The 4th of July is a time to celebrate the freedom our country has given us, which includes the ability to gather with loved ones and celebrate our time spent together. It’s a time to soak up the slow days of summer, enjoy laughter and conversation with the people who matter most, and share family dishes that bring us even closer together. In short, 4th of July is a time of togetherness – and, as usual, that’s something that speaks right to our souls. So, let’s talk about how to make your holiday dinner party festive without having to invest in holiday-specific decor, making it that much easier to open your doors and invite them in.
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The Easiest Way to Create a 4th of July Dinner Party Without Buying Holiday Decor
Don’t get us wrong; we do love holiday decor and own several pieces of it in our own homes. Still, there are two issues we have with holiday decor: it’s not usable year round and it’s an extra expense when hosting. If you’re planning to host a gathering this 4th of July, don’t worry about running to the store with special decor. Instead, there are plenty of ways you can incorporate the essence of Independence Day into your party without pieces that need to be stored 11 months out of the year.
Can’t wait to craft your 4th of July party?! Read on, friend!
#1: Incorporate Red, White and Blue Food
The easiest way to make your dinner party look festive without any holiday decor is to consider your menu. For 4th of July, there are so many fresh options to bring in the patriotic colors of red, white and blue into your tablescape design through food. The best part of this particular holiday, of course, is the variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables available to us, allowing our menu to not only rise to the occasion, but provide our loved ones with nourishing, delicious food.
#HostfulHack: Carefully stack strawberries and blueberries (or other red/white/blue fruits) onto cocktail picks for a simple infused water beverage for guests.
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Must-Have 4th of July Recipe
With patriot colors and sweet and savory blush wine vinaigrette, this pasta salad is a 4th of July celebration essential!
Watch Us Make This Recipe on the ‘Gram
#2: Consider Florals
Incorporating florals into your dinner party design will serve more than one purpose. First, adding greenery offers a sense of life to your tablescape, giving it a fresh, vivacious look. Secondly, the colors you choose can take a seasonless design and transform it into a holiday-specific composition.
For 4th of July, we went with blush and white hues, along with white vessels, to give a natural but on-point look for our patriotic feast. If you’d like to incorporate blue, as well, there are plenty of blooms available, from bellflowers to forget-me-nots. We recommend checking out your local Trader Joe’s or nursery for the best options out there. (If you’re local, we love Lukas Nursery when sourcing florals!)
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#3: Choose a Foundation Table Runner in an Americana Color
Whether you go with a traditional table runner, our signature table throw, or something unconventional such as the doormat we used for this design, a foundation in the center of the table will create significant visual interest. For this occasion, opting for a muted or deep color in the realm of red, white or blue will instantly take a themeless design and make it Americana. We went with a deep blue for this tablescape because it balanced out our other items, which were majority blushes and whites. Go with whatever color you think would balance out your design – and don’t be afraid to go with a muted red or blush to keep your design natural and relaxed.
#4: Keep Everything Else Neutral
With one of our flag’s colors being white, it makes our go-to neutral dinnerware and other tabletop essentials ideal for completing the look. (If you’re just getting to know us, we have a firm belief that quality neutral dinnerware is a classic hostess must-have!) However, go beyond dinnerware and consider other accents, such as candles, floral vessels, serveware and more to incorporate more creams, off-whites and ivories to create a timeless Americana look.
Never underestimate the power of neutral.
Investing in quality neutral dinnerware gives you the power to create whatever tablescape design you desire – all year long. Blending in seamlessly with any accentual colors a holiday may call for, these stunningly simple pieces will elevate your seasonal tabletop style while also being ideal for day-to-day dining.
Dinnerware available in chalk and pita.
For drinkware and pitchers, consider clear glass options as they’ll balance out the reds, whites, and blues without taking away from the theme. We went with an oversized pitcher for this design because, in July, you’ll need plenty of iced water to keep cool and comfortable!