Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Tablescape

I love holidays and the 4th of July is one of my favorites! We had already celebrated earlier with our family and Mr. Mid-Atlantic and I both had colds so we just stayed at home this year....We had terrible thunderstorms around here so all the fireworks displays were rained out anyway.....but, I still had fun decorating and setting the table....just for you!

Before the rain started I got some outdoor pictures of my garden flag.....

....and these cute little tin firecrackers for the yard.

I found these at "Through the Garden Gate", one of my favorite local antique, vintage and "what-not" stores.

....I may just leave them up all July.

My little Spunky Man is ready to greet you at the door.

A couple of flags in my door arrangement.

Welcome to our red, white and blue table!

Red, white and blue checked cloth layered over a red one.

Come and have a seat....our menu for our celebration was hot dogs, hamburgers, bbq, corn bread, baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, Paula Deen Ooey, gooey cake topped with strawberries, blueberries and cool whip with plenty of iced tea (sweet and un-sweet).

Plates are topped with a paper flag napkin found at Tuesday Morning.

Red salad plates from several years ago - Marshall's.

Red Johnson Brothers transferware -- Strawberry Fair. These belonged to my in-laws.

With my two napkin rule (paper for the mouth, cloth for the lap) - the navy blue napkin with a white star was purchased a couple of years ago at Kohls.

Shell everyday stainless flatware.

red antique goblets.

Antique Betsy Ross postcard.

Wooden stars from Kohls many years ago.

I found three of these (only two designs) at Through The Garden Gate.

I believe this little drum came from Peebles about 10 years ago.

A patriotic nutcracker from my collection.

I've had this patriotic rooster forever too.

The other design on this cute little card/ornament.

It's kind of hard to see, but this is The Statue of Liberty. Antique store several years ago.

overview of the table.

Tip top view of the centerpieces.

One last look --- I sort of put everything patriotic I had on the table....these things will be split up and placed in several places around for the rest of July. I try to keep them out all month.

And lastly a little picture hanging in my kitchen that says, "I'm proud to be an American"......hope you had a wonderful Independence day gathered around tables and backyards, porches and pools with those you love, thankful for our freedoms and liberties! Hooray for the red, white and blue!

I hope you'll get the chance to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" to see all the tablesettings this week. There's sure to lots of inspiration and ideas for your next gathering. Congratulations Susan for 150 weeks of hosting tablescapes!

See ya!


  1. OOh what a darling table. I love your statue of liberty and the nutcracker. They are amazing pieces. Your star napkins are so perfect for this setting. Also love the red plates... both of them. Great fun. Many blessings, marlis

  2. Your table is so festive. Sorry you were under the weather and couldn't really enjoy it. LBeau and I didn't celebrate much either. We were still recouperating from our Alaska adventure. We did go watch the neighborhood fireworks, and in spite of a little drizzle, it was spectacular as usual.

  3. Martha, I love what you did to your place!!!
    Really like the red transfer dishes!!!
    Hint hint....would you fix a table scape with just the red transfer dishes? Hope you'll consider!!!
    Have a great summer and God richly bless ya,

  4. What a wonderfully festive table. I loved the Johnson Brothers STrawberry plates. Those were gorgeous....of course so was the centerpiece, the napkins, the goblets....the yard....it all rocked my world this mroning.

  5. Lovely patriotic table, Martha. When I first glanced I thought the flag napkins were little plates! The Strawberry Fair plates are beautiful.
    Hope that you are feeling better...I hate summer colds, they seem worse than in the winter.

  6. I love your patriotic table! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Red, White, and Blue :-)

    Jocelyn @

  7. What a terrific patriotic table. Love you Miss Liberty. She is most unusual. The stars were a great find. Hope you feel better soon.

  8. What a fun table! It was just the two of us...I was also sick, but we had sunshine! We did cook out, but we ate in our chairs...no table setting for us! I love those navy napkins with the star...could do lots of things with those!

  9. If God looked kindly on coveting your navy napkins, I would definitely covet them! They are wonderful. You have a special collection of patriotic treasures. The Statue of Liberty makes me smile. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  10. I have the same little Nutcracker and would never have thought to put him out for the 4th of July decor. Great idea!

    Hope you and Mr. are both feeling better.
    We sure need some of that rain you got.

  11. Great table for the 4th. Martha. Your settings look so patriotic. I love the crispness of the blue napkins with the single star. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Hi Martha, I love your patriotic decor and I especially love your two napkin rule! I may start that in my house, at least for family dinners (don't know how I would tell my guests-hehe). Your statue of liberty and little rooster are my favorites, I think. And I just discovered that Strawberry Fair china a few days ago and fell in love immediately. Do you have a large collection? I see you in your patriotic t-shirt taking a photo of your charming front door! Have a wonderful day-hope you are all feeling better. Linda

  13. Hi Martha, I love your tablescape. The centerpiece is fantastic. I love the Uncle Sam nutcracker and that rooster. The stars add so much. Really festive!

  14. Hi Martha! Your 4th of july table was just perfect! Everything looked great on your table and your outdoor decor was awesome!

  15. Love the table setting girl! The red transferware is gorgeous and love the different colors layered...and the fact that you used wooden stars...just so country! Those tin firecrackers in the yard were awesome! lol...Hope you are having a great week sweetie....thanks so much for coming by...Picket

  16. Hi Martha,

    You're so good at layering and combining patterns and textures. This has such a warm, inviting, vintage feel, and it (naturally) demonstrates the depth of your patriotism and love of home.

    Kindest regards,

  17. Martha I love your table! So festive and perfect for the 4th! I hope you had a good one! Spunky is adorable!!! Love your yard decor. I had nothing on my front door...can you believe it? I have to do better for next year. Love your door decorations!

  18. Your table is so festive! I love your two napkin rule and I am going to steal it and use for family dinners. Great idea. Good luck spraying the chargers. Dianne

  19. You have all the right stuff for a July 4 table and you have used it well.
    Fireworks for us were rained out as well.

  20. Holiday tables are so fun! I like your blue checked cloth, and I have always loved that Strawberry Fair pattern. Lucky lady!

  21. Your table is so cheery and patriotic! I liked your tour of Wmsburg too--its been years since we visited there.

  22. So many fun patriotic touches~ love your rooster & your tin firecrackers in your yard!

  23. Festive and patriotic table! Love the blue tablecloth! Perfect setting for July 4th. Thanks for sharing!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  24. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Beautiful!!! I have always loved that Strawberry fair pattern so sweet.
    Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape. I hope you and your family have a Great Weekend.
    XXOO Diane

  25. Martha, those firecracker decorations in your yard are so cute, and I love that arrangement on your door. Your table looks so festive. I love the way you've created the centerpiece out of all of those patriotic treasures. The little drum has to be one of my favorite things ever. Great job! laurie

  26. HI Martha, thanks so much for setting such a lovely table just for us! I love the checked table cover and the nutcraker especially1 The outside firecrackers are great! Love the stems on the goblets too. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog too. XO, Pinky

  27. Love those strawberry fair plates and all of your patriotic decorations.

    - The Tablescaper

  28. love your patriotic items! Hope you are feeling better!

  29. Hi Martha! Your home looks wonderful - inside and out! Love your little touches in your garden and your door arrangement is so cute! I need two of those! :)
    Your table looks wonderful! Love it all.
    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  30. Everything looks so wonderful and patriotic!!!! I love your blend of red with the plates...the Johnsons Brothers and the Marshalls are interesting pattern/texture combos!!!!
    Are you in VA?
    My husband and I both went to college in VA (on scholarship) and we lived in VA for over a decade. I consider it my 2nd home after my birthplace in KY.

  31. Beautiful patriotic table! We celebrated too, but I didn't get a shot of the table :( Thanks for sharing yours!

  32. Your patriotism shines Martha!
    Sorry you were not feeling up to par this 4th.
    Happy Sunday girl!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    sweet Up-North Mornings...

  33. I love this! The fourth of july is my favorite holiday. All the details really come together nicely! Hope you have a fantastic week!

  34. Such a beautiful patriotic tablescape...I love how you layered the red and the blue checkered tablecloth on top. And your tabletop accessories add so much visual interest to your tablescape... loved it! I love transfer ware and yours Strawberry Fair is looking so lovely paired with those red plates from Marshalls. Treasured family heirlooms brings so much pleasure.Sorry to know you were not feeling that great on the 4th and hope you have recovered... Thank you for visiting me and I enjoyed reading your endearing comment on my lavender pots. Have a lovely week!~Poppy


  35. Love your patriotic collections, Martha!

  36. Martha, I love your Strawberry Fare transferware dishes. I used some transferware in my "Nod to the Nations" post for July 1 and 4 as well. I love your door hanging with the flags in it. So cute!