All-American Tabletops with Kathryn Greeley

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Welcome back to another day of great All-American spirit here on Tobi’s Blog.  Today, we have an amazing expert here to talk about tabletops.  I’ve known Kathryn Greeley for years and I absolutely adore her!  I’m sure you will be inspired.  -Tobi

The Vintage All-American Tabletop

I love to entertain and setting the table is my favorite part.  My collections include this Calico pattern in red, white and blue.  Perfect for an All-American party in the summertime. 

I keep this china at my lakehouse and I use it quite often.  Its vintage charm just screams Americana!  Pairing it with cobalt blue glass adds the perfect spark!

The flags flying on the tables once flew at Arlington National Cemetery.  What an honor to have them flying at my party!  As a patriotic party favor, each guest received an American flag beach towel.  I hung the towels on the chair backs and tied them with blue ribbon.

 The Calico Pattern was manufactured by Metlox/Poppytrail/Vernon of California between 1949-1955.

This Liberty Milk Co. blue milk bottle could have many uses on the tabletop.  It’s perfect for holding ice water on a hot summer day or it could stand in as a beautiful vase for flowers.

A vintage rolling pin is a perfect table accent.  In adition to the vivid blue color, it reminds us of years past and sparks conversation among guests.

If you’re looking to start collecting a summer tabletop, I truly recommend Calico.  It’s as American as apple pie.

The vintage tabletop above is from my forthcoming book The Collected Tabletop.  In the book you can learn more about this table and many others!  The book is available beginning September 1st.  If you’d like to pre-order a copy from the author, you can do that HERE


Today, I’m also featuring the second part of this post on my blog.  The New All-American Tabletop will show you how to pull off a patriotic look using all new items.  And if you leave a comment on The Collected Room blog today, you’ll be entered to win one of ten condensed, 30-page Advanced Reader’s Copies of my book.  Hurry over!  I’ll be selecting 10 names at random later today.

The New All-American Tabletop and Giveaway Entry


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12 Responses to All-American Tabletops with Kathryn Greeley

  1. […] missed Part I about The VINTAGE All-American Tabletop over at Tobi’s, you’ll find it HERE.  Part II is all about The NEW All-American Tabletop.  Let’s take a […]

  2. Kelly Atkinson says:

    Love your festive tabletop design. It makes want to gear up for the 4th for 2012. I am looking forward to your new book, The Collected Tabletop!!!

  3. Shanna C says:

    The table is so beautiful! I wish we could celebrate the 4th all over again so I could use Kathryn’s ideas!

  4. Carole Anderson says:

    I just love the beautiful pictures. I have done a July 4th Party at our home in North Carolina forever. What good ideas for next year.

  5. Kay Dalby says:

    I am inspired!!! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Joan Carlton says:

    Tabletop design is first and foremost in every party plan. Hope I win Kathryn’s book so that I can give it to my sister who loves to entertain as much as I do, that way I don’t have to buy two. Thanks you for featuring her here, Tobi. Miss seeing you here in Richmond!

  7. […] I love this table setting!  Using a variety of plaids and stripes as well as incorporating the solid blue, the colors at this table are perfectly matched.  The beautiful flower arrangements add more texture to the setting. – […]

  8. Pat says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!! I am a sucker for a beautiful table!! Would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win your new book!!!! I have loved beautiful tablesettings since I was a little girl. I always skipped past the food in Mother’s cookbooks and went to the back where the table settings were!!