Sunday, May 31, 2015

Set Your Table With Flair--A Purely Americana Independence Day Setting

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.

Simple white flowers, red apples, and mini American flags were placed inside.

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.

To see the tutorial to make these country-prim denim rag coasters, you may visit the post on my blog The Crafting Table here.

Frosted colorblock tumblers and coffee cups......

red and blue felt stars for place settings,

and flatware with festive straws tied with a bit of denim complete the setting.

Setting up where there is a peek-a-boo of the lake makes for a relaxing, serene scene.

Place setting:

On the menu for an All-American feast:

Savory BBQ Chicken

Simple Potato Salad

Quick and Easy Chili

Savory, Spicy BBQ Corn

Delectable BBQ Burgers

To see these recipes for an All-American feast, please visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Pabulum here.

Have a wonderful day!

From my collection:

Hemstitched tablecloth, all napkins, and rustic crate, HomeGoods
Navy Chargers, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Plates, cups, and saucers, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Frosted colorblock glasses, Nautica
Plastic silverware and patriotic straws, Target
Check fabric, Walmart
Little pots, Local thrift
Flags and felt stars, The 99¢ Store


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  1. Absolutely love this!! Great idea!!

    Thanks for stopping by!!


  2. Amazing! Now I'm craving BBQ. Hee!

  3. Gorgeous, creative and heartwarming! I love the idea of re-purposing the denim jeans. Beautiful!

  4. Your table looks like you have been planning it, since December! Love the centerpiece and the use of denim is, definitely, "All American"! I cannot wait to find this on Pinterest, so I can pin and steal your cute ideas - hahaha! Seriously, this post is wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much, Diane!! Nice to hear from you, pin pal! :)

  5. What a great looking table!

  6. I am ready for the 4th already after looking at this table. Beautiful and charming and so Americana.
    Love it. Great job!!

    blessings, Nellie

  7. Cute look! Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  8. The really nice thing about this blog post is that I no longer have to figure out what we're going to eat for the 4th! Not to mention, you've given me amazing decorating ideas. Now if I could just duplicate that beautiful view of the water...

  9. Oh, goodness! I love this! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party! Here is the link to this week's bash! Hope to see you again at our little blue soiree! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  10. The Weekly Feature Series is live on the blog where you are being showcased. Pop on over and take a look when you have time. Have a lovely weekend! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  11. So fun and festive! I loved the addition of the apples. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Thank you, Jann for hosting such a wonderful party!