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!