Sunday, June 28, 2015

Plastic Fantastic Fourth of July

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?" 

These voices don't stop once I bring my latest find home and tuck (stuff) it into my already bulging cupboards and drawers. These melamine-as-paper plates charmers below created a shrill clamor as the Fourth of July approached---"don't we remind you of all those family picnics on the beach, the boxes of fireworks your brothers bought from those roadside stands (when fireworks were still legal in California), Colonel Sanders fried chicken with sand in it?"

"...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 AddictStone 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


  1. Beautiful tablescape! and believe me I never thought I'd say that about paper plates! LOL You did a great job :-)

  2. This is so cute! I know what you mean about seeing all the colorful plastic and paper tableware and how it draws you to it. Those colorful bowls are wonderful. Love all the cherry accents. I have those same cloth cherry napkins. Around my area cherries are King and just about to come in full season! Have a great 4th!

    1. Thank you Liz! Yes, dishcloths, napkins, and tablecloths with cherries are pretty irresistible, aren't they! I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July too!

  3. Oh my goodness.... the cute! I love it all and your pictures are so pretty.

    I'm old enough to remember fireworks in California too. Good times :)

    Have a great Fourth!


    1. Thanks Rue! Yep, going to those stands and buying a big box of fireworks was one of the things I liked best about Fourth of July when I was a kid. Happy Fourth to you!

  4. Happy day, lovely lady! :) My, what charming dishes for the 4th of July! Everything looks so happy and colorful which is sure to put a smile one anyone's face :) Thank you so much, sweet Melissa, for joining Roses of Inspiration this week. Happy 4th of July! Hugs!

    1. Thank you Stephanie! Happy Fourth of July!

  5. ha ha, Melissa, I hear those same voices...are they in our heads? makes for lot's of fun!!

    1. Yes, the 'voices' are what makes shopping so dangerous for me! Happy Fourth!

  6. This is such a beautiful table! Plastic or not, I think it looks great! I especially love those paper plates. I need all of this in my kitchen. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday! See you next week!

  7. So cute! This looks so good. Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for bringing this to our party and we hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  8. Oh my Melissa, you are making my heart swoon! I must confess that I have been a bit of a glass snob until lately. It was even hard to find a plastic cup in my home for the grands. But now, there is such fabulous goodness out there and you have done it up right! I love festive napkins and can't resist them either. I even buy fun ones at the thrift that haven't been opened. Love the linens also! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I will be featuring you this week.

    1. Jann, thanks for featuring me! I know what you mean about glassware and traditional plates, but sometimes it's fun to be different and use colorful plastic and paper stuff. Thanks for visiting!

  9. This is just too darn cute! I must thank you right out for reminding me just how cute and practical a little bit of paper and plastic can be. And you are so right, in the summer time, those white ceramic dishes are a bit stuffy. I'm definitely heading to the craft-paper goods store tomorrow.

  10. Love love love!! You have a great collection. :)

    Would you believe I bought fun napkins for July 4th and forgot to get them out?

    1. Thank you Stacey! The great thing about paper napkins is that they keep for a long time.