Hi Folks! Have you started getting things ready for this holiday weekend? With our house already dressed in red, white, and blue, I think it will be pretty simple to be ready for the 4th here, but if you are looking for some inspiration, I have pulled together all of our past 4th of July tables and quite a few others for some holiday eye candy here today. 🙂
Our porch table is currently dressed in red, white, and blue gingham.
And the dining room has gingham napkins tied up with striped ribbon atop a striped plate
Last year’s dining room had an ice-cream theme going on with wooden ice-cream spoons for name tags…
and an assortment of ice cream supplies together for the centerpiece.
A couple of years ago, our porch table was set with red plates topped with sparklers, matches, and bags that held a Coke, straw, flag, peanuts, and a linen napkin. (DIY instructions for the bag here.)
Last year’s porch table had white plates, a red printed napkin, and a bucket that held items needed for a barbeque. (See the post here for more info.)
And now for some wonderful tables out in blogland. 🙂
Those same blue print Target napkins from above showed up atop plates and used as a runner on this 4th of July breakfast table. That red print is a pretty fabric hemmed up for a tablecloth.
Here is another breakfast table for the 4th. Aren’t those bright blue polka dot placemats so cheerful?!
I love them and those precious cupcake wrappers holding the muffins.
It seems that I am not alone in using buckets on my holiday table. Take a peek at these clever ideas.
Heidi used a navy star bucket as a vase for the flowers on her 4th of July table.
No buckets are here on this next one, but it has fans that are perfect for the table. 🙂
Martha uses wrapped sparklers for a holiday touch on her table. (And is it just me, or do those flowers remind you of fireworks?)
Last year’s Pottery Barn table had star plates with sparklers and patriotic matches.
Perhaps you just want to use your napkins as the decorative element for the table setting. Here are a few lovely ideas.
Bandannas work perfectly with an easy-to-make napkin ring. 🙂
The napkin rings here are striped ribbon and large buttons.
A napkin assortment dresses this table with its charming red and white buffalo check table cover.
Isn’t this use of trivia cards so clever for the 4th?
Or maybe you want to go beyond the napkins, and think about using something on your guest’s chair. Kathryn Greeley tied on a flag towel as a gift for her guests.
Another pretty chair is at this party on Lake Oconee. The colors are more subtle. The whole event is gorgeous, so be sure to click on the link for this one. (The food is fabulous there as well! 🙂 )
Or maybe you are a fan of the “less is more” philosophy. How about white dishes, clear bottles, and a few flags? Classic simplicity.
If you are hosting a buffet style party…maybe a covered dish meal, you might like this set up.
You could even set up a station with patriotic supplies for decorating a bicycle for a 4th of July parade (or just for fun. 🙂 )
So whether your event is large…
I hope you have found some ideas here that you can use for your holiday entertaining. 🙂
And just to let you know, we have had NO internet for over 10 days now. 🙁 At first we thought it was caused by all the new electric line construction going on around our house, but it didn’t improve. So we called our provider. They checked and said the problem was on our end. My husband has tried to pinpoint the problem here but has had no luck. I told him this morning to just go buy new whatever it takes. A blogger cannot live without internet! (Can you tell I am frustrated??) So I am currently writing this in a local coffee shop- but I don’t think I can make this my permanent office! 🙂
Anyway, I wanted you to know why the posts have been so scarce the last 10 days. (And by the way, the tables here in the coffee shop are definitely not ready for the 4th. Perhaps I should tell them to read this post. LOL) Anyway, I hope you have fun getting ready for the 4th. We’d love to hear what you have planned, so please tell us about it in the comments.
Hope to be back soon!
(Fingers crossed here. 🙂 )