July 1, 2011
Before we left for vacation, I threw together a quick tablescape for the 4th of July. In honor of the impending holiday weekend, I thought it was probably about time to show you the quickie tablescape that celebrates our great nation’s birthday.
I had done an even simpler tablescape last year for Independence day, but since that was before blogging, there are no pictures. However, that did leave me with a few things to reuse this year. Which is good, because I was on a pre vacation no-spend policy. It’s all about using what you’ve got!
To create my tablescape, I used white dinner plates, blue salad plates, red napkins, blue placemats, blue and white ribbon and two star candy dishes. (See below for reference list if you’re curious about any of the items I used.)
I LOVE these blue plates. The denim print was at first a bit off putting, I admit. But the more I looked at these plates when I bought them, the more I realized how perfect they are for Independence or any other patriotic table setting. The subtle white in the plates make them a perfect match for any whimsical red, white and blue table. And now I love them! It also doesn’t hurt that I paid less than $1 per plate. 😉
Since I had used the linens for last year’s pre-blog tablescape, they had since then spent a year in a drawer. Year in a drawer = wrinkles. Lots and lots of wrinkles. Luckily, my ironing board is just steps away from my dining table. I just realized how weird that sounds. Maybe one day I’ll explain.
I made quick work of ironing my napkins, ribbons and placemats and then began setting my table.
I used my blue ribbon as napkin rings. To create the fun napkin shape, find the center of your napkin, pinch that point up and then pull the rest down. Then, I simply tied the ribbon around the napkins in a cute bow.
I chose not to use chargers, because this is a super simple tablescape. Instead, I placed a white dinner plate on the blue placemat with a blue salad plate on top to give it the look of a charger. Then I laid my red napkin on top.
In the center of the table I placed the two candy dishes and some simple candles left over from a friend’s wedding after party I planned a few years back.
Since I did this a couple of weeks ago, I left it there. However, this weekend I’ll add some red flowers as a centerpiece and some patriotic candy to the dishes since we’ll be hosting a 4th of July cookout Saturday. Can’t wait to show you the table once it’s all finished!
I hope you have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!
For inquiring minds
White dinner plate: CorningWare French White Porcelain
Blue salad plate: American Living (bought at JC Penney on clearance, 2010)
Blue placemats: Mainstays (bought at Wal Mart, 2010)
Red napkins: Mainstays (bought at Wal Mart, 2010)
Ribbons: Hobby Lobby
Glass bowls: Dollar Tree
Candles: already owned
I’m linking up to Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. Join me!