly mailed it immediately 
so I'd have it for this tablescape.

Home for the Holidays is for me a favorite 
previous design because of the flag.
If you have someone with a Christmas birthday that gets lost in the holiday rush, celebrate them with a Christmas Birthday in July.
These little patriotic Bauble Stockings would be the perfect gift.
Include a special sentiment, a gift card or small gift.

Stars and Stripes
Red, White, and Blue

Thank you for joining me today to honor Old Glory.

Hop on over to all the 
Summer Tablescape Inspiration
listed below:
Home is Where the Boat Is - Hydrangeas and Butterflies
Life and Linda - A Boho Alfresco Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Summer Plaid and Polka Dot Picnic
Living With Thanksgiving - Summer Blessings
The Painted Apron - Boats, Floats and Fish!
Pandora's Box - Summer Blues
From My Carolina Home - Welcome Summer Tablescapes
The Bookish Dilettante - Summer Tablescape:  Old Glory
My Thrift Store Addiction - Summer Picnic Brunch under the Texas Mountain Laurel
Red Cottage Chronicles - Lemon Tablescape for Summer
Hyacinths for the Soul - Long May She Wave  (You Are Here)
Dinner at Eight - A Summer of Colors


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. My sister and I had a childhood friend whose birthday is also on Flag Day. We have long since lost touch with her, but each year wish eachother a happy Susie Dimock's birthday. 😀 Your table is beautiful! Happy Flag Day.

  2. Oh, Sarah! You have outdone yourself! I love your elegant style. You have a penchant for fine things and you select and collect them beautifully.
    How stunning your patriotic table is with the beautiful Babble stockings, CL napkins and Arte Italica plate stack, and gorgeous vintage mother of pearl cutlery. The darling touches of whimsy using patriotic stars and stripe drink umbrellas, needlepoint luggage tags, and patriotic figures create a lovely theme.I love seeing Monnie's placecard.
    You always inspire. How sweet to honor your brother born on Flag Day!

  3. So patriotic, love the Bauble stockings, and your sparkler/tootsie pop fillers. Your flag collection is quite impressive!

  4. You did a wonderful presentation ! Loved it all!

  5. Sarah thank you for your patriotic table and all the special touches. How thoughtful to include the Ukrainian embroidered linens. You placed 'Old Glory' at the most perfect places on your table and to share your brother's birthday on Flag Day has to make the day extra special for you. We fly the Flag all year around at our home and of course it is spotlighted at night. Because of our Florida weather, we have to replace the flag often...always aware of the proper way to dispose of it. My husband, sons, late husband, Uncles and many others served proudly in the Navy... so to say we are a Navy family would be an understatement. Enjoy your Summer and Bless you and yours.

  6. Sarah, you have the most beautiful collections. What I love most are the details that you add to every table or vignette. Like Bonnie, I admire your elegant style! The Arte Italica plate stack is gorgeous and I have long admired that pattern. The CL napkins are exquisite and the needlepoint Bauble stockings are amazing. I love the photo of you and your brother, so sweet. Thank you for your beautiful table honoring our flag. Long may she wave!!

  7. I love a red, white and blue theme and your table is so filled with lots of patriotic whimsy! I never knew you had a brother! Happy Birthday to him! Enjoy your summer


  8. Happy Tuesday Sarah! You know my heart beats red, white and blue so it’s no surprise I love your Long May She Wave table! I have Old Glory tea towel envy and adore your red embroidered napkins with your beaded blueberry napkin rings. Arte Italica's Finezza Cream dinnerware is stunning and perfectly paired with your vintage mother of pearl flatware. What sweet stitched stockings too! Last but not least, I’m swooning over your flowers…those Ranunculus…be still my heart! As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you, Happy Flag Day ♥

  9. Oh my goodness, Sarah, yet another collection to drool over from your inventory - that Finezza Cream dinnerware is exquisite! And those bauble stockings definitely caught my eye the first time I saw you use them. Your newest Uncle Sam is handsome! Love the whimsical additions to the stockings, and the luggage tags, gosh, just a great patriotic touch. I didn't even know you had a younger brother! Happy Birthday to him, and I hope you get to share a meal with him to honor not only our flag, but his special day! Thank you once again for delivering such unique collections in such unique ways with your tablescape. Happy summer!

  10. LOL Great minds think alike, don't they, Sarah! I love all of your patriotic pretties. I enjoy it when you share your collections with us because you have some of the most lovely collections I've ever seen! The Bauble Stockings are so cute. The Uncle Sam flanked with fireworks is so festive! Your plates are stunning, and they look so pretty on your table linens. One of my favorite elements on your table is the MacKenzie-Childs beaded napkin ring. It's so pretty! I love the navy color with your Old Glory accessories. Your centerpiece is so pretty, too. I hope you have a very Happy Summer, Sweet Friend!

  11. Sarah, your patriotic table celebrating flag day is beautiful! Like others, I have long admired the Arte Italica dishware and it looks stunning paired with your vintage mother of pearl flatware. The bauble stocking are so pretty and add a whimsical touch along with all your other treasures. Wishing you a great summer and a happy National Flag day tomorrow!

  12. Sarah, I have plate envy with those gorgeous Arte Italica Finezza Cream dinnerware. They look so pretty with your Mother of Pearl flatware.I have long admired those dishes. Such a sweet photo of you and your brother. The bauble stocking are the cutest. Love stars and stripes drink umbrellas along with your luggage tags. Uncle Sam looks wonderful. The flower arrangement is gorgeous. You always add a touch of whimsy to your elegant tables. Happy summer.

  13. This is the most festive, happy table, Sarah! I love all the touches, the whimsy and that gorgeous lacy china. Those little needlepoint stockings are the cutest thing ever and wonderful to use for this themed table. I love how you "stuffed" them, too. Oh, my! Does your creativity never end? This is one of my favorite places to visit!

  14. Darling pic of you and your brother! Love your needlepoint, such a festive table 🙏

  15. Sarah, what a charming celebration of Old Glory and I adore the patriotic stockings! Beautiful!

  16. Hooray for the red, white and blue Sarah! I love love everything, especially the needlepoint Bauble stockings, adorable!! Your linens are beautiful as are your china and flatware. I love the flag runner down the table center and all the whimsical details you added which makes it so much fun. Happy Birthday to your brother!

  17. Love the photo of you and your brother:) Love.

  18. Sarah, I don't even know where to begin! Your table is filled with so many beautiful Americana accents and ephemera - it is a true feast for the eyes!! I am just enthralled with every little detail!!! I am crazy about the Arte Italica plates too. I've long admired them and I think your idea of adding a little at a time is genius! If I'd done that I'd have a set by now!! Oh well, no time like the present to start!!

    I can't wait to check out the stockings and your flag pins are absolutely fabulous as well! I just want to sit and soak it all in. Thank you for this wonderful respite from my busy schedule! This is a trip to yesteryear that I just can't get enough of!!!

    Happy Summer! ❤️ Jennifer @ Celebrating Everyday Life ❤️

  19. I love the bit of playfulness added to a beautiful patriotic table! The bauble stockings, the luggage tags used as place card holders, the sparklers, and red and blue tootsie pops made me smile. The table linens are very pretty and the cotton (?) stars and stripe runner proudly joins the mix. Such fun hopping with you, Sarah!

  20. Sarah, I'm absolutely smitten with those exquisite plates that look they are made of real lace! Oh my, I simply cannot start another collection! They mixed with all the different decorative elements create a rousing patriotic display sure to shoot off fireworks of delight!

  21. Wow, I love the Italian lace pattern on the plates! Gorgeous. The bauble stockings are so unusual--very special. Visiting from Love Your Creativity.

  22. Sarah, you've created a festive tablescape for any patriotic holiday. You have quite the collection of red, white and blue items to use.

  23. Hi Sarah, My apologies for being so late. I am slowly getting better from a virus that my loving husband decided to share. Anyway, I am sure glad I could finish viewing and commenting on all of the blogs, especially your lovely Flag Day tablescape. (By the way, Happy Birthday to your brother). What a wonderful and elegant table. I am absolutely in love with your intricately laced dinnerware. It is over the top and I would love to own a set for my own. It speaks volumes for elegance. Your decision to pair it with your elegant adorned napkins with your blueberry napkin rings is exquisite and your detailed vintage figures add to a touch of days gone by. Such beautiful work on the bauble stockings. It is a lot of work I am sure, but you can see the gorgeous love and quality that went into making it. Have a lovely summer ahead.


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