“How to Red, White and Blue Your Table for July 4th”

I love celebrating holidays with my family! I feel like holidays are a great excuse to either travel or spend more time with your friends and family. It is a great opportunity to relax and enjoy fun foods, desserts, and drinks! (make sure to scroll down to get lots of delicious BBQ recipes)!!!

In our house, the Fourth of July celebration involves lots of pool time for Valentina, Alina (LOL), and of course lots of family time for us! We usually go to watch fireworks at night time! I honestly cannot believe the fourth of July is coming up so fast and it’s time to “red, white, and blue” your table for the holiday! Last year, I shared some tips on how to bring style with your 4th of July decorations. 

July 4th Red white and blue table settings

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This year, I also wanted to share a few easy tips on how to create a fun, festive, and elegant 4th of July tablescape. You really don’t need much – just some simple decorations – but you’ll be able to create an amazing Fourth of July party atmosphere.

Think creatively about what will work best with your theme or style. If you are having a more formal party then choose decorations that are also formal: use silverware instead of plastic cutlery; set out place settings with cloth napkins rather than paper goods; fill vases with fresh flowers in patriotic colors like red, white, and blue.

White and red flowers in vases

If, on the other hand, you’re hosting a more casual party then choose decorations that are also casual and maybe create an outdoor bar with ice buckets and glasses in patriotic colors. Whatever your style is I want to share some ideas on how to create a fun and easy patriotic tablescape for summer entertaining and this 4th of July! 

My Guide on How to “Red, White, and Blue” Your Table

1- Add a Blue, White, and Red Runner to Your Table

July 4th Red white and blue tablescape with strawberries in bowls

I love using runners on my table for most occasions! I think table runners and centerpieces are the easiest way to complete the look of your table! Adding a red, white, and blue runner to your 4th of July table is the best way create an atmosphere that will make everyone feel festive. It also provides color as well as texture for you to choose from in order to customize any table setting so it can be both elegant and traditional!

2- Use Red, Blue or White Napkins

July 4th tablescape with cherries in bowl

Red or Blue Cloth Napkin- This is an easy way to bring color into the holiday without going overboard with decorations. I usually like to match the napkin colors with my tablecloth! For example, if I choose white for my tablecloth, I like to use white napkins. This is totally up to you and your style… You can choose a simple white tablecloth and white napkins, or you can mix and match the blue and red tablecloth and napkins! I also love how this one has the stripes on it or this design– very patriotic!

3- Serve Your Guests on Patriotic Plates

July 4th Red white and blue table settings with strawberries in bowl

Celebrate with your guests the 4th of July on patriotic plates! You can choose either blue and white, or red and white plates. Blue is a great color for those who want to show their patriotism by displaying stars from our national symbol- The Flag of America. Red would be perfect if you are looking for something more playful that could also work as an appetizer plate too!

Last year, I used these blue and white plates for our 4th of July table! Since I wanted to change up the look of our table this year, I decided to go with these red and white plates. These are cute porcelain plate sets, however, do not expect them to be “super fancy”! Hahaha! They are colorful, fun and perfect to create a “patriotic look” for the 4th of July, Memorial Day celebration, or any other casual gathering! If you prefer to use plastic plates instead you can consider some other options like these red plastic plates or these “fancier looking” disposable plates that includes silverware and cups!

4- Add Red and White Flowers in Vases

White and red floral display on July 4th tablescape

I LOVE adding flowers as a centerpiece to my tables! They are the easiest and most elegant centerpieces! I absolutely love fresh flowers; however, you can find so many beautiful faux flowers these days. Add some red and white flowers in vases to your table décor. They can be the centerpiece, or they could just add a splash of color on one side! I used my blue and white vases, made a simple arrangement with these beautiful white faux peonies, and simply added a pop of red! You can also use any white, blue, red, or even clear vase! These are a few of my favorite vases: 

Also to add an “extra touch”, use some colorfully styled accents such as ribbons, streamers, or bows along with various types of greenery depending upon what grows best at different times during each. 

5- Serve Red Fruits or Berries (Cherries or Strawberries), Or Fruit Salad

Red and white floral display in blue vase with bowl of strawberries

A patriotic way to include fruit in your July 4th menu is with fresh red fruits like cherries or strawberries. They represent stars in the sky and can be a fun addition to any meal! I also LOVE fruit salad! Make a red, blue, and white fruit salad with some blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and make a cute design with delicious whipped cream on top!  

6- Choose Red or Blue Drinking Glasses

Red flowers in red vase on red white and blue tablescape

I love colorful drinking glasses, especially in the summertime! I put these beautiful clear drinking glasses with gold design on our last year’s table. After our table was set, I felt something was missing…! That was the RED or BLUE drinking glasses! That is why this year, I made sure to order some fun “patriotic” glasses! I got these red vintage glasses from Amazon! I love the design and I think they are perfect for the 4th of July, Christmas, Memorial Day, or any other celebrations that you want to add a “pop of red” to your table!

7- Add “Mini Flags” To Your Flower Arrangements 

White flower display with Stars and Stripes flag

Regardless of your flower arrangements (using fresh or faux flowers), adding mini flags always helps to give a festive look to your table! You can buy a cute weaved bamboo basket, put some white or blue flowers in it and simply add a few mini flags to your flowers! 

8- Get a Cute US Flag Mason Jar

US themed mason jar

I used this cute US flag ceramic Mason jar for some refreshing drinks on our table! I got this on Amazon but they are completely sold-out! You can get a similar style and use it as a small little vase for your flowers, or fill it up with candies, or put mini-US flags in them! They are so cute! You can also use other decorative glass canning jars on your table! If you decide to buy glass canning jars, you can add US flag ribbons around them and make them look really cute! 

9- Make Red-White-and-Blue Ice Cream or Sorbet

July 4th tablescape

This was Valentina’s idea last year! Hahaha! Since she loves ice cream so much, she asked me why we don’t make a “red or blue” ice cream as one of our 4th of July desserts! LOL! I thought that’s a great idea! While I have no sorbet or ice cream on this table (LOL), but I think putting some “red” sorbet (like raspberry or strawberry flavor), or vanilla ice cream and design it with red berries or cherries, is a great idea! I also think cherry cheesecake popsicles is another great option to consider!

10- Celebrate July 4th by Serving BBQ Ribs on A Platter with Baked Beans, Coleslaw, and Cornbread

US Flag Mason Jar: white red and blue

There are so many great 4th of July barbecue recipes online, however, I think burgers and BBQ ribs are some of the most popular ones! If you want to take it easy, put some BBQ ribs on the platter, serve them alongside baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. From the basics (coleslaw, pasta salad and corn on the cob,) to more “advanced” dishes, I want to share some of my favorite dishes for this 4th of July celebration with you:

  1. Salt-and-Pepper BBQ Ribs
  2. Grill Corn on the Cub
  3. Smoky Grilled Dry-Rub Pork Chops
  4. Hot Italian Sausage Panini
  5. Summer Vegetable Kebabs
  6. Spatchcock Chicken
  7. Beef Burgers with Jalapeños, Cheddar, and Bacon
  8. Turkey Burgers with Blue Cheese–Celery Carrots
  9. Hawaiian Hotdog with Pineapple Mango Salsa
  10. Marinated Chicken and Onion Kebabs
  11. Grilled Summer Squash With Lemon-Scallion Dressing
  12. Classic Lobster Rolls
  13. Cowboy Steaks, Potatoes and Broccoli
  14. Chicken and Black Bean Nachos
  15. Smoked Cabbage Slaw with Creamy Horseradish
Cherries in red and white polka spotted bowl

There is so much more you can do for your table decoration this year than just these ideas! With a little creativity and some DIY skills (or store-bought supplies), you can create an amazing centerpiece and a beautiful table to sit, eat and enjoy some friends and family time! Love to hear that which one will you try?

Happy celebrating the 4th! 

Love,

Sherry

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