Summer is my favorite season. Not just because the weather is warm and I can spend time outdoors, but because I enjoy summer entertaining. Let’s face it. It’s easier to host a gathering outside. Easy cleanup and no messy house to straighten up later? Yes, please. Even though I host outdoors, I still like cute decor. Our annual 4th of July party gives me a chance to use all of the 4th of July Tablescape ideas I have floating around in my head. I’ve tried to capture simple ideas with a big impact. Of course, if they make it easy for me to relax and enjoy the party, then bonus points for me!
This is a partnered post with Oriental Trading. All opinions are my own.
4th of July Tablescape Ideas
1. Layer different patterns and colors. I didn’t have matching table linens but wanted a red, white and blue theme. I used a white tablecloth for the base. I topped it with a blue table runner and then added a red gingham checked pillowcase for interest. To find low-cost linens, check out thrift stores and after holiday clearance sales. If you prefer not to have the hassle of cloth, you can use plastic tablecloths like the one we used on our serving table.
2. Mix and Match. I didn’t have a matching set of china for my table so I mixed and matched different pieces. I also noticed several of my linen napkin sets were missing. Once again, it was mix and match to the rescue. Use your choice of any plates and dessert plates in red, white or blue. Try to stick to a basic theme. I used different blue and white dinner plates and then topped the plates with dessert plates in a solid color of red or blue. Layer the pieces, using contrasting colors, and top with a napkin and silverware.
3. Set up a serving table. Make the party easy on yourself by setting up a “self-serve” buffet style table. Depending on what we serve, I set out the meat, bread, side dishes, and condiments on one table and make a separate dessert bar on another table. A red and white striped plastic tablecloth and paper 4th of July dessert dishes look patriotic and save hours on cleanup time after the party. The self-serve design means everyone can help themselves to as much as they want without anyone having to pass dishes or get up to serve them.
4. Have all supplies together in advance. Nothing ruins a party for me more than having to continuously run to get items from the kitchen while everyone else sits and chats. I used a cute 4th of July Patriotic Utensil Holder to store any cooking utensils we’d need for the grill, extra napkins, and extra silverware. They were easy for everyone to find and keep me from “getting one more fork” or “grabbing a spatula from the kitchen.”
5. Make a centerpiece. I love to have fresh greenery on the table. I made a simple centerpiece using an Americana Decorative Pail. I filled it with potting soil, adding a red and white striped petunia I found on sale and some Patriotic Fruit Kabob Sticks to add interest. It’s the perfect centerpiece. Note: If you use a plant for a centerpiece don’t get one that is so tall it blocks the view and makes conversation difficult.
6. Use accent pieces. My patio is usually decorated in “summer chic,” but I needed something to say, “Hey! It’s the 4th of July!” My quick and easy solution? I used a large Americana Decorative Pail I filled with succulents to place on a side table. To add to the festivities I placed outdoor Patriotic pillows in each of the chairs around my table.
Want to find supplies for your 4th of July celebration? I found the pillows, tablecloth, dessert plates, Americana Decorative Pails, Patriotic Fruit Kabob Sticks, and Patriotic Utensil Holder at Oriental Trading. They have a large selection of 4th of July goodies. For low-cost plants check the clearance section of your local gardening center.
What is your favorite 4th of July decorating tip?