A Festive Independence Day

The Fourth of July is one of my very favorite holidays to celebrate with friends and family! Each year, in honor of Independence Day, my husband and I host our nearest and dearest for a long weekend of rest and relaxation at our beloved lake house. For this celebration no detail goes unplanned, and I’d love to share with you a few of my favorite features of what has become one of my signature events.

If you were to ask a guest what’s most memorable about the weekend, I’m guessing they would say the food. My menu hardly changes at all from year to year, because it gets such rave reviews. My Independence Day Flag Tart is a lovely (and delicious!) way to infuse your table with patriotism. Here it is, framed by a stationery design of mine from my Chestnut Cottage Collection.

Another critical component of the meal is, of course, the dinnerware. My Fourth of July table was just not complete until I found this Ironstone plaid pattern in red, white, and blue. It holds special importance for me, because–except for the colors–it is the same everyday pattern my mother used when I was growing up in the 1950s. This version is called “Calico,” a pattern designed by Metlox/Poppytrail/Vernon of California and manufactured between 1949 and 1955. Doesn’t it just complete the table?!

And when we bring all of the carefully-collected details together, it adds so much to our enjoyment of the holiday.

I certainly hope that your Independence Day celebrations are full of joy, fun, and rest this year. The most essential ingredient to any gathering is togetherness, so soak it up!

Happy 4th of July from Bentley Greeley…God Bless America!!


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6 Responses to A Festive Independence Day

  1. Franki Parde says:

    R/W/B perfection!!! Have a BLAST!! We’re getting “stormed out!” franki

  2. Kathryn says:

    Happy 4th Franki, hope your weather improves!

  3. I loved this post! A perfect tribute to the 4th of July. Tart recipe looks scrumptious!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Thanks Lori,
    The tart is really tasty and very light! Hope you had a lovely 4th of July and thanks for following my blog!

  5. Helene says:

    Hello Kathryn,
    I came across your blog about a month ago and have been working my way from the beginning to present day. It’s delightful!
    I know this (July 2012) is an old post, but can you tell me the brands/names of the blue glassware (you show a couple of different styles on the table) and the dark blue glass charges shown? I’ve been looking for this color of glassware for a long time, without success.
    Thank you

  6. Kathryn says:

    I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying my blog! Comments like yours make the work of keeping up a blog all worthwhile! The glasses in the post you reference are a chapter out of my book, and all of the glasses are just old vintage pieces that I have collected over time. You need to just go to antique shops and look for these pieces. Most are very reasonably priced and are not too very hard to locate. The cobalt blue chargers are new and were given to me as a gift. The person who gave them to me indicated that she found them at a T.J Max! Happy looking!

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