If you are entertaining this red, white and blue holiday, chances are it involves some sort of barbecue - hamburgers? hotdogs? Maybe some ribs? Mmmm!
But while you’re greeting your guests, and the meat’s on the grill, remember that people always arrive hungry so be sure to put out a little something for everyone to nibble on.
I find that I turn fairly frequently to the old standby. The cheese platter. A little fruit. Some bread. And, of course, a nice variety of cheeses, and voila! Appetizers made easy!
Instead of just laying it all out haphazardly on a platter, why not make it a bit more visually exciting by re-purposing some vintage items and things you may have around the house?
This patriotic table setting was inspired by a recent trip to the flea market and finding these vintage cheese graters for a dollar apiece – just days after pinning this photo of cheese grater luminaries on Pinterest! I could not believe my good fortune!
I added my fabulous picnic basket that I had picked up for just a couple bucks at a yard sale a few years ago…
…And some red white and blue accents - white flowers from my yard arranged in an old watering can I have.Look! I found a little friend as I was assembling the flowers with some flags and decorations I re-used from another event (she seems to like this glittery red holiday spray from my Christmas tree!)
Did you know that lady bugs are supposed to be good luck?
The tile I used for the cheese platter was a tongue-in-cheek gift from my husband on our last anniversary – our 18th – an 18″x18″ ceramic tile. (Ceramic is the traditional gift for year eighteen) and can be purchased at any big box home improvement center for just a few dollars – a far better deal than those expensive cheese slates you see at many upscale home decor stores!
He thought I was joking when I told him I would find a use for this someday!
…filled with wonderful food, sunshine and the good company of friends and family!
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