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Easy 4th of July Centerpiece and Table Settings

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Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Rachel Granholm

Celebrate America with this easy 4th of July centerpiece and table settings!

Happy Independence Day! This Summer holiday is so much fun, full of barbecues, yard games and sparklers. If you are like me and enjoy putting together a festive table but don’t want to spend all day nor lots of dollars, I got you! You truly can create happy and well thought out celebratory decor on the cheap. Come along as I share this easy 4th of July centerpiece and table settings!

Patriotic Table Decor

We’ve been hosting various friends and family at our house over the past week which has gifted me the opportunity to create a pretty table! I love to provide our guests with decor that goes with the season but that is also functional for the occasion at hand.

For this tablescape, I mainly used items and decor that I already had to design it. I normally shy away from 4th of July decorations because they tend to be bright and overwhelming.

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However, the few ‘loud’ patriotic accessories that I found at the dollar store are toned down a tad when combined with my white dishes and other vintage decor.

You can totally re-create this tablescape for yourself. Let me show you how!

Items Used for a July 4th Table Setting

Easy 4th of July Centerpiece and Table Settings

Let me walk you through the process that I used to create a 4th of July tablescape. As always, this is meant to be a guide.

Take the ideas shared here and tweak them a bit to make it your own!

1. Choose a Base.

When creating a new tablescape, I always like to start with a clean slate. I remove all other decor, placemats, napkins, etc…and give the table a good cleaning.

Then, I figure out what to use for a base. Options for this could include a table cloth, table runner, extra fabric, or even burlap!

Tip: I always like to re-use linens that I already have at home but if not, thrift stores are amazing places to find base layers for super cheap!

For this particular table, I chose to use this vintage white and blue linen tablecloth that I recently found at an antique store. It’s a gentle nod to the patriotic holiday!

a vintage table cloth used for a 4th of July table

2. Build the Table Settings.

Next, to ensure that there was going to be enough room for my planned centerpiece, I put together each table setting.

When building a tablescape, I like each individual table setting to feel grounded. By this I mean having an anchor piece for the dinner plates to sit on top of. So, to achieve this idea but in keeping with the overall color scheme, the first thing I did was make some fabric chargers.

I didn’t have any other chargers to go with the patriotic theme and I had more of this thrifted fabric leftover, so I thought I would put it to use again!

making chargers out of fabric for a 4th of July table setting

To do this, I simply traced around a dinner plate but went slightly larger than the circumference so that the fabric would stick out a little from underneath.

Then I cut them out with and voila! Fabric chargers!

4 fabric chargers for 4th of July place settings

Next, I placed white dinner plates on top.

Tip: I highly recommend thrifting a set of white dishes. They are the perfect neutral color and super versatile. I found this beautiful set of dishes at the thrift store for under $20! 

thrifted white dishes for a patriotic table

Then, I folded paper star napkins the long way and placed them on top of each dinner plate.

I kept the napkin longer in the front for an extra pop of color.

a paper napkin with stars for a 4th of July tablescape

Then, I placed a salad plate on top of each napkin.

add a white salad plate for a 4th of July table setting

Lastly, I added flatware and drinking glasses.

Do you see how I have the area in the middle now to arrange my centerpiece? Just as I had hoped 🙂

adding flatware and drinking glasses for a 4th of July table

Creating a 4th of July Centerpiece

The inspiration piece for my centerpiece is this vintage blue glass vase. I found it at an antique store many years ago. The deep blue color is just stunning!

I figured the 4th of July is an ideal time to use it.

mini patriotic tin pails used for a 4th of July table

Then, I placed 3 flags in it. I used these last year and still love them. They are burlap, making them feel more vintage-y.

Around the base of the vase, I haphazardly arranged some miniature tin pails that I found at the dollar store.

The vision for these little buckets, in my head, was to make it seem like they were being played with at the beach or a pool and just got thrown around as the day wore on.

American flags in a vintage glass vase for a centerpiece

I added two stems of white faux flowers amongst the flags for some texture.

They bring a bit more life to the display as a whole.

a vintage blue glass vase with flags and white flowers

After that, I moved onto my favorite part of the whole centerpiece which are these blue stones. I found them at the dollar store and loved how they matched the color of my vase.

My idea for the blue stones was to place them in and around the tin pails to make it look like water spilling all over.

When I was little, I used to love filling buckets up with water and dumping it out. That’s the thought behind it!

blue stones used for a 4th of July table centerpiece

There is no rhyme or reason to this process. I just randomly stuck the blue stones here and there, inside and out and in-between the buckets.

I tried to keep the stones as far away from the table settings as possible as to not interfere with the drinking glasses and such.

Aren’t they so cool?! Without the blue stones, this table would be a bit meaningless. But, since I created that little scene or story in my head beforehand, it all makes sense.

blue stones with mini patriotic pails for a 4th of July centerpiece

Finished Patriotic Table Display

With that, we have a finished patriotic table, just waiting to host a fun 4th of July bash.

This is about as ‘loud’ as I can get with a red, white and blue table setting. It has enough of the theme that others will notice and understand the concept yet still neutral and vintage-looking.

a finished 4th of July table setting and centerpiece

I’ve waited a long time to use these white thrifted dishes in a tablescape but that wait was well worth it.

The dishes look gorgeous paired with the table linen!

a 4th of July table from above

Red, White, and Blue Table Decor on a Budget

As I stated at the beginning of this post, you truly don’t need to do much to create a delightful and pleasing patriotic table.

If you put your mind to it and get your creative thinking hat on, you will be amazed at what you can come up with!

white thrifted plates used for a patriotic tablescape

Also, I will say that I didn’t think that this table was good enough to share with you all. My head was telling me to add more and put something else on top of each plate.

I stopped, looked at my hubby and he said, “Less is more most of the time.” So, I left it and am so happy with how my red, white and blue table looks!

It’s simple and minimal yet vibrant and eye-catching.

a finished patriotic table display

Closing Tidbits for an Easy 4th of July Centerpiece and Table Settings

I truly hope this easy 4th of July centerpiece and table settings inspires you to use what you have!

Decorating your home for seasonal holidays doesn’t need to be stressful nor expensive. Please don’t compare yourself against others. You do you! Go slowly and enjoy the process.

Styling your home is like a work of art. Be proud of what you create! Be encouraged to design a festive home, finding joy and meaning along the way.

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Leave me a comment! How do you decorate for the 4th of July? I love hearing from you!

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a 4th of July centerpiece with table settings

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12 Comments. Leave new

  • I found this charming!Sometimes less is more! The dinnerware reminds me of my first set when I married. Called Federalist from Sears
    They just fit in with any occasion. I found you by browsing the internet. Have a great day.

    • Rachel Granholm
      June 28, 2023 9:59 am

      Hi Charleen!
      Thank you so much!! The dishes are Block Bone China…I found the plates at the thrift store for like $18. I think I’ve seen the Federalist pattern before!!
      I’m so happy to have you here. Thanks for your lovely comment! Come back again! Wishing you a lovely day!

  • Beth Anderson
    June 28, 2023 4:05 pm

    SO cute! I love these ideas- especially the stones spilling out of the pails 😉

  • MaryJo Materazo
    June 29, 2023 10:28 am

    Your table is lovely Rachel. I love how you explained all the details and the stones spilling our of the pails makes so much sense! I love it. Happy 4th friend. XO- MaryJo

  • Hello Rachel! I can’t believe the 4th of July will be here next week! Enjoy celebrating with your festive table! Your blue pitcher is so pretty and makes a perfect centerpiece! Just the right amount of red, white, and blue!

  • I love the way this tablescape came together, Rachel! It’s so fun, festive and creative. I’m totally with your hubs – less is more – and this table strikes just the right balance. Big hugs and happy 4th, CoCo

    • Rachel Granholm
      June 29, 2023 3:11 pm

      Thanks so much!! I’m so happy you agree 🙂 Hope you have the best long weekend ahead, CoCo!!

  • Wendy McMonigle
    July 6, 2023 10:55 pm

    What a great tablescape Rachel. Love how creative you were with the placemats.


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