Growing up, there was nothing we loved more than spending time with our grandmothers. Because our Mimi lived close to where we grew up, we saw her on a regular basis. In fact, Wednesdays were our dedicated days with Mimi. She’d pick us up from school, and we’d head to her house to spend quality time and the night together. So, last week when we got together to design our Rosé, White and Blue Fourth of July Tablescape, we shared a little laugh. It was Wednesday, and we were headed to Mimi’s to do what we had done all those Wednesdays in the past.
You see, the best thing about our grandmothers was they let our imaginations run wild. They can both tell you stories of the times we took over their homes to create restaurants, shoe stores, classrooms and news stations. We designed full sets for the plays we wrote and filmed episodes of our talk shows and music videos. There wasn’t much we didn’t create as kids and what we did create was always a full production.
So, here we were, back at Mimi’s using our imaginations and designing a tablescape to inspire others. The only difference this time was we had a professional, our friend Ly Sue of LH Photography, capture it instead of our black and white video camera we used to have to plug into the back of the television.
When it comes to decorating for the Fourth of July, it’s not uncommon for bright colors to come to mind. We’re talking America’s Red, White and Blue! While we’re American girls through and through, we both wanted to create something a little less saturated. After all, we’re both drawn to more muted hues when it comes to designing for The Busy Bee, so we decided on a Rosé, White and Blue color palette.
From there, we began pulling inspiration to achieve the look. We didn’t find much on Pinterest and we didn’t have a lot of time to search elsewhere, so we went to our own library of props and began setting pieces aside that could achieve the aesthetic we were envisioning. We always pull more than we need, but we know we don’t have to use every detail. We do this because we can always edit the design down, but we can’t add to it if we don’t have more than enough on hand.
#HostfulHack: While we do keep a collection of props for specifically for creating content, we often shop our personal home décor for the perfect accents. We do this for casual get-togethers, birthday parties and celebrations alike.
Designing the Perfect Fourth of July Tablescape
When it came to the type of design we wanted for our Rosé, White and Blue Fourth of July Tablescape, we agreed a casual yet chic look would be perfect for the holiday. We wanted it to work indoors or out and feature the Blue as the primary color accented by the Rosé and a touch of white.
As far as bringing the whole look together, we always work best when we have an array of design details to play with. If you’re familiar with our tablescapes, then you know we always incorporate a few common elements including, but not limited to:
- Color – The colors used throughout the design must be cohesive and complement one another. We also take the surroundings in mind and ensure it all blends seamlessly (one of the reasons we both chose neutral color palettes for our personal home designs).
- Textures – Mixing various textures in any design will immediately elevate it. Natural wood is timeless. Textiles soften. Metal adds shine. Glass and porcelain create interest.
- Layers – There’s nothing we love more than layering details and décor in our designs to draw attention to the uniqueness of each piece. Adding a decorative charger under a white plate immediately makes it pop. Mixing details of various heights draws the eye to multiple facets of the design. Filling in the gaps with greenery, floral and carefully plated fare, gives it a sense of life.
Get the Look
Before you design any tablescape, always take inventory of what you already have. You can save significantly by using decorative pieces found around your home to create a beautiful centerpiece or place setting. For this particular tablescape, the only details we had to purchase were the stock flowers, greenery and food!
#HostfulHack: Always keep a handful of hosting essentials on hand you can use with almost any design. Our collection includes a set of plain white dishes, clear glassware, polished flatware and linen napkins.
If you’d to achieve the same look we created, please feel free to shop the details we incorporated below:
*We found ours at Goodwill
*We found ours at Goodwill
Wooden Centerpiece (similar) – We used a wall storage shelf and turned it over