Calling all DIY enthusiasts! Patriotic season is gearing up, and with it comes the time for backyard barbecues, pool parties, and celebrating all things red, white, and blue! Whether you’re hosting a Memorial Day gathering or just want to add a touch of patriotic flair to your next get-together, this post is packed with simple and creative ideas to create a stunning patriotic tablescape using readily available items. Get ready to impress your guests with minimal effort and maximum American spirit!

Various red, white and blue home decor ideas to be used for any patriotic occasion.

My name is Kim and I’m a lifelong Michigander! I have fun sharing my “lifestyle” here with you! If you aren’t a regular, let me just say, I would love to have you subscribe and visit me weekly!

It’s a special day because I’m joining 10 other friends, hosted by Pasha from Pasha is Home. We are bringing you our inspirational patriotic decor! If you are coming from my good friend Kelly from The Tattered Pew, and have never been to my Cottage in the Mitten, I’m so glad you have landed here! I’m a big fan of Kelly and her home! Wasn’t her DIY patriotic basket so good?!!

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Setting a Red, White, and Blue Table

Gathering up the necessary items to set your patriotic table, comes first. Anytime I set a table, I check my stash, then check it again for the items that will work for the theme of my table. Below is a list of things to consider when setting a table of any type. For this table, I wanted it to be simple. Patriotic holidays are usually all about hot dogs, hamburgers and no fuss. The decor needed to be fun, yet appropriate. Red, white, and blue with a star and some strips!

  • Lay your foundation. Start by placing a clean and pressed tablecloth, table runner or use placemats if preferred. Make sure whatever you use is centered or hangs evenly on all sides.
  • Add your centerpiece. Make sure your centerpiece is proportionate to the size of your table. I always love a big statement piece, on my farm table!
  • Next, position the dinner plates. Place a dinner plate in the center of each chair, aligning it with the edge of the table. If you’re using chargers, place them under the dinner plates.
  • Position your napkins and add flatware. I usually try to have a little fun with my napkins. You can create shapes based on your theme, use or make your own napkin rings. For this table, I did simple!
  • Add the glasses: Position the water glass slightly above the knife, on the right side of the plate. If you’re serving wine or other beverages, place those glasses to the right and slightly above the water glass.
  • Incorporate optional decor items to flow with your table theme. Here’s an example: I used some red and white pillows, I had from seasons past, which were an excellent option for my side chairs. They are a great accent piece for the whole table.

Remember, the steps above provide a basic guideline, but you can always adjust and personalize the table arrangement to suit your preferences and the occasion.

Red, white, and blue table


“The oldest form of theater is the dinner table. It’s got five or six people, new show every night, same players. Good ensemble; the people have worked together a lot.” – Michael J. Fox

Setting the Stage: Tablecloth & Runners

The table runner is one I used a few years ago, at Christmas. It is multi-purpose as it has small red and white strips on the other side. Whether a quilt or a table runner, I love reversible pieces to use in my home. You definitely get more for your money!! Who isn’t all for that? Below is a list of options to consider when choosing linens for your patriotic table.

  • Solid vs. Patterned: For a classic look, a solid red, white, or blue tablecloth creates a clean canvas. Patterned options, like stripes or stars, can add a touch of whimsy, but be sure they coordinate with your plates and other decor.
  • Sizing it Right: Measure your table to ensure the tablecloth drapes evenly. Ideally, the tablecloth should hang over the edge by 6-12 inches. Runners typically don’t require such a dramatic overhang, just enough to frame the center of the table.
  • Thinking Outside the Box: If you don’t have a red, white, or blue tablecloth, consider using neutral-colored fabric and adding pops of color with your plates and napkins. Alternatively, red or blue placemats can create a similar effect with less fabric.
A red and white reversable table runner that is buffalo check on one side and striped on the other.

Centerpiece Magic: Simple & Stunning

I love my blue and white ginger jar! It was ideal for the centerpiece and I forged the greenery from my youngest son’s backyard. I used the exact same arrangement in My Simple Cottage Home Tour. I’ve also recently become house plant obsessed and added one in a cute pink and white pot.

You can see how I created my own centerpiece, last year, in my post How to Create an Easy Patriotic Flower Pot.

I leaned this cute star up against the ginger jar. It was a Target dollar spot purchase, from last season. I never used it, but just knew it would come in handy some day!

A few helpful tips

  • Tip Number One: Centerpiece Harmony: Position your centerpiece strategically. Ideally, it should be low enough for guests to see each other across the table. If using a tall centerpiece, consider flanking it with smaller decorative elements like candles or patriotic figurines for a balanced look.
  • Tip Number Two: Personalize Your Table: This could be anything from displaying a framed family photo with a patriotic theme to using handwritten place cards with inspirational quotes. Add a final touch of American spirit with lit candles in red, white, or blue holders or small patriotic signs. Remember, these are optional elements – keep it simple or go all out, depending on your preference!
  • Two Number Three: Consider Outdoor Dining: If your weather permits, why not take your patriotic tablescape outdoors. Use a simple wind-resistant centerpiece and colorful outdoor tablecloths.

Stars & Stripes Plates & Napkins

I’m a mix and matcher. The plates weren’t the only thing I mixed and matched. I knew I didn’t have to stick to a perfectly coordinated set of red, white, and blue plates to create a festive atmosphere. For a more casual vibe, I opted for a playful combination of red and white dinner plates. This instantly gave the table a relaxed yet cheerful feel.

Using blue and white napkins, and solid red ones, worked together perfectly, too.

A photo of a red, white, and blue tablescape with red and white plates, blue and white patterned napkins, and a centerpiece with a white vase filled with red and white flowers and greenery.

How to Set a Red, White, and Blue Table

That’s all there is to it! I didn’t purchase one single item to create this table. I bet you can do it, too! With a little creativity and some patriotic items from your home or yard, it’s easy to accomplish! Red, white, and blue is such a fun color scheme to work with!

It’s a special day because I’m joining 10 other friends, hosted by Pasha from Pasha is Home. We are bringing you our inspirational patriotic decor!

Up next on our tour is Kristin from White Arrows Home. She has the coolest home in the north woods. You aren’t going to want to miss her easy ways to add Americana to your home decor.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope to see you again real soon!

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24 Comments

  1. Hi Kim, I loved reading about your red, white, and blue tablescape. The red checked runner definitely caught my eye and how wonderful you can use it throughout the seasons! Always love your shopping links too! (don’t tell the hubby haha) Thank you for sharing such great inspiration!

  2. Your patriotic table is stunning Kim! I love every element, and that you used a Christmas table runner. I am a big fan of utilizing the same pieces for different seasons!

  3. Love your pretty tablescape. I love that you use items you can use all year. It’s just the way you add them all together that gives it a fabulous Patriotic feel. Great post.

  4. Oh, Kim! I just love your smile and your style! So many patriotic holidays coming up to use this table setting for! You’re so creative! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

  5. Kim!!! Your table is absolutely gorgeous. I love patriotic decor this time of year, and your pretty table is perfect for a summertime get-together!

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