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!
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.
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!