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A Low Key 4th of July Tablescape (+ Menu Ideas!)

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A Low Key 4th of July Tablescape is the way to go when you’re less about ‘over the top’ decorations and more about easy going and subtle.

A wine glass, white plate with blue napkin and bouquet of flowers.

Fourth of July Decorations and Tablescape, Remixed

When it comes to design and decor, I prefer a neutral backdrop dotted with personal, lovely items and little surprises. When celebrating holidays, that philosophy continues…a few pops of this or that, mixed in with our year round decor & I’m set. 

I’ve remixed the typical 4th of July red, white + blue into a low key tablescape. Remove any part of the set, and you’re still left with a lovely table for any occasion!

A vignette of blue and white textiles, lavender, fresh flowers and candles.

Shop Your Home for Patriotic(-ish) Decor

Fourth of July decorations don’t have to be obvious! Chances are you already own items suitable for the holiday. Think about your color palette and springboard from there. I’m focusing on blue, white and natural textures, so went foraging for items that fit.

  • White table covering (mine is actually a photography backdrop!) and blue + white napkins
  • White pillar + tea light candles
  • White pitcher with dried lavender
  • Rustic wooden box (flipped upside down and used to elevate the candles)
  • Mason jars for flower arrangements (grocery store white hydrangeas)
  • Bleached wood tray for the serving bar
  • Woven jute placemats to layer and add texture
  • For placecards, I folded regular copy paper into stars! (Get the tutorial here.)

It doesn’t scream stars and stripes, but it’s got just enough of that Americana vibe!

A sunny picnic table with candles and flowers.
A blue napkin with a paper star resting on top.

What to Dish Up With a 4th of July Tablescape

This holiday calls for grilled eats and cold drinks! And, for more recipe ideas that work just as well with your Independence Day celebration, check out our Labor Day menu and Summertime Eats roundup.

Drinks

A mixed berry sangria in white or red is perfect! or

This refreshing Plum + Lime Whiskey Smash is just the thing to cool things down.

Appetizers

Grilled Shrimp + Polenta Appetizer with Calabrian Cream is super easy and ready in minutes.

To add a little red to your table, you can make Red Pepper Jam ahead of time and let guests top their own goat cheese crostini.

Main Course

Roasted + Grilled Pork Spare Ribs can be baked in advanced and finished in minutes when you and your guests are ready to dig in!

For a truly al fresco experience, you can’t go wrong with Grilled Flat Bread with Flank Steak, Arugula + Chimichurri.

Side Dishes

What’s a 4th of July barbecue without potato salad? This Air Fryer German Potato Salad with Jammy Eggs is delish!

If make ahead is what you need, try Gorgeous Greens Summer Pasta Salad with Basil-Lemon Vinaigrette

Desserts

Red, White + Blueberry Whole Fruit Popsicles are just right for a July Fourth celebration!

You can’t go wrong with Strawberry Lemon Pound Cake with Cream Cheese Icing and it’s bright summery flavor.

How are you celebrating the 4th? Drop me a line or a comment below and share your brilliant ideas!

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