A 4th of July party begs for explosions of red, white and blue in the decorations. Your tables are an easy place to add a little festive color. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to transform card tables or picnic tables into patriotic focal points of the party. Here are some tips to get you started.
Start with a plain table covering. You don’t want to have a busy tablecloth. If you have too much going on with the tablecloth, the rest of the table decorations can get lost in a sea of stars and stripes. Instead, choose a table covering in either red, white or blue. Using white allows the red and blue of the centerpieces and other decorations to really pop.
The centerpieces become the focal point of the tables. There are lots of simple 4th of July centerpieces you can create yourself. Here are a few ideas.
Start with three clear jars in different sizes. You can find apothecary-style jars at most craft stores. You can also use clear vases or tall candle holders as the containers. Fill the glass containers with red, white and blue items. Candies are one option. You can also color or paint rice, dry beans or other small objects to make the filler yourself. You can do all one color in each jar, or mix them up. You can do layers of color in one jar, or stir the red, white and blue objects up.
An old coffee can or a bucket can also work well as a 4th of July centerpiece. Paint the metal in red, white and blue. You can add stripes or stencil stars onto the container for an extra patriotic flair. Fill the bucket with fun things your guests can use, such as sunglasses, bubble solution or snacks.
Red, white and blue flowers also work for an Independence Day centerpiece. Arrange the flowers in a vase or patriotic container. If you use a clear container, add some red, white and blue marbles or rocks to the bottom for another festive touch. A ribbon tied around the container can also add to the patriotic look.
Don’t stop with the centerpieces. Add some little decorations along the table to complete the look. Fourth of July confetti is one option. Sprinkle the red, white and blue bits of confetti over the table and around the centerpieces. You can also cut out star shapes from patterned paper to make your own confetti. Or cut red, white and blue ribbons into short lengths and curl them.