This simple 4th of July tablescape idea has a little history behind it. Filled with red, white, and blue decorations plus a few extras from the American colonial era. Follow this easy step by step guide for a show-stopping independence day table that will take you back to 1776.
4th of July Tablescape
The 4th of July holiday is one of the easiest and cheapest to add red, white, and blue decorations to your home. Most items you can find in your cupboard, in the Target dollar spot, or at the local dollar store.
This patriotic tablescape is more than just a decorated table it is a little history that comes to life. Since we are celebrating the United States of America independence I thought why not add a few great things that remind us of the year 1776.
So let's jump into the dynamics of this fourth of July party table to see what elements you will need to create a patriotic look for dinner. And you can use these beautiful tablescapes for all our favorite holidays like Labor Day, Presidents Day, Flag day, and Memorial Day.
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How to decorate for a 4th of July party?
You might be asking yourself what is the best way to decorate for a 4th of July party. The answer is simple because all you need is anything red, white and blue but traditionally people use bunting, flags, stars, pennants, balloons and garlands to name a few.
In this blog post we are taking the more traditional colors and crafting a unique 4th of July table with a vintage vibe.
4th of July Tabletop Decorations
For this table let's break it down into steps. Here are the items you will need and steps to create an easy 4th of July tabletop decorations.
- Table linens or runner (neutral or red, white or blue)
- Flag Centerpiece (mini stick flags, vase frame, jars and babies breath flowers)
- Place setting (white and blue dishes, ribbon and flour sack dishtowel)
- Extra patriotic decorations (writing quill feather)
Table Linens or Runner
To begin dressing your red, white, and blue tablescape start with the linens or runner. You can be creative and use anything from scarves to blankets. On this table, I used an easy to sew drop cloth table runner I made last year.
This is an easy sewing project for beginners and it is made for a drop cloth which means it is not expensive to make. It really helps set the foundations for pretty tables.
Now let's add a centerpiece as a focal point.
Every USA table needs a patriotic centerpiece and this table has red white and blue theme written all over it.
Add a glass vase or glass bottles in the center or you can make this farmhouse flower vase holder. Then add white flowers like babies breathe and load it up with little flags.
Here I added some current-day tiny flags and small Betsy Ross flags from 1777 which is the original 13 white stars for states. Adding a little history to the table is fun ways to add a little something extra.
Next, let's talk about perfect place settings. Think about each table setting as something special for each guest. Unlike the centerpiece which is there for everyone, the place settings are personal.
Begin by adding a white plate charger or something for the dishes to sit on. I bought these chargers at Dollar Tree. They originally were gold so I used chalk paint and gave them a thin coat of paint.
Next start stacking dishes. You can use anything that is red, white, and blue or white plates. I pulled out my grandmother's blue and white Currier and Ives. Here is another example of bringing back the old days. These old dishes have vintage designs on them to give users a colonial vibe.
Next, add something special for the silverware like these paper envelopes I found in the dollar spot at Target.
Jazz up your decor by alternating white stripes on the utensil envelopes at one seat and star shape pattern at another. And then make a bow and hot glue it to the envelope to give it another extra special touch.
Once you have your envelopes set add your everyday flatware or cute wooden utensils.
Next place a cloth napkins or paper napkins in the center of the plate and then toss in a red and white stripe ribbon which you can nestle under the dessert bowl or if you look in the photo above you can add a blue one to the seat at the end of the table for much fun.
I actually ran out of red and white stripe ribbons and had some navy blue ribbon on hand. Great ideas come whenever you run into a hurtle like running out of something be creative and look for an alternative. 9 times out of 10 when you are pushed to really be creative it turns out to be a happy accident.
We are almost finished with this 4th of July tablescape. Let's add a few other accessories to finish the look.
I love to add a few favorite items to the table with a little history.
Since we are talking about celebrating our independence and a colonial vibe how about laying on the table smaller pieces like these goose feather quills.
These quills are from our visit to Historic Colonial Williamsburg. My daughters had an opportunity to write with these just like they did when our founding fathers wrote out the declaration of independence.
These feathers add a light and airy feel to the fourth of July decorations but tell a story or give the guest a conversation starter. It is good to add different heights into your table design. These quills play with the height variations.
They were the perfect final touch that added another pop of bright colors and are pretty comfy to sit on if your guest would like to.
Another fun idea is to add a patriotic wreath to your front door. If you look back at my pictures above you will see my wreath on my door in the background.
All these extras are an additional cost but see how they make the whole table design.
Guess what? We are finished with our table and almost ready for party guests.
Isn't this a simple, easy, and cheap 4th of July tablescape design? This July tablescape ideas are great for backyard BBQ parties, dress-up dinners, or just for your family.
In fact, I decided to invite some of my family over to eat some cherry dump cake with me. I didn't want this table to go to waste without some fun.
And my sister's cherry dump cake, which I altered to be dairy and gluten-free, is so delicious! I love to share with friends and family. And guess what I am going to share the recipe with you. Wink smile!
My friend Mel at Flours on my Fingers has posted my gluten-free cherry dump cake recipe on her site. The recipe looks so yummy on her site. Go see for yourself this delicious and easy recipe.
Another fun treat to serve is fresh strawberries in your berry bowls. Strawberries are the perfect fourth of July treat.
I hope you have enjoyed this July 4th tablescape that has a little colonial history. If you do a table for the holidays let me know. I love to see your designs and share them on my Instagram.
Here are more ideas for decorating for patriotic holidays:
- Patriotic decor using red, white and blue
- American flag decoration ideas
- Patriotic Picnic Decor Ideas
Next year I have a feeling we will be bringing out Grandma's ironstone again with a whole new patriotic party twist. If there is a next time I hope it will be full of tablescape inspirations.
So what do you think about setting your table for the 4th of July? Comment what you are thinking for a patriotic centerpiece.