Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Stars, Stripes and Checks - a Summer Tablescape Hop

I use red, white and blue all summer long!  
I set up my bar cart with most of what I need for entertaining from Memorial Day til Labor Day!

So when it came time to set a "summer themed table" with Rita from Panoply and other tablescapers, I decided to stick with this patriotic theme!

I set the table for John and I on the porch for an 'All American' dinner of hot dogs, Boston baked beans, macaroni salad and a cucumbers and watermelon salad.

 I grabbed my large tray....

...and filled it with what I needed.  
This makes it easy to carry it all outside!
MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Rattan & En...

The bistro table on my porch is small, so I set it simply:

John is the "Master Griller" and I am the salad maker!

He laughs at all of my dishes because he has no problem piling everything on one plate!

I like to have my food somewhat separated!

And then the wind picked up, the skies got dark and grey and the temperature dropped.....so everything went back on the tray and I moved it to the dining room table!

Now I had more space for more dishes - haha!

A stack of MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check dishes, Blue Spatterware, Red striped ceramics from the Christmas Tree Shop many years ago, and red star bowls from Christmas Tree Shop last year:

"Let's Get This Party Started" paper shot glasses are from Sophistiplate

Courtly Check Star plate is available HERE

Photos can be challenging on a glass top table as everything looks like its floating in air!

I made these place card holders last year out of party hats:

This little wooden gal is from the 1980's - some things are hard to get rid of!!

The star flatware was from Pottery Barn many, many years ago:

Dinner was delish!

This star plate from MacKenzie-Childs is available in Courtly Check and Royal Check:
I hope you will hop around and see these other fabulous table settings:

Life and Linda - A Taste of the Tropics
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Yellow and Blue Alfresco Setting
Hyacinths for the Soul - Tis the Season of Patriotic Tablescapes
Home is Where the Boat Is - Anchors Aweigh on the Pontoon
Thrifting Wonderland - Butterfly Garden Table Setting
The Little Yellow Corner Store - Sweet Old Summertime
Red Cottage Chronicles - Dining Al Fresco - A Summer Tablescape
From My Carolina Home - Summer Sunshine Tablescape and Hop
Living With Thanksgiving - Summer Celebrations
The Bookish Dilettante - Beach Reading Tablescape
The Painted Apron - Let's Go Fishing
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Summertime Luncheon in the Garden
Pandora's Box - Stars, Stripes, and Checks - A Summer Tablescape YOU ARE HERE!

More red, white and blue ideas from the past

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Such patriotic fun, I like all your dishes, but I am a dish addict too. Those little red star bowls (cups?) are just the perfect touch. Love the mix of vintage pieces collected over the years, the little angel and your star flatware shine.

  2. I think a tablescape is all about the dishes, so I don't blame you for those fun plate stacks! I don't know if my husband would be the same way as your husband is. My father in law, though, he would load up every single one of those dishes! I adore all of those MacKenzie Childs Courtly Plaid plates and accents!

  3. Hi Patti, your stars and stripes table is so fun and I love how you styled your patriotic bar cart--pinning! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  4. You are ready for a patriotic summer! Love the bar cart and both tables, and how you mixed red white and blue with Courtly Check~ the patio table really pops with that red cloth and I love that cute wood girl and the star flatware. It's fun to see the same setting on 2 different tables, they look entirely different! I'm all for plate stacks of cute dishes and yours look perfect topped with red stars 🇺🇸

  5. Your tablescape is pretty and fun. All American! Love your sweet bar cart. xoxo

  6. Patti, I love your plate stack and the more the merrier! The bar cart dressed in patriotic goodies is perfect for summer. Seeing the setting on two different tables makes it look entirely different. I adore the star flatware. It is a treat to hop with you and enjoy your summer!

  7. Patti, such a fun plate stack. So glad John is on board…LOL. Your bar cart is perfect for entertaining. Gotta love those fabulous cocktails. So sorry you had grey skies. Lovely plate stack with the addition of your MKC. Love your patriotic little gal. A pleasure joining you.

  8. You have so many cute patriotic pieces and they all look so fun to mix and match! Your star flatware is adorable!! I always have a tough time doing tables outside - it is always a challenge. I am envious of the ladies who do them regularly outside!! Your bar cart is fun!! Hope you enjoy your summer!

  9. Such a fun patriotic table! Such a wonderful collection of Stars and Stripes! I love how you easy it is to create two very different looks with the same tableware! Love the Mackenzie Childs tray! And your little cart is the perfect perch for some extra-patriotic fun!

  10. Patti, What a fun and cheerful patriotic table that is perfect for the entire summer. Of course, I love the blue splatterware. I am such a fan of it and have some pieces in red. I love all of the details and touches to your table such as your hat place card holders. What a cute idea. Your mixture of patterns for your plate stack is so festive, especially the McK blue and white check and the red and white striped salad plates. I believe the men folk have a giggle with all of our plate stacks. My husband finds it humorous to have so many plates and he will also pile his food onto one plate as well while I need mine separated. His reasoning....."it all goes to one stomach." I and every other woman enjoys the stacking and the beautifully combined tablescape. Your table is eye candy to us all.

  11. Super cute! I love all the patterns you've used together, increasing the fun factor. I have to admit to particularly liking your wooden girl surrounded by stars.Alfresco dining is fun but certainly challenging, lol.

  12. Patriotic things like your flatware never go out of style! I love your wooden patriotic girl( Is she an angel?) from the eighties. Don't get rid of her! She is precious and has a great message! Your table has so many cute pieces. I love how you change things up. MKC goes with everything.
    Fun to blog hop with you today.

  13. I'm all for setting a patriotic table. Your bar cart standing ready is a good idea, and yes, that big tray is perfect for moving things outdoors to set a table. I do that frequently because we like to dine outside on the terrace.
    All the red, white, and blue stars, stripes, and checks make a perfect patriotic statement. Fun!

  14. How adorable! And I love your 1980's gal! She's so patriotic! I would love to have a set of star plates in the Courtly Check and the Royal Check, too. I love them! Your plate stack is so festive and cute. Sorry you had to move it inside, though, but I do always enjoy seeing your pretty dining room.

  15. LOL, Pattie, your alfresco dining sounds like mine. One foot outside, and one inside! I never know when the wind and rain will come on. Your colors of red, white and blue for the summer are perfect. It's a great way to decorate all summer long :)

  16. Patti, I love how you keep the red, white and blue tableware at the ready for summer entertaining. Your bar cart looks so festive! My husband also doesn't "get" the extra plates. But we table stylists know that a pretty table makes the meal feel special, even if the extra plates aren't necessary. It was fun hopping with you. Happy Summer!
    Rebecca of Zucchini Sisters

  17. Three cheers for the red, white and blue! I adore your dish stake with your MKC Royal Check, splatterware, stripes and star bowl. Love that cute star flatware too! Happy to be hopping with you again. Happy Summer!

  18. Patti, I love using red, white and blue. It comes out for Memorial Day and like you I use it inside and out all summer long. The bar set-up is so pretty and convenient. I love the Royal Check and the star flatware, looks great with the blues in the stack.
    Have a wonderful summer......

  19. Patti, my goodness, you do have an amazing collection of dishes for our patriotic holidays. They are all so cute. Don’t you love that you can use Christmas dishes in the summer? Using a bar car is a great idea. We have a round glass one too.

  20. Patti, this is all so cute! You have a great collection of red, white & blue for dining fun. I love the quaintness of a bistro setting, and the bar cart really gives you the added ability for serving too. Indoors or out, it's all really well put together. Thanks for participating. I know you're off on your first summer adventure, so I hardly have to even say it, but have fun!

  21. Patti, your table has all the rah-rah-ree of a holiday parade with a band playing John Phillip Sousa music. So festive and patriotic! You did a wonderful job styling the different patterns, prints and shapes on both tabletops. Never have seen that flatware before --- love it! Enjoy the 4th!

  22. What a great start to the Summer with red, white and blue. Really enjoyed the mix and match table setting. I love to use stripes and checks together and the star bowls are darling. Great use of the bar cart with it's marching stars. Have a great week.

  23. Such fun tables both inside and out, Patti. The girl from the ‘80’s is so cute. Your stack of dishes is so patriotic! The flatware is perfect! Happy Summer!

  24. Patti, red, white, and blue are the perfect color combination for a summertime table. Your table looks beautiful, and you have so many pretty MC pieces. The menu you planned sounds scrumptious. I have so enjoyed my visit this afternoon. Happy Summer!

  25. So pretty and patriotic Patti....I have always admired your MC dishes and acessories. The bar cart is certainly ready for summer fun. Thanks for hopping....Kari @ Me and My Captain