With just one week to go before our nation’s birthday, I wanted to share with you some 4th of July table setting tips that will wow your family, friends, and guests!
The Fourth of July is a great time to party, and I’ve put together a lovely 4th of July table setting that is very easy to create, but makes a very big impact.
My friends at Oriental Trading sent me some patriotic supplies to create our 4th of July party. They’ve got SO many fun red, white, and blue decorations for your summer soiree. Definitely check them out!
At the end of last year my husband and I made a 14 foot long farmhouse table for our patio space. We wanted it to be big enough to entertain with family and friends. I was so excited to create out first 4th of July table setting on our new table!
Best Tips for a Beautiful 4th of July Table Setting
Tip #1 Use a Patriotic Runner.
Since our outdoor table is 14′ long it’s hard to find a runner that’s long enough. Last year I bought a set of two fabric patriotic shutter covers that worked perfectly as a big long table runner. I just placed the two covers end to end and it looks just like one big Fourth of July table runner!
You can also use fabric to easily create your own runner.
Tip #2 Decorate with lots of flags.
It doesn’t get much more 4th of July than American flags, right? Use lots of red, white, and blue flags to spruce up your space.
I filled up 8 small galvanized metal buckets with sand, then inserted a 12″ x 18″ flag inside each one. They’re the perfect size for the table and make a big impact when displaying multiples down the table.
I also hung a HUGE American flag I already had behind the entire length of the table on our patio walls, and two smaller 3′ x 5′ flags at the end of the table.
I love the big bold impact our graphic flags made on our 4th of July table setting.
BONUS: A giant flag works great as a phto backdrop too!
Tip #3 Light it Up
Lanterns and candles are a great way to decorate your Fourth of July party and give it that summer feel.
As the sun goes down, light those candles and keep the fun going!
Tip #4 Layer Layer Layer
Doing dishes after throwing a party is the worst, am I right? Make your life easier and still have a nice-looking table with paper and plastic plates!
The key to using paper plates at a party is to layer. I started out with large red paper chargers, added a white plastic dinner plate over that, then placed a nice thick paper napkin over the plate vertically. Just add a blue dessert plate to top it off!
Can you believe that gold silverware is plastic?! I’ve been trying to find the perfect gold flatware but didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for a set. Luckily I scored these gold plastic ones at Oriental Trading for much less!
Tip #5 Sweet Treats
Treat your guests with a sweet treat before or after dinner. I bought some plain vanilla cupcakes then added patriotic star sprinkles to the top.
Each cupcake went into a cute individual cupcake pedestal. I spray painted the bottom half of the holder white to add more color and fun to the table.
I also had a other few treats ready for everyone after the meal, including these patriotic candy sticks.
Tip #6 Make it Pop
Have your own mini fireworks session with small 4th of July poppers! I bought these at World Market and can’t wait for the kids to pop them while waiting for the fireworks to start.
I hope you enjoyed these 4th of July table setting tips.
It really isn’t hard to create a great-looking table for family and friends!
For more 4th of July party ideas, you’ll love our Old-Fashioned 4th of July Party.