Thanksgiving at the Junction

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day at the Junction

Memorial Day. A day to recognize and appreciate those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. I personally have two family members who served in World War Two and Vietnam and my family was blessed to have them return home, so the day has special significance when we gather to celebrate.
The festivities embrace all the trappings of the un-official beginning of summer as we plan the menu for the first bar-be-que of  the year. Hmmm lets see, always hamburgers, hot dogs, my famous potato salad, chicken shish ka bobs and well you get the picture. For the first time in many years the weather has been amazing - a lot like the middle of summer rather than mid spring, and I was inspired to set a Memorial Day table that family says looks like a parade float. Never mind them ...

Welcome to The Memorial Day Luncheon

I was so happy to find that there were so many
adorable new accents to add to my tablescape this year

I picked up these little flag napkin rings
from Kohls this year - perfect!

Three cheers for the Red, White and Blue!
The little serving dishers were a GW find and
the perfectly paired with the napkins.

The center bowls were also a new addition this
year from CTS. Love that place!
I can see using these many times this summer.

The Homer Loughlin dinner plate has to be my favorite
Sorry- no date on these, but I know they were an
Annapolis GW find

Ok - this view does sort of look like a parade LOL

The buffet was set as well although it was a little early to
fill the lemonade dispenser, but there were
Red, White and Blue wrapped Tootsie rolls

And a bucket filled with crackers dressed
 in the colors of the day.

Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you have a memorable
weekend and stop by
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to see how others have expressed their
thoughts on this holiday.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Mothers Day at the Junction

Not surprisingly today's post is dedicated to Mothers Day. The one day when we pause and truly say thank
you to our Moms, Grandmoms and those who loved us like Moms. My thank you on this special day also goes out to my children for giving me the pleasure of being their Mom. They inspired me, helped me grow, taught me patience and the true meaning of unconditional love and family. My first child a daughter was the child of my youth. I grew with her. I became a woman as she learned to walk and talk. She is now a Mom herself and a wonderful Mommy.  My second child, also a daughter inspired my creative and fearless side, and I learned to try new things and embrace life. My third, my son came along when I was older, more serious and conservative, but he reminds me every day to laugh and not sweat the small stuff. Together they are what make me a Mom. Everyday I am thankful for them and the pleasure they give me.

I created a table for one today -  for me, to celebrate being a Mom and I feature my Grandmother and my Mom as a baby with her. A beautiful legacy. I wish all the mothers out there a very Happy Mothers Day.

Of course I chose pink for the tablescape today
with lots of chintz and flowers

The azaleas are from my yard - yes my Southern
Sisters they finally bloomed!

I love this picture of my Grandmother
holding my Mom.
 It is on display everyday of the year.

The picture to the far left is of my Grandmother
with my Mother out for a day in the park.
She was so dressed up for the occasion!

This setting is in my favorite location in the house -
my porch.

The perfect cup of tea, and the perfect reading material
in my favorite spot. I'm set to celebrate!

Don't you just love the mix of colors here in the Azaleas?
They were all said to be pink when I put them in,
but they each have a slightly different hue.

Wishing you all a very
Happy Mothers Day!

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Tabletop Tuesday

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