Flowers & Fireworks Patriotic Tablescape

Oh, say can you see my red, white, and blue Patriotic Tablescape? Like most folks, when we host the 4th of July, we serve American classics such as hamburgers and potato salad. However, even though our menu consists of typical picnic fare, I love a table setting that is anything but typical. This year, I’m especially invested in creating a festive table to celebrate being with friends and family once again.


As I’ve said before, I like to set a layered table. A tablecloth can be a great way to establish a color scheme and create a foundation for all the other elements you put on top of it. Unfortunately, a nice cloth table covering has literally been off the table for our outdoor dining space because of the obstacle of the umbrella. That’s been the case until this year when I found this terrific striped tablecloth with a hole for the umbrella.

This cloth tablecloth has a nifty zipper which makes it easy to set a patriotic tablescape.
This zippered opening is genius!

It’s made of stain-resistant fabric and sewn with a nifty zipper so that it can easily be placed on the table without having to remove the umbrella. So Cool!

Table Setting

A vibrant mix of red, white, and blue dishware and linens colorfully combine in this patriotic tablescape.

For the next layer of my patriotic tablescape, I wanted to add something with a strong, rich color to contrast the white background of the tablecloth. These round red placemats provide the punch I was looking for. The quilted flower design also harmonizes perfectly with all the other floral motifs on the table. I think red placemats are worth the investment because they can be used for Christmas as well as the 4th of July.

"Liberty Blue" transferware is perfect for a patriotic tablescape.
“Liberty Blue” Wedgwood stoneware.

For the plates, I used my set of “Liberty Blue” transferware dishes. Paper plates are more convenient, but I love the juxtaposition of serving picnic food outside on china plates. In fact, I use china and linens outdoors so often that once when I used paper napkins for a barbeque, my brother-in-law teased me about my slipping standards.

Wedgwood originally produced these “Liberty Blue” ironstone dishes as a promotion for the Benjamin Franklin Federal Savings and Loan in 1975. They must have produced a ton of them because, even though they were discontinued in the mid-’80s, they are still readily available on Ebay and Replacements. Nevertheless, the plates are quite charming. All the pieces have lovely wildflower borders and central illustrations, depicting 15 different American colonial scenes. My “Liberty Blue” dinner plates feature Independence Hall in Philadelphia.

Melamine star bowl are just the ticket for a patriotic tablescape.
Melamine star bowls

The vintage dinner plates are not that large, so I added star-shaped bowls to the place setting. These white melamine bowls are perfect for salad or fruit.


Patriotic tablescape with charming mini red and white pots of blue Lobelia.

Hobnail glass goblets add more blue to the table setting. I like to serve wine in them. I pair them with large clear glass water goblets.

Red, white, and blue hand-blocked napkins in watering can napkin rings are perfect for a patriotic picnic.
Sagar red and blue hand-blocked napkins

The vivid floral print on the hand-blocked cotton napkins relates to the floral border on the plates. It also brings all the colors of the patriotic tablescape together. Since the table is surrounded by my summer flower planters, it seemed appropriate to place the napkins in these adorable watering can napkin rings.

Mini red and white pots of Lobelia make lovely favors for guests at your 4th of July party.
Small white pots with red rims hold bright blue Lobelia plants.

Once I found the watering can napkin rings, I decided to really lean into the flower garden theme. To this end, I painted small clay pots and planted them with Lobelias. These patriotic pots are fun little favors for guests to take home.


Bright red watering can serves as a vase for a bountiful bouquet of hydrangeas on this patriotic tablescape.

A bright red watering can serves as a vase for a bountiful bouquet of blue and white Hydrangeas. The watering can coordinates with the napkin rings and adds another strong red element to the table.


Inexpensive patriotic paper decorations add a festive touch when hung from the umbrella of this patriotic tablescape.

To finish off the patriotic tablescape, I festooned the umbrella with various red, white, and blue party decorations. These inexpensive paper fans and flower balls are sold as a set. And once they are hung from the spokes of the umbrella, they really say “it’s a party!”

Flowers and fireworks patriotic tablescape.
A patriotic tablescape that has the perfect balance of red, white, and blue.
A patriotic tablescape with lots of flowers and stripes.
A patriotic picnic tablescape set with china and cloth linens.
A patriotic tablescape
Small red and white striped bowls are just the right size to serve condiments.
A pretty red, white, and blue  tablescape that packs a patriotic punch.

After I took the photos for this post, I realized that I had forgotten to place the small flags I had purchased in the pots of lobelia. Looking at my pictures, I’m not sure if they would have been a bit too much or not. Even without the flags, I’m pretty sure there’s enough red, white, and blue in this patriotic tablescape to inspire guests to spontaneously break into a rousing rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner!”

Happy 4th!

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7 thoughts on “Flowers & Fireworks Patriotic Tablescape

    1. Thanks for commenting! I agree with you, I just couldn’t resist the little watering can napkin rings. They are too cute!

  1. Love all your patriotic designs? The tablecloth for a table with an umbrella
    Is something I wish I’d had many times.

  2. I love the watering can napkin rings. Beautiful table, as always. Had a giggle about
    my husband’s comment about your standards slipping. 😀

  3. This looks fantastic Lisa! So many great details to love – the transferware, the napkins, and those napkin rings are adorable. Love the hydrangeas in the watering can and the lobelia in the hand painted pots is a wonderful party favor. Happy 4th to you!

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