Every year, my family has a family reunion the weekend before or after the Fourth of July. It is a grand time when all 9 of my parents children, their children, and their children’s children can be together for 2-3 days of visiting, activities, and of course eating copious amounts of delicious food (as I come from a family of amazing cooks and bakers). It is always amazing seeing so many people I love in one big gathering. Kind of crazy at times as we all have plenty to say, and so little time to say it.
Anyway, this year my very lovely and creative sister Ruth and I volunteered to set up and put together some centerpieces. We had so much fun arranging the centerpieces together. She and I hardly have to speak when we are working together we are so in sync. I only wish we lived closer than 1400 miles apart so we could be creative as a team more often.
Don’t you just love fresh flowers, especially daisies? The blue jars in this picture and on the table setting are the New Vintage Style Ball jars, which I found at Target. The three stars I found at Hobby Lobby (which we don’t have in Oregon, so I love, love going there in other states). I painted, distressed and stained them with a walnut stain. The quaint bird house also came from Hobby Lobby.
Vintage cobalt blue jar. The white beans hold the stars perfectly. And Ruth and I were simply crazy over this patriotic burlap print from Jo-Ann’s Fabric Store.
Ok, so here is a great DIY project for your next reunion or ladies craft day. Every year at our reunions we have a ladies craft. My super talented nieces Robyn and Andrea provided this craft last year. You just need 2-2×4’s that are 7 1/2” long, 2 -2×4’s that are 3 3/4” long, 1-3 1/2” square block cut from a 4×4” post, and 1 star from a craft store. I actually painted the pieces (sorry I can’t tell you colors since I mixed paints) and then afterwards decided I wanted a bit rougher look, so I made a trip to the handy dandy belt sander. The grand finale was staining it all with a walnut stain.
Once again Ruth came up with a clever idea to put burlap around the tea light. LOVE IT!!! The lantern I purchased last year at Pier One. Pier One always has a great variety of lanterns.
I simply love this gallon Ball jar from Target with the layers of navy, kidney, and black beans. Such patriotic beans!
Looking at this table now makes me want to break into singing, The Star Spangled Banner. Just kidding. Seriously though, aren’t these New Vintage Blue Ball Jars just fabulous as drinking glasses?
I loved this idea of Ruth’s to use two strings pulled from burlap cloth to tie up the silverware!
Now here we come to the beautiful and delicious fruit art via my other talented sister, Linda. This morning, as she patiently carved the watermelon, I was truly impressed with her precision in cutting out the center hearts in the watermelon. I am quite certain I am lacking the patient gene that is required for that. It is important to mention that the beautiful backdrop for these pictures is her amazing yard. She and her husband Doug spend much of their summer making their yard beautiful. They also opened up their lovely home and yard to host our reunion. This is no small thing to do as there were around 65 of us traipsing all over it. Thank you for always showing us all so much kindness, generosity, and love, Linda!
Hope all your Fourth of July’s were filled with many happy memories. And may God continue to bless America.