Stars & Stripes

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INSPIRATION: My Daddy. A man who gave much to his country through tireless service in his community and unparalleled love for his family.

I’d like to thank my regular readers for your kind indulgence and your incredibly compassionate phone calls, cards and emails over these last several weeks as I took time to care for and then ultimately say goodbye to my Daddy. (A SUPER BIG thanks to Liz at “Infuse With Liz” for fielding questions on my behalf!) These last few weeks have been some of the hardest of my life. I saw a person I have literally known all of my life slowly wither before my eyes. I lived with Daddy at the hospital and then at Hospice House for the final week of his life. When it became apparent the end was just minutes away (Ramon told me the signs to look for), I crawled into bed with him and held him as tightly as I could to keep his gaunt little body warm until the angels came to take him home to Jesus. I wanted this remarkable, scholarly, introspective, golf-playing, popcorn/apple pie/peanut butter on waffles-eating former farm boy of a man who lived his life with gusto and touched so many in such positive ways to know without question that he was loved and cherished on the day he died even more than the day he was born. My Daddy, James B. “Jim” Wilson, a.k.a. “The Kissing Bandit”, no longer walks this earth. He now lives in what I have chosen to call a “cozy upscale one-bedroom condo with fabulous marble door, incredible pastoral view, and very quiet neighbors”, a.k.a. a mausoleum at a nearby cemetery. (Daddy was a commercial realtor. I think he would be proud of my description!) I know I can go there to visit anytime I wish without calling ahead or dressing up or having anything of real interest to talk about, just like always. It will be just my Daddy and me..hangin’ out.

I am back to blogging for just a moment. There is still much to do in the way of “tying up loose ends” that must be addressed and preparation for the now rescheduled surgery previously planned for June 21st. I had this 4th of July tablescape all set, photographed, and ready to publish, though, so I’d like to share it with you.
(Click on any photo, then click again to enlarge it and see close-up details.)

Full deck - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Full table - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneI set up this casual table for 12 on a clear, sunny day back in May. Two 6-ft. folding tables are nattily dressed in double layers: full-length 90″ x 132″ white topped with a 60″ x 102″ navy blue tablecloth from LinenTablecloth.com. The 4th of July is the time to dress a table in multiple hues that reflect the colors of our nation’s flag! (LinenTablecloth.com has some GREAT patriotic linens in stars and stripes, too! They’re on sale this week, so it’s not too late to get them for your 4th of July tablescape!!!)

Multiple place settings - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Patriotic place setting - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Napkins & flatware, rim shot, flag on plate collage

Stemware - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneEach place setting starts with a woven rattan square charger from Tuesday Morning. Stark white square dinner plates from the B. Smith collection at Bed, Bath & Beyond are topped with square navy salad plates from Pier 1. A small American flag is a natural guest favor. I wanted the napkins (doubled because let’s face it…barbecue is messy and you’ll need at least two!) to really stand out against the deep navy tablecloth, so I draped a bright red one off the side of the table at each setting and then topped them with alternating stars or stripes in navy & white. The flatware is one of my favorites with such an appropriate name for Independence Day: Hampton Silversmith’s “Patriotic – Mirror”. The simple clear glassware is from Old Time Pottery.

White resin bistro chairs - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneEven humble white bistro chairs look great when all lined up like soldiers!

Patriotic floral centerpiece - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One

Table flags & Pelligrino collageThe centerpiece that marches the entire length of the table is very simple but effective. Two large white glass vases are filled with lots of branches dotted with small white flowers. Look closely…the profusion of blossoms kind of reminds you of a fireworks display in the sky! Or perhaps sparklers?! Smaller white vases filled with bouquets of small American flags from Target are placed at intervals along with flag pairs on tabletop stands. Bottles of Pellegrino are placed on the table for guests, and they look right at home with their sassy red stars.

Buffet table - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneThe small buffet table has decor befitting the occasion that complements the dining table.

American flag "bouquet" - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneA large “bouquet” of American flags poked into a white ceramic vase flaps in the wind.

Pelligrino collage - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneI love it when food packaging works into my decorating scheme!!!

Watermelon slice, stacked plates, forks, iron stars collageThese rustic cast iron stars usually hang out in a guest bedroom, but today they are part of this tablescape. A juicy watermelon wedge sits atop a stack of white appetizer plates from Crate & Barrel.

Barbershop Quartet Boater - Stars & Stripes, Tablescapes at Table Twenty-OneI’ve had these fun turn-of-the-century boaters for a long time. The red, white & blue trim takes me back to the days of Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson or Harry S. Truman when barbershop quartets were cool and politics might have actually been fun! 🙂

Cake plateaus, whole watermelon, Absolut collageI’m a big fan of “grown up dessert” made of a whole watermelon injected with vodka. Delicious, light, juicy, and FUN!!! The red, white & blue ceramic cake stands are from Hobby Lobby.

Other tablescapes with a patriotic theme on this site:
All-American Seafood Boil
“Stars & Stripes”

“4th of July Coastal Style”
Lauren in the Library
American Royal Tablescape
Show Me State Dinner
Red, White & Blueberries
Peacefully Patriotic

I’ll be rejoining a couple of fun blog parties this week: Cuisine Kathleen’s “Let’s Dish!” on Wednesday after 6:00 p.m. (CDT) and Susan’s “Tablescape Thursday” on Thursday after 9:00 a.m. I hope you’ll come along with me to these parties to see what all the other talented tablescapers out there are doing for the 4th of July holiday! Check me out at BeBetsy.com, too!

In support of our military and their families, please join me for The Coconut Head Survival Guide’s “Memorial Day Patriot’s Palooza Party”!!!

82 thoughts on “Stars & Stripes

  1. Your daddy was a special man, and you were a very special daughter to him. He is with you in spirit, Alycia. I believe that with all my heart.

    As always, a beautiful ‘scape. xo

  2. Alycia,
    First of all…much love to you and hugs..I certainly understand how hard all of this is to say goodbye…
    and next, your table is beautiful, as always you have shared a lot of inspiration here…
    continuing to pray for you..
    Love, Mona

  3. As soon as I saw your email (post) my first thought was just to look and not leave a comment so you wouldn’t have one more thing to read or reply too….so just know that like always; your table is vibrant and beautiful just like your daddy’s spirit. Which now rests like an angel on your shoulder. He is will always be hanging out right there on your shoulder, looking out for you and giving you the push or hug you need until you get to see him again in God’s house. Warm hugs to you and your family from me and mine 🙂

    XO,
    Christine

  4. What a lovely tribute to your father. I lost my father 23 years ago and still miss him as much as I did when he first passed. You are a wonderful daughter for being there for him. And I like the table !

  5. Oh, Alycia, I’m so sorry to hear about your father. I had somehow missed the fact that he was so very sick, and my heart goes out to you. He sounds like a dear, wonderful man, and I feel sure he will be missed by many people. You were lucky to have him and he was so lucky to be cared for so lovingly by you these last weeks. What a special person you are, and we’re all lucky to have you as a blogging friend. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers, Alycia.

    As always, your table looks wonderful.

    Hugs to you,

    Denise

  6. My dear Alycia Good to see you.Hope you are getting back to normal.Time is the healer.I lost my father when i was just 14.I can understand what it is for you.He is going to be with you always in your dreams and whatever you do…This is a beautiful table and i like it very much.Love sujatha…:

  7. Alycia,
    The picture of you holding your Daddy’s hand is precious and will comfort you always. I can still feel my Daddy’s hand in mine, and I lost him over 12 years ago. When ever I think of him and miss him terribly, I just close my eyes and “hold his hand”.
    Love you, Rene

  8. Alycia,
    It is so hard for us girls to lose our daddy. There is just a special bond there. I am saying prayers for comfort and peace for you and yours. Love the photo of you and your dad joining hands.

  9. What a lovely tribute to your Dad, Alycia & a fitting send-off to a man well loved. Beautifully spoken, Honey!

    Your party table is just delightful, with all its patriotic colors & symbols. The napkins hanging over the edge is a design element that I see you use often. Why can’t I remember to do that???

    Hugs,
    Rett

  10. What a dear daughter you are for caring for your dad through his final minutes on earth. That photo of you holding your dad’s hand is so special.
    May God continue to comfort you with his love.

    It’s hard to move on to comment about the great 4th of July table you set. It really is a show stopper for sure! I love decorating for the 4th!
    Blessings…

  11. Hi Alycia: It’s nice to see you back. You are a good daughter, and I know this was a hard time for you, but glad that the healing process has begun. I love your tablescape today–I’ve been on a navy and white kick for a few weeks now, so can just add a little red to the mix for the 4th and I’m set to go 🙂 Your tablescapes also have inspired me to be on the lookout for square-shaped plates–I just love how they look mixed in with your other pretty pieces of table wear. I wish you a happy 4th of July.

  12. Hi Alycia!
    So glad to see you back in action! It’s great to see you so strong during such trying times. You are always in such high spirits and that is so wonderful. Your love for your family is definitely shown in your work and attitude.
    I love the tablescape! Very patriotic and not too over-the-top! The woven chargers are the perfect accent that really give this table character. Wonderfully done, as always! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Good to see you back. I know everyone has missed your delightful tables. I hope you just covered this one up and left it in place for next week’s holiday!

  14. A lovely tribute to your daddy. I’m sure he felt comforted by your love as he took the hand of Jesus. Your post brought tears to my eyes. He’s always within you Alycia, it may sound cliche, but I personally find it to be true. In time you will find comfort in, and realize this “cliche”.
    On a lighter note, my fav item in this post is the flag ‘bouquet’. Love how they drape from the vase and wave. Your eye for detail is amazing!
    ♫You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flyin’ flag, and forever in peace may you wave…♫

  15. Yay! I’m so glad to see you come back. Helping you in any way through the tough time was an honor. No one can deny the love you have for your father, and you set an example of how to show love to a person right up to the end.
    I love what you created here! Those napkins look spectacular! I like those plates (I need some blue in my stock)! I have never been to an Old Time Pottery but I bet I’d be hard pressed to walk out empty handed! Love the white vases and all the flags centered throughout. What a great celebratory tablescape!
    Love and hugs, Liz

  16. Thank you for sharing that with us. God is good and will keep you in his care.
    I have been looking for a more sophisticated art casual July 4th tablescape and you did not disappoint. Hope you don’t mind if I swipe some of your ideas!
    Take care dear friend.

  17. Alycia, I hope you took enough time to grieve for your daddy.
    You are truly a wonderful and loving daughter. I know your daddy was very proud of you. May you be comforted by your daddy’s spirit and treasured memories. It’s a beautiful tribute. You always have such flair. Love the vodka watermelon idea. Blessings, Linda

  18. sweet Alycia –
    Please feel my arms of friendship around your shoulders at this time. I understand your loss, as my identity was always so solidly around being “Fred’s gir” that when he passed, I questioned who I was. It just slightly changes who you are when your Daddy is no longer there, even though they have become the one who now needs care and protection. Take time to grieve and heal and know I’ll have you in my prayers.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  19. Oh Alycia…so glad to have you back, even if it is for a short while….Your father left this world feeling the warmth, love, and compassion of a wonderful daughter by his side…and now, his spirit is by your side…Take care of yourself…as it is evident that your heart is still heavy with sorrow as it will be for a while…it never goes away…just gets a little lighter…Your table is perfect..the perfect way to honor your father and those who are among him..Beautiful as ever Alycia…take good care of yourself…Hope your mom is doing well.

  20. I am so sorry to hear about your dad. Sounds like you took excellent care of him and he knew you were there for him. I’ve been down this road with both parents. I understand the loss you are feeling. My prayers are with you. I am an avid follower of your blog.

    Mary G. Smith

  21. My dear friend I have missed you and have been thinking of you often. As I said before I am so truly sorry for your loss. You were and are such a great daughter. Since I have known you, you have been a wonderful and compassionate kind person. Take extra special care of yourself. I am going to keep thinking of you, my friend.

    Cynthia

  22. What a gift to open my email and see your beautiful post! I have missed you so much! You had me in tears quickly with the sweet words about your father…terrible times…Thank you for taking the time to post this patriotic delight just in time for the 4th! I love those stripes and stars linens and the way you placed them. BTW, let me know when you’re cutting that watermelon, I’ll be by for a slice!
    Jenna

  23. Beautiful and so patriotic and what a wonderful tribute to your dad. I am so sure he knows he was loved because he was and you definitely showed it. He is looking down at you with a big smile from heaven. I can tell how good a person your dad was, Alycia, just by knowing you….Christine

  24. Alycia, lamento mucho la perdida de su padre mi corazon esta con ud!son momentos dificiles de superar pero tiene que lograrlo por su familia.Gracias por regresar con su espectacular trabajo es ud una profecional!Un cariño muy especial.Norma Dominguez

  25. Alycia~ I love the photo of you holding hands with your dad.Thinking about you and hoping you’ll have your sweet memories to comfort you.I had to chuckle at how your realtor dad would have been proud of your description of his resting place 🙂

    Love your table as always~ the double napkins and stars & stripes combo are the perfect patriotic touch!

  26. Oh dear, sweet Alycia, I have tears in my eyes as I read your loving tribute to your Dad. You are a special daughter to be with him until the end of his days on earth. I love the picture of the two of you holding hands. Thank you for sharing that with us and what a wonderful man your Dad was.
    As always, your table is inspiring, beautiful and perfect…so fitting for the 4th of July.

  27. Alycia, the photo of both of your hands brought tears to my eyes. It’s so special showing the bond that you two had. Your description is so fitting for his piece of real estate! Praying for you and your family that God brings you comfort.

    The table is fabulous. I love the profusion of flags and the double napkins. Just a wonderful touch! The fireworks in the vases works for me!!! Love those blooms. xo marlis

  28. Alycia, I’m also a big fan of the whole watermelon injected with vodka. Your special daddy raised a very special daughter. So glad you could be with him until the end. Love everything about this table! My husband is the most patriotic man I know, and I just showed him too. He agrees you did a wonderful job. xo

  29. For me, the whole design pivots around your brilliant design choice with the double napkins…a strong and incredibly effective graphic effect. A marvelous table. You remain in my prayers and on my heart. Cherry Kay

  30. Oh Alicia, I just clicked to see your beautiful tablescape for the week and read your very touching tribute to your Daddy. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you celebrate his life and memories. Something tells me that he would be very pleased of your aforementioned descriptions.

    Many Blessings,

    Requi

  31. Alycia, you know that all of us have been thinking of you during this loss. It’s so painful to say goodbye. I know your dad felt your love as you were close by with him though these last days. Take care of yourself.
    It goes without saying that your patriotic table is as beautiful as always. You have the touch. Love the linens and the vases of mini flags. Didn’t see those cake stands at HL. May need to stop back by again. ~ Sarah

  32. Dearest Alycia,
    What a special love you and your Daddy had. He fought the good fight and he finished the race, with you by his side. He knew you were there.
    Our Lord gives peace and comfort. It is now time for you to rest in the Lord’s embrace.
    Love and blessings, Ginger

  33. Alycia — how blessed you both were to have had such a beautiful and loving relationship. I’m so lucky to still have my dad….just turned 88 and I’m enjoying every minute I get to have with him…..
    What a pretty table you’ve set — so crisp….you just can’t go wrong with red white and blue in my book!

  34. I love your table. I can think of a dozen different things to say about it, but honestly, I am so moved by your beautiful words describing your dad that it seems almost irreverent to talk on about your table. I loved how you described his passing. I could picture the scene in my mind as I read it. From one who has walked that walk herself, I understand exactly how you feel right now. My heart goes out to you, Alycia. I’m glad to see you back and have missed your blog face.

  35. Alycia, I somehow missed a timely hearing of your Dad’s passing, so I’m only now sending my condolences … I’m thankful you were able to be with him until the very end of his life. I know how much that meant to you and will mean to you in the future. Your words of tribute are beautiful, and the picture of held hands touches my heart more than you can know. Somehow your patriotic tablescape seems quite fitting; a perfect time to “strike up the band” in recognition of a life well lived. Hugs and prayer … from My Place to yours.

  36. I am so sorry that your Daddy can no longer hold your hand, but he will always have a hold on your heart.
    The tablescape is beautiful

  37. Gorgeous table Alycia! But what really touched me was your picture of both your hands and your beautiful description of your Daddy who was obviously a blessing to the lives he touched. I’m glad you had the opportunity to be with him and pour out love on him in his final moments here. Surely it was a hard and sorrowful time, but also one I know you wouldn’t give up. I am fortunate to still have my father but went through the loss of my father in law with my husband when we were 24. I remember well the importance of those last moments and the need to usher him out with great love and care. I’ve missed you and am glad to “see” you back for a bit. You will continue to be in my prayers through this time and your rescheduled upcoming surgery.

  38. Alycia,
    The tribute to your Dad touched my heart, dear friend!!!
    Precious are those memories. . .priceless!!!
    The tribute to our Nation fills me with Pride!
    Being the wife of a retired U.S. Army Career Soldier,
    I appreciate your attention to detail!!!
    Hurray for the Red, White & Blue!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  39. Oh, my gosh, Alycia! I thought you’d been away recuperating from your surgery! I had no idea you had been dealing with this! I am so very, very sorry for your loss! I lost my father in 1986. I was 28 years old at the time. I was so close to him and felt so cheated that I didn’t get to have more time with him. Not a single day goes by, even after all these years, that I don’t think about him. I remember at the time of his passing, being surrounded by many loving family members and friends,and yet feeling so very alone in my grief. It took a while for me to remember that all I had to do was reach out and God was there to envelop me in his arms and comfort me. OK, so I’m a little slow . . . Be kind to yourself in the coming months. If you need anything, you have only to ask. Oh, and the tablescape is fantastic. Don’t be surprised if I “borrow” some of your ideas for my own holiday tablescape.

  40. Alycia, SO glad to see you back. I have thought about you so many times. Your table is beautiful. A simple and elegant tribute to a special man and to those who have kept our country free. Thank you for sending the updates on your Daddy. I know this has been a sad and difficult time for your family. Blessings to all of you.

  41. Can’t “talk” now 😦 :crying:
    Sorry. Might return some day… wonderful creation and a fit homage.
    God Bless,
    T

  42. Alycia, first I am sending prayers for you and your family with the loss of your father. I knew you he was going down and you were taking care of him but I didn’t realize he had passed. I have been gone to Illinois visiting my 91 year old Dad. It is so difficult to loose a parent and takes a long time to heal. You will always have a special place in your heart for your Dad. Secondly, your table is beautiful and the perfect patriotic table especially with the flags at the plate and the napkins on each side. Wow, this table is shouting with patriotism. Take care my friend!

  43. Beautiful tribute to your dear dad, A.! You are blessed with many happy memories of him that will be in your heart forever. My dad died at 50 when I was a teen, so I missed knowing him as an adult. But, I have wonderful memories of him, and I love when people tell me stories about what a good and generous man he was.

    This is an amazing table, so many wonderful details! I love those ceramic cake plates, we need a hobby lobby!
    The double cloths and napkins add so much drama. So much work you put into this!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let’s Dish!

  44. My dear Alycia,
    I have prayed for you the past few weeks. You wrote a beautiful tribute to your Dad. I am sure he is smiling down on you with pride. You blessed him by being there every step of the way. You will always have a special place in your heart for your Dad. Keep the memories close!
    Blessings My Friend,

    Your table is beautiful! I think all the flags make it special.

  45. What a beautiful tribute to your Daddy, he smiling down on you…I love his nickname “The Kissing Bandit”! Any parent would be proud to call you daughter, Alycia.
    I love your very patriotic table…nothing quite like red, white and blue.
    I don’t know about you, but we were 102° yesterday and today is so humid.
    Have a wonderful week…

  46. Alycia, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. This post is such a beautiful tribute to him, and I admire you so much for taking care of him to the last moment and showing him how much he was loved. That, in itself, should give you some peace and solace. I must say that the navy tablecloths look stunning and I liked your comparison of the white chairs to soldiers, ready and waiting.

  47. I’ve been thinking of you dear Alycia! I know that my daddy met up with your daddy and they have played a round or two on the most beautiful golf course in all of heaven 🙂 Your table makes me stand up straight and salute! Just beautiful! I will take a slice of the chilled and infused watermelon please 🙂

  48. Alycia, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. You were very blessed to be able to be with your Dad until he passed. Mind you, I’m saying passed, because we live in valley of the “shadow” of death…just a shadow…and we will see our loved ones again promised Jesus. I lost my Dad in 2000 and I miss his smile and laughter every day. Just like Jesus, he lives in my heart and I can’t wait to see him and my Mom.

    Blessings, Carol

    P.S. Your table is so patriotic and beautiful. You are so talented.

    God Bless, Carol

  49. Oh, Alycia, I had certainly noticed your absence from Blogland, but I did not realize you were with your father in his last days. My sincere condolences! No one loves you quite like your father does, and I know his loss is keenly felt. You were a faithful and loving daughter, and I know your father appreciated your presence.

  50. Alycia, you’ve been in my thoughts, and I’ve said many prayers for you. I love the way you talked about your Daddy in this post. What a beautiful, eloquent tribute. I know your Daddy is smiling down on you.

    How wonderful that you already had this beautiful table set. So festive, and you’re right the flowers remind me of fireworks bursting in the air. laurie

  51. Honey I’ve been thinking so much about you and your dad, such a special person, you will miss him so, as it’s so hard to part from our parents, it happened to me when my dearest dad died too! Prayers for you, hon. Your patriotic table is lovely and it makes me feel as if you would’ve made it in honor of your dad. All those flags through it all are just a visión, along with the fabulous patriotic plates! I will make mine sunday, I am late for everything, as I was away for the funeral of my beloved aunt too, so I’m just coming around. Hope you can come over before I get rid of my summer table. Lots of hugs sweet friend.
    FABBY

  52. The table is adorable. The tribute, awesome. It reminded me of John14:3 “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

  53. Hi Alycia,
    What a beautiful tribute to the Kissing Bandit! Your table is perfect as always, but that infused watermelon caught my attention. Missed you, but you take all the time you need. We will all be here. Dianne

  54. Alycia, That is the sweetest tribute to your father. What great memories you have of him. He was so lucky to have you with him in his final moments, and I love your description of his “condo”. God bless you and your family, and give you strength. Hugs, Babs

  55. Since I am a collector ofred, white and blue this is one of my favorite tablescapes. I love it!

    Dee Evans

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  56. I am so touched by this lovely, respectful table honoring your wonderful father, his love of country, and your love for both, Alycia. The table is perfect for both–a man and his country. With all the straight lines of the plates, the chargers, the flags, and even the napkins, you came up with a very masculine and dignified look. Wonderful. I am also so touched by the many people who have made such beautiful, heartfelt comments–that tells you a lot by how many people YOU have touched. I continue to pray for you as you begin the difficult adjustment of loss (at least in this Earthly sense). I hope you are able to spend the fourth in a way that is comforting to you. ~Zuni

  57. Alycia, I am so sorry read about your father’s passing. Thankfully you were able to right by his side. You shared so many special memories together. I hope in your moments of sadness those memories and you the love you shared bring you nothing but joy. Take care my friend. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  58. Alycia, wow I am so sorry to hear about your father. That explains my dream I had of you. Even though I didn’t know your dad, I know he must have been a special, wonderful person–he raised an amazing daughter! Glad you were able to be with him. I was with both of my parents when they crossed over. Hope your memories will give you strength to get through the hard times. So so sorry for your loss. Hope your mom is doing ok. I am sending thoughts and prayers your way!! Hugs, Betsy

  59. Dear Alycia, Always setting such a beautiful, fun and festive table giving us bloggers new ideas and inspiration. Thank you and I hope you and yours have a great 4th. Hoping your heart is mending a little now. You wrote such sweet words about your Dad. xo

  60. Your dad sounds like a very special man – not only to you, but to others and to society. I’m extremely glad you took the time to be with him the way you did. Faithful daughter. 🙂 Most of us have a special relationship with our dad, the first knight in shining armor in our lives. You really pulled a fast one with this early-prepared table! It is beautiful, truly, sharp contrasts, and all the rich tones of red and blue. I like how the rattan chargers give it a little “woody, casual” look and a little something to break up all the red, white, and blue. Maybe to rest the eye? Anyway, I’ll be praying for you as you tie up all those loose ends – another hard time dealing with memories, sweet but a little bitter because he’s gone. I love this post and your tribute to your dad!

  61. Hi Alycia! I’m so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing, and I know that he was such a special man, not just to you, but to others. It is so good to see your blog post and I’m so impressed with your lovely table! I am gonna have to check out Linen Tablecloth! I know this is such a difficult time and I will continue to pray for you and your family, for peace, comfort and rest, even in this busy season. Big virtual hugs coming your way!! ❤

  62. Alycia, Your post is perfect and so beautiful! Such a special tribute to your father. I know how hard it has been the last few months for all your family. Please know I care and will be praying for you.

    We have just been through seeing my MIL through a move to assisted living. At 87 and failing eyesight and dementia she realized herself it was time. It has just been a week but seems like a month.

    I look forward to many new tablescapes from you soon when you have had time to rest and heal from your loss.

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  66. Hi Alycia – As you are coming up on the one year anniversary of your Father’s passing, I do hope you honor him with another amazing tablescape like this one from last year. I think of all of the patriotic tablescapes I’ve seen… this one is my favorite. Maybe it’s all of the flags or your sweet sentiment. Thank you for sharing at the Patriot’s Palooza party and Happy Memorial Day. Hugs, Holly

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