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Since we’re all getting ready for July Fourth we would like to share some easy and fun ideas. Some items have to be on hand beforehand such having table linens, tables and chairs, decor, etc. Not all foods could be prepared in advance. Fresh watermelon has to be prepared the day of. Here is a festive and refreshing treat with ingredients on hand by Almost Supermom that’s beautiful and easy in one. Who says easy can’t be beautiful?! star spangeled fruit skewers Another neat idea is decorating good old fashioned sugar cookies. Frost sugar cookies with white icing and sprinkle with crushed blue and red candies for a great fireworks display! july fourth sugar cookies Did you know how much food is consumed on July 4th? We’re talking 155 million hot dogs, $107 million spent on popsicles, and $167 million spent on watermelon. Plus, Independence Day is the biggest holiday for beer sales, topping Labor Day, Memorial Day, Father’s Day and Christmas. Wow! Enjoy the food, party and company! Scroll through past blogs for more great ideas!

What comes to mind when you think of Summer?

Sunny Days? Summer Wedding? Parties? Picnics? Family Vacations? All of them can be fun, enjoyable, and memorable. It can also be stressful. By planning ahead and focusing on what important can make all the difference in making the event an enjoyable one.

Miranda Square Tablecloths

Summer colors put us in a relaxing mood. The beautiful colors make us want to celebrate! With colors such as Slate Blue, English Rose, Dijon, Champagne, Sage, and Sienna the two tone Miranda Damask Tablecloth makes a great summer tablecloth. Perfect for weddings, parties or to entertain guests.

Square Tablecloth

Beautiful scenery sets the tone as well. There are so many scenic ares great for picnics, parties, and get togethers. Make sure that there’s good food to go around and plenty of drinks to stay hydrated. Plan some fun activity or prepare some treat for all to enjoy. Best of all take photographs so you can look back at the memories you created.

wedding tablecloths

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day. While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead. We also celebrate the beginning of summer. We tend to have nice weather (we hope!) so we can enjoy the outdoors while honoring those whose lives were lost.

Here are some red, white and blue ideas to celebrate the day and make it special:

The checkered cloth tablecloth and cloth napkins are a classic for Memorial Day. It’s bright and bold colors of red and blue checkered are patriotic, classy and fun.  They are also popular for July 4th, summer parties, picnics, weddings etc.

checkered cloth napkins

The Galaxy Vinyl Tablecloths are great for summer parties as well. Easy to wipe clean and loads of colors to choose from this makes a great outdoor tablecloth.

Royal blue vinyl tablelcoth

Still some time to make a decoration or two! I loved this cupcake liner wreath idea from the Gunny Sack. Check out her tutorial of how its done http://www.thegunnysack.com/2014/05/patriotic-cupcake-liner-wreath.html

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I also loved the Flip Flop wreath from mamadanddaboyz.com. It’s amazing how many inexpensive items you can find to create beautiful, creative designs.

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Let us know if you have any good ideas-we would love to hear from you! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Mother’s Day is coming near

Give thanks to Mother who you hold so dear

She works so hard the whole year through

Doing things endlessly all for you

Rose Table Runners

Whether it’s a rose or a table cloth

Giving thanks is never enough

Appreciating all that she has done

Telling her she’s # 1

While we can’t always have the beautiful weather we would like to have, we can bring in nice spring table decor while we are waiting for the weather to get warmer.

Meadow Song is a beautifully printed spring scene of a bird on a branch on a burlap like background. Meadow Song place mats, cloth napkins and table runners will add that special touch to your home.

Meadow Song Table Runner

Everyone loves crochet! Some just don’t have time to crochet on their own. There are so many styles to choose from: table runners, table toppers, and place-mats. Choose one or take them all.

blue ribbon crochet table topper

Shore Birds reminds us of the beaches, sand and peacefulness. These Shore Birds place mats and table runners will give you a taste of the beach with its relaxed colors and beautiful style.  Hopefully the weather will change real soon. In the meantime, we’ll try to make the best of it!

Shorebirds Table Runner

Did you ever wonder about St. Patrick’s Day and how it started? Did you ever wonder about the color green used in the celebration? Here are some St. Patrick’s Day Fun Facts in honor of the upcoming holiday!

Most people know that St Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday celebrating the Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, but did you know St. Patrick was not Irish?

Saint Patrick (known as Magonus Socatus before sainthood) was born in 5th century Roman Britain but was captured and brought to Ireland as a slave at age 16. He escaped, but later returned as a missionary and is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. It is believed he died on March 17th, 461. For hundreds of years he was forgotten, but then resurrected as the Patron Saint of Ireland in the early 17th century, hence the celebration of St Patrick’s Day on March 17th, the day he died.

st patricks day hat

Shamrocks refer to many plants not just one.

There still is no scientific consensus as to the precise botanical species of clover that is the true shamrock. The word shamrock refers primarily to the young springs of white or red clover, but sometimes the term is applied to a variety of three-leaved plants found in Ireland. The shamrock was originally associated with the Goddess of Ireland, Ana, but over time it became associated with St. Patrick’s Day because it is believed that Saint Patrick used the three-leafed clover to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. For good luck, the shamrock is usually included in an Irish bride’s bouquet and the boutonniere of the groom regardless of the day they marry.

St Patricks day pancakes

The color of Saint Patrick was blue not green.

A particular blue hue was known as St. Patrick blue and for hundreds of years it was this blue that was associated with the holiday. However, green became the dominant color of St Patrick’s Day over time as the holiday was used to highlight Irish nationalism against British rule in the 1790s. Now, the color green is often associated with the other more poetic name for Ireland, the Emerald Isles.

The St. Patrick‘s Day parade was invented in the United States.

On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English army marched through New York City. The parade and accompanying music helped the soldiers celebrate with their Irish roots, as well as reconnect with fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.

Kelly Green Tablecloth

Chicago dyes its river green on St. Patrick’s Day.

Yes, for decades, Chicago has turned its river neon green every St. Patrick’s Day. At first I was horrified, but then I happily learned that the city uses natural veggie dye. The practice started in 1962 when city workers started using dyes to trace illegal sewage discharges and realized that the green dye would be a unique way to celebrate March 17th in this very Irish city. During their first attempt, they released enough green vegetable dye (100 pounds) into the river to keep it green for a week. Today, with an eye towards environmental caution, only 40 pounds of dye are used, and the river turns green for only several hours.

Valentines Day…

Its pouring someone a drink after they ate a snack and they’re probably thirsty

Its buying a small item for someone knowing its something they can really use

Its writing a small note saying you’re thinking about them

Its letting Mom sleep in late knowing she was up with the baby at night

valentines pizza

Its setting the table when the kids are hungry and Mom is finishing up

Its clearing the table after dinner when homework and chores are on the list as well

Its babysitting so Mom can get out a bit

Its preparing a special breakfast with some thoughtful treats

Its small acts of kindness that show lots of love

the hungry mum

Mum + food + writing = this blog

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