When I was, curating this red, white, and blue color scheme tablescape for this post. I stepped outside to consider where I would position the table. I decided to use an old picnic table. It had been placed in the backyard near a creek, for quite some time. I managed to pull it up the grassy slope piece by piece and positioned it near a tree to take advantage of the shade. I pieced it back together like a puzzle but did not take the time to nail it secure. Surely it would be strong enough to hold four place settings. Tired from the sun beating down on me while I worked, I decided to end my task for the day. Early the next morning, I pull out my red, white, and blue tableware to do a test shot (being that I’m an amateur photographer) and to figure out what was the best layout for the table setting. I proceeded with setting the table and then started taking pictures of the different arrangements, to see which would look best. Feeling confident, I stepped on the table seat to get some overhead shots. In a matter of seconds, I found myself struggling to stand. The table had collapsed like a soufflé taken out of the oven to soon. I looked around to see if anyone was outside and had witnessed my fall. Once I regained my balance, I checked on my settings, the china, glasses, and flatware had ceased from clinging, but the beverage glasses were still in motion, rolling back and forth on the tabletop, waiting on gravity to set in. So I ended day two with cleaning up the mess. When my mother saw the table, she commented, “the wind from the stormy night has blown the table down.” So I left the idea of using a picnic table and the shade under the tree. I chose to use the wrought iron table on the patio, which was a better choice. I combined vintage and modern tableware, used inside tablewares outdoors to create a comfortable but elegant fourth of July color scheme.
Happy 4th of July