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5 Easy Steps For Creating A Festive Patriotic Table

Hello sweet friends!  It's hard to believe.  Memorial Day is days away and if you love the idea of hosting family and friends for the unofficial start of summer, then I have a few ideas that will offer inspiration and help you set a fun and patriotic table with everyday dinner plates and glassware.

Keep in mind that your table doesn’t have to be elaborate to be festive.  For this tables, I kept the colors solid.  I just went with the traditional red, white and blue colors.  No need to buy more plates… Follow the simple steps below and in no time, you will have a charming and buzz worthy Memorial Day table that you can put together in no time. 


Step 1:  Pull Out Your Red, White, and Blue Party Decorations

Gather all your patriotic decorations such as small flags, treat cups, ice cream cups, and straws.  Most of my patriotic decorations came from the Dollar Store.  These small party essentials will help you set a festive tone without too much investment yet will tie the whole ‘Fourth of July theme’ together.  For my table, I added straws decorated with the patriotic theme to simple glass beverage bottles and used ice cream cups at each place setting to add pops of color.  I also placed a few small flags in glasses to bring on the red, white and blue.

Step 2:  Gather Your Linens

The key to keeping things simple is to go for a neutral tablecloth.  I typically like to use a tablecloth even when I am entertaining outdoors.  It’s just one of those essential pieces that add a bit of formality and serves as my starting point.  To keep things casual, I selected a white cotton tablecloth for my patriotic table.  It brings a clean and fresh look to the table and makes the red and blue tones stands out.  While white and blue striped napkins layer beautifully on top of white plates. 

Step 3:  Use Everyday White Plates

When it comes to buying seasonal tabletop pieces, I always keep in mind how often they will be used and if they have a budget-friendly price.  So with that in mind, forgo the patriotic plates.  (unless you really fall in love with a set) Choose simple everyday white plates to keep things super easy.  Let the napkins do all the work!  In this instance, my white and blue striped napkins added just the right touch of the patriotic feel that I wanted to give to each place setting.  A delicate Gerbera Daisy brings a touch of color, adds interest and elevates this casual place place setting.

Step 4:  Incorporate Colorful Flatware and Glassware

Use inexpensive flatware and glassware in shades of red and blue to play on the red and blue!!!  It’s a unique way to add some charm Play around with patterns and colors. 

Step 5:  Add A Festive Centerpiece
A centerpiece is the one piece that will anchor the entire table.  It is your statement-making piece and takes things up a notch.  In my opinion, fresh hydrangeas and gerbera daisies are the classic flowers for a festive patriotic centerpiece.  I simply placed blue and red flowers in a vintage tool box to create a unique and colorful arrangement

Remember to always add a bit of your personal style and personality when creating your own table.  It should feel satisfying and make your heart happy.  I hope you can take some ideas from this table and don’t be afraid to add your own chic style!

Honored to have this patriotic table featured in Cottages & Bungalows magazine.

Wishing you and your family a safe and happy Memorial Day!!!



  1. Such a beautiful table and great tips. Tablescape is not my strong suit. I don't have things on hand that always work


  2. Awe...loving this! My kind of budget too! So pretty and festive. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  3. The white plates are from Home Goods..


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