June 22, 2017

Let's Celebrate the 4th of July!

The "birth of our nation" celebration on July 4th is right around the corner. 

I love to see people flying flags and bunting around their house. And the fun of seeing kids decorate wagons and bikes for community parades is what also makes the 4th of July fun.

Often we don't think about the patriots/revolutionary war veterans who fought to make us independent from British rule. 

I have discovered a few more RW veterans in a couple of my ancestry lines, so that makes celebrating Independence Day important to me. I read of one ancestor who died at Valley Forge from the harsh winter conditions. Those patriots were standing up for their country and family. It could not have been easy. There is an interesting history of the Battle of Blue Licks (in Kentucky) if any of you are history buffs like me. 

Ok...on to my tablescape!

I have been working on a few patriotic ideas on my back porch for a "porch party." 

So...take a look and see if there are any ideas you would like to try. 

As required, I must disclose to you that some of the products used in my decor were provided by Oriental Trading. I am a brand ambasador, which means that they offer me products of my choice and I turn them into creative ideas. 

It has been raining this week...and it looks like it will be going on for a while longer. I decided to go ahead and photograph my tablescape anyway. I tried to lighten up the pics by editing them...but I apologize for the shaded look. My plan was to take my table out into the yard and create a picnik-scape. Oh well, we are friends here! I hope you still enjoy. 

For this tablescape I used a long folding table...which means that there is less tabletop space to play with. But I love these tables for casual dining. You can carry them to your porch, deck, patio, yard, or driveway. Mine came from Lowes several years ago. 

Let the layering begin!

I covered the table with a large red tablecloth first of all. I wanted to create a skirted look, plus I wanted the red color.

Next, I put a large "restaurant" quality polyester tablecloth on top. These are inexpensive. I found mine on Amazon. From what I understand the restaurant quality polyester resists stains. Always helpful!

For the next layer, I added two patriotic banners. Yes, these are actually banners (with grommets on each end) for hanging on your porch, on each side of your entry door, etc. When I saw them at Oriental Trading I immediately thought that they would make nice table runners. 

For the final layer, I added round blue straw-like placemats.

Oriental Trading has the cutest burlap covered chargers...and I had to have them. I wanted to try them for a casual table. Perfect for summer!

I topped off the place settings with simple white plates, Ball jars for beverages,  and napkins that co-ordinate with the table runner/banners. The napkins and Ball jars are from Oriental Trading also. 

For the centerpiece I had to choose something 
small. And I also needed two of something. :-)


I thought that maybe my two white pitchers would be just the trick to add a bit of an Americana vibe to this Independence celebration party. 

If you are interested in finding any of my Oriental Trading items (patriotic banners, Ball jars, burlap chargers, flags, paper napkins)  you can go to this link

The black lanterns are also from OT, back in the fall. But they still have them. 

I also ordered a few extra flags from Oriental Trading to place around the porch for that festive feel. In my opionion you just can't have too many american flags for a patriotic celebration. 

Even though my tablescape got rained out today...there will hopefully be sunshine by party time. It was pouring the rain while I was taking these pictures. ha ha! But...rain or shine, the blog must go on!

Until the next time...

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Very well done...

    Mother & Daddy think you did well.

  2. Loving your red, white, and blue. Your lawn is beautiful.

  3. I love your patriotic table setting and it's just perfect for the 4th of July. I will have to take a look at Oriental Trading. Thanks for these ideas and I love those chargers and of course the jars.
    The photos came out great even though it was raining!

  4. Looks great. You did a very nice job styling the table. Love the runner. It all worked together well.

  5. So very festive Sheila!....a wonderful setting to celebrate the 4th with family and friends. You make "beautiful" look so effortless!

  6. Thanks for sharing your patriotic table with us at C&C with J&J. This will be perfect for Labor Day Weekend too.

  7. Red, white and blue are stunning together aren't they Sheila? Thanks for sharing your beautiful table and decorating ideas with us at #overthemoon.


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