February 20, 2011

Monday is Presidents' Day

But not really!

Although most people refer to the third Monday in February as Presidents' Day, the federal holiday is officially called Washington's Birthday.
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After all, Washington had dibs on it first. Way back in 1885, February 22 was made a federal holiday. Then, in 1971, Congress, in its infinite wisdom, moved it to the third Monday in February. That means that the holiday can never land on Washington's birthday. Now, I ask you, "Does that seem fair?" And to muddy the waters even more, Geroge Washington, the Father of Our Country, must now share this day of honor with 44 other presidents. Come on!

Despite the convenience of a three-day holiday, I'll always think of February 22 as the REAL day of celebration. And it belongs solely to the statesman, the planter, the general, the surveyor, the First President of the United States of America.
It belongs to George Washington.


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Red, white and blue bunting hangs from the table's edge.
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Solid-colored plates and placemats work against the tablecloth's busy background.
Pewter chargers, water goblets and pistol-handle flatware
are meant to lend a colonial feel to the table.
Are ya feelin' it?
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An over-sized tankard serves as a vase.
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A small pitcher rests on a white dinner plate signed by the First President.
"It proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt," insists the proprietress of the establishment,
"that George Washington dined here."
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Speaking of GW and his dining habits:
According to presidential historian Smith Norton, "It was Washington's widely known policy . . . to dine with anyone who turned up to pay their respects at his estate. Thus, the family almost never dined alone."
Obviously, the only reason that policy worked, was because Mrs. Washington never had to do any of the cooking.

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Tablecloth: cotton fabric, Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts
Red placemats: Target
Pewter chargers: Country French small chargers, Wilton Armetal, Picnic World through Amazon.com Photobucket(Shortly after purchasing these, a poster on the Garden Web suggested shopping at PhotobucketThe Cozy Pineapple.)
Blue dinner plates: Checquers Collections Stoneware, Kohl's, I think.
White salad plates: Apilco, Williams-Sonoma
White signature plate: Apilco dinner plate + Sharpie pen
Small white pitcher: Yard sale
Red bowls: Waechtersbach, Crate and Barrel
Flatware: Royal Scroll, stainless steel, Reed and Barton, Williamsburg Marketplace
Pewter candlesticks with chimney adapters: gift
Napkins: handkerchiefs, Western Shop
Pewter water goblets: Wilton Armetal, son's tennis trophies
Tankard vase: Goodwill
Individual sterling salt and pepper shakers: inherited


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I am linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday,
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays and
A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.
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10 comments:

  1. Really cool tablescape -- I love everything! I have red Waechtersbach and use it for everything all the time. The touches of pewter and the shape of your flatware really Colonial. Great table!

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  2. I imagine George Washington would have felt right at home at your pretty table! I like all the pewter touches too. And the fabric and bunting for the table are great. Kay

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  3. Bold colors...patriotic theme...stars & stripes & a geniune autographed plate by W.! (wow, what an original t'scape!) LOL! Love it! Jeanne S.

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  4. Denise, this post is a double treat for me. First, you had me at the first few lines because I feel the exact same way about what folks call "Presidents Day".

    IMO, Washington deserves to be remembered in a manner of significance above and beyond all other Presidents.

    Second, the table was terrific! I loved all of the patriotic colors and the way you put it all together.

    A wonderful post all the way around.

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  5. Red, white and blue always catch my eye! Lovin' the bunting, that's really different:@)

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  6. Wow, that looks great! Pops right off the page.
    Love the tankard and flowers too, and of course GW's personalized plate.

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  7. What an awesome table! You really know how to add all the perfect touches to your tables. The tablecloth is wonderful with the bunting.

    Love your choice of dishes and all the touches of silver. The little S & P's are so stinkin' cute. Beautiful tankard with flowers for the cp.

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  8. This is a gorgeous red, white and blue tablescape. And yes, I felt the colonial touch!!

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  9. What a fabulous tablescape. I love the linens, absolutely perfect. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  10. I know I visited this table, but don't see my comment. It's a beautiful tribute for George. ;-) Love the idea of the bunting for the table. Love the red, white, and blue. ~ Sarah

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