Red, White, Blue & You: Tabletop Inspo for the 4th of July

The 4th of July is the true start of summer. Popsicle-stained lips, beach hair, the perfect Missoni two piece, deep grill marks on our burgers, and the saltiest margarita in a Mexican glass; this is a Kodak-approved holiday that begs for delicious eats, and a lovely tabletop. 

This holiday is also a vehicle for self-expression (isn’t everything?). This all Americana-palooza is a primo example of how to take the bones of a classic institution and do it your way. Red, white and blue, ice cold beer, an all day pool hang — these are the foundational tenets – but how will *you* do it? How will you make it yours? From the signature cocktail to the menu to the tabletop? 

We put together some tabletop ideas for toasting and hosting to mix up your BBQ or late afternoon lunch; take the best and leave the rest. It’s your America, and you’re in charge. 

Red, White & Shibori

Feeling patriotic, but a little queasy about the idea of stars and stripes? Consider going red, white, and Shibori. Shibori is a traditional Japanese ‘resist dye’ technique not unlike tie dye. It has the authenticity and imperfection that we love in a tie dye pattern, and adds a resonant beauty to your tabletop — with its own richness to contrast the red and white details. 

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Red, White & Ceramic

We’re all about a lush red decor scheme, balanced by soft white and nautical blue. Make the most of the traditional china in your home (or run out for a loan from a friend), by layering it into your tabletop design scheme. Consider a red gingham tablecloth or earthy beet-colored linen with Chinese, Dutch, Indian or Japanese ceramics for your florals. You’ll add levity and clean beauty, and a little  airy pop to your guests’ inevitable IG story. 

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Offbeat Florals

Certain flowers get all the summer loving: sunflowers, hydrangeas, peonies. All beautiful in their own right, but only one fragment of the floral kingdom. Consider using clippings and discarded greens for a prairie vibe that’s softer and subdued. Buy a bunch of leafy greens from your local farmer’s market vendor or even pick up fallen bunches from your sidewalk (and give a soft rinse before assembling). Mix in with chamomile, succulents, or strange wildflowers for a looser, sweeping decor scheme.

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