The Fourth of July is just around the corner – a holiday that traditionally brings with it dinner parties, barbecues and picnics galore. If you’re hosting this year we’ll assume that at this point you have the food, fireworks and Star-Spangled Banner all set to go, but how about that all-important Instagram-worthy tablescape? To help you shine as the patriotic hostess with the mostest this year, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Independence Day-themed tablescapes as seen on Instagram to help you give your soiree that extra pizzazz.
There is no better excuse than the Fourth of July holidays to incorporate the American flag into your tablescape. That being said, it takes a certain art and interior finesse to ensure that the Stars and Stripes doesn’t condemn your decor aesthetic to the realm of gaudy kitsch. For Instagram-approved inspiration on how to successfully do patriotic decor, we humbly direct you to Sarah Vickers’ vintage, holiday-themed tablescape. A classic American flag table runner complemented only by matching red candlesticks makes a compelling case for simplicity in table dressing. Crisscross outdoor string lights with Americana-themed bunting for a shabby-chic take on indoor-outdoor living.
For a less obvious interpretation of the Star-Spangled Banner how about simply incorporating the colors of the flag into your tablescape? Try layering place-mats, plates and napkins in varying shades of red, white and blue for a subtle nod to the Americana theme. As a bonus, we love the graphic circular shapes running through the table accessories which lend a retro, pop-arty vibe to the decor.
A showstopping tablescape doesn’t have to cost the earth. Taryn Whiteaker’s rustic Fourth of July-themed table, for instance, was created using everyday household items coupled with a few select finds from the dollar store. An old wool blanket serves as the basis of this pretty setup, whilst an Americana scarf and recycled glass bottle vases make up the centerpiece. The addition of the rugged wicker placemats set against the clean lines of the white tableware serve to add texture and dimension to the space, resulting in a more visually appealing overall look.
Fourth of July meets French country chic in Lory’s elegant tablescape. Here, patriotic brights are tempered by vintage accessories to ensure a refined table setting far removed from the tackiness many of us have come to associate with holiday decor. To get the look, try searching out antique shops and vintage fairs for red, white and blue fine chinaware. For the final finish, dust the table with a sprinkle of star shaped knick-knacks or confetti.
For a fashion-forward way to do Independence Day decor we recommend going print on print for your holiday tablescape. The key to print-mixing is to pay attention to the balance of scale; patterns should complement one another, so pair a busy print with one that is less bold and fussy. Here, the intricate blue china plates are balanced by the comparatively simple gingham napkins and batik-style tablecloth. Still not convinced? Stick to mixing and matching patterned dishes only, and set these against a neutral backdrop for an easy way to achieve a tablescape with major impact.
Inspired by her love for French blue, Jenny Cipoletti from Margot & Me chose to center her elevated outdoor barbecue tablescape around varying shades of blue and white, with pops of edible red coming from her menu choices. The casually placed cornflower blue tablecloth slash runner takes its cue from breezy summer fabrics and washed out Americana vibes. Take note of the alternately inverted plate settings, which is a great way to keep the eye moving around the table.
How are you planning on spending the holiday? If you’re planning on trying out one of these beautiful tablescapes make sure to tag us on Instagram!