Labor Day, like July the 4th and Memorial Day celebrates the many people who have contributed to the building of America. It’s also the unofficial ending of Summer and beginning of Fall. I’m always happy to celebrate the beginning of the Fall and Winter holiday season. Welcome, Friends to the Blog today. I’ll be sharing a table setting in blue and white for Labor Day.

I wanted to combine elements of the past, the idea of the Westward expansion, pioneers settling new towns with a more formal East Coast look. The centerpiece starts with a log cabin General Store whose equivalent probably existed in all the frontier towns across America. It has a great blue door and some red and white accents for some patriotic sentiment. The little cabin is flanked by twin vases of Basil. Early Americans would have planted their own food and herbs in order to sustain themselves. Basil was probably not a common herb back then but it suggests the herbs that would have been grown and smells great. The blue and white checked tablecloth is homey and casual.

The plate stack is simple blue and white.

The bread and butter plate is Lamberton China in the “Puritan” pattern. It has a lovely border around the rim and a gold edging around the inner and outer rim of the plate. The center motif is a simple representation of an early village. Mikasa’s English Countryside salad plate is next in all white with a fruit and vegetable raised border around the rim of the plate. Then we have the dinner plate with a representation of Independence Hall on the front bordered by white and blue flowers and leaves. It’s an English stoneware plate that I found recently. The charger is a simple white porcelain.

Striped napkins boasting navy and light blue colors with gold on a white background are held together by gold star napkin rings. I love how the napkins have all the plate stack colors represented.

Mikasa’s, Harmony, stainless steel flatware accompanies the plate stack. It’s simple but elegant with a timeless feel to the pattern. Love how this looks on the table. You’ll see this set in my next “Thrift Store Finds” post.

Block’s crystal blue goblet seemed just the right look for this table. I paired it with Gorham’s, Regalta, cut crystal. Crystal stemware sparkles as it picks up the light. It really adds to the table setting.

The overhead shows how much space there is between each element and how the colors blend together. The casual and the formal blend for a great Labor Day meal.

I wish everyone a great Labor Day celebration as we celebrate the last of Summer and usher in the Fall season.

Everything on the table was thrifted. It always amazes me what great pieces you can find at the thrift Store.

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