Happy Tuesday! I’ll cut right to it- Fourth of July is only eight days away which means you have just enough time to finish gathering everything together for your tablescapes, bar carts, and barbecues.
Personally, when I am doing any kind of tabletop styling I like to mix the old with the new (just like in my home). For place settings this year I decided to mixed some of my heirloom Mottahedeh Canton plates with crisp, Serena and Lily Napkins and modern wine glasses. I lean more on the traditional versus the rustic side when it comes to Fourth of July decor, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix a navy buffalo check tablecloth with blue marbelized plates. Trust your gut and don’t be afraid to mix and match. Remember, we are always our own harshest critics!
When creating tablescapes, you also want to always think layers: layers of color, layers of texture, and layers of height and depth. Other then that, the sky is the limit! Whatever you do, don’t fall into the Pinterest rabbit hole. Trust me, I’ve been there. Don’t get me wrong, Pinterest is an incredible resources and I use it regularly, but you have to consciously follow your own design voice. I can promise you that if you use things you love, your tablescape style will naturally sync with your interior decorating style. The last thing you want is a tablescape to clash with the ambiance of your house because you recreated one you saw on Pinterest. This is true with styling counter top bars and bar carts as well.
Bar carts should be pretty but functional, so consider your guests and put the items that you think will be used the most on top.
I found these American Flag Toothpicks on Amazon and am so charmed by them!
One last word of advice- don’t feel like you have to spend a lot to get a classic look. I mix Dollar Store and Amazon with Wisteria and Pottery Barn all the time. I also get a lot of my holiday pieces the year before during post holiday sales or last minute the year of during those holiday crunch deals. Above all, this is supposed to be fun, so don’t take it too seriously. Happy hosting!
Hi guys! After my initial post of this article I got requests for sources for some of the items I didn’t tag. Here they are below!
White Serving Bowl// This bowl is from the Pottery Barn Emma Collection. It was out everyday china that we registered for when we got married and I am still in love with it. It goes with everything.
Hurricanes// The ones I have are from last year but here are some other ones that are just as pretty (if not prettier!) I also think the darker color would add for dimension to the table.
Bar Cart// I got this cart about two years ago at Target and it still looks brand new despite being in a high traffic area. I cannot recommend it enough.
Star Cookies// Trader Joes currently has them in stock