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June 1, 2023

Patriotic Tablescape

This weekend, invite friends and family over for an effortless summer celebration that’s low-key yet high on style. My favorite part about summer is that life just slows down and gets more laid-back. And so does the entertaining. The key to a fun, casual party is in the no-fuss details. Simple décor, food and drinks are all you need to put together a fabulous event.

Star-spangled linens are what really make this patriotic tablescape. It’s a fun accent and adds a spark of patriotism to your event. Red, white and blue linens are a must and this time of year there are so many options at various price points. Remember, you can use them year after year and really all summer long, so it’s a good idea to invest in something high quality.

Flowers can be expensive, so when it comes to casual events such as a backyard barbeque I definitely recommend keeping it simple. As much as I love gorgeous bouquets of freshly cut flowers, sometimes a barbeque is not the best place for them since they can be fragile. My go-to centerpiece is using inexpensive potted plants down the center of the table. They’ll hold up for hours in the hot sun, and will stay gorgeous long after your event. This centerpiece arrangement was under twenty dollars, and incredibly beautiful for the occasion.

When I’m hosting a small dinner party get together I always like to set out creative name cards. Simple hole-punched cards tied onto American flags are an easy way for guests to find their seat. Make your own cards or buy tags from the craft store.

Use these simple decorating ideas to create a setting that doesn’t look simple at all. From star-spangled linens to personalized place cards, set your table with American style.

  1. Daphne Davis

    June 26th, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    Where did you find your red, white and blue linens?

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    May 14th, 2021 at 4:08 pm

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  3. Kim

    May 25th, 2021 at 1:26 am

    I love these napkins. Could you share where you purchased them?

  4. Pam

    July 6th, 2021 at 10:07 pm

    could you share the source for napkins? Love them, especially their brightness

  5. Molly Shapiro

    July 28th, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    They are from Sur la table!

  6. Joyce Browning

    April 21st, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Where did you purchase the red and white tablecloth? I love it!

  7. Molly Shapiro

    June 9th, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    Sur La Table! Long time ago… Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma have cute ones out now I know!

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