This year, I thought I’d do my patriotic table with a vintage theme. I had these Bell canning jars and a vintage-style milk crate for inspiration. It would be something a bit different than the usual flags for July 4th. Plus, making the table fresh and new from previous years using only what I had on hand was a bit of a challenge.
My grandmother’s lace tablecloth became the base, with white placemats placed on top.
The place settings have a gold charger, a nod to the gold in our NC state flag. White plates are topped with plastic baskets, remember these? We used to get our burgers in them at the drive up burger place when I was a kid. You don’t see these much nowadays, but I found some in a thrift store last summer. Simple flatware, just a knife, fork and spoon. Red napkins are held with simple red rings.
In the milk crate, I placed Ball jars in three slots, and filled them with red, white and blue silk flowers. The other three slots hold the star sprays I’ve had for some time.
The dollar store provided the checkered waxed paper for the baskets, and I put one piece under the crate for a bit of extra color. I realized later that I hadn’t put the glasses on the table for the pictures, LOL!! Oh well.
On the sides of the centerpiece, I put mason jars with the votive candle holders. The little glass votives with the flared tops fit exactly, and the ring screws down over them to keep them secure. I can change out what is in the bottom for color. Read about how I came up with this idea HERE.
Because the meal is a cookout, I kept it simple.
Mostly red and white, with just a touch of blue in the centerpiece.
Burgers on the grill, yum!! These had lettuce, tomato, provolone cheese and avocado slices on brioche buns. I made the Asian Broccoli Cabbage Slaw to go with it.
Then, plans changed, and we decided to have a dinner inside. I had a ham to cook for a few friends over the weekend, and it is just too humid and hot to sit on the veranda. I changed out the baskets for red salad plates. Then the centerpiece was taken apart and spread out to lower the height.
It still has a vintage feel. Wine glasses are added too.
The Patriotic Table Runner is doing a different job this year, hanging on a chair as a decoration for the holiday rather than on the table.
We needed a holiday tablescape for the pub table too. Red chargers hold white dinner plates with red salad plates. My Scrap Dance Tango table topper in patriotic colors is in the center.
White embroidered place mats are paired with white napkins and red napkin rings. More silk flowers in Ball jars along with a star spray make a simple centerpiece. Everyday flatware and pretty glasses complete the settings.
I added wine glasses to the table for an evening meal on Sunday, when friends were in town. I usually try to put something on the stem to help friends keep track of which glass is theirs.
This time I used little leftover bits of star garland, and some sparkly pipe cleaners.
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Now ready for dinner, my melamine serving bowls and platters will come in handy. Happy Independence Day to my USA readers. For international readers, have a great week!
How are you spending your 4th of July?