Red, White, + Blue: Food, Entertaining, + Celebrating

May 29, 2011

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I am a sucker for “themed” almost anything.  A small American flag will adorn our dinner table in July, colored eggs are a must do activity in the Spring, the ORANGE, BLACK, and GREEN checkered table cloth, that I have had for 10 years, covers our dining room table for the entire month of October, and it’s all about the color RED in February.

Memorial Weekend, for me, is the kick-off of summer fun.  Lazy days, afternoon walks along the Pacific Coast, riding our bikes in the neighborhood until the sun goes down, and approximately 78 days without much of a plan, is how we like to roll. The lack of schedule and structure is something I look forward to; meals become more relaxed, the creativity flows, our garden gets the much needed attention it deserves, and spontaneity is the name of the game.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, RED, WHITE, and BLUE depicts the essence of summer, American traditions, and all things patriotic. I have found some food, kitchen supplies, table lines, and more that embody the “red, white, and blue” theme.  Whether you put a bowl of blueberries in a red bowl on your breakfast table, or hang a flag on the outside of your house, be in the moment, and enjoy!

decorations:
Red, White, + Blue Mini Lanterns – Target
U.S. Flags-set of 24 – Target
Patriotic Pinwheels – Terry’s Village

kitchen accessories:
Patriotic Pot Holders – William Sonoma(photo insert)
Red Salad Servers – Sur Le Table
Wood Flag Serving Tray – Sur Le Table

table top + crafts:
Stars and Stripes Table Runner – William Sonoma
Drink Parasols – Martha Stewart Living
Fire Works Table Setting – Martha Stewart Living
Star Bowls – Sur Le Table(photo insert)

photo: Martha Stewart Living

the special touches:
Red Polka Dot Straws – Bake it Pretty
Large Red Striped Baking Cups – Bake it Pretty
Red, White, + Blue Gift Bags – Nashville Wraps
Patriotic Cello Bags – Nashville Wraps
Bakers Twine – Bake it Pretty

savories:
Shrimpo de Gallo – The Pioneer Woman
Asian Crispy Chicken Wings – White on Rice Couple
BBQ Pulled Chicken Sliders – The Comfort of Cooking(photo inset)
BBQ Beef Sandwiches – The Urban Baker
Cumin Lamb Burgers – Organic Spark
Watermelon + Goat Cheese Bites – The Meaning of Pie

desserts:
Pink Velvet Roulade – Sprinkle Bakes(photo inset)
Chocolate Dipped Pretzels – Cupcakes and Cashmere
Red, White, + Blue Cheesecake Bars – Recipe Girl
Gluten Free Blackberry Cupcakes – Cannelle et Vanilla
Patriotic Pops – Bakerella
Stained Glass Jello – Brown Eyed Baker
Red, White, + Blue Birthday Cake – Recipe Girl
4th of July Buttermilk Pie – Simply Recipes
Blueberry Hill Cupcakes – Bella Eats
Sugar Cookie Bars – The Urban Baker
Blueberry Pie in a Jar – The Food Librarian
July 4th Patriotic Cake – I am Baker

drinks:
Watermelon Tequilla Cocktails – Recipe Girl(photo inset)
Red, White + Booze – Curbly
Pomegranate Cranberry Cocktail – The Urban Baker
Honey Ginger Lemonade – Gourmande in the Kitchen
Frozen Strawberry + Lime Daiquiri – Cooking Canuck
Watermelon Margarita – Healthy Happy Life

Happy Summer!

 

 

 

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1 Allison [Haute Box] May 29, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thanks for the lineup! That pink velvet roulade looks so delish.

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2 Marla {family fresh cooking} May 29, 2011 at 11:12 am

Fun Memorial Day round up! Enjoy the long weekend 🙂

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3 yummychunklet May 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

What a great group of recipes! Happy Memorial Day!

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4 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 29, 2011 at 5:11 pm

Thanks for including my lemonade in your round-up and for all the great summer-time recipe inspiration. Hope you’re having a beautiful weekend!

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5 JEANETTE SALZMAN May 29, 2011 at 10:15 pm

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL PRESENTATION. VERY BEAUTIFULLY DONE. LOVED IT. YOU ARE GREAT AT WAHT YOU DO. LOVE J

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6 Amanda May 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm

This post is a MUST save for everyone… there is everything one could ever need here!! Great job girl… you got skills!

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7 Lucy Lean May 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

This has the whole summer covered!

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8 Kristen May 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Oh my goodness… what a delicious roundup!

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9 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 6, 2011 at 3:47 am

What a great round-up! Great ideas for July 4th now that Memorial Day has passed :).

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