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Easy 4th of July Table Decorations

If you are looking for some simple tablescape ideas for your Independence Day party, these 4th of July table decorations are easy and elegant.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

The 4th of July is almost here (can you believe it’s almost July already??!!)

And I’m in the final stages of planning my annual Independence Day party. As usual, I will be hosting a cookout that is a pretty casual affair.

Even though most people are fine with finding a seat anywhere and eating with their fingers, there are a few people in my crowd who prefer a proper table setting. So I always have a couple of tables set to make them happy.

Plus I get to have fun creating 4th of July table decorations.  To be honest I probably would set them up even if nobody really cared to sit there :)

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

Since this is an informal event, I don’t go too overboard with the table decorations. Just enough to provide some patriotic color, and a beautiful place to sit.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

This year, I’m going to use the deck and table at the back of my yard. They are kind of hidden from the main entertaining area, so it feels a bit like an outdoor dining room.

The Place Settings

A simple red, white and blue place setting | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

To make red, white and blue place settings, I mixed and matched a set of red dishes with a set of white ones, and put them on dark blue place mats.

Since I was setting 2 tables, I decided to use white dinner plates with red appetizer plates on one.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

And switched it around by using red dinner plates with white appetizer plates on the other.

This way, the tables are coordinated but it’s a little more interesting than setting everything the same way.

The Napkins

Red, white and blue plaid cotton napkins* were the perfect addition.

4th of July place setting | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

For the first table, I used a dragonfly napkin ring to hold the rolled up napkins.

A casual red, white and blue place setting | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

On the second table, I put the napkins in mason jar glasses*. (these are great for outdoor parties since they are pretty indestructible).

My party is casual, so I don’t have prearranged seating.  But if you wanted to, you could make the glasses into name cards by writing people’s names on the front of the jar.

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The Flowers

4th of July flowers | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

If you saw my Hydrangea-inspired tablescape back in the spring, you know that putting Hydrangeas together with roses is one of my favorite flower arranging combinations.  So I figured I would use them again to make a red, white and blue centerpiece.

Red and white roses | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

I found these beautiful red-tipped white roses at Costco…one of my favorite places to buy roses! They usually have a great selection at a good price. Put it this way, the 2 dozen roses from Costco were about the same price as the 3 Hydrangeas I got at Whole Foods :)

Blue hydrangeas | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

Of course, after I bought the Hydrangeas, I realized I could have picked them from my garden. With all of the rain we have had this spring, my Hydrangea bushes are covered in blooms this year!

Red and white roses in blue and white vases | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

Since I only bought 3 Hydrangeas, and I had now realized I had a bunch in the garden, I thought I would go pick some after all and make more than one arrangement.

But then I put the roses in one of my blue and white vases (another of my go-to 4th of July decorations), and decided I liked them just as they were. So the Hydrangeas in my garden are safe (for a while at least)…

4th of July centerpiece | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

Of course, I still used the ones I bought (I do so love hydrangeas and roses!)

This particular vase works really well for outdoor tables that have an umbrella hole in the middle. It is footed and big enough so that it can cover the umbrella hole and the lip around it.

The Candles

4th of July centerpiece with candles | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

I don’t think I have ever done a table setting without candles, and this was no exception.

4th of July candle holders | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

These DIY candle holders made with rice are perfect for placing along the deck railing.

Red, white and blue centerpiece | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

Then I added a few that are filled with colored sand and faux pearls around the flowers in the center of the table.

American flag tray centerpiece | Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

The second table didn’t have an umbrella hole obstacle in the middle of the table, so I was able to use my favorite American flag tray* to ground the flowers and candles.

You can find out how to make these candles (and some other DIY 4th of July decorations) HERE.

The Finished Look

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

I have never really included this back area of my yard in my party decor, and now that I have I love it!

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

It feels like going into a special room. My new outdoor rug* helps with that feeling, too.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

And because of all the trees here, it is quite a bit cooler than some other parts of my yard.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

I also love the way the tables turned out.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

Not too fussy, really easy to put together and just enough patriotic decor without going overboard.

Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

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Easy 4th of July table decorations | Every year I host an outdoor party for Independence Day and like to create a couple of easy (and elegant) tablescapes. These fun and simple ideas for 4th of July table decorations make it really easy to put together.

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