Ten Inspiring July 4th Decorated Tables

Ten Inspiring July 4th Decorated Tables

Summer is officially here! So, I am sharing a few of my favorite patriotic July 4th tablescapes from Pinterest. Plus, what I love about each! I hope that they inspire you to set the table, too! 

 

Vintage Inspired July 4th Tablescape 

  • Vintage blue and white Chinoiserie style plates, candlesticks and vases 
  • Gingham ribbon tied onto crystal glasses 
  • Warm wood toned chargers and riser as centerpiece 

See more of my most pinned table and tips to mix patterns, here. 

 

Casual Red, White and Blue Tablescape 

  • Outdoor friendly melamine dishes with galvanized chargers
  • Lanterns with battery operated candles as centerpiece 
  • Stacked cake stands serve as dessert tray 

Check out all the details of this July 4th table, here. 

 
 

Red, lots of White and Blue Tablescape 

  • Layers of red and blue mixed with lots of white to simplify 
  • Citronella candles to keep the bugs away and set the ambience 

 

 Farmhouse Fresh Table 

  • Simple white dishes mixed with an abundance of American flags 
  • Fresh cherries in bowls at each place setting 
  • Liz Marie’s entire dining room is gorgeous… those chandeliers 

 

Southern Inspired July 4th Table

  • Blue mason jars filled with white hydrangeas and American flags
  • Paper details at each place setting from Hester & Cook… charger, menu, personalized tags
  • Blue and white gingham wrapping paper as table runner

 

 

 Coastal Inspired Table Decor 

  • Natural woven chargers and wood beads 
  • Baskets of red berries, white dishes and blue striped linens

Photo by Taryn Whiteaker 

 

Traditional July 4th Centerpiece 

  • Wicker basket of geraniums and American flags 
  • Checkered tablecloth and layers of red, white and blue dishes and linens

 

Red, White and Blue Outdoor Tablescape 

  • American flag banner used as table runner 
  • Galvanized trays, chargers for outdoor serving 
  • Fruit filled lanters for utensils, candles… 

 

Country Living Inspired Table Decor

  • Layered vintage tablecloths on a picnic table 
  • Vintage canisters filled with fresh flowers 
  • Mason jars for candles and drinking 

 

Thanks for stopping by the blog, y’all! I hope you are having a great summer. You can find some July 4th dessert ideas, here!

If you are looking for more red, white and blue inspiration, check out my patriotic Pinterest boards. For instance, I have a board for July 4th tablescapes, DIYs, decor and recipes.  Come pin with me! 

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!

July 4th Tablescape Tips that Transcend any Holiday

Red, White and Blue Tablescape Tips

July 4th Ideas that Transcend any Holiday

Recently, I was featured on the local news, KWTX Channel in Waco, Texas with journalist Julie Hays to share easy holiday decorating tips for the fourth of July.  Being on LIVE television is way out of my comfort zone. However, I truly believe our purpose is to share our passion, talents, and knowledge with others! 

These ideas transcend any holiday or party theme. Simply, change the colors and patterns that you use.  

Here’s the video if you want to check it out:

 

Here’s my display set up at the KWTX studio before I went live!

And here are the holiday tips that I shared to make your holidays more festive!

 

1. Use craft supplies to dress up your dinnerware!

I always recommend buying your serving pieces and dinnerware in simple colors like white, clear glass or galvanized metal for summer entertaining, so that they work with any style.  With a few simple supplies like paper and ribbons, you can transform your dishes to match any holiday or party theme.

I will show you a few examples, but the possibilities are endless!

I collect a variety of sizes of white cake stands.  These mini cake stands are from the Target Dollar Spot and are perfect for cupcakes at each place setting or adding height to a centerpiece.  You can use wrapping paper, craft papers, scrapbook paper or even fabric.  When you are done, just toss the paper and clean up is easy.

  • Use the top as a template to trace the top of the cake stand onto the paper.
  • Cut the paper according to your lines.
  • Use a glue dot or double sided adhesive square on the back of the paper.
  • Adhere to the tray or cake stand to hold in place.

 

Adding patterned paper to your trays is a quick and affordable way to get holiday themed dishes.

 

Each of these trays below are lined with removable material.  The ticking stripe paper is actually wrapping paper cut to hide a Christmas themed tray.  The American flag print is actually a plastic placemat cut down to size.

 

Ribbon is another way to dress up your jars, especially for candy or dessert bars.

 

Even stickers can make containers festive for casual parties and holiday get togethers.

 

2. Create a treat for guests, especially the kids.

You can put treats at each place setting on the table or at the dessert bar for guests to take home!  It is a fun way to thank guests for coming or keep kids entertained.  Mason jars are great for storing edible treats or making a S’mores kit!  I found small packages of graham crackers and marshmallows at the grocery store that fit right in the jar.  Add chocolate and roasting sticks, and dress it up with ribbon!  These will wow guests and add a pop of color to the table.

Metal buckets, mini crates or berry baskets are available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Target for around $1.  When planning for a party, I like to get candy that reminds me of the holiday or event, or with candy or wrappers that match the color theme, like these red and blue airheads candy.  For a goodie bag, get items that match your theme.  For the July 4th bucket, I included sunglasses, sparklers, glow bracelets, mini flags, and candy.  I lined the bucket with a paper napkin in a flag print – easy and inexpensive.

 

3. Crates or caddies are great for rounding up your supplies.

Vintage tool boxes, galvanized metal caddies and wooden crates can hold everything you need for casual outdoor dining and look great as a unique centerpiece.  Galvanized metal caddies can be found at Sam’s, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and most home decor stores.  Find one of kind vintage boxes at antique or junk stores.  This trick works great when the get together is casual, so you aren’t setting the table ahead of time you  or you aren’t sure how many guests are coming.  It is easy for guests to grab what they need when they need it. Easy hosting!  If you have older kids, it is easy to fill a crate for the kitchen island so kids can help themselves to snacks during summer.

 

 

Crates and caddies are handy to hold your paper products, utensils, chargers, cups, straws, and extra linens.  Whether you are heading to the backyard for a barbecue or to the lake for a picnic, it keeps everything together.

 

Love Pinterest like I do? Please share this to your Pinterest board. 

Then, follow my July 4th Pinterest board for lots of red, white and blue desserts, DIYs, decor.

Summer Tablescape Ideas Blog Hop

Welcome to the summer tablescape ideas blog hop!  Today, I am sharing some July 4th tablescape inspiration!  Then, I hope you check out the rest of the summer tablescape blog hop!  There are so many beautiful outdoor spaces and summery tablescapes linked at the bottom of this post!
Summer time is for making memories, being adventurous, & spending time outdoors.  It means sippin’ sweet lemonade or iced tea on a hot, sunny day while sitting on the back porch with friends.  It’s great for chasing down the ice cream truck or fireflies at dusk.  Right in the middle of summer, we celebrate July 4th, which is a perfect time for a backyard barbecue, seafood broil, or grilling burgers & hot dogs with family & friends.  These are some of my favorite tips to style your July 4th tablescape.

Summer Tablescape Tips

This summer tablescape works beautifully on your outdoor patio or a picnic table at the lake!  I have rounded up everything you will need to make your July 4th table fun, festive and kid friendly.

Galvanized Caddy!  Caddies come in all shapes and sizes and are available everywhere from Sam’s Club or Amazon.com to home decor stores.  These organizational crates make it easy to store dishes and utensils or carry indoor items outdoors.
 
Melamine Dishes! Melamine dishes are so much sturdier than paper plates, easy to care for and come in so many fun colors and patterns.  Pier 1 has great melamine dishes in all sorts of fun colors which layer well for a place setting.  You can find fun holiday melamine dishes from the grocery store, Hobby Lobby, Target, Walmart, or online.
Paper Napkins!  Disposable and inexpensive y’all.  You can buy paper napkins to match any holiday or theme and dress up your plain white dishes.
 
White Serving Dishes!  So I have shared this tip before, but white dishes like trays, platters, and bowls work great from casual to fancy dinners depending on what they are paired with.  This tray is actually individually stacked trays.
Mason Jars!  Mason jars with lids work great so drinks do not spill.  Some jars can even be personalized with chalk labels.  Patterned straws or ribbon add to the festive look.
 Gingham Tablecloth! There is nothing that represents a summer picnic better than a red and white gingham checkered tablecloth.  Kid friendly fabrics like vinyl and oil cloth can easily be wiped down or plastic and paper can be disposed of after use.
Flags! Mini flags are the perfect patriotic touch to a tablescape.  You can place them in pots of greenery or bouquets of blue and white hydrangeas, corral them in a mason jar, or place flags at each place setting for guests.  They remind us of our freedoms and are so festive for the summer holidays.
Candles in Lanterns!  Candles are great to keep the party well lit long after the sun goes down.  Try citronella candles to keep the bugs away or flameless candles to prevent any injuries.  Place candles in lanterns for a simple, yet functional centerpiece!
 Holiday Inspired Desserts!  If the hundreds of holiday themed desserts on Pinterest don’t inspire you to make your own, just pick up a few festive desserts at your grocery store or bakery.   Colorful, holiday themed sprinkles can transform any dessert to a festive treat! Create a dessert bar for kids or place desserts on tiered trays in the center of the table for a fun and delicious display.

I hope my list has given you a few ideas to make your next summer get together more fun, more festive and more kid friendly.  Enjoy more ideas and photos below to inspire your July 4th tablescape this summer.  You can never use too many stars and stripes in your summer decor, especially July 4th tablescape.   With Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day,  red, white and blue are my favorite colors to use during summer parties.

Pattern mixing is fun way to add interest to your tablescape or home decor.  You can check out more pattern mixing tips with red white and blue on this blog post, Pattern Mixing Tips for your Summer Table.
If you are stumped for a centerpiece, you can’t go wrong with symmetry; just find two similar items to balance the table. Place a tall tray or bouquet in the center!
I just love anything mini; so cute, right?!  These mini plates work for appetizers or desserts and are perfect for little hands!
Making each place setting special will make your guests feel welcome and look forward to your next summer cookout.  It is all in the details, y’all!
 Thanks for checking out the Cuter Tudor and my July 4th tablescape!  Happy Fourth of July, y’all!

 

 

Check out these summer tablescape ideas from my favorite bloggers below:

Life by Leanna

Charlottes Happy Home

Cuter Tudor

Grace In My Space

Grey Birch Designs

Karlee Bowman

My Georgian Farmhouse

Oak Hill Farms

Selah Pines Farmhouse

DIY Torn Fabric Flag for July 4th

After I made the DIY ticking stripe American flag using a simple stitch, crafting became contagious and I was inspired to make this DIY  torn fabric flag for the summer holidays. The creative process has always been fun to me! Making something from scratch or transforming something old into something that I love always gives me a sense of accomplishment.  I know the 4th of July is all about the red, white and blue, and I love that, but I wanted to create a few simple DIYS to inspire others to make something that works in their decor when you can’t find something in stores that you love.  This DIY torn fabric flag is easy to make and can be altered to make a traditional red, white and blue version or torn fabric banners, as well.

Here’s what I need from the store:

Here’s what I grabbed from the craft room:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Wooden dowel or flat stick
  • White tulle
  • Blue and white twine

I only bought half a yard of each fabric to create a couple of easy summer DIYS!  You can use any color, style or patterns of fabric, ribbons, or string to create your own version of this DIY torn fabric flag. The key is to get a variety of  pattern sizes in the fabric so that they work in unity; the big stars contrasts well with the small ticking strips.  It is also important to get an assortment of textures in the ribbons to create interest; the tulle creates depth and the lace ribbon offers a bit of contrast to the fabric.

To get started, tear fabric into one inch wide strips.  I used the scissors to cut 1/2 inch cuts into the fabric to make tearing the fabric easier.   I used the pattern in the fabric as my guide, cutting on either side of the star, and after every 3 lines in the ticking stripe.  It worked out to be about one inch wide strips.  After you cut into the fabric, tear along the grain of the fabric.  Remove any lose stings.  You may have to pull the fabric strips on both sides to remove any wrinkles caused when the fabric is torn.  The length of the striped fabric strips are about 18 inches long.  The star fabric can be cut at 8 inches in length, but keep one long in length for the top of the flag. Cut your ribbons and string into 18 inch strips as well. I cut the tulle an inch longer… I will share why.

Lay your stars and stripes fabric strips onto the table to get an idea of placement. For the stripes, I spread out about 20 of the fabric strips the width that I wanted the flag to be; it is about 16 inches wide, because I overlapped the strips.  I laid the star fabric about 6 inches in width, and used 6-8 strips, on top of the left side of the flag.  Lay the star fabric over the striped fabric.  Use a 16 inch wooden dowel or a thin piece of scrap wood.  Begin hot gluing the strips of the striped fabric to the entire length of the wood, using overlapping technique to create more depth.

Next, hot glue about 6-8 pieces of the star fabric over the top left side of the striped fabric onto the wood.  I just use a dot of glue in the middle of each piece, leaving the sides unattached so that I can add more ribbon later.

I begin to glue a variety of ribbons and strings to the flag, placing some of the ribbons under the strips and some of the strips of fabric.  I used a lace ribbon, tulle, silk ribbon and blue and white string.

Tie a knot into one end of the tulle and string so that you have a larger section to glue.  Glue and place these into the flag as you like.  I placed the ribbons and string about two inches apart throughout the flag.

 

Come back in with a few of the stars and stripes fabric strips to cover the ribbons.  So that it looks like a flag, you want the fabric strips to be on top.  Lastly, take the star fabric strip and glue across the top of the flag to hide the top of the fabric and ribbon glued to the flag, letting it hang over the ends to hide the wood.

I glued a 20 inch piece of the blue and white twine to the back side of the wood on each side to create a hanger.  I also cut a few of the ribbons under the star fabric strips to its length.  This DIY torn fabric flag is so easy to make.

I used my letter board from Artistic Atmos to spell out a patriotic quote and added it to the mantle. You can get one here!  They are fun to use in holiday and seasonal vignetters or inspire your family daily.

I love how the flags work together to create a unique wall art for the summer months, especially for July 4th which is quickly approaching.  Remember to pin this idea for later!  If you make a DIY torn fabric flag, share it on social media with the hashtag #cutertudored or email it to me at amy@cutertudor.com for a chance to be featured on my instagram stories.  Happy crafting!