I have a thing for plastic- and paper-ware. Fun, pretty, clever, playful... there is so much cute stuff out there begging me to buy it and bring it home, and I can almost always never say no. Their squeaky, high pitched, plastic-y voices call out---"pick us, pick us!!.... we're perfect for picnics, for barbecues...we're dressed in so many bright and festive colors....we're relatively cheap (especially those blue and red-checked bowls that you picked up at the grocery store)..."
"....we never BREAK (unlike your favorite red and white transferware vegetable dish that you sweat bullets over every time you use it to actually serve food in)....we are dishwasher-safe (but don't put us in the microwave, like someone did to Mr. Baby-Blue Polka Dot plastic-plate, who now sports a couple of unattractive bubbles and bumps)..."
The many darling paper plates and napkins that I encounter everywhere are tempting too, their papery voices whisper beguilingly..."you don't even have to wash us, just throw us away when you are all finished eating. Minimal cleanup. You like that, don't you?"
"...we even play very nicely with your more casual, and less stuffy ceramic plates and server ware....." (so articulate for plastic)
"...and we love your vintage-style dishtowels and napkins....."
"Oh please bring us out so we can all be nostalgic and go on a sentimental journey back to all those Fourth of July picnics at the beach, in the park, in the back yard with the smell of newly cut grass and the whine of hovering mosquitoes!" So out came the red, white, and blue crew....
...and some cupcakes dressed up in pretty cupcake-papers (another weakness)....
.....and we had a grand old time decorating my dining room table and creating a Fourth-of-July, picnic-worthy table vignette that celebrates all those Fourth of Julys of the past, as well as those yet to be....
Happy Fourth of July and thanks for visiting!
Linking to the following this week....
Best of the Weekend at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
That DIY Party at DIY Showoff
Roses of Inspiration Linkup at The Enchanting Rose
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict, Stone Gable, and Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
Inspire Me Monday at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Bouquet of Talent at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Party in Your PJs at the Cookie Puzzle
Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Party at Lou Lou Girls
Share Your Style at Common Ground
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop at Ducks 'N a Row
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Your Turn to Shine at Canary Street Crafts
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
The Inspiration Board Creative Party at Carolyn's Homework
Foodie Friday and Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest
Inspiration Thursday at In The New House Designs