Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Thrifty 4th of July Tablescape

I can't believe I actually pulled off a 4th of July tablescape. Let me explain, I have very little in my home that have red, white, and blue, especially by way of plates and linens. But as luck would have it I scored on a few items this week at the thrift shops and was able to put together a tablescape in my sunroom. Yay! This is my first patriotic tablescape, and it was a lot of fun.

First, let me thank our gracious hostesses Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch and Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for hosting another week of Tablescape Thursday and Thrifty Thursday. Thanks ladies for letting us join in all the fun! Please pay them a visit to see more participants.

Welcome to my sunroom. When I think of Independence day, I think of fireworks, hot dogs, iced tea or lemonade, and watermelon. So, inspired by my thrift shop finds, I went with the watermelon theme.

The patriotic top hat actually held all the pinwheels you see here, but I tweeked it a little for my centerpiece. I paid only $3 for it.
The watermelon napkins were also from the same thrift shop for $2 for 6. I used them here as placemats. The white quilt design tablecloth was a lucky find at an estate sale for 50 cents.
I've used these vintage luncheon plates for a previous tablescape. They only cost $1 for nine of them at an estate sale.

I've had a case of mason jars sitting in a storage shelf for about 10 years now and forgot all about them. I initially bought them thinking I would be canning fruits and vegetables after a bountiful harvest. Well, the birds ate most of the peaches and we ended up either eating all our vegetables or giving them to friends and neighbors. I'm glad I finally put them to use after all these years! They'll be great to serve iced tea in.

I made a chair scarf with the same red napkins tied with some patriotic ribbon from the Dollar Tree.
Aren't these watermelon napkin rings cute? Just $2 for a set of 8.

I placed a pinwheel in a bud vase at each place setting. I found a case of these vases, 12 of them for $3.99 at the GW.

Have a fabulous 4th of July everybody. Thanks for stopping by, and as always your comments make my day!

Till next time,


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very fun and festive! I love the mason jars and all the cute touches. You did pull it off. Looks great...


Sheila :-)

Chandy said...

Lorna, that is a gorgeous and fun table! What a great take on Fourth of July! I LOVE IT ALL! Beautiful job on tying it all in!

I gotta go to the $ Tree again so I can grab some patriotic stuff! Mine are currently in the storage... *sigh*

Happy 4th!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Wonderful patriotic table!

Happy 4th!

KBeau said...

There's certainly nothing more patriotic than red watermelon.

susan said...

Lorna-That is what is called an Army/Navy tablecloth and they are usually very expensive! What a find! I could have used some of your tableware-I have a lemonade and watermelon theme too! Have a happy 4th!

Mrs. Petrie said...

What great deals! Your tablescape looks so fresh and patriotic. Perfect for the 4th.

Tammy518 said...

Oh. My. Goodness! It's all so beautiful I don't know where to start. You've set a stunning table, and all without breaking the bank! And my mouth is watering, looking at that watermelon.

Hope you have a great 4th of July!

bj said...

You came up with a precious table. W;hat a great job!

Carolyn said...

Great 4th of July tablescape!


Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a fun and festive table! I love the watermelon napkin rings! Happy Tablescaping to you!

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Lorna, it is fabulously festive! Thanks for being a part of Thrifty Thursday, my friend!
Well done!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

marty39 said...

What a great tablescape. I love the watermelon and the flags. It just seems so "American". Love the treatment to the chairs. Hugs, Marty

Elyse said...

very sweet and i am doubly impressed that you are able to do this with 9 pals at home! you go girl!


laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Lorna, this is sooo cute! Love the top hat in the center of the table, and what fabulous deals are on this table! So clever the way you tied the napkins on the backs of the chairs. That fifty cent tablecloth is gorgeous! laurie

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Lorna, your table is fresh and inviting. Love it.

Happy July 4th to you.


Allidink said...

I love it! The watermelon theme is awesome! Plus that watermelon on the table there is making me hungry!! Great patriotic theme.

All the best,

Shelia said...

Hi Lorna! No one would guess this was your first patriotic table! It's wonderful and fun! Love everything you've done here.
Have a great 4th!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Brenda said...

This is very creative! What a lovely and summery tablescape you've created here!

Kirby3131 said...

For not having anything and only finding a few items, you ROCKED IT!! Watermelon was the perfect foil for a 4th of July party :)

Mary said...

Great table, happy 4th! :O)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Great job! You are very creative! Love the chair covers!

Have a happy holiday!


Linda/"Mom" said...

WOW! You have created the most CHARMING and DELIGHTFUL table~~~ so creative and fun!!! It's just UBER-FAB!!! "KUDOS, kiddo!"~~~

Thank you,
Linda in AZ *

Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements said...

Hi Lorna,
Fun tablescape!!! I spent some time checking out other posts. Your writing is sharp and clever and you take great pics of your wonderful, imaginative finds.

I'm glad our paths have crossed. Hope it will happen frequently. And thanks for the sweet comments you made about my first tablescaping effort. It was greatly appreciated.

Hope you and yours have a safe and happy 4th!


printersdevil said...

Great job, Lorna. I love the watermelon things. The napkin rings are the cutest!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

What fun. Very colorful. Happy 4th.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Your great buys make a really fun and festive table. Love it! Happy 4th!


Shirley said...

Very clever. I loved how you decorated the backs of the chairs. And yes, I just love the watermelon napkin rings. Great job!!!!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

You've got the cutest touches in your tablescape! Love it all and that you've added watermelons in too (always a great treat for the 4th) Hope you enjoy a safe and fabulous 4th!

papel1 said...

I love your fourth of July decorations. You have a lovely blog.

printersdevil said...

I came back by to mention that I am hosting a Christmas in July Tablescape Party at my Playing Dishes blog. There will be one held each Saturday this month. Please come and participate or at least visit. A holiday tablecloth will be given away on the last Saturday, July 25. Info on signups is available by clicking my sidebar memes available on both my blogs.

I am also having a weekly Christmas giveaway at my Christmas Memories in My Heart blog. Weekly entries are closed out a midnight on Wednesday for this.

Hopefully some of you tablescape regulars will pull together a tablescape for CIJ or pull out some photos from last year to post.

Happy CIJ!

xinex said...

Beautiful tablescape., Laura! And I can't belive the prices of how much you bought everything on the table....Christine

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