Grill It Up!

INSPIRATION: BBQ Towel/Napkin, just $1 each from Dollar Tree

INSPIRATION: BBQ Towel/Napkin, just $1 each from Dollar Tree

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Full deck with buffet and grill

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Full table & buffetMemorial Day weekend, in addition to its primary purpose of paying tribute to our loved ones who have passed on, marks the unofficial start of Summer. Grilling and a picnic atmosphere are both a huge part of this time of year. We’re getting our Summer picnic table for 6 kicked off with a 90″ x 132″ economy white tablecloth from LinenTablecloth.com topped with a fun red & white checkered 60″ x 126″. These linens wash up really well, so no worries…slather on the bbq sauce!

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Multiple place settings

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Single place setting

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Crock, napkin, flatware collageEach place setting begins with a basic black dinner plate from the Dollar Tree topped with a smoky red crock (I can just taste the baked beans now!) from T.J. Maxx/Home Goods. The white flatware is also from T.J. Maxx.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Mason jar collageMason jars – typical at many family gatherings I attended as a kid – have become a staple in farm chic entertaining in the past few years. Here the old-fashioned drinking vessels are accented with a fun black & white striped straw from Michael’s.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Colander of strawberriesWhat summertime picnic is complete with juicy, ripe strawberries? Try serving them up in something fun like this luscious red miniature colander from Old Time Pottery.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Water carafe collageA duo of inexpensive clear glass water carafes from Big Lots is set up on each end of the table. A slice of lemon is added to each to add a little color and flavor as well as to make the carafes an integral part of the centerpiece.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - African violet collage“Ness’ Snow Cloud” African violets are presented in shiny red pails from Hobby Lobby and placed atop a Pottery Barn galvanized aluminum tray for a simple centerpiece.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Beverage & condiment table

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Kabob platter, ant dishes collage

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Beverage tub, watermelon collage

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Sauce tray collageThe side table is set up with additional beverages iced down in a galvanized aluminum tub from Home Goods. A galvanized tin tray from Home Goods holds various sauces including two hometown favorites. The fun ant-covered plates are from Pier 1. Veggies for kabobs are served up on a cherry red Chantal serving dish.

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Coleman lantern collageMy Dad – a farm boy-cum-business/civic leader – passed away last year, and while cleaning out the garage my Mom found his old Coleman lantern, thought to have been purchased in the late 1960s – early 1970s. As you can see, it saw some use in its heyday. It’s now a treasure for me as a reminder that “You can take Daddy out of country, but you can’t take the country out of Daddy.”

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Prep table for grilling

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up!

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Meat rub, marinade bowl, plastic tub collageThe grill master (or grill mistress, as it were!) has everything he/she needs including a porky little friend who ditched his chalkboard to hold the matches. The red plastic serving baskets are great for serving up ribs when lined with parchment paper!

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Grill collage

 

Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One, www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com: Grill It Up! - Apron, pot holder collageLet’s get those coals going!!!!!!

Other posts on this site suitable for Memorial Day weekend get-togethers:
All-American Seafood Boil
Stars & Stripes
Ants In My Pants Picnic
Black, White & Red All Over

Blue & White Family Picnic

Other posts on this site using towels as napkins include:
Popsicle Party
Black & White Barnyard Breakfast

Most Egg-cellent Fall Breakfast
Grill It Up!
Italian Honeysuckle
Picnic Ants

I’ll be joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for “Tablescape Thursday” again this week and linking up with BeBetsy.com, a terrific lifestyle site with loads of fabulous ideas from knowledgeable and talented contributors. You can also find lots of great ideas at a fun new blog party, “Table It!” over at Christine’s Rustic & Refined.

Here’s wishing you all a safe holiday weekend!

Ants in My Pants Picnic

I wanted to participate in Cuisine Kathleen’s “Good Earth” edition of “Let’s Dish!” this week, so I’m bringing back a post from way back in the day when I first started blogging. For those of you who have already seen it on this site’s “Summer” page, maybe a second visit will get you in the mood for summer. For those of you seeing it for the first time, I hope you enjoy it!

As much as we wish Mother Nature would take their pesky butts back, ants are a huge part of nature! As we celebrate Earth Week, though, I’ll cut ’em some slack. (Unless I see one in my house, and then he’ll be fertilizing the good earth!!!) A picnic under the trees is the perfect way to enjoy all that nature has to offer of the “Good Earth.”
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In August, it’s still sweltering hot outside, but the retailers already have store aisles crammed with holiday decor from Halloween to Christmas. I am so not ready for that! I still want to play outside with my neighbors!

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A red & white checkered cloth lends a traditional look to this outdoor setting. I snatched up this piece of easy care poly-cotton fabric from a remnant table. My niece, sister, and Mom are all a whiz with a needle, but I can’t sew a stitch. So…I just tidy up the edges with a pair of my hubby’s surgical scissors and call it a day! Hey, after all…it’s a picnic! Rustic!

 What’s a picnic without lots of ice-cold, juicy, sun-ripened fruit for dessert? Delicious!

 The place settings stack up on this summer tablescape with black acrylic chargers from Hobby Lobby, white Corelle dinner plates and black salad plates from Wal-Mart, and the cutest little ant-covered top plates from Pier 1. Each person’s bottle of Coca-Cola is iced down in a red lacquered metal pail from Hobby Lobby. Napkins are from Bed Bath & Beyond, and the flatware is the Pfaltzgraff “Legacy” pattern from JC Penney.

 

IMG_2534WMAs the sun sets, pillar candles set inside oversized black lanterns provide a flicker of light to carry conversation into the evening hours.

 I bought these fun giant ants at Hobby Lobby a couple of seasons ago. When I see really cool stuff like that, I just have to buy it…even if I don’t use it for a season or two! This purchase really paid off in the end because it adds a bit of the surreal, which is always fun! Happy Dog Days, everyone!
I’m linking up with Cuisine Kathleen for “Let’s Dish!”. Stop on by anytime after 6:00 p.m. CDT to see what other tablescapers have created to celebrate the Good Earth!