If you follow this blog, you know that I have a real love of patriotic decorations. Not only do I have a love of these red, white and blue decorations, but I also have a large collection of these. You can use these items throughout the year for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Election Day, Veterans Day, Presidents Day and any time you are doing an All-American theme, so I don’t feel so guilty when I add to my collection,
I have several sets of dishes that have flags on them, but when I came across these inexpensive melamine plates at the Christmas Tree Shop last year, I knew I had to have them. Having been an English teacher, I love words as much as the red, white and blue. Since the words on the plates included summer, USA, Born in the USA, Stars and Stripes and Home of the Brave, I knew these plates would be especially perfect for Memorial Day. Memorial Day’s real purpose is to honor the fallen American military dead from all wars, and I like to use décor that alludes to its serious nature, so “Home of the Brave” is a most appropriate phrase. So check out this patriotic words for Memorial Day table for ideas you might be able to use.
I set the table with a crisp white cotton cloth to ground the patriotic theme of the decorations. Then I used red round straw placemats with a white wicker charger on top of each. The top layer was the red, white and blue word plate. I used red-handled flatware and clear glasses with a star band near the top. The blue of the plate is not the traditional navy or royal blue you normally see. It is more of a light Williamsburg blue, and fortuitously, I had solid cotton napkins in that same color. I folded these napkins in thirds and then in half; then I placed the napkins under the plate with just the top showing at the top edge.
For a centerpiece, I wanted to continue the patriotic words theme, so I went online and searched for a free printable of patriotic words that was set up in fonts and style like the plates and with the right shade of blue. I was delighted to find a printable that coordinated with the plates and opened appropriately with God Bless America. The word Freedom is also on the printable, and we should all remember that we owe our freedom to those who gave their lives for us.I printed two copies of this message on white cardstock, and put those copies back to back in an inexpensive acrylic frame. This way, guests on both sides of the table can see it. At the base of the frame, I put red silk poppy blooms from the dollar store. Poppies are the flowers of remembrance and are very apropos to the theme of this table. But you could certainly use other red flowers instead.
Talk about the meaning of these patriotic words with your family and guests. You may find yourself in some inspiring conversations for the holiday. Enjoy!