Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Set Your Table With Flair--Patriotic Summer Setting

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Wow, it seems the year has practically flown by!  I cannot believe it is officially Summer again!  Summertime is the consummate time for backyard barbecues, family gatherings, and picnics!  Such fun!  We are a few short days away from celebrating our beautiful country's independence, so for today's tablescape, I hope to incorporate some of the fun elements of the summertime season.  I hope you enjoy the post.   

I began in the middle of my backyard with my little bistro table and chairs, free of linen. 

I wanted this tablescape to be indicative of a picnic, so for the centerpiece, I added a red soft woven basket next,

and filled it with red, white, and blue blooms. 

My navy blue chargers came next, 

followed by clean white plates. 

Closer look. 

Nothing says backyard barbecue, Summer, or picnic quite like red and white gingham!  I adore these plates......they look like paper plates, but they are actually a very thick, sturdy melamine. 

A closer view.  So fun!

Next, I placed navy napkins folded in fourths,

and crisp white napkins adorned with whimsical bicycle napkin holders. 

Aren't these cute?  I love bike riding whenever I get the chance!  Such a great activity during the summer for the whole family!   

Finally, I placed simple blue flutes at each setting,

and for a bit of patriotic flair, bows with the Stars and Stripes on the backs of each chair!

Here is the completed tablescape. No flatware needed!  :)
Summer is all about wonderful comfort food you eat with your hands if you are like me! 

A few more......

Here are a couple of up-close shots of the setting.  

From my collection:
Bistro table and chairs, Target
Navy chargers, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
White plates, Ralph Lauren Club Collection
Gingham melamine plates, Horchow/Neiman Marcus
Navy napkins, Hotel Collection, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods 
White napkins, generic, TJ Maxx/HomeGoods 
Bicycle napkin rings, Steinmart 
Blue flutes, generic
Red basket and florals, Hobby Lobby
Stars and Stripes bows, Big Lots 

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  1. That is such a cute and patriotic table setting. It really inspires me to try and come up with something special for our 4th of July backyard dinner. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Super cute! I especially love the checked plates and those darling bicycle napkin holders! Your guests will know immediately they are in for a fun and festive meal!

  3. I am taking my hips straight to Stein Mart tomorrow to see if I can find some of those incredibly cute penny-farthing napkin rings! They are just TOO CUTE!!!!!! I have a tablescape in mind for which they would be perfect! I have a collection of penny-farthings, and those napkin rings would be a great addition! Wow...Stein Mart! They have such cool stuff! They moved the one that was somewhat close to our house, so now I have to drive about 35 minutes to get to one. I'll do it. Totally worth it if those are there!!!

    FUN tablescape! Perfect for this hot summer weather. And I love it that you omitted flatware! Burgers, chips and watermelon wedges only need our mitts for grubbin'! :-)

    1. Thank you, Alycia! Yes, I found those at Steinmart, and I don't think that's the reason I went in. They were so cute, I went to two stores just to get a full set. Happy shopping, I hope you'll find them...I think it was like two months ago when I purchased them, so you may get lucky! Thanks for stopping by! ❤❤

  4. I love your tablescape, The bicycle napkin rings give just the right amount of whimsy. This is perfect for an outdoor bbq.

  5. Its beautiful ans do patriotic. Thank you for sharing your sweet blog at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. ♥

    1. Thank you for hosting your fabulous party each week! :)

  6. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! What a beautiful patriotic garden and Little table al fresco. Those little bicycle napkin rings are simply adorable! Enjoy your weekend.