Tuesday, September 14, 2010

God Bless American, Land That I Love

We are on Day Ten of the Wedding Day Countdown for my middle son and his lovely fiance. Every night after work the lovely couple arrives with their clipboard and check list. The preparations are leaving little time for tablescaping (even if I could just find the table), so I thought I would share a tablescape and menu I created before I had ever heard of blogs and tablescapes.  We are going back in time to January 17, 2009.  I hesitated about this post, I don't want to get all political on you, but then I realized that the beauty of being a citizen of the United States of American is that I have the freedom to vote in an election for the candidate of my choice and that, along with that choice, I have to respect the majority when they disagree with me, even if they are my family members. (or especially if they are my family members?) Anyway.  In a web search - looking for the recipes and ideas that inspired my party - I found this posting from  http://www.diva-girl-parties-and-stuff.com/presidential-inauguration.html which kinda summed up my thoughts  "The United States of America has just expanded the dreams of every child, every race, and every gender. Let's CELEBRATE everything this means. We don't have to agree on every principle, but we CAN recognize when boundaries have been broken and new heights have been acheived in our world."

I remember googling some great recipes, but the idea had come to me so late, that I decided to stick with the tried and true unhealthy snack food that my family loves. The photo above is my own creation - An All American Taco Salad Flag. I like to think of taco salad as a vegetable.

I found these cupcake toppers on a website, printed them on cardstock and taped them to toothpicks. Not only were they delicious, but my co-workers found the leftovers very humorous the next day. I found that chocolate was the key to bringing the different political parties together.
I believe that the one of the crockpots held barbeque chicken and the other meatballs. Add some chips and it is a party!
My son, an ardent Republican provided the poster of the president. He found it at Big Lots and it is still wearing it's price tag. I believe it was his olive branch. Or he was being funny. I am going with the olive branch.

I did find this recipe for the Ciroc Obama on the internet and it was the hit of the party. All my children are over 21 and we had Mr. Merry as our designated driver. Actually, we really aren't drinkers. Each lady had one drink and I still have the almost full bottles in my liquor cabinet. It did make us feel very decadent. Please notice the pink lemonade. That is what makes it a girl's drink.
We didn't actually watch the inauguration. If you remember back, it was an American Idol night. You can always watch news over and over and over on CNN and I was sure we would get all the highlights. But you can't visit over the watercooler if you aren't up on your Idol!

I will be linking on Tablescape Thursday with everyone's favorite, the hostess with the most - ess, Susan, at Between Naps on the Porch. Please visit everyone!

I also wanted to ask if anyone could explain Blog Frog to me? Is this something I signed up for? How does it work? I am clueless about this.

Thanks for visiting - I love seeing all the lovely tablescapes, china, dishes, crystal, flatware, flowers, linens and goodies you share each week! And I love your comments. See you later!


  1. Looks like a fun time -- love your taco salad flag -- I'm sure it was a "merry" time no mater which side of the political fence you stand on. We're a "mixed" political family too.

  2. I love being a mixed political family...gives us a lot more to discuss than a one party family!

  3. I love the taco salad flag too, what a creative idea! My poor husband, from Puerto Rico, leaves the room when my family starts talking politics, lol.

  4. I would never have thought about that taco salad in the American flag shape. I definitely would try that at my next patriotic themed party!

    We're somewhat mixed here. My family agrees with my husband and me on political matters,and the rest of his family sits on the opposite side of the fence.

    We just try to disagree without being disagreeable.

  5. I love that taco salad, can I copy?

  6. Oh all the food looks great! I bet your getting really excited for your son's wedding!

  7. Thank you for sharing the great taco salad idea. I can picture it in so many entertaining situations. Cherry Kay

  8. What a fun idea for a party! I love your details. Your taco salad is such a clever idea.

  9. What a fun post to read! I love thinking of taco salad as a vegetable, and you are very creative to think of arranging it into a flag design! And you're right about chocolate uniting people from different political parties. Maybe we need Hershey's to offer a peace prize?

  10. I love that cupcake idea. We are like you--I have left over strong stuff--that has been sitting around a long time. I used it mainly for recipes. Although I do drink wine....but that is not so strong.

    I hope you post about your room switch!! A wedding....how exciting!


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