Summer’s biggest celebration is almost here, so now’s the perfect time to start planning for a festive 4th of July gathering. Forget the paper plates and disposable napkins and go for something more upscale. Gather some of your favorite tableware and collected pieces and set a pretty vintage patriotic tablescape for America’s favorite holiday.
Wouldn’t it be fun to create a classic-inspired red, white and blue table setting that will surely create a memorable celebration for your friends and family? Mixing and matching your favorite table linens, plates, flatware and glasses are simplified with these five easy to follow steps.
1. Choose your inspiration piece.
An inspiration piece always sets the tone for any gathering. My collection of red and blue transferware plates was my starting point for this vintage patriotic tablescape. Transferware is so easy to mix and match since the various patterns coordinate so well with each other.
To create that perfect red, white and blue look for this table, I used three different sized plates for each place setting and alternated red and blue plates of different sizes for each guest. Vintage transferware plates also look amazing when combined with plain white china or ironstone, so experiment with what you have and create your own unique look!
2. Lay your groundwork.
Tablecloths, runners and placemats lay the groundwork for any pretty table setting. In this instance, I chose a runner with a blue and white ticking pattern. To me, this delicate pattern evokes thoughts of the stripes on the American flag.
In addition to introducing a subtle pattern, runners are a great way to add interest to the table and soften the look of a wood table. A romantic vibe is instantly set for the table just by adding a pretty fabric. And to finish off the groundwork, I chose simple white time-worn napkins.
3. Add natural elements.
Organic materials such as flowers or fruit are important natural elements for any tablescape. Sweet chamomile flowers are inexpensive and easily found at the grocery store. They have the same look as a mini daisy, and when was the last time a daisy didn’t put a smile on your face? These charming little flowers add a bit of whimsy and nostalgia to the table.
If you have the resources at home, forage pretty clippings from your own garden. Oftentimes, I go out to my garden and snip branches and seasonal flowers to add to the table. It’s always surprising to me how just a simple natural element brings the whole table to life.
4. Incorporate vintage details.
Vintage details instantly elevate your table into the “romantic” category. Grandmother’s treasured silverware is happy to make an appearance at the table and quietly recalls festive occasions of days passed. Or perhaps you have a favorite collection of vintage vases or glassware you’d love to share with your guests.
5. Bring together the whole look with a centerpiece.
A centerpiece visually anchors the whole table. Like the cherry on the top of a hot fudge sundae, the middle of the table looks finished when a unique feature is prominently displayed in its center. As you can see, something as simple as a pretty berry tart livens up the table and prepares your guests’ palates for the menu you have planned for them. This little store bought tart was simply embellished with fresh fruit on top and will be sure to please your guests.
Put together complementary accents for the whole room.
Remember to let your personality shine through anytime you’re creating a tablescape. For the patriotic summer timeframe that begins with Memorial Day and ends with Labor Day, look for other fun ways to add a little red, white and blue interest to your dining area. Gathering books from other parts of the house and incorporating them on a sideboard or table is one of my favorite ways to play off the theme of my table setting.
Books are an especially easy way to add color and charm to any room. A plain corner of my dining nook was in need of some color, so three appropriately colored books came to the rescue while at the same time helping to elevate a lovely pitcher of fresh flowers. Just remember to always incorporate things you love and your personal style will shine through.