Patriotic Tablescape on the Porch

Independence Day, 2014, will soon be upon us here in the United States, and we Americans make it a very big day each year!  The birthday of our country is certainly reason to celebrate with the red, white, and blue, parades and flags, and family traditions.  We may be out of town for the actual holiday, so a little pre-party on our new porch seemed in order.  If we do end up being at home, I’ll just re-set and it will be quick and easy!

patriotic tablescape

I created this table from estate sale and yard sale finds, as well as new items I’ve picked up in recent years.

patriotic tablescape


The challenge with this small, ice cream parlor set we recently discovered at a flea market is that it’s small, and it doesn’t allow a lot of room for a centerpiece.  So I looked around my collection, and my yard, and put together this little arrangement using a vintage Glasbake “Bicentennial” cup, a Gerbera daisy, white daisies, and geranium leaves.  Oh, and I can’t forget the cupcake flag picks.

patriotic tablescape Glasbake Bicentennial cup


When you see tablescapes in stores and magazines, you often see plate stacks 5 and 6 plates high. They do look lovely, but I just don’t find them practical for an actual meal.  Not around here, at least, as we don’t have 6 course meals!  So we have just a salad plate (for broccoli salad) and a dinner plate (for pork BBQ sandwiches and black eyed peas.)

patriotic tablescape


Too full?  Relax on the other side of the porch in the glider or a bouncer chair.  Oh!  I just hung up “tacky” lights!  I’ll be showing those in my next post, which is “junkin finds”, so be sure to check for that next time!

patriotic tablescape


Since clearing the table, this little arrangement has been hanging out on my kitchen window sill.  It’s been perfect for bringing a bit of the 4th of July to the kitchen.

patriotic tablescape Glasbake Bicentennial cup


New readers may be wondering if I covered the chair’s seats just to match the table?  Of course, I do that all the time, don’t you?


Nah, I just got lucky that I had that fabric in the attic.  It started life as a tablecloth, turned into a valance and dresser scarf, made an appearance in last years Independence Day Tablescape here on WCIJ (link at the end), and finally settled in as seat covers.  $10 well spent.

patriotic tablescape


The star of the table just might be those glasses.  You can see and read more about them on last year’s table article.

patriotic tablescape




  • white plates – World Market*
  • blue glass plates – Wal Mart*
  • white flatware – Family Dollar*
  • red napkins – junkin find
  • napkin rings – by Pfaltzgraff, junkin find
  • Glasbake cup – vintage, junkin find
  • glasses – 1973 Flags of Our Nation, junkin find

* purchased 1-2 years ago.

Last year’s Independence Day Tablescape

Make your own Freedom Candy like I made last year!

patriotic tablescape candy bark


Will you be celebrating the 4th at home?  Are you making a big dinner, and if so, is it fancy tablescape time, or paper plates all around?  However you spend it, be safe and be blessed, y’all ~


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18 thoughts on “Patriotic Tablescape on the Porch

  1. Hi, Dawn! I absolutely love this tablescape!! Your centerpiece is PERFECT! Did you do a tutorial on your new seat covers? I think I missed it; but they look GREAT! You gotta love red, white and blue together! Your whole look says, “God Bless America!” Have a wonderful holiday. I know you’ll spend at least part of it enjoying your new porch. Rosie

  2. Love the look of your new olde ice cream parlor set, seat covers, and your tablescape is gorgeous and festive. Great centerpiece, too! You give us many ideas!

  3. Wow, those red napkins really POP against the cobalt blue plates! I have some plates like that, so may have to “copycat” you on this one! The vintage glasses are perfect with this festive table!

  4. This is so cute! I love how you covered the chairs too- and how many ways that fabric has been used! I like the coffee mug in the center arrangement. I agree about how they show dishes in the stores- certainly not realistic but it “sells” and that’s what they’re hoping for. I need to go to more estate sales. I think our area is boring though- whenever I’ve tried everything is cheap and uninspiring. Anyway, your table is very festive and I love the Flags of our Nation drinking glasses!

  5. What a great looking tablescape. I love that is was a small table, really highlighting that you don’t need a big dining room table to have a festive tablescape. Great work!

  6. I love those seat covers. And, yes, you certainly got a load of mileage out of that fabric! You bicentennial planter is perfect in size and decor. I have been keeping my eyes pealed for a small table/chair set like yours. It’s great for a porch! We have a small spot just outside our kitchen door that screams for a place to sit at a table. For now, the swing or rocking chairs will have to do! Thanks for sharing your wonderful table! 🙂

  7. You were reading my mind about the seat covers! They are perfect, You find the best deals ever! I haven’t been thrifting in almost a month and that’s like dog years to me. Love this table!

  8. Love your comment about not stacking plates because it does fit with real life. How many of us actually completely clear a couple place settings to eat and then put them back after eating. I know I do. I love the white textured rim plate topped with the blue glass plate and red napkin, patriotic simplicity!

  9. Dawn, your set works perfectly for the 4th. I love it! The glasses are so fun and I love the Bicentennial mug! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Happy 4th!

  10. Great table, Dawn! I really like your chairs. I like to find new ways to use scraps of fabric but you take the prize with that old tablecloth!! Way to go! Have a great holiday weekend!!

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