Sunday, June 15, 2014

Congrats to Dads and Flags

The other night my hubby and I were watching The Food Network when we saw Bobby Flay make "Croissant French Toast".  My hubby proclaimed, "I'd love to make that for the family!"  Well, Father's Day was coming up and we hadn't really made plans yet.  With the four sons-in-law relishing their time at home on a Sunday, we hadn't really asked to have them travel and come here for the holiday.  So, I started making calls to see the potential for a Father's Day Brunch so that Pops could make his newfound recipe for "Croissant French Toast"!  Three of the four families were able to come, and so tonight I readied the table for Sunday Brunch tomorrow.  I thought I would share the table with you tonight.

Today is Flag Day (did you remember that June 14th is traditionally the day we celebrate and honor our beautiful flag?)  So, I decided to go with a color scheme of red, white and blue.  My Polish Pottery plates and accessories (collected from HomeGoods and the Polish Pottery website over the years) fit the bill!

I started with my gingham red and white tablecloth I've had for many years.  I like to use it on Father's Day because it is a "signal" that summer has started and picnics are close at hand!

My dish stack began with my Polish Pottery dinner plate.

Then I added the watermelon plates I got at Michael's last year at the end-of-summer sale.  This will actually by the first time I am using them!  Since watermelon will be a part of the fruit salad for brunch, these plates seemed appropriate and festive as well.

I added four heart plates to identify where the dads will be sitting. (Just spreading a little love for the daddies in our lives who take such good care of our daughters and grandchildren we love so much!)

I completed the place setting with my Mikasa Regent Bead flatware, my blue Mexican glass tumblers from Pier One, red gingham napkins that match my tablecloth and woven straw napkin rings from Bed, Bath and Beyond.

I kept my centerpiece simple because I really think I'll have to remove it once we start putting food on the table.  It's going to be quite a menu, and the table will probably fill up quickly.  My vase is from the Murano Glass Factory in Venice, Italy.  We got it on our trip there almost nine years ago, and it is the focal point of my dining room table.  I LOVE the patterns and colors in it.  Seeing it every day brings back many special memories of our trip.  The faux flowers and birds are from Michael's. Our oak lazy susan came with our dining room set when we bought it.  It is especially useful during a family dinner when everyone starts grabbing things!

Here are some of the pictures of the serving pieces I'll be using for the menu of Croissant French Toast with Almond Maple Syrup, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs with cheese, O'Brien potatoes, and fresh fruit salad (watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and honeydew melon), coffee, tea and orange juice.

It will be wonderful to have the part of the family together who can join us: three daughters, three sons-in-law, five grandchildren (including the last little girl born 6 weeks ago; it will be that son-in-law's first Father's Day!)  I hope your Father's Day finds you surrounded by much love and happiness.  And please take a few minutes to remember the beauty of our country's flag and how much has been sacrificed so we can watch it wave in freedom.

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  1. Your Murano vase is stunning and creates such a beautiful counterpoint to the other pieces in your setting. I always look at those watermelon plates, but know that I should look at them, but not buy them. I'm glad you did, though, so I can giggle at their whimsey. It was nice that your family could gather; I find that brunch is easier to put together these days with everyone's busy schedules. Lovely post!

  2. You'd better believe I remember Flag Day every year!!! We display the American flag on the front of our house year round. I generally replace it on Flag Day and Veteran's Day since they tend to get tattered and torn after awhile. This year we wanted to do bunting, too, but it has rained so much that we haven't been able to do it. I hope we can by the 4th!

    I like the way you mixed and matched your dishes here. The table has a great summer look!

    I'd like to have that recipe for croissant French toast! I'll bet it's super! I'm going to Google it and see what I come up with. I surely don't need the calories, but I need to be able to taste it at least once since I missed out on cronuts! :-)

    Have a a happy week!

  3. What a fun table. My favorite is the Polish Pottery, with the stacked watermelon and heart. The Murano vase is beautiful and it brings back great memories of getting lost in the maze of canals, calling for a local beverage called a Spritz. Hope you had a great visit with family, particularly those grandkids and the new grand baby!

  4. I always remember flag is my friend's birthday! What a great table for a summer supper. Those Polish pottery dishes are so versatile and have such pretty designs.
    Have a wonderful week, Rosie!

  5. What a pretty and festive table, Rosie! The dads must have felt very special. My mom has a great Polish stoneware collection, so I really enjoyed seeing yours, plus I love anything "watermelon". Enjoy that new baby!

  6. Wonderful colors and I love love those watermelon plates. They're so cute! Thanks so much for linking up with us at the Table It Link party too :-)