Saturday, July 3, 2010

What's Mlle. Coco Chanel Wearing on the 4th of July???

Mlle. Coco Chanel says "Happy 4th of July y'all!!! "Here's What Coco's Wearing"...

A darlin' patriotic doggie dress, with an ivory satin bow...do you love it??? I can't help it...she's just too cute!

"HERE'S WHAT I'M WEARING"... An aqua capris set I purchased in a little boutique in Palm Springs--many years ago. I still love it!


Great summer print...


Love the ric rac...

I'm wearing aqua slide pumps and carrying my Billie Ross of the Palm Beaches pocketbook. I'm wearing my Chanel silver earrings and Chanel ring, my 'Return to Tiffany' bracelet by Tiffany, my 'Oyster Perpetual' watch by Rolex, and my roll ring wedding band by Cartier. My ponytail will be adorned with a white grosgrain ribbon bow and I'll be wearing my sunglasses by Chanel. The fragrance choice for the day is 'Wink' by Lilly.


We are spending the weekend here in Port St. Lucie with our longtime friends Jan and Mark Taylor. If you have been following my blog for a while, you know that my friend Jan is battling liver cancer. We are happy that her scans are showing that the tumors are shrinking!!! YAY!!!

Since I'm relaxing with them this weekend, I'm re-posting my 4th of July post from last year...A party I hosted on the porch, here at "The Roost."

My front porch is a great area for entertaining--very laid back and relaxing--perfect for a casual patriotic dinner celebration! I used a combination of red, white, and blue tableware to bring together the patriotic look. This was a seated, informal meal, served plated-style.

The menu consisted of: Cocktails, boiled peanuts, honey mustard hot wings, Memphis-style barbecue sandwiches*, savory baked beans**, Southern-style potato salad, iced tea, watermelon, and festive cupcakes.

I surrounded the chrysanthemum centerpiece with the patriotic figures, which were purchased at TJ Maxx last summer. The buckets, containing sand and the sparklers, were found at Target in the $1-ish section.


Cocktails are now being served y'all...
The patriotic plates and the red rattan chargers were purchased at Hobby Lobby last summer. The white melamine plates were purchased at World Market. I've had this white flatware for years and just hot glued the patriotic stars onto the handles for a festive look.
The iced tea mason jar-style mugs were purchased at Cracker Barrel.
The iced tea dispenser was purchased at Dillard's a while back.
The patriotic napkins and napkin rings were purchased at Dillard's...a while back.
Boiled peanuts...now y'all know I have to serve boiled peanuts in the summertime!
Watermelon...you simply must have watermelon during the summer!
Festive cupcakes...These are the Martha Stewart cupcake cups & flags--love them!

*Recipe for Memphis-Style Barbecue Sandwiches
Born and raised in the deep South, I like to think I'm a connoisseur of barbecue. I have always compared any barbecue with Sconyers Bar-B-Que in Augusta, Georgia--the world's best barbecue--in Miss Janice's opinion! (If you ever visit Augusta, you simply have to go to Sconyer's)

Many years ago when I first moved to DeSoto County, Mississippi (a small community just south of Memphis, Tennessee), I ordered a barbecue sandwich in a barbecue restaurant. I was asked if I wanted cole slaw and I said "Yes." Well, that's when I found out that cole slaw is served on the sandwich--Memphis-style, and not on the side. Try it y'all...you will love it. So the recipe is...



Pulled pork, cole slaw, and barbecue sauce all served on a hamburger bun...barbecue sandwiches, served Memphis-style.

**Recipe for Mary Gibson's Savory Baked Beans
1 16 oz. can pork and beans
2 tblsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 cup catchup
2 slices bacon, cut in 1" pieces
Combine ingredients. Bake uncovered in a greased cassserole at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover and continue baking for 20 minutes.

Baked beans...I can't make 'em pretty, but I can make 'em good!
Southern-style potato salad...

Floridians love Hurricane Wings--honey mustard flavor! Husband loves these:)

Don't forget your party favors y'all! Since July 5th is "Cracker Jack Day," I did my patriotic duty and gave America's favorite snack--Cracker Jacks as party favors. The boxes were wrapped in cello with red, white, and blue shred and tied up with festive garland and a patriotic gift tag...Cracker Jacks, an American favorite for over 100 years!
Leftovers...Like Mama always said, "Now y'all come in here and take some of this food home with you"! You can put some leftover food in a tupperware container, on a paper plate covered with aluminum foil, or you can wrap it up to go in style. Take it home y'all...
Take-home box embellished with red gingham ribbon and a summertime gift tag...



"Here's What I Wore Last Year"...VERY casual day--a white polo shirt and madras capris from TJ Maxx.
A few accessories...Navy Polo flip flops, a navy cap monogrammed in white, and a white grosgrain ribbon adorning my ponytail. I wore my Cartier roll ring wedding band and gold button earrings, and a quick spritz of Lilly 'Wink'.

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope y'all have a great 4th of July weekend.

49 comments:

Preppy 101 said...

How darling your day was. Everything is put together to none less than PERFECTION!! Great job!!

Gracie Beth said...

Everything looks so lovely!

Shelia said...

Well, good evening Most Wonderful One! What a wonderful table ~ love everything about it! Now your food looks so yummy, too! Wish I could have been there. And weren't you just the cutest thing in that little outfit!
I know you had a wonderful 4th!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;0

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

Oh my goodness! What a fun party you had! I love the decor to the yummy meal you served! I make the same baked beans! Bet you looked darling in your casual outfit! You are such a doll!

Hugs,
Maryjane

D said...

Very cute table. Love the cupcakes. Did you make it through the meal without spilling any bbq sauce or baked beans on that white shirt? :)

Pink Martini said...

Perfect, as always! :) Loved your gift tags.

Chandy said...

Wow, that is one wonderful setup! Miss Janice your parties are always top notch!

Paula said...

Another great party from Miss Janice. I love the thought that you put into every little detail.

BLC :o said...

What a spread! Xoxo-BLC

All-American Belle said...

How beautiful, Miss Janice! You are an all-star hostess!

"Blossom" said...

This looks wonderful and I just love the idea of the party paks.
Your napkins are adorable.

QueenBeeSwain said...

you were raised right- my mother's fam hails from Memphis and a pulled pork sandwich is simply incomplete if there isn't any slaw on it! oooh heavenly!

you had a lovely party Miss Janice, thank you for sharing!

kHm

Nancy said...

Miss Janice! I am starving to death! Love all the decor! But, honey that food looks delish! YUM! Glad you had a fun 4th! Nancy

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Perfect as usual, Miss Janice. You need to write a book!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Miss Janice --

Love your porch entertaining (wish I had one - but it was probably too hot here on the 4th). I never knew that the cole slaw on the bbq was considered "Memphis style" - we do that here in Virginia as well! We also had pulled pork for our guests on the 4th but didn't "sandwich" it- and I was so glad to have found out about the vintage Cracker Jacks at Walmart from the "blogworld" - everybody seemed to enjoy taking one home and the boxes brought back childhood memories. After the party was over and the guests had left - I remembered we forgot to cook the fresh corn on the cob - so we'll be eating corn all week at out house.
Found a can of boiled peanuts at Publix when we went to Atlanta last weekend (it was a "mission" after your post) - haven't tried them yet though -- my whole family made "faces" when I told them about them - So I guess I'll get to try those all by myself! LOL
Have a wonderful week!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Miss Janice,
What a beautiful and inviting table! The food and all your decorations look perfect. The beans do look pretty to me!
The cupcakes are adorable with the little flags. Love your precious outfit as well.

Have a blessed day.
~Melissa :)

Pug1 said...

Great job!!!! WOWeee! Luv it! CHEERS! Michele

Tammy B said...

What a beautiful table setting. Your menu sounds delish. I never knew that slaw served on a BBQ sandwich was called Memphis-style. I had never heard of a BBQ sandwich WITHOUT slaw until I moved to Birmingham, AL. Those people don't know what they are missing.

The Southern Housewife said...

Miss Janice, you are the epitome of Southern hospitality!!! You are my hero! ANd I'll bet you looked so darn tootin' cute in that sweet outfit! Love it!
Jennifer

Miss Madras said...

What a fabulous tablescape! I adore the flag plates. Your 4th looks like it went off with perfect precision.

Princess Freckles said...

What a beautiful party! We had a bbq on Friday and I also used patriotic plates and napkins! Mine were paper products though! :)

I've never made pulled pork, but I love it! I need to try to make some on my own. We served ribs for our bbq and they were great. I was so glad because it was my first time making them!

I agree with Belle, you certainly should write a book (or two!)!

The Pink Tutu said...

This is so wonderful Miss Janice. It sounds like just the perfect southern summer meal.

Preppy Sue said...

My mouth is watering, it all looks and sounds delicious!

We always put coleslaw on our pulled pork sandwiches, definitely a favorite in our house!

Kate said...

WOW, what a party! Everything looks amazing!

PoshMomma said...

A little piece of Americana perfection. No one does it as well as you, Miss Janice. I am thouroughly impressed yet again!

PoshMomma said...

P.S. Also, I have an award for you on my site!

Mrs. G said...

Oh Miss Janice, I so want to be your neighbor. You put on the most precious parties for your circle of friends. Love the patriotic tablescape. I hope your Independence Day was all that you hoped it would be.
Hugs,
Sue

LillyB said...

Oh Miss Janice! Everything looked wonderful! I know you must get tired of hearing me say the same thing but I am at a lost for new words...wonderful just sums it all up!!!
I had to giggle when I read your baked bean recipe! My ex boyfriend (I really emphasize the EX) loved my baked beans. He would kind of hang around when I was preparing them. I had a sneaky suspicion that we were not going to make it as a couple so I would not share my recipe with him. I ACTUALLY would bring things out of the cabinet that did not go into the recipe to throw him off (ie. Worchestershire sauce, Cheyenne pepper, Dill, etc..) it is kind of funny, I never did give him the recipe but I did give him the boot!! LOL Forgive me if I had already shared this story with you it is just so funny!
Have a great day!!
Love Lilly

Beth Dunn said...

Your table settings are to die for! Love your style. xo

An Accomplished Woman said...

Miss Janice,

Your party looks so fun. I love your leftover containers. I wish I had thought of that for my Fourth of July party.

Thanks for your post.

Cynthia

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Miss Janice,
Your tablescape is stunning. I went to Hobby Lobby the other day and saw nothing close to your pretties. They had Fall things stocked on the shelf already.
The food looks so inviting. I'm sure your guests had a wonderful time with you as the hostess.

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

What a darling table scape! You have so many fun dishes! And the food looks delicious!

preppyinnewengland said...

What a darling, welcoming and festive porch decorated for the holiday! Your invited guests truly must have enjoyed everything! Lovely and warm setting for all!
Perfect!
Thank you for sharing. I just love your blog!

Tootsie said...

what a wonderful day! it all looks perfect!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

You are such a wonderful hostess. Another fabulous porch party.

Around here, we eat coleslaw on BBQs, but we call it a Pig Special. And have you ever tried to get a Yankee to eat boiled peanuts? I have stories.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Your decor and your food look wonderful! Since I grew up on Memphis style BBQ, I know exactly what you're talking about! Your cupcakes are soooo pretty, and I love your cc stand. laurie

CeCe said...

Adorable and perfectly perfect as usual! Will you do a post about how you store and organize all of your fabulous tabletop items? You are an inspiration.

Teresa Jane said...

I started to drive to Sconyers to get barbeque take-out and remembered how long the lines were even at the drive-up so I had a can of ravioli instead. hee hee Porch party looks fun.

Pink Preppy Party Girl said...

This looks like a great party! I thought of you while I was posting today. Etiquette of casual clothing style for men from Esquire.

prof en retraite said...

Oh Miss Janice...this looks so festive and so yummy! I love BBQ! Those little flag plates are so cute and unusual. I haven't seen anything like them! I do baked beans the same way. You always add all of the perfect touches to lend such a festive air to your tablescapes! Love it!...Debbie

Whosyergurl said...

Miss Janice,
You think of EVERYTHING! How lovely!
The baked beans are just as my mama taught me to make them!
I was in our nation's capitol with my daughter over the 4th. That will be a belated post as my camera is being shipped to me...I left it on the seat of her car when she took me to the airport. :-( Hugs, Cheryl
Whosyergurl in IN

Kathleen said...

I will go back again, but I can only see a few of your pics! What I see looks good!
I served pulled pork too, with the cole slaw on top...imagine this Northerner doing that! But to even it off I served Long Island Clam Chowder..(NE style)...
Going back to see if your pics are back..
Oh..my little Lily broke her arm..has a purple cast for the summer. Told her she should have asked for pink and green!

MellyLil said...

It all looks like a smashing fourth of july extravaganza! Congratulations on your beautiful decor and entertaining!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Miss Janice,
So glad to be able to catch up on your posts! Mlle. Coco Chanel is just too cute in her 4th of July outfit, very patriotic! Your outfit looks so summery and cool. Wishing you the best this 4th of July weekend!
Valerie

Fashion Meets Food said...

Coco looks absolutely fabulous in her 4th of july outfit! Your tablescape looks amazing! You are brilliant! I wish you could decorated for my wedding!

xo have a fabulous 4th

Elisa said...

Love the pocketbook. I love purses especially if they are a bit unusual.

midnight macaroons said...

My goodness your little missy is adorable. She's one patriotic puppy dog. Miss Coco, you look marvelous.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Stay safe!

Beaufort Belle said...

Miss Janice, what a lovely "shingdig" you had last 4th. If I am correct I save it to my "Miss Janice Entertaining" folder.

My question is quite different from others comments. Where do you find Mlle. Coco Chanel's adorable outfits. My Miss Belle is looking for some outfits to update her wardrobe and the outfits you have pictured lately are just adorable. Miss Belle has enjoying seeing the pictures herself. I just can't find quality outfits for her. Please help!

annie said...

Coco steals the show. Just too too sweet for words.
Everything looked lovely.