Normally here at Got My Reservations, I feature a family heirloom or at least a vintage piece that inspires a tablescape. For this year’s Fourth of July tablescape, I’m pretty sure there’s absolutely nothing old or inherited on this table!
There are some sentimental pieces, however, starting with the beautiful hand-woven tablecloth we received for our wedding. It’s soft and nubby, and a beautiful way to set off the dark Amish table and all the red and white decorative items. The red, white, and blue napkins were a sale-rack find, and although they don’t scream U.S.A. chants, they add a soft element to the table.
There is nothing in the actual centerpiece that’s old, but the clear canning jars take me swiftly back to my childhood and days and days of “putting up” bounty from our garden.
Wired ribbon tied in a crisp square knot makes even a recycled spaghetti jar look good.
Plastic star plates from Party City are whimsical and will be useful for our Fourth of July potluck breakfast.
Patriotic linens await homemade scones and bagels — and they love their Longaberger basket nest.
The flowers are snapdragons and alstroemeria from Trader Joe’s — and reused from our centerpieces for the ice cream social at church.
I’ve been working on painting the planter box with chalk paint, but I haven’t distressed it yet or waxed it. I’m still thinking about what to do with it, but I love how it corrals a centerpiece.
Another sentimental touch is the choice of alstroemeria — it’s our “wedding flower” and despite its humble roots from a grocery store, it stays fresh for a long time and is inexpensive. In the photo above you can see that I turned a sherbet glass upside down to support the candles from Party City — and they were a bargain at $2.00 each.
It’s been a turbulent week here in the United States with a lot of rancor and name-calling. I’m still proud to be an American and wave my little flag on the Fourth of July.
Sharing my simple tablescapes with friends has become one of the favorite times in my week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you are in the United States, enjoy your holiday! I’m linking up today with History and Home Link Party at We Call It Junkin and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.