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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Fourth Tablescape

We are setting heat records here. 
Will we be outside this fourth? 
Unless an arctic cold front moves through - NO!
I don't even think there will be a grill going. 
Fireworks have been cancelled,
due to the lack of rain, high winds and extreme fire danger.

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, 

 and to the republic for which it stands, 

one nation under God,


 with liberty and justice for all.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy (1855–1931).
The original "Pledge of Allegiance" was published in the September 8 issue of the popular children's magazine The Youth's Companion as part of the National Public-School Celebration of Columbus Day, a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus's arrival in the Americas.

 The original pledge: I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

In 1923, the National Flag Conference called for the words "my Flag" to be changed to "the Flag of the United States", so that new immigrants would not confuse loyalties between their birth countries and the United States. The words "of America" were added a year later. The United States Congress officially recognized the Pledge as the official national pledge on June 22, 1942.
I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

Louis A. Bowman (1872–1959) was the first to initiate the addition of "under God" to the Pledge. The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution gave him an Award of Merit as the originator of this idea.

 The phrase "under God" was incorporated into the Pledge of Allegiance June 14, 1954, by a Joint Resolution of Congress amending §7 of the Flag Code enacted in 1942.

On November 12, 2010, in a unanimous decision, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston affirmed a ruling by a New Hampshire lower federal court which found that the pledge's reference to God doesn't violate students' rights. A United States Supreme Court appeal of this decision was denied on June 13, 2011.

Tablecloth - so old it's vintage
Handtowel napkins - TJMaxx years ago
White dinner plates - Wedgwood Windsor
Blue floral plates - Blaue Blueten; Schumann Arzberg
Red bowls - Waechtersbach
Flatware - Horchow's
Glassware - Dollar Tree
Pitcher - Wedgwood
Blue vase - Made in Spain, from Home Goods
USA Banner - Made by moi, designed by Stacy McGinnis

I'll be joining:
do drop in for a visit. You'll be so richly rewarded when you do!


Miss Char said...

You are worlds ahead of me on the 4th. Tablescape Marlis. Love your table with all its patriotism. Thanks for sharing and happy early 4th.

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Love the table and the dishes, its wonderful and inspiring! I just found you and I'm now your latest follower :O)

Debbie said...

LOVE you banner and table! That centerpiece is fabulous. It looks like a burst of fireworks or something.

I didn't know the part about "my flag". That was really interesting.

This was great, and sadly we're like you in that it's way too hot to picnic for sure.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Love your table Marlis and the banner is just adorable! Sorry to hear it's so hot and dry, I think it's heading this way too... Stay cool:@)

Tanya@takesix said...

Now that's a table ready for a party!!! Great job Marlis! I love your banner you made as well. So cute!! Have a wonderful holiday!

Entertaining Women said...

Beautifully conceived and executed. I love your banner. I'm guessing that you made it....so well done! Thanks for sharing your wonderful design. Amen on the Pledge! Cherry Kay

Dianne said...

So festive! I love your banner and as a fellow paper crafter, I know how much work went into it. How did you make the rosette behind the S? Dianne

Poppy said...

Beautiful tablescape and beautiful composition... loved going through your post. We are having a cool summer... so maybe we can trade... we'll send you our cold front and you can send us your heat wave.. then both us us will be happy:) Loved your lovely tablecloth and napkins.. perfect for a patriotic tablescape and your gorgeous pitcher is my favorite. Thanks for sharing and a Happy 4th to you!~Poppy


Patti said...

I am waiting for my invitation!! I would love to be sitting there under the tree at your festive table - so pretty and inviting!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

The Pledge Of Allegiance brought tears to my eyes. Yes, UNDER GOD!
Wonderful, informative and so appropriate history lesson.
Your table could not have been more fitting for our National Anthem and our Pledge! The banner is over-the-top! What a pleasure to stop by!
xo Yvonne

Mary said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your banner on the tree and the history of The Pledge of Allegiance! We're having record temps too, not like Texas, but in the triple digits with the heat index. Happy 4th to you~ One Nation Under God Indeed!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great table and love the history of the pledge. Sorry fireworks are cancelled. They did that here a few years ago when we had a severe drought, too.

Janie's World said...

What a nice shady spot to enjoy your meal! The table looks so festive and that bunting is sooo adorable. I love all the different layers and media used on it.

Rettabug said...

How great that banner looks in the tree!! What a wonderfully patriotic table, Marlis! You've done a wonderful job, even if you do have to move it all back inside due to the heat.

Love the hand towels hanging down like that...great effect. Beautiful flatware, too!! I'm jealous!

Would you believe it is going down into the 50's tonight??? Brrrrr! I knew we shouldn't have taken off that electric blanket. *sigh*

Happy 4th

Emily said...

Marlis, your July fourth holiday table is fabulous. I love the banner on the tree, its a great tree and deserves to be dressed-up for the holiday. Your centerpiece arrangement is beautiful with the flowers and flags, perfect container too. Your dishes are great and the red bowls add height to he table. Got to mention the checked cloth and the runners. Perfect!
Enjoy your fourth.

The French Hutch

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Marlis, so sorry to hear you are still suffering in the heat. I'm glad you were able to set this cheerful table for us and hang that fabulous banner in the tree! Thank you so much for the history of the Pledge--I did not know most of those facts and I always love learning. I feel so proud that the Supreme Court finally got something right. One Nation, Under God. Linda

Designs By Pinky said...

That sure is the teacher in you coming out!!! What a wonderful lesson! Thank you! Your table is fantastic too and I love the banner!!!!! Have a great weekend! XO, Pinky

Red Couch Recipes said...

that is the darn best place to have a little outdoor dining -- love the "vintage" checked tablecloth and the banner is just so fun and festive. Thanks for the info on the Pledge -- I didn't know that the appeal had been denied -- thank goodness! Joni

Red Couch Recipes said...

Fogot to write that I set up my table just in time -- right after I did the shoot, huge winds came up that were scairy and knocked off my red lantern on my deck and a potted plant -- of course, the pot broke -- not super high temps here. Joni

Janette - The2Seasons said...

Thanks for stopping by The 2 Seasons. Love your table. I might steal a couple of your ideas.

On Crooked Creek said...

I adore your tablescape an the history of our country! We are doing low key here on the Prairie due to extreme heat, as well. Thank you for your visit and sweet comments. Stop by again soon, dear.
P.S. Thank you for your note concerning my flatware. It was purchased in Berschweiler, W.Germany in 1973!

laxsupermom said...

Beautiful tablescape! It's a shame that it's too blazing hot for you to use it. I love your mix of blue & white plates with your red checked linens! That vase is such a wonderful shape, and I love your banner! So festive! Thanks for sharing.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a darling tablescape. The backdrop of your yard makes this so warm and welcoming. The banner in your tree is just too cute for words. The blue vase you used as the centerpiece is incredible.
hugs ~lynne~

Marigene said...

It may be hot, but that would be the perfect setting for an out of doors lunch or supper...beautiful. I love the banner.
Have a great weekend, Marlis!

Pattie T. said...

I love this. Such a beautiful outdoor setting -- the flags are wonderful -- and lovely table. I never seem to be able to get it together in time for the Fourth as I have three parties, three Sundays in a row every June: my parents' anniversary, Father's Day, and my dad's birthday. I crash and burn once these are over and don't even want to think about celebrating.

Sweetladyelaine said...

A great table honoring our country! I just love your banner! A very happy, festive table. Do you think you could come over and do mine or send me yours? My daughter arrives tomorrow and I am just thinking about a table! I am a little slow lately! lol
Thanks for sharing.
blessings My Friend,

Lana K. W. Austin said...

This table is just fantastic (and so is the setting outside!) I LOVE the banner, the flags of course (you did a great job incorporating that/the history--my kids & I say it every morning in homeschool!) and the gorgeous pitcher and...EVERYTHING! You are a total sweetheart and I always appreciate your tablescapes so much and your comments on my blog so much!
I hope it cools down there for you!



Oh, Marlys, the heat sounds like it's
terrible! I guess outside would be just right to celebrate and honor, the Old girl's bithday! Your outdoor setting is lovely, as all you do! Pretty center piece you made with the blue vase. I also love the banner...hum, next year I'll make one! Have the greatest weekend and enjoy the outside! Love, FABBY

Sunny said...

Hi Marlis! The table beckons me to join you! Your banner is a work of art. Above all, I enjoyed reading your thoughts on the Holiday! Your table, as always is so beautiful. The centerpiece and table cloth are lovely!Happy Independence Day!

Maria said...

Marlis I love your table! I particularly love that blue vase! What a great color! Happy 4th to you and your family!

Maria said...

Marlis I love your table! I particularly love that blue vase! What a great color! Happy 4th to you and your family!

Maria said...

Marlis I love your table! I particularly love that blue vase! What a great color! Happy 4th to you and your family!

Babs said...

Marlis, Your setting is so pretty on your patio. I love the banner. You must have put so much work into it. Thank you so much for the history of the pledge to the flag. Having grown up in the 50s I learned both versions, but I LOVE the version with "under God"
in it and that's the one I always say. Hope you have a fabulous 4th,
Hugs, Babs

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What a pretty and patriotic table. Love that beautiful blue vase, and that is just the cutest banner. Did you make it? Very interesting commentary too. Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend! laurie

Tess said...

What a FABULOUS table!!! I love the linens and the dishes with the blue floral edge are just beautiful! The whole table and decorations are so festive and charming!

Custom Comforts said...

Beautiful table ~ so festive and very inviting. Your creativity is very inspiring.

Snap said...

Wonderful post. Love the banner. Stay cool and happy 4th!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love your Beautiful Tablescape for the 4th of July, and your lovely story about the Pledge of Allegiance !!! Im your newest follower on your Blog. I hope you have a Great 4th.
XXOO Diane

A Perfect Setting said...

What a beautiful setting! I love the towels under the plates, that looks great! Your banner is very cute! Very inviting and patriotic!

Alycia Nichols said...

Great holiday post, Marlis...I like the rustic look the outdoors lends to the table. Sorry you won't be able to enjoy fireworks. In our part of the metropolitan area we are experiencing similar after-effects due to dry conditions. I hope you and your family are able to enjoy the holiday just the same. Take care, and I'll talk to you soon.

Pat said...

Your table is so cute, but your second photo is just stunning. It looks like it is out of a magazine! Love the wagon wheel and fence and banners.

Anonymous said...

Very sweet table! I love your banner, too.

Happy 4th!

The Tablescaper said...


Thanks for sharing your fourth of July celebration with Seasonal Sundays. Love that banner.

- The Tablescaper

Mindy @ The Howell Blessings said...

Marlis, I love this festive Independence tablescape! Nothing say it better than red checks and blue and white stars! I LOVE the pendants too, I may have to borrow that idea on some other holidays!

I look forward to more!
Miss Mindy
The Howell Blessings


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