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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.