Hello, lovely friends, and thank you for stopping in to visit today! If you are American, have you begun your planning for the celebration of our nation's independence? I usually start thinking about ideas approximately two weeks in advance, but this time around, I began thinking of this table in December. What!!? December?? Well, I'll tell you why. Each Winter and Spring, we do a de-bulking around the house, getting rid of clothes the kiddos have outgrown, toys we no longer need, et cetera. We usually donate most of the wares to the local Goodwill. This past December, as I was going through my boys' old jeans, I reserved a couple pairs with the intent of making very "Americana" placemats with strips of the denim. It was then that I began thinking about this year's Independence Day tablescape, which I wanted to have a sort of retro vibe. I hope you enjoy the post!
My table began with a bright white hemstitched cloth. As you can clearly see, I detest ironing tablecloths, but for a barbecue, I think being casual is absolutely fine, especially if you intend to use a runner on the tables! ;) Red and white buffalo check fabric emulating a picnic was placed sideways in the middle of the table as a runner.
As American As......
For the centerpiece of this table, I wanted something that looked retroactive, rustic, and that emulated country charm. I began with a rustic crate I found recently.
A quick coat of navy blue paint and stenciled stars, the crate was ready for an All-American arrangement.
A few close-ups.
Cut pieces of leftover denim were used as placemats,
followed by navy chargers.
Red napkins folded length-wise
were followed by white plates.
A navy napkin folded downward into a quasi-triangle
was followed by matching white saucers.
Denim coasters placed catty-corner
were followed by little covered pots perfect for chili.