How is one supposed to have a cookout in the rain? The forecast isn’t promising for this evening and it is foggy this morning portending a very humid day. Supposedly the rain will clear for a bit around cooking time, but I can’t count on that. So, as I had to do last year as well, I set the table inside. I did it yesterday afternoon so I could get pictures and show you today. If it clears up, it won’t take more than 10 minutes or so to move the whole thing to the veranda table.
I started with covering the table with a piece of white plastic, and covered that with a white cloth to protect it, bratwurst can get a bit juicy. The Patriotic Table Runner is one I made a couple of years ago using a tri-recs ruler for the stars, and patriotic fabric for the squares. Click on the name for the free quilted table runner tutorial and pattern.
The white star melamine dishes came out, and were dressed with a bit of star garland in blue and red. The “vase” for the flowers is a jelly jar. The hydrangea had a couple of small flower heads that were more blue, so they were added to the vases. I did two of these to go on either side of the center.
The red salvia in the white planter was brought in from the veranda to be the focus of the centerpiece.
The star plates were set on either side, with two star sprays that I got at a dollar store some years ago.
There was just a bit more needed to fill out the centerpiece, so the Mason Jar Candles with red flowers were also added.
Place settings were casual as usual for a cookout, with everyday flatware, red chargers and white stoneware. No salad plates as we weren’t going to need them. Red napkins got red rings.
Then I had another idea. I thought rolling the red napkins would make them look like firecrackers (or dynamite, LOL!!), so I did that.
That’s fun, something different than the napkin shape I usually use. Wine glasses were added as well. Now, the table is set and ready for guests. No place cards for this meal, it is just casual.
I’ve left the four corners for serving dishes. Our guests are bringing side dishes to share, and if they need a dish, we’ll use these.
Another look at the star plates with the garland and hydrangea, and the mason jar candle.
Ready for spending time with good friends.
The big flag platter will hold brats and burgers and buns.
I always make some of my Perfect Deviled Eggs for cookouts and picnics.
This year I’ll make a cucumber salad as well, from a couple of huge cucumbers a friend gave me. Need more inspiration? You can see some of my previous tablescapes at these links.
Patriotic Tablescape 2016 – white placemats, red chargers, and three colors of napkins with clear acrylic rings because I didn’t have six of any one color.
Patriotic Tablescape for 4 in 2015 – Inside with Battenburg lace placemats, and red candles in depression glass holders…
and outside with paper napkin chargers and the melamine stars as plates! Strawberry napkin rings hold red cloth napkins. Star sprays flank a planter with white petunia.
And here is the veranda tablescape from an early July Red White and Blue Luncheon I had with friends two summers ago. This time I rolled the plasticware inside paper napkins and tied them with a blue ribbon.
I hope you have a wonderful July 4th holiday, time spent with family and friends with lots of fun and fireworks!!
What are your plans for the holiday?