Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Celebrating With The Red, White, Blue and a Pandowdy

 This week, I brought the red, white and blue outdoors using our potting bench. It can also used for casual outdoor entertaining (with a few dirt stains that easily get covered up with a cloth). I still remember the day that Mr. Mountain Breaths surprised me with it, and I use it all the time.

Here's my Pottery Barn knockoff pillow that I showed in a previous post. Inspired by the American Flag print pillow cover (photo below) seen in the PB catalog. Their pillow is 24" and made with linen/cotton. 

I already had the fabric that I got at Walmart about five years ago, and used existing pillows. All I had to do was measure, cut and pinned the fabric closed on the backside. No sewing required. I "wrapped" the pillow with the fabric like you would wrap a birthday gift, and used safety pins on the middle fold and the two end folds. I will remove the flag fabric after the July Fourth holiday. I love the patriotic touch in the backyard.


I used plastic star plates from Michael's (last year) that are a perfect size for appetizers and dessert.

If you remember this succulent turtle from my Mother's Day post two years ago, he gets dressed up for the holidays too ;o)

We have company coming on Friday, so I played around with a centerpiece for the table. Kathleen is the centerpiece queen and uses flowers from her garden, so I used white peonies and mock orange blossoms. I put them in a red bowl, and elevated it on a red candle holder. I hope no one knocks it over ;o) I'll remove it before we eat just in case.

The table is set with rattan chargers, placemats, and Vietri dishes. I love the blue goblets from the Dollar Store. The "runner" is a linen towel from Wegmans.

I made an Apple Rhubarb Pandowdy from the Rustic Fruit Desserts cookbook. So what is a pandowdy? Basically, we’re talking about a pie without the bottom crust.

Last year, I made these refreshing Berry White Ice Pops. It has been so hot and humid here, that I will be making these again soon.

I am joining these hostesses:

Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Alison @ The Polo House for Favorites on the First
I have been featured at Knockoff Decor.

Thank you for stopping by!


Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..


  1. oh my gosh what a beautiful post , each and every frame , beautiful and where did you ever find the red pie bird, wow, that is so cool,!!!!!

  2. Your company will feel super special:)

  3. July 4 is the Wednesday of summer...kind of melancholy in a way, but I just love it!

  4. I love it all Debbie! A bonus that your potting bench does double duty ~ I like that idea. Your Pandowdy and your Berry White Ice Pops look fabulous too. I agree with Monique, your guests will appreciate all the attention you put into the details. I wish we lived closer! Happy 4th to you and your family.

  5. You are so festive for the 4th! I suppose I should pull out a few things and get in the spirit, too! Table looks fabulous

  6. Looks like you're all set for company! Everything looks great, I always love RW&B! Lovin' your cute little red pie bird too-have fun:@)

  7. Beautifully patriotic, Debbie!

  8. Love that your potting table multitasks for entertaining Debbie! Your Pandowdy looks delicious and I remember your refreshing & festive Ice Pops!

  9. So THAT'S what pandowdy is! I always kind of thought it was pie of some sort, but I wasn't really sure. Learn something new today? Check! :-)

    Your pillows are exactly up my alley! I can't sew a lick, but I can fold and tuck and pin like a champ! Yours look so professional!!! What a great way to stretch those decorating dollars!!!

    I'm all for using the potting bench whenever possible...dirt stains and all! That's what gives it character!!!

    Have fun making those fruit pops! I remember when you made them last year, and they still look just as refreshing!!!

  10. What a great idea to multi purpose your potting bench! All your red, white, and blue makes me smile. I need to get moving and pull out the patriotic things. Never even heard of a pandowdy. Now I know! '-)
    Happy 4th of July! ~ Sarah

  11. Debbie, this is a wonderful table. I love the flowers! I use my potting bench as a buffet, too. Just love that they are the perfect height and size!! The table looks wonderful. I am sure all will have a wonderful time. xo marlis

  12. Love your wonderful pillows and all your goodies look most delicious! What a cute little pie bird in your pandowdy.....everything looks like patriotic perfection!

  13. Debbie,
    Dear one, I adore this patriotic tribute tablescape!!!
    I am smitten with your pillow covers and the fact that they require little sewing!!!
    Adorable star plates!!! Gorgeous floral centerpiece!!!
    Have a safe and Happy Fourth!!!
    Visiting from Let's Dish!

  14. What a perfect way to celebrate!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Every detail is perfect, and you've achieved a wonderful, distinctly original Independence Day design. I'm wowed. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  16. Your sweetie pie, Joe, surprises you with the best gifts, Debbie! What a great potting bench and perfect for an outdoor buffet. Your setting looks so festive and I'm sure your guests will enjoy the pan dowdy, especially on those star plates. Great centerpiece with flowers from your garden. You've thought of all the special details to celebrate the 4th in style.

  17. love it!!!! it is hard for people to understand that the decor is temporary (ie wrapping fabric like package, instead of sewing). in the south where I live, the weather, etc can be harsh on outdoor decor, so I try to make things temporary, cheap, but eye=popping. thanks for sharing.

  18. You definitely show that a potting bench can be multi functional! Your entire presentation is right on and I have enjoyed every detail of it.

  19. What a darling table, so festive. The flowers look great.

  20. Thank you everyone! It was fun putting together a red, white and blue celebration.

  21. A lovely table. I know your guests will feel honored by all your details. Your table is stunning! Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings My Friend,

    1. Thank you sweet friend! I'm thrilled that your hubby got a job!

  22. Your decor looks fantastic, and I think your knock-off pillows look better than the real thing! Your little turtle made me smile in his patriotic bow. :D

    Your table looks great, and the runner is so reminds me of subway art!

    AND you tried the pandowdy!!! I haven't made it yet, but now that my oldest daughter finished her chemistry class in summer school, I'll be baking more. Yours looks great! Did y'all like the recipe?


  23. So pretty and festive Debbie. You arranged everything so pretty and it looks so patriotic. Love your pillows. The potting bench is lovely....double duty. Gotta love the little birdie in the pie....xo Linda

  24. Everything looks so festive and pretty! You are all ready for the holiday. Love those patriotic ice pops too!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!
    The pillow looks great too!

  25. Love your red, white and blue post Debbie! Your pillows are prettier than pottery barn I believe. Your floral centerpiece is spectacular :-)

  26. You have shown me that I can buy some fabric and just WRAP a pillow for a new look!!! Thanks for that great idea. Love your table too and I never knew what a pandowdy was either:) Have a happy 4th! XO, Pinky

  27. Your July Fourth decor is wonderful, Debbie!
    I had to read down twice to see what a Pandowdy was. I missed it somehow the first time!
    I have some peaches that are ripening too quick -- maybe a pandowdy is in my future!?

    Thanks so much for linking up. Love seeing everyone's red, white and blues. Have a great week!

    Alison :)

  28. Stopping back by for a little more red, white, and blue. '-)

  29. OOO, I am so lovin' your colors of the day...just beautiful.
    I've heard of "Apple Pan Dowdy" all my life...never made one but now I am starving for one. :))
    Please...when you visit M. Vineyard.....PLEASE throw a kiss to Susan Branch from ME....:)

  30. Pottery Barn should be coming to you for design advice :). I love your pillow! What a wonderful holiday setting and the pandowdy sounds delicious! Happy 4th of July to you, Joe and family!

  31. Hi Debbie! Oh, everything looks wonderful. Your pillow looks wonderful. I hope you had a great 4th of July! Thanks so much for popping in to see my new little blog.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)


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