Festive, but Easy 4th of July Tablescape

4th of July tablescape

July the 4th is one of many fun times to live on the lake as we celebrate Independence Day! So I love creating a festive 4th of July tablescape.

Background

We typically have family visiting for several days, so we create great memories of swimming, boating, fishing, eating, telling family stories (that are more exaggerated each year), and a lot of laughter.

We have an open floor plan so our dining table is located in our main living area. Neal and I eat dinner at our table every evening so we also enjoy having our table decorated for various holidays.

So back to my tablescape . . .

Reusing

I have several pieces of burlap and reused them for various centerpieces.

In addition, I have several old bottles. The bottles pictured below are old milk bottles Neal’s parents gave us several years ago. I like the different sizes and dimensions of each.

To give some color, I added blue and white marbles, ribbon, and a variety of ribbons.

Because I already had this metallic string of stars, I incorporated it too.

Another repurposed item was this red, white, and blue plaid placemat in my 4th of July decorations. It came in a gift basket and I saved it. This gave it more color and sort of a farmhouse look.

One year, I had intended to purchase some white carnations, but could not find any at Publix, so I clipped this Queen Ann’s lace from the side of the road and used it. It was free and it worked great!

I also added these small flags, which was the finishing touch! (I have several of these flags and put them in all my flower pots every July 4th.)

In addition, I sprinkled some stars cut with my Cricut (leftover from another project).

Reflections

This tablescape is nothing fancy, but it had just the right look I was hoping to achieve and was made with things I already had, except for the red and white stones/marbles.

Fresh flowers remind me of my mother and my paternal grandmother (Mom-Mom). I am such a sentimental person and the older I get the more sentimental I become. I like thinking of the people who have richly influenced and blessed me.

More Inspiration

Below are pictures of each bottle with fresh-cut flowers from Publix. Notice the layered fabric circles for more color. I used a variety of plates to trace and cut these fabric circles. Of course, I will reuse these many times.

One year, I changed it up a little . . . I did not use the burlap in the center and used faux cotton. The cotton gave it a farmhouse look. It also enabled me to create it earlier (i.e. no dying flowers) and enjoy it longer. I also mixed the stones/glass beads so each milk bottle has red, white, and blue. Here is a closer look.

I bought these stars at Hobby Lobby and tied them at random lengths with jute string to our dining room light fixture. They are a nice compliment to the festive tablescape.

I added plates, and red cloth napkins, (I also use these red napkins during Christmas).

A few more 4th of July decorations . . .

Happy Independence Day!

Do you reuse your decor to create beautiful tablescapes continuously? Let me know by commenting below.

3 Comments

  1. Betsy on 06/27/2019 at 9:54 AM

    This makes me want to decorate me table!

  2. Karen on 06/27/2019 at 11:36 PM

    I really like how you are using the chalk board. This is clever.

  3. Samantha on 08/12/2020 at 6:08 AM

    So pretty!

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