Setting a pretty table is one of my favorite things to create. I believe it makes people who come to dine at your home feel special. Today I’m sharing how to set a red, white, and blue table, which is perfect for summer or any patriotic occassion.
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!
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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.
- 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 porportionate 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 space, aligning it with the edge of the table. If you’re using chargers (decorative plates used as a base), 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.
My Red, White, and Blue Table
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!
“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
Tableware and Decor
The tablerunner 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 defiitely get more for your money!! Who isn’t all for that?
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!
I’m a mix and matcher. Therefore, I used red and white plates to give the table a casual look. The plates weren’t the only thing I mixed and matched. Using blue and white napkins and solid red ones worked together perfectly, too..
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!
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!
More Patriotic Inspiration from My Fellow Bloggers
DIY Patriotic Door Basket // The Tattered Pew
How to Set a Red, White, and Blue Table // Cottage in the Mitten
8 Easy Ways to Add Americana to Your Decor // White Arrows Home
4th of July Party Favors // Eleanor Rose Home
How To Decorate Your Coastal Cottage for the 4th of July // The Ponds Farmhouse
How To Make An American Flag Grapevine Wreath // White Lilac Farmhouse
7 FREE Dinner Party Printables – 4th of July Ideas // WM Design House
Easy and Effortless Americana Decor Ideas for the Entryway // Pasha is Home
Easy Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Table Setting for the Holidays // Southern Crush at Home
Red White and Blue Faux Leather Vase // Amy Sadler Designs
Patriotic Pool Party Ideas // A Stroll Through Life