Today I wanted to share an Americana inspired table scape in honor of 4th July but it could really apply for Memorial day, Labor day or any USA themed celebration.
It all started with the accumulation of Coca-Cola bottles around here, which all began when Miss Masterpiece and I went to Atlanta a couple of years ago for a cheer competition where we visited the Coca-Cola museum.
The Coke museum was actually very cool where in one room there was a different station for each continent and you could taste all the different Coca-Cola products that are sold and available in that market. It was very interesting to taste the different fruit flavors and levels of sweetness.
When you exited this area you were given a complimentary vintage inspired Coca-Cola bottle, which is not sold in stores. You can spy it in the above picture at the place setting with the flag or in the centerpiece with the flag pinwheel, which says “World of Coca-Cola”. So Miss Masterpiece and I of course saved our mementos.
Then Master Masterpiece went on the 8th grade trip to Washington DC & NYC over spring break this past year and he kept his New York bottle, which you can spy above. From there it just snowballed and we seemed to accumulate some more here and there.
When I was wondering if I should recycle the ones that don’t have any memorabilia purpose and I saw them all together in mass and it hit me! They would make for a great Americana inspired tablescape. I like to have the kitchen table set in fun ways around holidays to make it festive for the family so here we are.
For the centerpiece I used my vintage Ball jars and hydrangeas from the garden. My blue ones are really faded but I like the soft hues. Mixed in are extra Coca-Cola bottles, sea shells to add to the summer feel, salt&pepper shakers and some 4th of July giveaways we pick up every year at the downtown parade.
Doctor John Pemberton invented the original Coke formula in the late 1800s as a pharmacist to help with headaches. Until the early 1900s it actually contained cocaine and his book keeper who came up with the name “Coca-Cola” had great penmanship and scripted the logo we all know and which is recognized around the world. I love nuggets of information like this. Makes for a good game of trivia.
For those of you who know me well, red is not a color of choice for me. This holiday is always tougher for me since I can’t pull from my stash so this was a fun way to incorporate red. I don’t even use red at Christmas time. I know. it’s my thing. I’ve wanted a vintage Coca-Cola wooden crate for awhile now, but of course I don’t want a red one, instead I want the green one w/ white lettering or the natural wood w/ black lettering. Not as readily available so I continue to hunt.
Happy 4th of July !
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