The holidays are great because they give you the chance to decorate! I don’t need another excuse to decorate, but decorating for holidays is always super fun! Tablescapes tend to be some of my favorite DIY Home Decor Projects.
With my tablescapes, I believe the simpler the better. Don’t get me wrong, there are some amazingly beautiful tablescapes and there is a time for lavish and time for simple. For holidays, I go simple. For dinner parties and get-togethers, while I don’t go lavish, my tablescapes are more decorative and intricate. If your tablescape is over the top, it takes away from your food!
Food presentation was something that was taught to me early on by my Mom. She taught me that eating starts before you sit down to actually eat the meal. It starts with the smells in your home while you’re preparing and cooking the meal. With your ears as you hear the sizzle and the rummaging for pots and pans and opening and closing bottles and cans. With your eyes as you look and see the food and finally when it’s time to actually taste it, you’ve already “tasted” your meal.
E laughs at me because I’m always talking about food presentation, but I love to see the different way restaurants and cooks present their food. It’s fun!
This year’s 4th of July tablescape is a little different because usually, we eat inside. This year since we have a screened-in patio, we can eat outside without the annoyance of a bug or fly here and there. I’m excited about that!
Y’all tablescapes don’t have to be expensive. Remember as I said, the food is the true center of attention on your table, or at least it should be. It’s just the 2 of us, well I think it’s just the two of us. E has a habit of inviting people and “forgetting” to tell me. Does your significant other do that too or am I just the lucky one?
I used 2 white tablecloths. I thought about going with red, blue, or a pattern, but I thought how busy the table would be since the table decor had patterns. Here is what I used for my 4th of July tablescape,
4th of July Tablescape
- 2-white tablecloths
- 3-Red, white, and blue miniature hats
- 2-Mason jar mugs
- 1-hanging lantern
- 3-balloon holders
- 2-food baskets with liner paper
- 1-Mason jar for the flowers
Why food baskets instead of plates for this 4th of July Tablescape?
When I was a kid, my sisters and I were fortunate enough to not have to go to daycare. My Grandmother watched us each day while my parents worked. She didn’t drive and so sometimes she would call a cab and we would go to the Mall. We would walk the Mall, sometimes we would shop and other times we would just walk the mall and get an Orange Julius.
After we left the mall, we would go to a BBQ stand with picnic tables and we would eat the most amazing hot link sandwiches. Even now as I’m typing this, I can taste those sandwiches. I’ve never been able to find one that good in all of these years. The BBQ link sandwiches were served in red food baskets just like the ones I’m using in this tablescape.
Of course, we’re going to have hot links on the menu and it helped me think of such a fond memory of my childhood. There are several places you can shop for decor for your 4th of July Tablescape. I’ve listed a few below.
- The Dollar Store
- Party City
- Hobby Lobby
One of the biggest ways to keep holiday tablescape decor prices at a minimum is to purchase at the end of that holiday season. In the next week or 2, you’ll start to see 4th of July items go on sale; in some stores, they already have! This is when I purchase most of my decor and store it in my craft closet. Also, don’t forget your coupons!
As you plan for your holiday get-togethers, remember to enjoy family and friends and have a good time.
Things don’t have to be perfect and cost a lot of money. What your guests will remember is how good the food is and how much fun they had!
How are you decorating your table for the 4th of July?