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The Perfect 4th of July Tablescape

Nothing makes me happier than putting together the perfect party! And, 4th of July is just the holiday to showcase my party-planning passion. Since we recently covered good grilling (what to make and what to use), I thought for Independence Day we’d go over some other aspects of a fun and festive fete. The table you set to entertain is a very important focal point of any get together.

Invitations are the first step and are key in making a good first impression about your soiree. I’m usually opposed to online invites, but I found this amazing app for iPhones and iPads called RedStamp and it’s great – I added my personal pics and customized this email invite right from my phone (which is key for all of you busy momistas out there).

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With the right guest list and tasty food, the fun and fireworks will take care of themselves. All that’s left for you to worry about is the décor! Here are some great ways to set up a standout spread:

Red, White and Blue Tablecloth:

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Round Braided Placemats in Red or Blue:

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Claudia Pearson Summer Plates:

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Red Chain-Link Melamine Plates:

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Here’s another plate option in melamine – which has a more modern look. This one comes in both red and blue, and it would be cute to do every other place setting in alternating colors.

Le Cadeaux’s Polycarbonate Le Fleur Collection in blue or red:

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We carry this fabulously chic yet plastic glassware at InvenTORI.

Food Network Hibiscus Red Flatware Set:


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Rope Melamine Platter:

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These pretty little platters will never go out of style.

Blue-Striped Melamine Serving Bowl:

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Great for chips and salads! Comes in red, too.

Red Bandana Melamine Serving Tray:

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Alphabet Trays:

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I LOVE these alphabet small trays. They’ll be adorable down the middle of your table spelling JULY or your family name! You can also use them as butter dishes or for condiments or dips. After the 4th, they’ll work great to hold soap in your bathroom, keys in your entry way, or your day to day jewelry on your nightstand.

American Flag Napkins:

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Glass Lantern Candle Holders:

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During day you can use these as centerpieces on your table, filled with sand and shells, and when the sun sets put a candle in to light up your table or hang as lanterns from your tree. Instead of candles you can also use small battery operated faux candle lights.

Galvanized Bucket with Handles:

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Love these buckets to hold flatware, napkins, appetizers or even crayons that you can set out for the kids to craft poolside.

Striped Metal Water Tank Dispenser:

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Burger Baskets:

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If your get together is casual, these burger holders are great while lounging poolside!

Ceramic Berry Baskets:

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So excited to find these! I’m obsessed with berry baskets. I always keep the original plastic ones after I get my berries in them on Sundays at our local farmers market. Now here’s the ceramic version! Put some 4th of July red and blue berries in these. Blackberries are my fave but also go for raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries! I love to finely chop mint over them and drizzle on some agave syrup.

Red and Blue Appetizer Cones:

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Appetizer cones are great for homemade fries, potato chips or other apps. For dessert they would look great with a red and blue caramel corn or kettle corn.

Striped French Fry Liners:

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Red, White & Blue Divine Twine:

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I live for twine! I use it for everything which is why I was so excited to find red, white, and blue twine for the 4th of July. This twine can be used to tie tags onto your food or dessert buffet or DIY bar labels, to tie your flatware, or to tie up stacked 4th of July cookies that can then go on a cake plate or tray. The sky’s the limit!

Stars & Stripes Cupcake Kit:

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I love this cute cupcake kit to embellish your holiday cupcakes!

Red Metal Bins with Handles:

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These Crate and Barrel bins with metal handles are so cute – great for holding drinks, utensils, condiments, rolled towels, sunscreen and pool toys!

Williams Sonoma Burger-Bomb Sauce:

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Now, I’m ALL DIY especially when it comes to food BUT, that said this Burger Bomb Sauce is AMAZING! It’s a blend of mayo, dill pickles, ketchup, Worcestershire, spicy brown mustard and spices, and it’s unbelievable on burgers or as a dipping sauce!!

Incorporate any of these little touches or mix n’ match with your own pieces to create an original and stand out 4th of July table!

Love,

T

How are you celebrating Independence Day this year? Tell me your party plans in the comments below.

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  • Mariana Hernandez

    What a fabulous collection of photos. Your truely talented. It’s art. The colours, The crisp summer edges, the feel. Almost wish I was American;)

    -Cheers from the Great White North

  • Jennifer Needham

    Great selections! I created a Declaration of Independence-themed 4th of July Party, and the kids had a blast with the Colonial-era inspired desserts: http://doublefunparties.com/2012/06/06/our-parties-4th-of-july-printables-giveaway/

  • Linda Larson

    OMG…I am going to Williams Sonoma this weekend and buying that Burger Bomb Sauce! Thanks for sharing. I cannot wait to try it!

  • Pauline Molinari

    Love these selections for a perfect patriotic party! You might also like to make patriotic s’mores. Family friendly and festive summertime treat! http://club.chicacircle.com/patriotic-party-smores/

  • Alison V

    We are totally on the same wavelength–I posted some of these same patriotic goodies last week! http://www.longdistanceloving.net/2012/06/perfect-pastime.html Happy almost 4th! xoxo {av}

  • Nich

    Great ideas, you are always so clever and on top of it!! Have a great Fourth of July:-)

  • ZKids Mom

    Wonderful post! Love the clever ideas. Adorable cupcake kit! I’ve ordered from The Shopping Bag Store too for my kid’s parties! Wonderful source. Small world. All the best in your 4th of July Celebration!

    P.S. Your books are amazing…BRAVO!

  • Jeanne Tutt

    wow! clever ideas! love it! wish I was celebrating with peeps so I could use some of the ideas!

  • Heather Vivid Hue Home

    Wow! Loving this collection of fourth decorations! The melamine plates and serving bowls are delicious! And loving the star napkins!

  • BonnieAnn

    I love the alphabet trays as well! I bought a tray for each family member with their initial and placed them on top of our dryer ( or close by ). If I find something in someone’s pocket, I place the article on their tray. It’s fun to watch the different collections. That’s beautiful art. :)