Patriotic Tablescape: “A Party for the USA”


With the 4th of July just a few days away, there is still plenty of time to pull together a patriotic tablescape with a small budget and a little DIY fun.  This table is perfect for an indoor party or an al fresco celebration.  I chose to keep it all inside, because let’s face it, I’m 37 weeks pregnant in July and kind of more interested in staying cool and bug free than getting my feel of the great outdoors, but any of these elements of the table are versatile enough to set up outside.

Last year I worked with Nashville Lifestyles Magazine for an outdoor “Spirited Gathering” focused around “Food, Friends & Fireworks” and had a few of those items still on hand for this year’s indoor table and brought together other items I had for an informal setup and a sort of shout out to the American Revolution era with lanterns and antique pieces.

chair collage

What decor is more patriotic for any national holiday than bunting?  I created the feel of bunting with chair tie backs of bright red pique fabric purchased inexpensively by the yard at Walmart along with red, white, and blue striped ribbon.

Vibrant red tulips were perfect to add more patriotic color to the table.  I found this antique tool box years ago on one of my “digging” sessions at a little antique market in Clarksville.  Milk bottles in varying sizes served as vases for the flowers.  An very old rustic wheel adds another bit of texture and history to the table.
patriotic details

“The British are coming, the British are coming!”  My black lanterns that I think I have used in every room of the house at some point inside and out, are kind of a throwback to Paul Revere’s famous Midnight Ride.

The placesettings are simple with a silver charger and plain white plate (that I purchased in bulk at The Dollar Tree, for, yes, $1 each).  I love that the blue/white napkins add a little pattern to the table and are kind of reminiscent of a Liberty Blue china pattern probably found on the tables of a Revolutionary tea party.

The tablecloth is literally as simple to construct as any easy art project.  All you need is fabric, ribbon, scissors and fabric glue.  Now this isn’t going to be an heirloom linen, but it is fun and most importantly easy and inexpensive to make.  Depending on the width of the fabric, you may want to cut it to a good runner width and then simply glue the ribbon down the length of the fabric and along the bottom, which will also cover the unfinished edges of the cut fabric.

Even though our flag of 50 stars and stripes was not even in existence on the original Independence Day it is absolutely the truest sign of our country’s liberty and must be present for any patriotic celebration.  I found these small flags in the outdoor section of Kroger for 49 cents.  I removed the sticks of the flags and scattered them around the table.


With all the commercials on tv right now featuring 4th of July sales, celebrations, and all things USA, Hunter asked if we could “have a party for the USA”, so if nothing else than to sit at this table for a small family meal, we will celebrate in patriotic style.


Here is a look at last year’s “Spirited Gathering” to celebrate the 4th with Food, Friends & Fireworks.  patriotic collage

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