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Show Me Bunko Party, 4th of July Style

Show Me Bunko Party, 4th of July Style

Mom, ready to host her Patriotic Bunko party!

Mom, ready to host her Patriotic Bunko party!

Our mom has always been a great hostess. We grew up with wedding showers, bridesmaid luncheons, graduation parties and a host of celebrations large and small.

She always allowed us to participate and by doing so, we all learned to entertain and love to!

She has a group of friends that take turn hosting their Bunko group. We are so proud that mom hosted this month because she had not done so since she broke her arm, had surgery and survived therapy!

The 1st step to make your entertaining easier is to decide a theme, and because it fell the 1st week of July, a patriotic theme was chosen (plus she had a collection of red, white and blue goodies) So mom gathered up her red, white and blue table cloths, flag squares, patriotic pails (to fill with candy), star centerpiece explosions, and small red, white and blue candles. Card tables were set up for bunko play and her dining table was set to serve buffet style.

Bunko tables are set and ready for fun!

Bunko tables are set and ready for fun!

Coordinating Patriotic paper goods mean less clean up!

Tip: Investing in washable table cloths allows for multi-purpose use from party to party.

Place table cloth on table and add collection of patriotic goodies.

Place table-cloth on table and add collection of patriotic goodies.

Abe Lincoln stands tall on antique metal lunch box, beaded necklaces (used to mark the bunko) add some whimsy!

Abe Lincoln stands tall on antique metal lunch box, beaded necklaces (used to mark the bunko) add some whimsy!

Metal picnic basket elevates the red tulips with a red, white and blue floral garland tucked in.

Metal picnic basket elevates the red tulips with a red, white and blue floral garland tucked in.

Next was deciding the menu and a picnic theme came to mind, with fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon and Blueberry Ice Box Pie.

Easy as Pie! for the 4th of July!

Easy as Pie! for the 4th of July!

Tip: To enjoy a party, plan food that is pre made: potato salad, broccoli slaw salad kit and fried chicken. (no hot kitchen or last-minute prepping) Serve food in platters and bowls that coordinate with your theme!

Platters, bowls and serving pieces were gathered up to coordinate with the table-cloth and marked with post it notes of food they were to hold. White bowls, red platters and blue specked tin wear were all put to use.

The centerpiece was created from a drum lunch box (mom’s from a high school fundraiser), a metal picnic basket (which belonged to the original Miss Cayce’s), a basket of faux red tulips and ivy (they resides year round on the kitchen table) and an Abraham Lincoln wooden figurine from my collection.

A metal cross is displayed on the corner of the picnic basket, a nod to the sacrifice of so many for our freedoms!

A metal cross is displayed on the corner of the picnic basket, a nod to the sacrifice of so many for our freedoms!

Tip: When creating a centerpiece, consider shopping your home, bookcases, shelves, cupboards and closets for items that relate to the theme. Use different textures, materials and heights for interest.

Now have fun in displaying the food. Fruit is perfect for summer and what says picnic more that a watermelon. Be creative and scoop out all the melon leaving a bowl you can carve to serve it in.

"Watermelon Bowl" and cantaloupe are a refreshing summer time treat!

“Watermelon Bowl” and cantaloupe are a refreshing summer time treat!

"Watermelon Bowl"

“Watermelon Bowl”

Filled serving bowls and trays become part of the centerpiece, when food is served buffet style.

Filled serving bowls and trays become part of the centerpiece, when food is served buffet style.

Good food displayed is great food and a fun celebration!

Presentation, presentation, presentation!

Happy Decorating Y’all and Happy Birthday America!

Becky and Kathy

Guest are welcomed at the front door with a fun firecracker popping 4th of July wreath, a hint to the celebration inside!

Guest are welcomed at the front door with a fun firecracker popping 4th of July wreath, a hint to the celebration inside!

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Show Me July 4th all Through the House Cont’d

Three Cheers for the RED, WHITE, and BLUE

From the Front Door

July 4th, Wreath, Show Me Decorating, Mark Roberts

Hip, hip, Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue

You can add a touch of July 4th Decor to the inside of your home. Gather up your red, white, and blue accents. Mix them together, add in a Americana sign, and tie it all up with @ShowMeDecoratingBow.

July 4th Decor, American Flag, Tabletop, the Round Top Collection

Pick an area to decorate seasonally, especially a place you see often! (by the kitchen sink!)

Home Decor, The Round Top Collection, Show Me Decorating

Versatile Accent Piece can go from one Celebration to the next-just change out magnet or add your own message and fill jar with seasonal ingredients. Available from ShowMeDecorating.com

Decorate your mantle, top of your piano, or a shelf

July 4th, American Flag, Show Me Decorating,

Mantel display honoring Cooper C. Remembering

July 4th, Flag, Stars, Show Me Decorating

Candle jars filled with red, white, and blue and tied up with Show Me Decoraitng Bow

Then add some FireWorks to your  potted plants and let the Celebration continue….

July 4th, Decor, The Round Top Collection, Fireworks

Happy July 4th!

Happy Birthday, America!

How do you celebrate July 4th? Do you decorate a table top for a bbq? Or hang out Red, White, and Blue Bunting? Comment and share with us-We love to hear from you.

We love to gather at our lake house and eat brisket, watermelon, and home made ice-cream. Our kids love to shoot off fireworks and light sparklers.

Happy Decorating, ya’ll!

Jennifer

Ingredients you can shop for

Ribbon, Chalkboard jar, Wreath, The Round Top Collection decor, Patriotic sign

all available http://www.showmedecorating.com

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Show Me a July 4th Celebration

Happy Birthday America!

Let’s celebrate all through the house! You can start at the front door with a July 4th wreath and @The Round Top Collection has great focal points or pieces to add to your flower pots.

July 4th, Red, White, Blue, Americana, Wreath, Front Door decor

July 4th Front Porch

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Perfect for Flower Pots or a wreath

Wreathes can have lots of different looks, bases, and colors, but the key components always stay the same:

1. Good Quality Base

2. Fun Focal Point

3. Wired Ribbon

4. Floral Accents

July 4th, Americana, Show Me Decoraitng

Black Base makes July 4th colors POP!

RR Patriotic ribbon collageAmericana Colors for July 4th

July 4th, Wreath, Show Me Decorating, Mark Roberts

Add a Mark Roberts Fairy!

Your focal point can be a part of your collection. This Mark Roberts Fairy adds a touch of whimsy to the front door.

July 4th, Show Me Decorating, The Round Top Collection, Wreath

Warm welcome and great 1st impression.
Let’s Celebrate

Can you see that we used the same components but each wreath is unique? No two doors have to look alike with all of the fabulous decorating ingredients from Show Me Decorating!

Stay tuned as we take you all through the house for July 4th!

Happy Decorating,

Jennifer

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Show Me Land of the Brave ,Home of the Free

Show Me Land of the Brave, Home of the Free

This week has been a great reminder of what makes America strong- that in the times of destruction we can come together and help those in need. It reminds us that we can pray for those affected by the storms and we can give to those who can offer practical help.

If you would like to help, Samaritan’s Purse http://www.samaritanspurse.org and the Red Cross http://www.redcross.org are wonderful organizations that provide on the ground help to those directly hurt by the storms.

Lets celebrate freedom!

Round Top Collection's Chalkboard jars

Add a touch of the season’s to any room in your house with the Round Top Collection’s Chalkboard jars by changing out magnets to match the season or mood.

A favorite stuffed teddy is all dressed for a parade, and my collection of red, white and blue is all brought out to celebrate America’s birthday!  (or Memorial Day). I have been collecting for years and store it all in accessible clear tubs marked “patriotic”.
A new favorite to add to my collection of seasonal decorating is the Round Top Collection’s Chalkboard jars. This versatile Jar with the change of a magnet or chalkboard message leaps from one celebration to the next! 
I love to group complimentary items to make a statement. The metal flag container doubles as a silverware holder for the fun family cookout! Filled with a permanent ivy the green adds life. You could easily substitute a fresh flowering plant or maybe a fresh herb!
Ribbon! The addition of red satin ribbon compliments the red, white and blue theme.
Fun versatile jar for decorating seasonallyThe Round Top Collection

Fun versatile jar for decorating seasonally!The Round Top Collection

available at ShowMeDecorating.com

Chalkboard Jar, ribbon and Uncle Sam magnet.

Chalkboard Jar, ribbon and Uncle Sam magnet.

Finished Chalkboard jar filled with chocolate kisses in shiny silver foil!

Finished Chalkboard jar filled with chocolate kisses in shiny silver foil! Uncle Sam hat could be personalized with family’s last name!

Stars and Stripes magnets perfect to add a touch of celebration to your Seasonal wreath, Chalkboard Jars, or Flag Wreath

Stars and Stripes magnets perfect to add a touch of celebration to your Seasonal wreath, Chalkboard Jars, or Flag Wreath

Pick an area to decorate seasonally, especially a place you see often! (by the kitchen sink!)

Pick an area to decorate seasonally, especially a place you see often! (by the kitchen sink!)

Happy Memorial Day and 4th of July!

Show your patriotic spirit in red, white and blue…….

Happy decorating y’all!

Becky and Kathy

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Just Say “Merry Christmas” in July!

Just say Merry Christmas in July?? It’s hot? Especially out here in dry West Texas.

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West Texas Sunrise Christmas

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We simplify the decorating process. As mothers we have the abilities to run around in a frenzied panic or plan and prepare for a less stressful holiday! We have podcasts you can download (give us a review when you download in iTunes) and blogs with great ideas to help you out this Christmas and Holiday season.

This also the week we celebrate the 4th of July! Happy Birthday America, “thank you” to the men, women,and their families who have served, are serving or have given the ultimate sacrifice defending this great country! God bless America and God bless Texas!

Celebrate July 4th For All Those Who Served! Christmas

With that in mind, our forefathers fought and died for America, for religious and personal freedoms! We have the right to say Merry Christmas! In recent times there has been an assault on even saying Merry Christmas which is kinda crazy when you consider these facts.

Christmas by the Numbers

Christmas By The Numbers

Christmas Facts. (2012). The History Channel website. Retrieved 12:26, July 3, 2012, from http://www.history.com/interactives/christmas-facts.

We are excited about all of the possibilities the radio show has to offer, one of which is voicing our view about Christmas and the assault on celebrating Christmas and removing much of the symbolism as organizations and the government deems politically incorrect. With that said we do not have a political show, we are women entrepreneurs, the Christmas Decorating Experts with big hair and big smiles, not to be confused with big Texas women!

We invited our guest Dr. Jim Gerlach on the show to help us understand the history of Christmas and the traditions we celebrate. Over the next couple of weeks we will dig deeper into many of the decorations and symbols of Christmas. We will have lots of tips and how to ideas for you to use in your own home!

As the pastor at Oak View Baptist Church in Irving, Texas, Dr. Jim Gerlach relates that the ancient pagan customs, rituals and celebrations were adopted by Christains into our celebration of Christ’s birth and Christmas. He explained how his church participates in the “Hanging of the greens” and decorating the church along with teaching about Advent and decorating the Christmas Trees with Chismons. It is a time to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. We discovered biblical and spiritual meanings of the wreath, and eternal circle depicting God’s love for us. The colors used at Christmas Red for the blood of Jesus that was shed and green for new life through Jesus. To learn about the Hanging of the Green, click on the link below

http://www.abideinchrist.com/christmas/hangingofthegreen.html

Jim shared in his family, traditions and customs that they celebrated as kids with a mission offering on the tree. The offering helped them focus on giving rather than receiving and it is a  tradition he and his wife Tashia carry on with their kids Matthew and Annalise.

These are some of the traditions and decorations we will explore in the upcoming shows:  

Holly Wreath-Read Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6

As Isaiah prophesied the birth of Christ, the holly wreath, which originated in Germany, was said originally to have prophesied why Christ came to earth. In Germany the holly wreath is widely called the “Christ-thorn” because of the prickly points on its leaves, and has come to represent the crown of thorns Christ wore to the cross.

Angels-Read Luke 1:26-28 and 2:8-11

Angels played a part in that first Christmas and have been used for generations to top Christmas trees and decorate our homes during this holy season.

Creche-Read Luke 2:7

Each year at Christmas millions of mantles and tables are adorned with beautiful nativity scenes.

Gift Giving-Read Matthew 2:1-2 9-11

Traditional reasons why we give gifts at Christmas abound. Some revolve around the various legends of Santa Claus & St. Nicholas. To Christians, giving gifts symbolizes the ultimate gift of all, the giving of eternal life through His Son by God the Father.  The gifts the Wise Men gave Christ child indicate they knew the significance of His presence on earth.

Christmas tree

The Christmas tree originated in old German paradise plays and was introduced into this country by German settlers in the eighteenth century. Its original German meaning was completely spiritual. It represented the tree of paradise, and was hung with apples and ringed with candles to represent the Garden of Eden.

Stars – 

     Atop the tree represents the star that guided the Wise Men to Bethlehem. The lights on the tree originated with the lighted tree of paradise.

Finally, like the holly, the evergreen Christmas tree symbolizes the everlasting life Christ provided at the cross.

It is our hope at Miss Cayce’s Christmas Store and Show Me Decorating that as you decorate your home for the holidays this year, the season will have greater meaning to you and your family!

We are asking our listeners and Facebook friends to send in their family traditions and ways they celebrate Christ birth.  They include the true meaning of Christmas. We will pick traditions to share on the radio and send you a free Miss Cayce’s shopping bag and surprise!

Let us know what’s up!

http://www.Facebook.com/ShowMeDecorating

@showmedecorate

social@showmedecorating.com

Happy Decorating Y’all,

Kathy and Becky

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Show Me: Food, Fun and Family on the 4th!

July 4th is fast approaching and I still don’t have plans. Not because they’re aren’t any….it’s because we have so many to choose from! All I know is that it ALWAYS involves Family. If you haven’t figured it out yet we are ALL about FAMILY at Show Me Decorating! We wanted to share a few of our family’s favorite summer foods along with tips to get the table set just right for your festive 4th!

Favorite Meat: Brisket

The Brisket

Ingredients:

Brisket (1/2 pound per person)

Claudes BBQ Sauce

Salt & Pepper

Onion

Beer

Foil & Large Pan

Preparation:

Trim some fat off the brisket but not all because it will help keep the juice in the meat and keep it from drying out.

Seasoning:

Claudes BBQ Sauce, Beer, Salt, Pepper and chopped onion.

Cook Prep:

Using a large pan (throw away foil pans work great) line pan with foil leaving enough to cover the top of your meat. Mix seasoning in the bottom of the pan. Lay meat fattest side up (this allows the fat to dry out not your meat) and season the top of your meat. Wrap your brisket tight in the foil. Recover the entire brisket with foil. Place in over at 300 degrees and allow to cook for up at least 5 hours.

Serving:

Trim remaining fat off brisket, cut and serve.

Favorite Sides

Potato Casserole, Fresh Salad

Kathy’s Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

10-12 golden potatoes

Real butter

Sour cream

Grated cheese

Green onions & salt

Preparation:

Wash and cut potatoes into chunks.

Cooking:

Bring potatoes to boil and allow to cook throughly, Drain potatoes, add 2 stick of butter, 16 ounces of sour cream, 1 1/2 cups of grated cheese and chopped green onions. Mix all together and place in large casserole pan. Top with additional cheese. Re-heat at 350′ for about 20-30 minutes.

Katy’s Fresh Salad

Ingredients:

Baby Spring salad mix

Red/yellow/orange pepper

Cherry tomatoes

Celery

Avocado

Lemon pepper.

Preparation:

Dice peppers, celery and avocado, slice cherry tomatoes in half.

Directions:

Using a large bowl, add salad mix, peppers, celery, avocado, tomatoes and lemon pepper. The juice from the tomatoes and flavor of the lemon pepper create enough flavor that you do not need dressing.

Favorite Desserts

Chocolate Chip Cookies, Lemonade Pie

Jennifer’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup real butter (soften)

1/2 cup Crisco

3/4 cup light brown sugar

3/4 cup Sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla (real Mexican pure vanilla)

1 Egg

2 1/4 cup of Flour

1 teaspoon Salt

1 teaspoon of Baking Soda

2 cups of semi-sweet Nestle Toll House chocolate chips.

Directions:

Cream butter, Crisco and sugars together. Mix vanilla and egg well. Slowly add flour, salt and baking soda. Add chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet in small scoops. Bake at 35o’ until lightly golden brown.

Angela’s Lemonade Pie

Ingredients:

Graham crackers

Butter

Brown sugar

Half gallon of vanilla ice cream

Tub of cool whip

Large can of lemonade concentrate.

Directions:

Crust: Crunch 1 1/2 sleeves of graham crackers, mix one stick of melted butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Combine graham crackers, butter and sugar. Pad crust into 9 x 13 pan or pie pans.

Pie: Mix ice cream, concentrate and fold in cool whip. Pour into crust and then freeze!

4th of July Table

July 4th Table

4th of July Table

Don’t forget about setting your serving table for the occasion. Just by sticking with red, white and blue and few 4th of July accent pieces you can create a simple but stylish serving area. My favorite thing was giving some height to the table with flags!

We hope that you try our families favorite summer time recipes. Please share yours with us on Facebook!

Happy 4th!

Katy Harrison Thomas

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