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Memorial Day Tablescape

Friday, May 28, 2021


Happy Friday, My Lovelies!  Do you have plans for Memorial Day?  I hope you will be somewhere beautiful (our country is beautiful) celebrating with family and friends!  

I wanted to decorate our breakfast room table with a patriotic theme, so I pulled out a couple of books written by the Queen of Americana, Mary Emmerling.  Mary has written well over thirty books, and she had an HGTV show in the 90s.  I have read most of her books, and the two I'm sharing with you today, one published in 1997, and the other in 2004, still inspire me after all these years.  The rooms in these books are timeless and beautiful.

Romantic Country is one of my all-time favorite decorating books.
If you've never read it, I bet your library has a copy!

Mary likes using American flags in her decor.

After Mary inspired me, I got to work.  But unfortunately I'd spent so much time looking at her books, that I didn't have the time to take out my big box of patriotic stuff, so I went with simple.  

I wanted to use red roses because the red rose is the United States of America's national flower.

The cream roses looked whiter in the store, but I still love their ruffles.  If they open more, I'll take more photos and post them next week.

I don't have any flatware on the table because most of it is in the dishwasher, and so are the glasses I want to use.  Don't judge me: Use your imagination!  LOL

All of the table linens are from Pier 1 as are the wooden chargers and napkin rings.  Who misses Pier 1 raise your hand?  The flower frog is an Etsy find, and the red votives are from Leaf 'n Petal.  The plates are vintage MacKenzie-Childs (over thirty years old).

I hope you have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Wonderful display of tableware in a relaxed style that's real life. I love Mary Emmerling, and miss her style. I also miss Pier 1. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Love it. The napkins are so cute. Love your easy going tablescape. Have a good Memorial Day. xoxo Kris

  3. Beautiful, I love how you used roses.
    Do you know the story as to why the red rose was chosen to be the nations flower?

  4. Very pretty tablescape! I did mot know the red rose was our national flower.Have a great weekend.

  5. That's SO pretty! I love "Use your imagination." My tablescapes always fall short because I forget the glasses!

  6. Your tablescape is beautiful. Thank You for sharing. Have a safe and blessed Memorial Day.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  7. Your table looks lovely and I'm not only raising my hand, but I'm jumping up and down, I miss Pier 1 so much! It was a great store. Enjoy the weekend.

  8. I loved going to Pier 1, sniffle, sniffle! We lost so many stores and restaurants due to the pandemic, so sad...your table look great, I love the red rose napkin rings and the wonderful napkin folds. I hope you're having a great Memorial Day weekend, it's super crazy on the coast!


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