Mix and Match: Settings to Celebrate the Stars and Stripes

A photo of a Fourth of July table setting

The Inspiration: Festive Fourth
This look starts with a clean slate—a crisp white charger and a dinner plate with simple red edging. The holiday theme is incorporated almost entirely through accessories. A chic burlap place mat brings the stars, while a casual cloth napkin and a simple bow on the silverware add the stripes—completing the all-American motif.

A photo of a DIY placemat set up

The DIY components of this tablescape make it a fun activity for the holiday weekend! Create your very own star-spangled settings with plain woven place mats, a star stencil, and blue latex paint. (Use spray adhesive to keep the stencil from slipping as you paint.) Pick out pretty striped bakers twine, and practice tying techniques for beautifully bundled flatware.

For more ideas, check out this video from our publisher Phyllis Hoffman DePiano—Fourth of July: A Tablescape How-To. Experiment with all of these looks at your holiday gatherings this weekend, and let us know which become your favorites!

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