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4th of July Tablescape

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 a 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!

4th of July tablescae

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!

4th of July Tablescape

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.   

Holiday Tablescapes

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.

  • Walmart
  • Target
  • The Dollar Store
  • Party City
  • Michaels
  • Hobby Lobby

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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!

4th of July Lantern

As you plan for your holiday get-togethers, remember to enjoy family and friends and have a good time.  

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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?

See ya later!

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53 Comments… add one
  • Breanna Raine 06/21/2017, 11:43 AM

    This is all so cute! It made me wish I was throwing a 4th of July party… just so I could decorate like this. Great job!

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:31 PM

      Thanks, Breanna. You should do it! πŸ™‚

  • Suanlian Tangpua 06/21/2017, 12:56 PM

    Wow Beautiful! You are so very creative …Will wait 4th of July for the sale.

    Also, I really love how you took/capture the picture.

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:31 PM

      Thanks, Suanlian. Luckily the weather cooperated and it was a beautiful day!

  • Jess 06/21/2017, 12:57 PM

    Omg I LOVE me some DIY party stuff! These are such cute ideas for the 4th! I love that you’ve chosen cheap fun places to purchase the decorations from (I always do the same) Thanks for showing us some cute ideas on a budget Positive vibes your way ✨

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:16 PM

      Haha Jess. As you can see, so do I! Yes, I think many times the cutest things are the least expensive.

  • arita muhaxheri 06/21/2017, 8:19 PM

    ahh this is absolutely adorable , You got me in the spirit and I will get my party mode on πŸ˜› happy 4th have fun

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:16 PM

      Oh, good Arita! Have a happy and safe 4th!

  • Megan Miller 06/21/2017, 9:34 PM

    So cute and simple! I love it! Those hats are my favorite.

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:15 PM

      Thanks, Meghan!

  • Krysten 06/22/2017, 12:18 AM

    I love this tablescape so much! We aren’t doing anything for the 4th, but if we were I would love to decorate like this. I am keeping this for next year.

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:15 PM

      Thanks, Krysten! BTW, I love the way you spell your name!

  • Christa Stull 06/22/2017, 2:10 AM

    4th of July is my favorite.. I love the table decorations!

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:14 PM

      Thanks, Christa!

  • Shevoneese 06/22/2017, 9:47 AM

    DIYs are the best! It’s cost effective and you are able to display your creativity. I especially love the lantern.

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:14 PM

      Thanks, Shevoneese! Yes, cute doesn’t always have to be expensive!

  • Mala 06/22/2017, 11:43 AM

    These tablescapes look lovely!
    The importance of food presentation was lost on me until I started having a difficult time feeding my son, who is super picky/fussy. I try to add some drama to the food now, but the going is slowww.

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:14 PM

      Thanks, Mala. I was and still am a very picky eater, but I’m sure things will get better! Sending you patience and good vibes! πŸ™‚

  • Modernized Mom 06/22/2017, 12:08 PM

    Wow! These are such cute ideas!

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:12 PM

      Thank you!

  • Renee @ Getting Fit Fab 06/22/2017, 12:33 PM

    I love what you did! It’s so cute but simple! DIY’s are great and fun to create and if they turn out great perfect to show off your hard work!

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:12 PM

      Thanks, Renee! Yes, it’s so much fun to see what you can create!

  • Tara 06/22/2017, 12:48 PM

    so cute! i love seasonal decorating πŸ™‚

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:12 PM

      Thanks, Tara!

  • The Crumby Vegan 06/22/2017, 1:59 PM

    We don’t have a 4th of July celebration (I live in Spain) but I can totally understand the need to present food well. I’ve also started my new instagram profile and share a lot of food photos. My husband gets really frustrated because I won’t let him eat until all the photos have been taken. I bet you’re the same with the table presentations haha

    • Lynn 06/22/2017, 3:12 PM

      Hahaha! You’re right I am! My husband gets frustrated too so I’ve started having weekends when I know he’s going to be gone and I batch cook and take pics so he doesn’t have to wait or watch me make food I won’t let him eat! hahaha

  • Afua Gyapomaa bampoe 06/22/2017, 4:04 PM

    Ah how I wish we had 4th of July celebration here in the UK. Very good practical tips

    • Lynn 06/23/2017, 6:48 AM

      Thanks, Afua!

  • Jenn 06/22/2017, 7:53 PM

    This is such a cute tablescape. I love the 4th and patriotic decor.

    • Lynn 06/23/2017, 6:47 AM

      Thanks and me too, Jenn!

  • Charity 06/22/2017, 7:59 PM

    I love this. it’s quick and simple, so I might actually do it. The baskets are adorable and clever, too.

    • Lynn 06/23/2017, 6:46 AM

      Thanks, Charity. It didn’t take much time to set this table up at all. Just a few touches here and there is all you need. Quick, simple, and festive.

  • Liz 06/22/2017, 11:14 PM

    Love these 4th of July decorations. I always like a reason to celebrate and decorate. Love your idea with the mason jar.

    • Lynn 06/23/2017, 6:44 AM

      Thanks, Liz. I love any reason to decorate too!

  • Gloria Harvley 06/22/2017, 11:24 PM

    Just reading about those little red baskets brings memories of home! I’m craving food now. The lanterns are so cute!

    • Lynn 06/23/2017, 6:44 AM

      Oh yay! Some of my fondest childhood memories are with my Grandmother. Where’s home Gloria?

  • Amanda Kruse 06/23/2017, 12:24 AM

    Love these table decorations! I don’t ever decorate my table for the holidays but it’s something I would love to start doing.

    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

    • Lynn 06/23/2017, 6:42 AM

      Thanks, Amanda! It’s fun and makes the house more festive!

  • Nicole 06/25/2017, 8:38 PM

    Have a wonderful 4th of July! Your red white and blue table decor looks perfect, and I appreciate the tips about buying decor when it goes on sale for next year. #HomeMattersParty

    • Lynn 06/26/2017, 5:45 PM

      Thanks Nicole. I hope you have a wonderful and safe 4th!

  • Melissa 06/26/2017, 8:20 AM

    I just love this fun and simple tablescape! It’s perfect for a 4th of July get together and the best part to me is that it’s easily doable. Looks great!

    • Lynn 06/26/2017, 5:47 PM

      Thanks Melissa!

  • Dayngr 06/26/2017, 5:48 PM

    That sure looks like a fun 4th of July table to dine at. I bet you could add some candles and turn it into a romantic evening table too!

    • Lynn 06/26/2017, 10:00 PM

      Love that idea!

  • Kori 06/28/2017, 7:24 AM

    So cute!!! I love your images as well!!!

    • Lynn 06/28/2017, 5:37 PM

      Thanks, Kori.

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