I created this festive 4th of July table setting with you in mind.
I wanted it to be easy for you to copy.
A tablescape that you can easily recreate yourself.
After all, that’s the purpose of this site; to create table settings that inspire you, and you can copy.
I want you to feel that creating an attractive table is fun and not intimidating.
That you can easily do it.
Sometimes you just need a little spark of inspiration, and that’s where I come in.
That little spark.
Something you see on my table that you too can do.
I don’t use expensive dishes or hard-to-find decor.
(I don’t have that kind of budget, lol!)
Besides, these table settings are meant to be inexpensive and attractive.
For this festive 4th of July table setting, I wanted to share with you a patriotic tablescape that’s classy with a little whimsy.
I think it works and looks fantastic.
And I know that you too can easily recreate it.
Just follow along below…
How to Create a Festive Fourth of July Table Setting
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When you’re creating a table setting, often times you will start with an inspiration piece.
Something that inspires you. Something to use as a jumping-off point for everything else.
It’s what you build the whole table setting around.
For this tablescape, the dishes used were my inspiration.
I found them recently at the local thrift store, and I was anxious to use them.
Since they’re white, with blue details, they were perfect for a festive 4th of July table.
*Note: this July 4th table setting can easily use white dishes instead, and will look just as cute.
Step 1: Select the foundation for your patriotic July 4th table setting
When you’re just planning your 4th of July table setting, it’s best to start by selecting the foundation piece.
Are you gonna use placemats, a table runner, or a tablecloth? Or maybe nothing at all?
Think about the colors you will be using and the overall look you’re wanting to achieve.
Will that foundation item support and/or enhance your vision?
For this festive fourth of July tablescape, I chose a blue tablecloth as the foundation piece.
I picked it because I could see it would look great with the dishes that inspired me.
I didn’t need the tablecloth to be the focal point of the table. Really, it would be supporting the colors and look of the elements on it.
Step 2: Create a festive 4th of July centerpiece
Once you have selected your foundation piece and placed it on your tabletop, it’s time to create a centerpiece that supports your festive 4th of July theme.
One thing with a patriotic table setting is that colors are already dictated.
Since this is for the 4th of July, this would be a patriotic red, white, and blue tablescape.
With the tablecloth being blue, I thought a red vase with red flowers would look good.
Originally, I went to the store looking for Gerber daisies. But then I saw the peonies ~ WOW!
They were gorgeous!
I’ve never seen deep red peonies like these, and I HAD to have them.
Aren’t they breath-taking in the red vase?
Then I just added the sweet white bulb flowers to break up the red a little.
Because the goal of this table setting is to be classy, with a little whimsy, I added two blue ceramic trucks to the centerpiece.
One on each side of the flowers.
I found the trucks at an estate sale for super cheap. I love their old style and the color goes perfectly on the tablecloth.
To boost the fun factor, and create visual interest in the centerpiece, I added diy paper fireworks and small American flags inside the truck beds.
SO freak’n cute!
*There is a link at the bottom with the diy instructions for the paper fireworks along with July 4th decoration.
Step 3: Arrange your Fourth of July table place setting
After you have completed your centerpiece (and looked at it from all angles, to ensure it’s attractive from every direction), it’s time to set out the place settings for your festive Fourth of July tablescape.
When you think about your place settings ~ think about the colors to use in your layers.
Start with either a placemat or a charger plate that is a different color than your plates, and also goes with the color theme.
Seeing as this is a red, white and blue table setting, using those colors in the place setting makes sense.
However, I chose to start with light cream placemat.
Are you questioning why I didn’t use a white one? After all, that’s what you’d think.
But I chose the light cream, as I already knew I’d be using some super cute and easy napkin rings I’d just diy’d.
They were light cream and blue striped.
So the light cream placemat would pick up the color in the napkin rings and make the whole place setting cohesive.
On top of the placemat, I added a red charger that I’d found at Dollar Tree. Then I added my newly found white and blue dishes.
Don’t you love the layering of light cream, red, white and blue?
Next was adding the flatware, glasses, and then the matching blue napkin with my easy diy napkin ring.
Whadda ya think?
It’s something you can easily replicate, isn’t it?
In fact, if you have plain white dishes, I snapped a pic using them instead of the pretty ones I used.
See how the red, white, and blue place setting still looks awesome.
After you add the rest of your place settings to the festive July 4th table setting, step back and take a look.
Doesn’t it look great?!
Step 4: Additional 4th of July table decor
When you stepped back and looked at your table, did you feel it needed anything else?
Or did you feel it was perfect and adding any other 4th of July table decor would just be too much?
When I looked at my table, I felt it needed a little something in the middle of the table. That the centerpiece could use something more.
But not a lot, just something small.
So I made two blue paper rosettes out of wrapping paper that was the same color as my tablecloth.
I placed one on each side of the red vase.
Yep, that’s what my table setting needed.
It needed the red to be broken up a little. To add a little more patriotic table decor.
Now my festive Fourth of July table setting was complete.
And I love the results!
It’s not crazy over the top.
It’s classy with a little whimsy.
Perfect for celebrating the 4th of July.
Making the Table Ready for Food Dishes
Now, when you were looking at the table setting, did you feel the flowers would get in the way of guests seeing each other, or question where the food would go?
The solution is easy=peasy…
When it’s time to eat, simply move the flowers to a buffet table or kitchen island.
That clears up the middle of the table, so you can put food dishes down, and your guests can see each other.
Plus the table still looks festive for the 4th of July. Yay!