Summer Tablescape: Stars & Stripes

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change”
‭‭James‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭

It’s time to fire up the grill and find your spot for the annual fireworks show…I can hardly believe that July 4 is next week!  It seems like we just welcomed summer with Memorial Day!  The red, white, and blue are flying high everywhere you look…and to me, they’re not only the colors of our great nation, but the colors of summer!

I don’t think I will be hosting a July 4 get-together this year, but I still wanted to set a table, so on Saturday evening when the scorching heat finally simmered down a little, I took to the patio.  As I started putting everything in place, I noticed it was getting dark and looking like rain.  Now, if you’re a blogger, you know that on a normal day, rain would not be welcome during an outdoor tablescape shoot.  But I would have gladly packed up and gone back inside if it meant relief from the 90-100 degree weather we have been having lately!  But to my dismay, the rain held off!  Pull up a seat and grab a glass of raspberry tea and join me at our summer table full of stars and stripes!

I love pulling out the Schwinn 3-wheel bicycle and parking it in the garden to add a little seasonal decor!

Red, white, and blue is always appropriate!


Red dinner plates from TJ Maxx, my much used “Willow” pattern salad plates, and cute patriotic bowls bought on clearance last summer!

The table runner is two placemats put together…mini flags in bottles celebrating our country’s Independence Day!

Simple star ribbon for the red napkins!



The blue hydrangeas were the perfect centerpiece.  Note the two white blooms, they are my first Limelight blooms this season …but in the next few days there will be loads of beautiful blooms appearing!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
Proverbs 25:11

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  1. lulu says:

    More power to you for braving the heat and creating a festive table. Since we are never home on the fourth I rarely do a table but enjoy the efforts of others.

  2. I wrote a long comment and lost it!! I’ll try to start over.
    We got a much needed rain late yesterday afternoon. Getting back from our trip after being gone for over a week everything was parched even with the automatic sprinkler running as usual. Hope you got rain too.
    I love your patriotic table! It is hard to come up with something different but you did with your new bowls, creative centerpiece and cute ribbon as napkin rings. Of course, your flags proudly flying for the occasion give us pause to recognize the reason for a celebration for which we are all grateful.
    The design on you runner makes the table pop and your large lush hydrangea blooms are so healthy despite the heat. I’m pinning your table.
    Have a great week and happy fourth. We’ve got to get busy and make some plans.

    • Bonnie, I hope you had an enjoyable trip! Rain has been all around us ,but we haven’t had a drop at our house in two weeks! I have now decided to have a gathering for the 4th, but it will be small! Have you thought any more about a get-together in Birmingham?

  3. Shenita says:

    Pam, your patriotic setting is lovely! The hydrangeas are so pretty. I need to pull things together. I think we’re having houseguests. I needed this inspiration. Beautiful!

  4. dolores says:

    Muy hermosa mesa para tan importante acontecimiento. Los colores patrióticos quedan preciosos como adorno de la mesa. Me alegra que ustedes usen los colores de la patria con orgullo y con alegría. En España esto sería impensable por los mucho prejuicios que aún tienen muchas personas después de la guerra civil que ya hace 80 años y aún así hay resentimiento entre españoles. Es realmente triste.
    Siempre un gran abrazo

    Very beautiful table for such an important event. Patriotic colors are beautiful as decoration of the table. I’m glad you used the colors of their country with pride and joy. In Spain this would be unthinkable for much prejudice that still have many people after the civil war 80 years ago and still there is resentment among Spaniards. It’s really sad.
    Always a big hug

    • Muchas gracias, amigo dulce! Estoy triste de que hay tanto prejuicio, incluso después de 80 años! Nuestro país no está exento de problemas, también! Bendiciones, Dolores!

      Thanks so much, sweet friend! I am sad that there is so much prejudice even after 80 years! Our country is not without problems, also! Blessings, Dolores!

  5. Not only is your table gorgeous and perfection, but the scenery is amazing. I love that bike, so whimsical and charming. I really enjoyed seeing this post that I had to look at it at least twice. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Patti says:

    Pam, thanks so much for popping by Embracing Home and for leaving me such a gracious comment.

    Wow, your table is absolutely stunning! The hydrangeas are beyond beautiful. And that bike—way cool.


  7. Kim says:

    Your hydrangea blooms are perfect for this table setting, and I always enjoy that bicycle! Your beautiful garden setting is the perfect backdrop for your gorgeous table for the 4th!

  8. Sandra Garth says:

    Your tablescapes are always beautiful and we’re so happy to see this one in our link up. Thanks for sharing your links with us at Celebrate Your Story and have a peaceful holiday!

  9. Simply love everything about your table! I, too set a table each year for this celebration, one inside which we use for a few weeks and then a few outdoors for the actual celebration. Love how you kept it so traditional with the true red, white, and blue!

  10. Bonnie Brown says:

    Your tables are always gorgeous and this one is so festive! Just love it. Love that bicycle in the garden as well! I can sympathize with having to do your table scape/shoot in the relentless heat. I live in south Ga. so I know all about those sweltering temps! That is why this year, instead of doing an evening or noon cook out, I am having an Independence Day brunch celebration inside where it is COOL! Thanks for all your beautiful posts!

  11. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July. I love your table and salute you for braving the heat to set it up out of doors! I am featuring your tablescape on Monday at the Celebrate Your Story! link party. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing all of your great links!

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