Who doesn’t love an all-American party to celebrate July 4th? However, just because you want to celebrate the most patriotic day of the year doesn’t mean you have to decorate with stars and flags everywhere . . . and that’s what I’ve done with this 4th of July party. More versatile than just a one-day event, this table uses red, white and blue, but in a chic and subtle way, that can be used all summer long.
By using two table runners on each side instead of one down the middle, it presents a more uniform look. I still used placemats and chargers, but I love how the runners evoke length on the table setting – a trick I learned from my pal Holliday of Home With Holliday.
I’m all for stars and stripes for a patriotic party, but wanted to do something a bit different this year. I elevated the theme by skipping the iconic, typical items and chose more subtle decor.
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Place Setting for a 4th of July Party
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If you wonder why I use hydrangeas so much in my table scapes, it’s for a few reasons:
- They are a very large bloom, so they take a up a lot of space in a vase
- They can be cut relatively low so that they don’t obstruct the view of guests across the table
- They tend to be inexpensive, so are very economical for a table setting
- They’re available in m any colors, from white, green, pink, blue and purple
4th of July Party Touches
Who doesn’t love a refreshing glass of sangria in the summer? When I found these pre-made bottles of red and white sangria at World Market, I almost fell over . . . and the polka dots in red and white couldn’t have fit in better with my theme!
Adding new pillows to your table helps complete your setting – even if it’s just the end chairs, which is what I do. Not a big investment for a fun change!
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What I Wore
I like pieces that I can dress up or down, and this caftan fits the bill! Great as a cover-up at the pool, or for dinner with a pair of dressy sandals, I’m taking this one on our summer travels for sure! Shop a similar caftan dress here:
If you’re set on using flags and stars for your party, check out my post last year, A Fourth of July Fete. Happy 4th of July wherever you celebrate!
Holliday Johnson says
Those bottles of sangria are everything! And, of course, I love how you used the table runners!! XO Gorgeous table, my friend!
All thanks to you – I remember when I first saw how you did this with table runners- it was brilliant!
Barbara at Mantel and Table says
Gorgeous table and I love the subtle patriotic colors! 😉 Great ideas all around – thanks!