Summer tablescape styled in screened in porch for Labor Day.

Tips to Style a Labor Day Tablescape

Labor Day Tablescape Inspiration

As we are approaching the last few days of August, we cannot ignore the fact that Summer is closing in on us!  If you live in the south, you know that we can not base the seasons on temperatures alone.  Otherwise, summer may never end!  We have to use events like ‘Back to School,’ the release of Starbuck’s  ‘pumpkin spice latte’ and Labor Day to tell us that Fall is on its way! Yes, the PSL is currently available at Starbucks!  I think I will hold off on that till Texas actually goes from ‘sweat weather’ to ‘sweater weather.’

Consequently, I want to share one more red, white and blue tablescape idea with y’all to honor the American workers for Labor Day.  It will be a great way to celebrate the end of summer with a backyard barbecue with friends and family. This American holiday tablescape is actually styled by my mother in law, Martha, using ideas from one of our previous July 4th tablescapes. Martha’s screened-in back porch looks amazing, so I had to share it with y’all!  I hope it inspires your next Labor Day tablescape too!


Collect what you love!  Then, use what you have! 

If you find something that you absolutely love, buy it! A good set of white dishes goes a long way. However, don’t be afraid to layer additional patterns and colors of plates or linens! If you want to mix your fine china and everyday dishes, or even paper plates, do it. If you want to mix your vintage transfer ware with new, outdoor melamine dishes, do it. If you want to mix polka dots, checkered patterns with floral prints, do it!  First, read these tips to learn how we mixed patterns for the table setting here!

Sources: Pottery Barn chargers, Ikea white dinner plates, Pier 1 red melamine plates & checkered napkins, vintage transferware, and HEB star plates.


Create a focal point.  Then, go over the top!

First, create a fun centerpiece as the focal point on your Labor Day tablescape.  A footed wooden riser adds height and sets the rest of the table apart.  However, a long cutting board or tray would work well, too.  A collection of blue and white vases, pitchers and candlesticks pulls the eye through out the table.  Think of items that you have in multiples of that you could group together to make a statement. For example, this could a collection of white milk glass vases or brass candlesticks.  In addition, mini flags, floral stems and metallic foil decorations are an inexpensive touch to decorate for patriotic and American holidays.

Next, go over the top with your decorations.  For example, a large glass vase on the buffet table is filled with lots of red and white faux florals to create a ‘wow factor’ when guests arrive.  The size of this display is impressive, but you could accomplish that will contrasting color or pattern, too.

Set the mood.  Then, have fun!

You can set the mood of a room by using a similar color theme and decor throughout the space!  By incorporating a bucket of red, white and blue pillows, and styling the buffet table, this screened in porch screams summer time!  The entire room is not only festive but welcoming, too.  Therefore, don’t forget to add a few holiday or seasonal touches throughout the entire room. Life isn’t about having a Pinterest perfect home; it is about using what you have to create a welcoming atmosphere for family and friends!


Thank you for stopping by the Cuter Tudor Blog! Please save this blog post to your summer tablescape Pinterest board, or share on Facebook!  You never know who you may help inspire to ‘set the table!’ Most importantly, I hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

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