Written by: Anna Katherine Napier
As a designer, people often ask me to help with their tablescapes. I have done elaborate holiday and party tables. When it comes to Independence Day, people don ‘t want to spend a lot of money. They are usually planning to cook out with their family and maybe have a few fireworks. Here is how to create a fun and festive table for less than $50.
I used nothing more than items I already had (like the tablecloth), items I purchased from the Target Dollar Bins, and my local craft store. Paper napkins and 1776 cups were just a dollar. I bought a scarf for $3 to use as a centerpiece, and I used a 40% coupon to buy silk hydrangeas from Michael’s. For less than $20 I had my centerpiece! I wove in a strand of LED lights so the table would sparkle, a bit like fireworks once the sun goes down.
Once you have everything, you can start building your tablescape. I covered a card table with my tablecloth and then used red mats as the foundation of the place setting. The red placemats were a steal at Target. Using my existing white and blue plates I bought for less than $1 at Target, I created a nice red, white, and blue place setting.
I found red glitter bowties in the dollar bin and decided to use them as napkin rings. Inserting the glitter star pick along with a paper napkin, I created a festive way to top off each place setting. I filled the 1776 cups with Styrofoam glitter stars (you could use candy instead) from the craft store and my place setting is complete!
I used miniature milk jugs I purchased at the craft store to hold silverware and placed them next to the 1776 cups. They came with the red, white, and blue string already tie around them so they fit right in. Now that the tablescape is complete, I can carry it outside and set it up next to the grill. All told, it costs less than $50 to create a fun table your family can enjoy. Don’t forget to throw in a few sparklers and some festive cupcakes for good measure. Happy Independence Day!
Written by Anna Katherine Napier. Anna works for her own design company near St. Augustine Fl. She writes for her blog at Southern Style and Grace . Like what you see? I recommend you check out her blog for your self.