Monday, June 30, 2014

RE-ceiving Guests: Fourth of July Ideas

Happy Independence Day!  I have a few photos of a holiday table I set for my husband and myself a couple 4ths ago that I've been meaning to post forever.  I have also included links to four simple and cute Independence day food ideas to make your holiday extra special.   Whatever you do to celebrate, I hope you have a fun and SAFE holiday. 

Breakfast on the Beach.   My family stays on South Padre Island for summer holidays and so we will periodically pull out the patriotic ware for our meals on the patio.  Above, strawberries in a bowl bring festive flair to a simple breakfast followed by scrambled eggs and bacon.

Reba bought all the patriotic ware.  I especially enjoy using the stars & stripes flatware, place mats, napkins & plastic tumblers near Memorial Day and 4th of July holidays.    I don't know if it is cheesy or not, but both Reba & I religiously bring out lots of red, white & blue decor, clothing & food every 4th of July. 

Sea Shells & Candles. Reba bought a set of galvanized square candle holders with red stars and I placed one on the bistro table I set for breakfast.  I surrounded the candle holder with sea shells as an impromptu focal point to the tablescape.

Simply red, white & blue.  This is the table setting before I added the sea shells. It was fine, but I thought it needed a little something extra.    Someone else might have felt the sea shells cluttered a small table space.  Completely a question of personal preference. 

Americana fruit tray #1.  If I were serving a larger crowd for the 4th of July, I would definitely try out these fruit skewers in the shape of the American flag.  Source:
Americana fruit tray #2.  This tray also features cheese cubes for stripes. Source:

4th of July Cake.  This requires some time, but the instructions seems pretty easy to follow. Source:

White Chocolate Covered Strawberries dipped in blue sugar. Source:


You may also be interested in Reba's post about her 4th of July cake and the disaster she had the 1st time she made it HERE


  1. OK. So where did you find the flatware????
    I want some too.

    1. We have had the flatware for years, but I will try to find out where she bought it. I left her a voice mail to ask and will update with her reply.

      Happy 4th Denise.

    2. Reba said she came across the flatware on sale in a store. She thinks it might have been Tuesday Mornings or Marshall's. I googled around to see if I could find any for you, but I had no luck. Sorry.