Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas

Gather friends and family for a casual Independence Day get-together. Show your patriotism with a red, white and blue table setting.

July 4 Table Setting

Beyond Red, White and Blue

While patriotic colors should be prominent in a July Fourth table setting, incorporating summery splashes of yellow and green will freshen up the look.

Sweet Lemonade

When Life Gives Lemons

Make it easy for guests to help themselves to a refreshing refill by placing a large glass canister filled with lemonade on the table to add color and act as part of the centerpiece. Scatter fresh lemons around the table to add cheery pops of yellow and a clean citrus fragrance.

American Flags as July 4 Centerpiece

Star-Spangled Banner

Inexpensive craft store American flags have greater impact when bunched together in glass canning jars or a large enamel pitcher. Allow guests to take them home as favors or carry them to wave at a fireworks display in the evening.

American Flag Tablecloth

Unconventional Table Linens

Drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner. Use a nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.

July Fourth Centerpiece and American Flag Table Cloth

On a Pedestal

Glass cake plates in varying sizes are used to add height to the centerpiece. Raid the china cabinet because it's time to put family hand-me-downs to good use: Milk glass, ironstone, and wood or silver cake plates are all great options that lend to the table's nostalgic feel.

American Flags With Strawberries

Hand-Picked Arrangements

There's no need to visit a florist for an expensive patriotic display. Arrange cut daisies, hydrangeas, lilies or other easy-to-grow garden blooms in simple glass canning jars for a casual yet beautiful look. If garden flowers aren't available, pick up bargain blooms at your local grocery store or farmers' market.

Patriotic Centerpiece

Summer's Bounty

Use seasonal fresh fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or watermelon to bring color to the centerpiece. Filling the center of the table with these tasty treats invites guests to help themselves to a healthy summer snack.

Lemons and Strawberries

Lemon Aid

Adding fresh-cut lemon slices to each arrangement elevates the humble flowers and canning jar vases. The citrus adds a bright pop of color and fresh fragrance, and it can be left in the water for about two days.

July 4 Name Card

Reinvent Party Store Supplies

Tablecloth weights purchased at a party store are easily repurposed as place card holders by simply twisting the hanging wire and adding a card. To make the place cards, cut stars out of blue card stock, then write each guest's name with white chalk ink or a paint pen. Bonus: Keeping with the Fourth of July theme, the white plastic fringe on the weight resembles fireworks.

July 4 Table Setting

Keep It Casual

Mismatched blue and white plates, canning jar glasses and vintage Bakelite flatware are used together to create no-fuss fashion. Complete each place setting with large wrinkle-free cloth napkins — they're more absorbent than paper napkins, making them the best choice for messy summer foods like burgers, ribs and corn.

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