THIS FABULOUS FRIDAY, I HAVE FOUND…
“It’s So Fabulous!” COLORS of the Week: In celebration of the birth of our dear nation, RED, WHITE, AND BLUE are, of course, the FAB color choices of the week! Everything in today’s blog is related to this powerful trio of colors, which is representative of all that is near and dear to our hearts regarding our FABULOUS United States of America! Thank you to all who have sacrificed to give these colors their meaning.
“It’s So Fabulous!” TABLE DESIGN of the Week: If you are planning a 4th of July party at your home, but you would like it to be a bit more upscale from the typical streamers and paper plate decor, here are a few tips:
1. USE WHAT YOU HAVE. There is nothing that says the dishes you use must be specifically designed for 4th of July. In fact, it is often much more chic to NOT use matchy-matchy “themed” merchandise to set your table. Rather, you could choose to set your table with everyday white dishes, or blue porcelain dishes (my fave!)…. or even red dishes that you typically use during Christmas! Once you decide on a set of dishes – hopefully, something you already own – dress them up with festive, patriotic accents to give your table a custom look.
2. THINK NON-TRADITIONAL. Rather than going out and buying all of the confetti and flag napkins you can get your hands on, consider using simple, non-traditional accents to spruce up your table. For example, a lovely alternative to generic, printed flag napkins and plastic forks would be to roll up sets of silverware inside solid-colored red, white, or blue cloth napkins. Then, tie bows of ribbon or raffia around them as napkin rings. For an extra-special touch, use heavy card stock to handwrite name cards with a red marker; Make a hole in the corner of each card; Then, tie each place card to a napkin/silverware set. Finally, slide in a couple of sparklers behind each bow, and you instantly have a creative and impressive table display.
3. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Let’s face it…. 4th of July decorations can go all kinds of wrong if not edited properly. When using such in-your-face kind of colors, it is important to remember that LESS IS MORE. For instance, think of including some natural elements in your table centerpieces, rather than using all sparkly, metallic, themed merchandise. You could even use greenery from your yard as part of your 4th of July arrangement. A simple centerpiece could go something like this: Fill a vase from your home with whole, bright red apples, then slide some palm leaves cut from your yard into the vase (between the apples). Fill the vase with water; add a small flag and a blue raffia bow to the vase, and voila! All done…. and with a small price tag to boot!
“It’s So Fabulous!” “Giving Back” Idea of the Week: When I am feeling “BLUE”, which is pretty seldom, I immediately recognize it as a sign that I need to do something “bigger than me”. If I follow my own advice, the focus shifts from inward to outward, and I suddenly realize that everything IS going to be okay. And of course, during the process, I have also managed to do something to make the world a better place… whatever cause I may have chosen. People often feel comfortable sharing their woes with me, and quite honestly, I don’t mind one bit. However, part of my advice to them is always the same… Do something bigger than yourself, and you will see how much better life becomes. It is sort of similar to the “Take two aspirin, and call me in the morning” theory. It may seem antiquated, but it truly does work like magic!
“It’s So Fabulous!” Inspirational Photos of the Week: These patriotic interior design photos were featured in House Beautiful…. FABULOUS!
“It’s So Fabulous!” Recipe of the Week: The majority of us probably already have our own favorite potato salad recipes that we enjoy making for summertime gatherings. However, a FABULOUS variation that you may like to experiment with for the 4th of July is substituting some red and blue (or purple) potatoes in place of normal white potatoes. Once you have cooked all three variations of potatoes (leaving the skins on the red potatoes for color), prepare each type separately according to your favorite recipe. Rather than mixing them all together in the bowl, line them up evenly in a rectangular serving dish for a colorful display of red, white, and blue potato salad!
“It’s So Fabulous!” QUOTE of the Week: “America is much more than a geographical fact. It is a political and moral fact – the first community in which men set out in principle to institutionalize freedom, responsible government, and human equality.” –Adlai Stevenson
NOW, GO HAVE AN “It’s So Fabulous!” FRIDAY!