Now I love me some Fourth of Juleeeeeeeee. The whole ritual just screams summer. Burgers, beer, corn on the cob, baked beans, (hopefully) sunshine…just some good ole American daytime fun that carries well into the evening and ends with a bang of fireworks. Sign. Me. Up.
However, anyone who knows me at all also knows that I take serious issue with plastic utensils and paper plates (curiously, Solo cups don’t offend me, unless you’re pouring champagne in them). My only problem with the Fourth is that it can border on being trashy if you’re not careful. So let’s make Merica’ proud and do her justice with a classy tablescape.
The table runner here is actually a scarf that I bought several years ago for less than $20. But really you could even buy a few yards of navy star fabric at Jo-Ann Fabric and fold it and press it into a runner with an iron.
Don’t be afraid to mix patterns and textures. I found these wooden starfish for $2 each and decided they’d be the perfect way to incorporate stars since we live at the beach.
With respect to flowers, less is more. I picked up these red dahlias at Trader Joe’s for $3.99 and dispersed them in small, simple bud vases.
But white hydrangeas really do represent the American summer dream and you might even be lucky enough to have some in your backyard or neighborhood. When I lived in San Francisco there was a gorgeous hydrangea bush in my courtyard filled with lush blooms year-round and I would often sneak down after dark to clip a few for my apartment.
Keep your eyes open when looking for Fourth of July decor. Michael’s, Target, and Jo-Ann Fabric all have diamonds hidden in the rough. These pillows for example, were buried in the Dollar Spot section at Target (though everything I like there always seem to be in the $3 bin, which is really just so typical).
Placed on a chair it’s kind of cute, right?
***Title cred: Chad Yu & Kellie Reince