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