Hi friends! It’s time once again for another tablescape blog hop. This month we will be featuring tables with Patriotic themes. Not only has the 4th of July been represented, but we’ve also had tables that celebrate Canada Day, Bastille Day and a table honoring Italian pride and heritage! If you haven’t already, be sure to click on the links below to view all of the festive tables. I’d also like to thank Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate, who graciously coordinates these fun blog hops. Now, I can’t wait to share my Patriotic Tablescape with you!
If you’re coming over from visiting Cecilia at My Thrift Store Addiction, welcome! This month’s table styling was a bit more challenging than usual for me. I have to admit that decor with red, white and blue is not my preferred color combination. My friend Julie, who blogs at My Wee Abode, feels the same way. She wrote a post about it that you can check out HERE. I can do blue and white, like I did for last month’s Nautical Summer Tablescape, but adding red gets a little trickier. Fortunately, things have a way of coming together. It all began when I chose my vintage aluminum food carrier as my inspiration piece.
The carrier was gifted to me by my mom years ago. It’s been perched atop a bookshelf in my living room alongside a vintage Scotch Cooler and a vintage picnic basket. It’s never been used and still has the original label!
Once I decided on a vintage 4th of July picnic them, I started combing through my stash for coordinating items. My 1950’s vintage floral print tablecloth was too small to cover the whole table, but the colors were perfect. I layered it atop a white vintage chenille bedspread that I “borrowed” from my daughter’s bed. You can see it in her ballerina bedroom post HERE.
I had the rectangular vintage enamelware tray on hand, and I filled it with fresh strawberries and blueberries. I placed it on a large round aluminum tray that I found at a thrift shop for $5.00.
Years ago, my mom and I found painted aluminum buckets at the Christmas Tree Shop. We came upon a huge display of buckets and my mom said “I feel a bulk purchase coming on”. Needless to say, I still have quite a few in my stash! I tucked two white Snow Princess Alyssum annuals inside the red bucket and added three American flags.
Some other vintage items that I added to the tray are a red salt and pepper shaker and a bottle opener. I also sprinkled red, white and blue stars and mini flags around the tray. I also used these mini flags in my DIY Patriotic Wreath.
The centerpiece also includes a candle. Because it’s in a mason jar, it has a casual feeling that’s perfect for a picnic.
I really wanted to find some enamelware plates with blue or red rims. To me, enamelware is the epitome of a casual summer picnic. I searched Homegoods, Pier One, the Christmas Tree Shop, & Target.
I was about to give up, but decided to try Bed Bath and Beyond. I came upon these plates which are not enamelware but can pass for it in photos. At $6.00 each, I decided they were my best shot. Our everyday white dinner plates are pretty beat up, so these are a nice upgrade.
The napkins are a recent thrifting score. I got six of them for $3.00. I knew the Patriotic Tablescape Blog Hop was coming up and I bought them just for this table. The red handled flatware was from my mom’s stash.
The pies are the $1.00 Table Talk variety. Don’t they look cute (and yummy) at each place setting with a mini American flag?
I placed some Peppermint Patties in a blue glass candy dish. While I chose them for the blue and silver packaging that coordinates with my patriotic tablescape, Peppermint Patties happen to be one of my favorite treats. I always have a bag in my freezer!
I’m so glad they still make Coca Cola is glass bottles! I found these at Target and learned that they’re imported from Mexico. It was worth paying a little extra for the retro look. An ice cold Coke definitely tastes better in a glass bottle!
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed my Patriotic Tablescape. The next (and last) table on the hop is designed by Michelle at Our Crafty Mom.
Be sure to visit all of the beautiful tablescapes. They’re so unique and inspiring!
Happy 4th of July!