Is there anything in the summertime like a red, white and blue tablescape? Of course usually that is a casual meal with a menu that revolves around hot dogs and burgers from the grill. When I am entertaining just another couple, I like to set the table in my dining room. This is an oval table that seats four unless I add one of the two leaves I have for that table. I never have used the leaves since the big farmhouse table in the tavern room seats ten easily. For an intimate dinner, the dining room is the place!
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I like using containers I have that are not necessarily vases to display flowers. I have used some of these pieces to display flowers before, but it has been quite awhile, so I thought incorporating the blues of these porcelains was perfect for a red, white and blue summer tablescape. You can see how I used them for my Easter Tablescape back in 2019 if you are looking for more chinoiserie tablescape inspiration.
I didn’t want this to be too formal since it is summertime, but I really wanted to carry through the red, white and blue. I selected simple blue and white placemats topped with blue glass “Reef” or ‘sunburst’ charger plates to ground my place settings. I love to use these chargers and used them with my Cozy Winter Tablescape back in January of 2020. Isn’t it funny how we were going along with our lives back then, totally unaware of the pandemic that was going to turn our lives upside down?
I have four slipcovered parsons chairs that I usually have around this table, but I decided to mix things up and switched out twig chairs and wingback chairs for this dinner. It gave a totally different look to the entire dining room. You can see those slipcovered chairs which came from Ballard Designs in my Elegant Blue and White Tablescape post.
I went back to my china cupboard to use my Kate Spade Platinum Larabee Road dinner plates, but mixed them up this time with Kate Spade Rutherford Circle salad plates in red.
To coordinate with the platinum dots on the dinner plates, I brought out the silver my mother had given me. I found these lovely napkins on Amazon, of all places! They are currently unavailable, but these from Kirkland’s would be beautiful at this table, too!
Hydrangeas, mums and red carnations were grocery store flowers that filled my chinoiserie containers. All of these were lidded, so I simply added the lids to the tabletop display.
If you are looking for a more casual Fourth of July tablescape, you may want to check out my Americana Tablescape from back in 2019.