'D' for Dining Holidays

Stars and Stripes Forever

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We had some company over earlier this week, so I took it as an excuse to throw an impromptu backyard party. Setting a nice scene for the people I love always puts a big smile on my face (and theirs too).

I planned and set a Fourth of July table which is a little early, but hey, I’m a blogger! I figured it would be more helpful to give you guys some ideas before the Fourth instead of after. My friends and family are used to these quirks. Besides, it’s not as bad as when I would be designing Christmas cards at this time of year for my stationery shop!

I was pretty excited about the decorating possibilities of our our new table. The old one was in such bad shape that the only option was to cover the whole thing with a tablecloth.

I tucked a handful of little American flags into a pitcher along with one large one. Eleanor and August, like most kids, were happy to each have their own flag to wave after dinner.

I also made some cute paper flags out of decorative scrapbooking paper. I used bamboo skewers for the larger sizes, and I attached the smaller ones to toothpicks. I set the table with our everyday silverware and tucked a little flag under the fork and knife, on top of a white napkin. I used my vintage Star Glow dinnerware as salad plates because they reminded me of fireworks, and I set them on top of plain white dishes.

The red and white striped runner on the table was a no-sew project. I cut the length to size, then tucked in the edges along the sides. Eventually I’ll hem it so that it will hold up in the wash, but if you’re in a pinch, nobody’s really going to notice.

I wanted the flowers to be mostly white, so I picked up some hydrangeas and a ton of little daisies. I did put a couple of blue delphinium in with the hydrangeas, but didn’t go for full red, white, and blue floral arrangements. I put the hydrangeas and delphinium in a low vintage bowl with some greenery; the stems were kept in place by first criss-crossing clear tape along the top.

I tucked a few of my paper flags in to the centerpiece, but the daisies were cut short and gathered into little bunches. I used whichever small glass vases I could find for them, then tied them all together (literally) by tying ribbon around each one. Some had wide navy grosgrain and others had thin navy and white polka dot ribbon, all from the local craft store. I also added some of the wide ribbon to the handles of my pitchers and tied them into bows.

Seeing everyone gathered around a table that I’ve decorated for them always makes me happy. Are you planning anything yet for the Fourth?

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  • Mary-My Life in Scotland
    June 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    I love this arrangement!! It is not too much and just perfect. I love your white pitcher. I think I need one!

    I live in Scotland and they don’t celebrate American Independence Day –obviously. But, this year my sister and her kids are in town. So, I need to do something special!!

  • Janae @ Bring-Joy
    June 28, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Our fourth of July plans are pretty fluid. Most likely a barbecue, lots of swimming, watermelon, & please, please, please, some croquet. Gotta have a few rounds of crouquet on the fourth.

    Where’d you get all of your flowers?

    • Making it Lovely
      June 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

      From Westgate, a local flower shop.

      • Janae @ Bring-Joy
        June 28, 2012 at 11:54 am

        Oh, they almost looked like fresh picked from your flower garden. So pretty & fresh.

  • Erika
    June 28, 2012 at 9:48 am

    So pretty and patriotic! Pretty table settings are such a nice touch.

  • BettyMod
    June 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Well done! Red, white, and blue always works. Those plates will work great for mod Christmas too!

    Happy 4th!

    • Making it Lovely
      June 28, 2012 at 10:59 am

      Oh, you’re right! Those are actually our everyday plates too — the ones we eat off of most often.

  • mandie
    June 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Very fun- I really like the striped fabric runner. Would you mind sharing where you bought the fabric?

  • how2home
    June 28, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Beautiful table setting for 4th of July. I like that you used the flag color as accent color towards the wood table. Did you make that runner?

  • Clar
    June 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Looking at this table setting makes me happy. :)

  • Michelle @ Rosy Blu
    June 28, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    I love your table setting, and your set of plates in particular–I just listed one in my vintage Etsy shop today! https://www.etsy.com/listing/103218542/mid-century-star-glow-small-plate

  • Emily @ Peck Life
    June 28, 2012 at 11:55 pm

    This is beautiful! I love the little daisies. :) 4th of July is my favorite holiday, even more than Christmas! We go to my hometown’s big parade and then BBQ and do fireworks the rest of the day. It’s rural where we are so it’s a good time with the BIG fireworks!

  • Kate {domestikatedlife}
    June 29, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I put together a 4th inspired tablescape last weekend too, check it out:


    This holiday lends itself to my addiction to stripes!

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    June 30, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    I love the table arrangement! But, I especially love your chairs! Where did you get them?

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      June 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      They’re “Urban” chairs from IKEA.

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    June 30, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful. I especially love the red striped table runner.

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