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Stars and Stripes Forever Patriotic Tablescape

Stars and Stripes Forever Patriotic Tablescape

Hello dear friends! Can you believe the Fourth of July is just two weeks away? If you are looking for all-American decorating inspiration, then you have come to the right place! I am so excited to be joining my friend Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate and several other talented bloggers for the Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop that has been going on all this week. You can find links to each blogger’s creative tables below.  I love decorating with red, white and blue for patriotic holidays. Today I am sharing my “Stars and Stripes Forever” tablescape. Take a look!


cute patriotic decorating ideas Fourth of July vignette

Last month I shared a Farmhouse Fourth of July Vignette in the dining room which featured the styled basket centerpiece that I am still using on our farm table. To create the centerpiece I started with a pretty French farmhouse style basket and added a beautiful antique ironstone platter with a blue design. For the the main focal point I filled a vintage ironstone pitcher with greenery, patriotic Dollar Tree daisies, and mini-American flags.  A smaller ironstone pitcher holds sparklers, while a repurposed pickle jar holds festive paper straws for family and guests who prefer to drink their iced cold Coca-cola with straws.





For my Stars and Stripes Forever tablescape I kept the same linen runner topped with American flags as a faux mini runner on each side of the basket , candlesticks and moss spheres, and the placemats that I shared in my Farmhouse Fourth of July Vignette post.  I have since moved the little olive bucket to another vignette in the living room. Instead I used a vintage coffee can with patriotic colors on the left side of the table.





My favorite vintage style Uncle Sam is a fun and festive addition to the right side of the table.



For textural and visual interest (and a little more farmhouse flair) I draped a red grain striped dish towel across the basket. Strawberries are a favorite summer treat around our home, (we always have fresh strawberries on the Fourth of July) so I included a pretty ceramic basket of faux strawberries on the right side of the table and left a couple in the centerpiece. Since the Fourth of July is America’s “birthday” I included a cute vintage box of birthday candles.



I also added a vintage croquet ball to the centerpiece. Every summer I include colorful croquet balls somewhere in my indoor or outdoor decor. The ones I used for the Fourth of July are from a 1920’s set that belonged to my Great Grandmother.


To create a full patriotic tablescape I simply added a few more decorative items to the basket centerpiece and on each end of the table. I also added napkins, chargers, and plates. In lieu of glasses at each setting I filled my blue toile de jouy lined whitewashed basket with ice cold Coca-Cola bottles. As I was setting the table I realized that I was using a lot of stripes through my place mats, napkins and American flags. Since I am a musician I am always thinking in song, so I decided to name today’s tablescape after the famous John Philip Sousa march that is always played on the Fourth of July—The Stars and Stripes Forever. 



The tablescape ties right in with the fun vintage “Stars and Stripes Forever” vignette I styled on top of the antique chest that I just moved into the corner of the dining room a couple of days ago.


I will be sharing more about some dining room changes and this fun little patriotic vignette in an upcoming post.



I am loving my new off white place mats with red, white and blue stripes that I found at AC Moore for less than $2.00 each. The off white which matches so well in our dining room with the creamy wall color and furnishings. At each place setting I used burlap chargers and my antique Haviland ironstone dinner plates and salad plates. The red ticking stripe napkins are actually paper but they are really thick and even in real life it is hard to tell they are paper. I didn’t have four matching blue or red transferware saucers so I used mismatched pretty vintage saucers at each one.



Meissen “Blue Onion” Old Vienna Ironstone~ Wood & Sons, Burslem, England


I decided not to add any utensils to the tablescape, since we really won’t be eating here on the Fourth of July. Grilled turkey burgers and messy, juicy watermelon will be enjoyed outdoors on the patio.



At two of the place settings I used the two pretty unmarked, vintage strawberry plates that I just scored at an estate sale on Saturday for $1.00 each. I love them!





I actually thought I had four of these Royal Essex “Shakespere’s Country” vintage saucers but I had confused them with another set in my stash, so unfortunately I passed on some of these dishes at the estate sale on Saturday. Oh well, it just gives me something else to hunt for more on my summer junkin’ adventures.



Even though I haven’t drunk soda in over thirty years for health reasons, I still remember the taste of an ice cold Coca-Cola, and it just wouldn’t be summer without Coke! Once guests have helped themselves to a coke, one of the empty bottles can be kept aside for the bottle rockets in the jar in the centerpiece.



I didn’t have a basket liner to fit this basket, so to protect it from the ice I stuck a couple of small glass baking dishes down in it and filled those with ice and then added the bottles.


Even though we will be picnicking outside on Independence Day, there is plenty of extra seating in the dining room for friends and family who want to stay cool while sipping their coke or lemonade.


The whole dining room is decked out for the holiday! To see more be sure to check back next week when I share my Stars and Stripes Forever vintage vignette.


Stars and Stripes Forever Patriotic Tablescape


I hope you were inspired by my Stars and Stripes Forever patriotic tablescape! Now it’s time to continue this fun tablescape hop! Next up is my sweet friend Katherine at Katherine’s Corner. Don’t forget to check out all the beautiful posts via the links below.


Have a Happy Fourth Of July!




Corner of Plaid and Paisley | Red Cottage Chronicles | a casa di Bianca Bluesky at Home


Everyday Living | Life and Linda | Home is Where the Boat Is Living With Thanksgiving


White Arrows Home | The Painted Apron | Me and My Captain | Panoply


My Family Thyme Celebrate and Decorate | Darviny | Intelligent Domestications


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  • Reply Mary

    Amber, You are master at layering and adding vintage charm! I adore all the patriotic touches in your home, especially the sweet “Stars and Stripes Forever” vignette with the paper hat and 4th of July ephemera. As always it’s a treat to blog hop with you! ♥

    June 21, 2019 at 6:46 am
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Super, super array of patriotic swag, Amber! Oh my, that vignette on the chest in the dining room is amazing (love the ephemera!). Your tablescape is just as great, and I am digging those placemats and your aged “whites” throughout. I totally forgot I have an Uncle Sam much like yours – out of sight, out of mind since the move! Great job, Amber, love this entire room’s theme.

    June 21, 2019 at 7:15 am
  • Reply bonnie morgan

    Amber, I am amazed at the vintage birthday candles and love your great grandmother’s crochet balls. from the 1920’s!
    Your patriotic vignette on your table and all around the room is creative and festive!
    Have a Happy 4th. I so enjoy these blog hops and is it a treat to read your post.

    June 21, 2019 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Cecilia

    Amber, as always, I love all of your vintage accents but that little coffee tin arrangement is my favorite! Such a treat to be joining you for the hop this week! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

    June 21, 2019 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Chloe

    I always love a visit to your home, Amber. Your vintage accents are such treasures!! I love it all but I really am a little envious of those vintage croquet balls. Those are even more of a treasure since they belonged to your great grandmother. My grandparents had a big level croquet court cut into their sloped yard. I hadn’t thought of that until this post. I miss them so much. Your Uncle Sam is perfect to be looking over your table and the placemats are reminiscent of french flour sack design incorporating both red and blue stripes! Bravo! Thank you for joining again and for all of the work you put into the hops you host! I look forward to joining your hops again in the future!

    June 21, 2019 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Kari at Me and My Captain

    What a nostalgic display Amber….I LOVE anything vintage and every where I look, something beautiful appears. You are right about the red and white napkins….I thought they were cloth!!! So pretty,….and I agree with the vignette on the chest!!!!!! the 1945 program and sheet music, etc ephemera is so wonderful for a 4th of July remembrance. And of course my favorite coke cola is always a must at Patriotic picnics…even though I, as you do…try to stay away from too many sodas… but there is always an exception at a picnic. Oh, and I adore Uncle Sam!
    I love your musical influence to these blog hops and always look forward to what new delights you will share.

    June 21, 2019 at 10:35 am
  • Reply Tania

    I love this Amber! My favorites are the sparklers in the little pitcher and the croquet balls!


    June 21, 2019 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Cindy

    Amber still loving all your touches. I can’t believe the placemats and the price. A.C. Moore bit the dust for the most part in NJ. Your dish choices are perfect to and you have amazing collections. Where do you store it all?

    Have a super weekend.


    June 21, 2019 at 10:45 am
  • Reply Linda

    Hi amber, I have to say, your vintage vignette is stunning. Nothing says Americana than coca cola. Love the sparklers and your lovely pitcher of flowers with flags. Uncle Sam is awesome. The dish stack is so pretty. The place mats are perfect. Such a fun table to enjoy.

    June 21, 2019 at 6:56 pm
  • Reply Jenna

    Oh Amber, I love the feel of Americana your table and room has! The Uncle Sam figurine is wonderful, the vintage plates are beautiful, and stars and stripes everywhere! I love especially the extra touches that really make it feel like a USA family, the croquet ball, field daisies, and of course sparklers! It’s all utterly charming, three cheers for the red, white and blue!

    June 22, 2019 at 8:33 am
  • Reply Maureen

    Oh my goodness Amber! I love everything about this table. Makes this Canadian girl want to sit in on a 4th of July celebration! Your ‘centerpiece’ with the flowers, farmhouse and vintage touches is perfection! The coke bottles on ice is such a nice touch. The crochet balls from your great-grandmothers set are not only festive, but so precious too! What fun this week has been sharing in our patriotic styles!

    June 22, 2019 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Pam Richardson

    Amber, I am always amazed at your vintage finds and how you incorporate them into tablescapes and vignettes! I love all of the layers, textures, and colors that you add to a room and that you always include your love of music. I should be more intentional about that. The vintage Uncle Sam is so perfect. It is a sweet pleasure to blog hop with you!

    June 22, 2019 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    Oh my goodness, another amazing table my cherished friend. Your talents are beyond the stars! Or in this case the stars and stripes. Truly, you know I tend to gush a bit about how incredibly talented you are. I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to take a trip “junkin'” with you. You have such a terrific eye for just what puts it all together. Your Uncle Sam is a fun addition to your wonderful patriotic table too. I am blown away ( pun intended) by your vintage birthday candles…wow! Love it all sweet Amber it’s a joy to be on the hop with you xox

    June 23, 2019 at 8:06 am
  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, I would love to shop your tablescape. I looked for an Uncle Sam, but couldn’t find one. I’ll just have to keep on the hunt. Love all the vintage elements that you have. Croquet ball ~ brilliant idea! The vintage sparkler packages in the white pitcher is so 4th of July. Loved your table and Pinned.

    June 23, 2019 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Pat

    Hooray for the Red, White, Blue & You!
    I love this patriotic tablescape!
    The vintage Uncle Sam, the basket filled with bottles of Coke~Cola,
    Trayscape and the fabric wreath are such festive design elements!
    Thank you for sharing!

    June 23, 2019 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I love everything Amber! I especially love your Stars and Stripes Forever vignette! So wonderful! I always linger over your photos taking in all the treasures you bring together so beautifully! I love the basket centerpiece and all the meanings behind what you gathered together. Your dishes are gorgeous! Always so fun to hop with you!

    June 26, 2019 at 1:44 am
  • Reply Sarah

    Chloe, not sure how I missed this earlier, but I’m here now. You did a fantastic job with the table, the styled bench, and all the patriotic vignettes. You are a girl after my own heart. Love using my patriotic things during the summer months to style our home. I often laugh saying it looks like an Uncle Sam convention here. Happy 4th of July!

    June 28, 2019 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Beautiful inspiration and I just had to pin that cute coffee can! Thanks so much for sharing your post on Tuesday Turn About!

    June 29, 2019 at 2:46 pm
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    This is darling. I love it.

    July 1, 2019 at 8:06 pm
  • Reply Lynne

    Amber, I love visiting and everything about your patriotic dining room. You have done a fabulous job…from your creative centerpiece to the patriotic vignettes! It all has come together beautifully!

    July 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm
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