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See you there,
Small favors tied with string and hand-stamped tags for friends during a summer 4th of July fireworks celebration give them something to remember the evening.
I’ll bet lots of you will be hosting or having a 4th of July party next week. I’m no exception. Each year our town has a spectacular fireworks show and it just so happens that they are shot from a very large protruding rock (called Lovers Leap) on our mountain! What that means is, we have the best view in the whole city…literally.
I’m wanting to do something different instead of the traditional red, white, and blue-themed decorations. Now mind you, I’m very patriotic, but I want the focus to be on the fireworks show, which is quite amazing. We usually have a few people over and the kids have some of their friends here and the crescendo of the evening is always the fireworks.
We sit in the backyard garden for the festivities and I want to give each guest something to remember their time here… something that reminds them of the garden at La Belle Époque.
The lavender is blooming so wildly right now, so what better way than to use what I already have straight from the garden.
Here are some bundles that I laid out to dry.
Just separate the dried bunches into small favors and tie each up with string. I hand stamped the tags with the word “lavender”.
I plopped them in a red gathering basket and I’ll sit them on a little bistro table for guests to pick up when they leave.
They are so fragrant. Any kind of small flower bundle will work. I just so happen to be partial to lavender because it will last a long time.
My motto in the summer is SIMPLE, SIMPLE, SIMPLE. I want everything to be easy, breezy, and enjoyable. No fuss here. We keep the food to a minimum, usually throwing some hotdogs on the grill with homemade chili or sauteed peppers and onions and maybe adding a buffalo mozarella salad to help use up all the basil I’m growing! Oh, and fresh blueberries and strawberries with whipped cream (gotta have some red and blue food!).
For those of you wondering, yes, I will have red, white, and blue plates and serving pieces, American flags displayed, traditional draped bunting, and lots of candles. But, you’ve seen all that before.
Relax, enjoy the 4th of July and celebrate our wonderful country! While you’re at it, see what you can drum up for free in your garden!
I found these French-style chairs at Home Goods for $179 each. I wasn’t looking for them and I didn’t really need them, but I couldn’t pass them up. (Reminder, furniture-istas can’t help themselves). I think they have a nice look to them, even though they aren’t the “real” thing. Nevertheless, they are such a great find. Y’all know the authentic ones cost at least 3 times as much!
They are all wood and have decent carving detail to them. The fabric is a heavy cotton with a slight texture (almost like linen) but actually more like a lightweight drop cloth!
I really like the whitewashed treatment for the finish. It looks like limed-oak which is sooo European. I am so digging limed oak. It looks like a cross between Swedish Gustavian and France.
The French script and fleur de lis is printed on the fabric.
Now, here’s the real McCoy! Well, vintage anyway. This beauty is from France, and is a French reproduction that was made in the 1940s-50s of an earlier period French chair. I had it recovered in a linen/cotton blend.
I fell in love with the color of the fruitwood. Such a beautiful soft patina…not too dark, not too light. And, it goes with everything.
The detail is amazing!
It exudes “Frenchiness” with a zinc pitcher and hydrangeas.
But, my “great find” chairs aren’t too shabby for the price. That’s one way to “get the look” without “breaking the bank”!
I love all kinds of chairs. Great chairs with good bones always catch my eye when I am antiquing. I look for things like tufting or wood frames with the best detail. I have one with a plume carving in the back splat that needs a good paint job. More about that later.
What about you? What cool furniture knock-offs have you found lately? Are you a chair-aholic?
P.S. Congrats to Rosemary at Villa Barnes. She is the lucky winner of my French giveaway over at Coastal Charm.
It’s not too late to enter the French giveaway that I’m sponsoring over at Coastal Charm. It ends this evening at midnight.
Lots of great authentic French items!
Hop on over to Coastal Charm for your chance to win!
I’ve had this pair of Eiffel tower lamp bases for awhile now. I snagged them at a local antique shop for a “song”. I’m not sure of their age, the patina is nice, and I guess they could be vintage. Anyway, I knew I would eventually find the right shades for them. It’s hard to pass up a cool Frenchy thing.
A few weeks ago, I found a pair of mismatched modern lamp bases with these great matching French-inspired shades on sale at TJ Maxx for $14 each. I knew exactly where I was going to use them.
A match made in heaven! Serendipity don’t you think?
Don’t forget about the giveaway that I’m sponsoring over at Coastal Charm. Head on over to enter. You don’t want to miss it! The giveaway ends Sunday June 24 at midnight.
Have a marvelous and Frenchy kind of day!