Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Memorial Day Breakfast Tablescape

This week is going by so fast and the weekend will soon be here. Yay!

For many years I collected Byers' Choice Carolers and the girl with her basket of sea shells is one of my favorites.
She was the inspiration for my breakfast tablescape for Memorial Day.

Dressed in her old fashioned swim costume, she reminds me
of times gone by.
I love the little basket of shells and the starfish she's holding in her hand.

I set her up as the centerpiece on the coffee table with some shells and a lantern and brought out some red pillows, that I use in the fall, to brighten the deck chairs.

She didn't come with a flag but I always have her carry a little cupcake flag, which seems to be just the right size.
I always think of her at the beach.. or the shore, if you're in NJ  :)... on Memorial Day weekend.

The bistro table is so small so I set up the cups on the coffee table.

This wooden tray is from GW a couple of months ago and I spray painted it white. I have a thing for trays... have you noticed? Even old plain wooden ones like this one follow me home.

Do the napkins look familiar? I folded them in the double sails sailboat shape by using the tutorial that Susan@BetweenNapsOnThePorch  shows here.

It was really very easy and lots of fun. Here I tucked the starfish in, but you could use a place card or favor.

I hope y'all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend with family and friends.

God bless all who have served our country and sacrificed their lives for our freedom.

I hope you'll stop by  Tablescape Thursday and see all the great ideas from so many wonderful bloggers. See you there.

Between Naps On The Porch

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Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Hi Babs!
This is so sweet!
I am super Patriotic and the older I get, the more emotional I get about our country.
I started collecting American flags, old ones, a bout five years ago and I am not sure how many I have now,
Lost track!'Would normally have our house decked with bunting right now but I was waiting to put it out, and now we have nothing but major RAIN in the forecast for the next four days!
May have to wait until July to get it all out...?
Thanks for sharing.
God bless America.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

hi Babs, Yes, I can just see your caroler on the Jersey shore! I collect them too, but I don't have this one. I like you use of corks in the candleholder and your napkins came out so well! Have a very wonderful Memorial Day weekend. Linda

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Awesome pictures and beautiful presentation! Have a lovely Memorial Day weekend :)

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Sarah said...

Babs, she is darling! Looks like you are ready for your Memorial Day breakfast out on the deck. Cute details! ~ Sarah

Blondie's Journal said...

Very sweet, Babs. You have the shore look down perfectly. Love the napkins and starfish! Your patriotic little girl gives the whole table personality!


Sue said...

Babs, your sweet bathing beauty adds so much to your "shore" inspired table vignette! Love the striped napkins folded into the shape of a sailboat. Clever .... As a little girl, I always remember patriotic parades and ceremonies in the plaza. To think that people now sometimes don't even remove their hats for the flag or the national anthem! Have a great Memorial Day celebration.
~ Sue

Lynn said...

I love your pretty nautical setting and yep, it does remind me of down the shore! Fun napkin fold, have a great weekend:@)

Kathy said...

Love this! She's beautiful! Perfect setting - your combination of Star Fish, napkins, candles with corks - brilliant!
Hoping for rain tonight! Hope you get some too!
Kathy said...

I haven't even thought about decorating for Memorial Day. Yours looks good though.

bj said...

I just love this...and she is a real bathing beauty. Love how your folded the napkins. All of it is really cute.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Babs, your porch is wonderful! Love the table setting, too. I agree with you about trays - you never can have too many! They really add a nice layering look. Linda

Regina said...

Love your breakfast tablescape! The morning sun is intense on our back deck and patio, so I'm envious of your deck. Byers' Choice is a company in my area of PA, and I do visit "the shore," so you know I like your table!

Have a safe holiday, all.

Marigene said...

I love the simplicity of your cute nautical table, Babs.

Babs said...

Regina, Thanks for your comment about Byers' Choice Ltd..
I've long been a fan of Byers' Choice and we visited there several years ago. We were the only people there when we arrived and everyone was so nice. I was so surprised because we actually got to meet Joyce Byers. As I'm sure you know, it's an outstanding company.
Hope you have a great weekend,

Mary said...

Love your sweet caroler as the centerpiece & inspiration for your table! I missed the sailboat napkin fold tutorial, what fun & thank you for the link! Happy Memorial Day :-)

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cute table, Babs. Hope you have a good holiday, too.

Lori @ Lori May Interiors said...

So sweet, Babs! I'd love to sit out there with a glass of sweet tea!

Have a great weekend!

(We met at Rhoda's Atlanta bloggers lunch!)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Babs, Your caroler is adorable and perfect for your tablescape. Love your deck and all the trees.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Babs, I just love that your table is beach-themed without being "beachy!" Your caroler-swimmer is the perfect inspiration piece, and I'm so glad she's holding the little flag. It's the perfect finishing touch! Nicely done!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Babs! Love this summery! The striped napkin folded as a boat is the perfect touch! Hope you are having a great holiday...staying out of this heat!...hugs...Debbie

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Hey the red pillows and the napkins. We were actually able to eat on our deck last night. I had to wait until the very last minute to see if we were going to get rain but it went around us! It was the first time and the official beginning of summer! Your deck is so nice...great inspiration. Hope your weekend was wonderful. ~Ann

Marlis said...

Love love love your byers piece. She is so precious. And the flag addition is perfect for her. I too see her on the beach on memorial day. Your bistro set up is so perfect. Great set up! xo marlis

Anonymous said...

Sweet table for two! I love those sailboat napkin folds and they look great with the starfish tucked into the fold.