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Red White and Blue Table Decorations

Are you looking for something for your July 4th table? If so, you’ve come to the right place. I’m sharing my red white and blue table along with 23 other bloggers. One of these tables will give you some inspiration in time for the holiday.

Since many people are still staying close to home, you might need to be creative. I decided to set a table from what I already had in my house plus some flowers.

red white and blue table

How to set a patriotic table

You don’t have to have flags to make it patriotic. I have some white charger plates that I like to use as a charger/dinner plate. I paired that with some blue napkins and red check plates. These check plates are from a garage sale, but I found some even cuter ones online.

If you don’t have space to store dishes for every holiday (as I don’t) choose dishes that can be used for different occasions. Red accent plates also work at Christmas and valentines if you choose a more general pattern and not one specific to one holiday. Red transferware is a really versatile pattern that can go with just about any occasion.

I like to use a runner for less formal holidays vs a tablecloth. It feels more casual. This red runner came from IKEA and it was only $4.99. I found one I like even more for next year below. The blue napkins are the finishing touch, but I ordered the denim ones from Amazon below because they are so much cuter.

a simple patriotic centerpiece

The flower selection was pretty limited at Trader Joe’s this week. I bought one bunch of blue hydrangeas because hydrangeas feel so summery. Unfortunately, they immediately started to wilt! Have you had this happen?

Then I found this post about how to keep your hydrangeas fresh. I followed her tips: cut off the leaves because they suck up water and smash the ends so they can absorb more water.

I wanted to use something that wasn’t a traditional vase because I had only three hydrangeas. I made a centerpiece with just three candlesticks (using the rule of threes) and a small arrangement of hydrangeas in a metal box. I like to have a simple centerpiece because it’s a casual holiday and we are a small group this year.

Lanterns can add a great touch of festive lighting even indoors. I recycled these lanterns to make them fit the holiday by spray painting them white with stars.

easy centerpiece

Making July 4th Special Without Fireworks

We normally we go to a family picnic outside with a large group of family and friends, but it’s cancelled this year. I don’t want the 4th the pass like every other day. It’s easy to fall into that pattern during this strange time.

What can you do to make the 4th special without fireworks and parades? Here are my ideas:

1.) Make a playlist – I think every holiday is better with music. I think music really helps you remember certain times in your life. You can find playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. Choose your preference, classical, country, rock, etc. Whatever type of music your family likes.

2.) Make a special cocktail/mocktail – Even if you don’t drink you can make something for everyone that is special. It’s a treat that you don’t normally make. I made lemonade and coated the glasses with lemon, dipped in sugar. This honey blackberry mint mocktail looks delicious too.

3.) Play a Game Everyone Enjoys – My husband hates games so this is tough for me. I found a list of absurd 4th of July facts and made everyone guess if they were true or false.

Inspiring Patriotic Tables

Tablescape hop

Now it’s time to get some inspiration from other bloggers who’ve shared their patriotic tables.

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25 Comments

  1. Three cheers for the red, white and blue Andrea, love your picks! Hydrangeas are notorious for wilting but I’ve found if you dip the stems in alum, it will help them stay hydrated. Thanks so much for your organizing efforts and I’m happy to be hopping with you today. ♥

    1. That’s a great tip. I will have to try it. Thanks

      Andrea

  2. Andrea, I love your rustic candlesticks and festive lanterns! Thanks again for helping to organize this hop. Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. I love the game idea! What fun that is! You and I can play together, as my husband wouldn’t like that either! I don’t know why, but the 4th of July always seems to call for something vintage for me and your wooden candle holders fit the bill perfectly! Even I, with a walk in pantry full of dishes, have been leaning toward using simple dinner plates and mixing things up with different salad plates! Thank you again for all of your hard work helping pull off this hop!

    1. It’s been a really good chance for me to see other people’s photos. Definitely need to up my photo game!

  4. Simple yet elegant Andrea, a lovely understated way to set a holiday table! I love the hydrangeas in the caddy, such a great way to create a floral element, and it looks lovely with the wooden candlesticks. Thank you for all your hard work in keeping us organized for this tablescape hop!

    1. Thanks Jenna. I’m really learning a lot from everyone’s photos so it’s my pleasure to organize.

  5. Andrea, your table looks so pretty. Love the soft blue with the red. The list your shared is a great tip. I am going to print those off and keep to remind me to do those. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hello Andrea, your table is simple elegance Your picks are lovely. I am loving the tall candle holders. Hydrangeas seem to be the flower of choice for most of the tablescapes. A flower I adore. The runner is a wonderful addition. Happy 4th and thanks again for hosting.

  7. Andrea, I love how you styled your hydrangeas in the metal box. I agree that this hop was challenging in that we could only use items that we already had on hand. My only purchase was some flowers, too. The candlesticks of varying heights with the red and white butcher’s twine is a nice touch. It’s all in the details! Thank you for hosting this hop and for keeping us organized!

  8. Andrea, I love your patriotic table. The hydrangeas placed in the caddy are perfect. I was going to suggest the alum trick, but noticed. Mary beat me to it. Thank you so much for organizing the blog hop, I appreciate your time. It is a pleasure to blog hop with you!

  9. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Andrea, your table is beautiful, and you have shared some wonderful tips for creating a patriotic table. I also love your ideas for making the day memorable. Thanks so much for hosting this blog hop! Take care!

  10. Andrea, I am so glad you pointed out how to create such a stunning, casual Fourth of July tablescape while being limited to the stay-at-home-period. It is a challenge to create something new from just some of the things around the house rather than being able to run out and find or purchase something new. It really challenges us all to be very creative and it can be beautifully done since your table is a wonderful example of making it all work. I agree, it is a challenge to provide the entertainment during a time we are asked to stay more distant. I do believe that music helps everyone to get through this difficult time. I often listen to bluegrass, the 50’s, or big band music to make my day more lively. It works along with creating a pleasing table and some good food. I love your vintage candle holder centerpiece. Such a cozy, welcoming table. Happy Fourth of July holiday.

  11. You have found some great deals! I like the red checked plates you got at the garage sale!! A smart move to buy some basics that can be reused for multiple holidays!! I think I might half to work on coming up with cocktail for our 4th celebration. Thanks for all your work pulling this hop all together, it is much appreciated! Have a wonderful 4th🇺🇸

  12. Thanks for the tips your table is beautiful. Nice to meet you as well, I pinned this to my table board

  13. What a beautiful and elegant patriotic table! I love those hydrangeas and how you used that cute container. The tall candles around them really make a statement. So pretty! Thanks again for hosting this wonderful blog hop! (Sorry if this comment is a dupe, I’ve had problems with a few).
    Shelley (Calypso in the Country)

  14. Andrea, great ideas for setting a patriotic tablescape. Your use of red for multiple holidays is super effective. I am a hopeless dish addict, so it doesn’t always work for me, but still a great idea. I love the idea of a playlist for gatherings too. I am currently set on Google Home’s Impromptu Patio Party or Pandora’s Yacht Rock Radio for summer,and crank it up while in the kitchen. Hydrangeas are definitely my idea of a summer bloom, and I love how your umbrella outside your window plays off of your center florals.

    Thanks you so much for working to gather us in this tablescape bog hop. I hope you don’t feel as though you’ve been welcomed by fire, lol. It’s a lot of work. You are appreciated.

    1. Rita,

      I don’t feel like it’s been trial by fire. I’m learning a lot from everyone.

      Andrea

  15. Your table is festive and you were very savvy using things you already had.
    Andrea, I have found that if your hydrangeas are wilted if you will recut a little off the stem and submerge them in a sink full of water for several hours or even overnight they will puff back up and do well usually. It is amazing to watch but I have done it many times. Using the flower preserver packets that come with flowers helps keep them fresh longer too. But the preserver will not help with wilting.
    Thank you for all you did for the hop, It is a nice group of ladies.
    Wishing you a happy and safe 4th of July.

    1. Bonnie,

      Thank you so much for the tips on hydrangeas. They are my favorite flower so I will test that out.

      Andrea

  16. Such a cute table and I love the ideas instead of fireworks. Thanks for arranging the hop.

  17. Your table looks beautiful! Glad to be hopping with you!

  18. Andrea, this is so simple and elegant. I love your beautiful style! Happy Fourth of July to you!

  19. Andrea, your table is just lovely. I really like how the hydrangeas look in your centerpiece. Thank you so much for all your help organizing this fun hop!

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