July 4th Tablescape 2022

Jun 21, 2022 | July 4th, Maggie Lane Designs, Tablescapes

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Today on the blog is my July 4th Tablescape with these Stars and Stripes dishes from Walmart.com as my jumping off point.  These are so fun because the red, white, and blue is so rich in color and the best part is that they are melamine which makes for a lightweight dish and easy cleaning.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Read more to find out where I purchased all my table decor, facts and trivia about the American flag.
July 4th Tablescape
I took an interior design class during our life in Missouri and our final project was to write about an historic piece of clothing or material.  I was stumped until Mr. TAL said…why not write your paper on the American flag!  I wrote it and got an A+!!!  
 
We all know Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag but did you know that she was friends with George Washington and his wife prior to him calling on her to make the flag.  She had embroidered ruffles for his shirt bosoms and cuffs, and that it was partly owing to his friendship for her that she was chosen to make the flag.  He also wanted a six-pointed star and she politely talked him into a five-pointed star because it was easier to create and better made during production.  
 
In June 1776, brave Betsy was a widow struggling to run her own upholstery business. Upholsterers in colonial America not only worked on furniture but did all manner of sewing work, which for some included making flags. According to Betsy, General Washington showed her a rough design of the flag that included a six-pointed star. Betsy, a standout with the scissors, demonstrated how to cut a five-pointed star in a single snip.
July 4th Tablescape
I bought my dishes and other red, white, and blue decor last year (see my table from Pioneer Woman and my Stars and Stripes table) but added new items this year.  This adorable block padded flag with sequence came from Home Goods and was $4.99.  It’s perfect for the table, lightweight, and can be stored easily.
I love how these patterns can be intermixed to create a whole new look!  Maybe I’ll do something with all of these dishes next year :-). I started with a new combination on this table with dessert and appetizer dishes from last year creating new options for dining, shapes, and depth.  
July 4th table
This adorable gnome came from Home Goods this year and was $12.99.  If you go right after Memorial Day, you can find some cute things still out to buy!  
July 4th table
Look at these ever so cute towels I found at Home Goods this year.  They came as a set of 4 with two being this pattern and two being a pattern of red and white check!  I just had to have them :-). I love mixing different patterns along with cloth and paper napkins!  I put out plain red napkins and blue napkins.    You never know when someone is going to need a napkin or spill something.
 
July 4th table
How to add color to your table!
 
With food!  I made two recipes which is this tie die cake and white chocolate dipped chips from Cape Cod!  (Recipe below). 
 
This is a yellow box cake mix but I made the homemade buttercream icing (see my recipe in my third Sit, Stay, Eat Cookbook) and used icing in packets to create a flower.  Well, it was supposed to be a flower and then it turned into this!  LOL. But honestly I love it.  I used 20 drops of blue food coloring to achieve this color and packets of icing in red, white, and blue (see below).  
July 4th table
I decided to use these plastic silverware from Amazon which were perfect because they were very sturdy to use.  I hate getting plastic silverware and on your first bite, your fork breaks!  I also purchased small plastic cups from Amazon along with plastic dishes just to make sure I had enough dishes for my guests.  I wasn’t sure who was showing up to the party and wanted to be prepared.  Everything was done in red, white, and blue along with my wine glasses from the Dollar General!  I bought these fun placemats at Home Goods this year.  The bottom is black and will go nicely with my sunflower dishes for fall!
 
 
Want cost effective utensils and dishes, check out Family Dollar, Big Lots, and Dollar General!  They have great stuff!  Want little seasonal table decor but don’t want to spend a lot of money, the Dollar General has  some great options to check out!  
 
I also like mixing old with new and expensive with reasonably priced items.  I do this all the time with my tables, home decor, fashion, and beauty!
July 4th table
These Betty Crocker icing packets were a fun and easy alternative to making homemade icing.  I found them at Walmart for $2.89 a piece.  All I had to do was cut the tip off and squeeze.  (See alternative)
 
I bought a bag of chips made by Cape Cod, a bag of white chocolate morsels from Guiradelli and created a sweet, salty, and colorful snack for my guests too much on.  I chose the Cape Cod chips because they are a smaller chip, thick, and very salty.  You know me!  I love my sweet and salty anything :-).
 
July 4th table
July 4th table

Jake And Maggie waiting for a chocolate dipped chip 🙂

The pups are always with me and inspecting my work 🙂

July 4th table
A little flag trivia before you go:

Who cut the American flag into pieces and was honored for it?
Robert Peary, who left pieces of the flag scattered at the North Pole.

Is it ever appropriate to fly the flag upside down?
Yes, but only in an emergency. It means “Help Me! It’s an emergency! Call the police! I am in dire trouble and need immediate help!”

Francis Scott Key wrote the words to “The Star-Spangled Banner” on the back on an envelope. What is the source of the music for it?
The music is from an old English drinking song called “To Anacreon in Heaven.”

The American flag first flew over a foreign fort in what country?
Libya — over Fort Derne, on the shores of Tripoli.

Shipwreck” Kelly (1885-1952) was famous for sitting for long periods of time. What did he have to do with flags?
He set many flagpole-sitting records. He sat for 49 days on one flagpole. He once estimated that he spent a total of over 20,000 hours sitting on flagpoles. Flagpole sitting was a craze started in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1929.

July 4th table
I hope you enjoyed my table, cake, chips!  The floral centerpiece was what I made and used last year.  
 
Other ways to add color and decor to your table:
 
Make chocolate dipped pretzels and icing them in the appropriate color scheme
 
Make a charcuterie board and set it in the middle.  Not only is it edible but looks great to!  
 
Add candles such as Two Adorable Labs Candles!  Our red labels would look great for a July 4th table!  
 
Make it easy on yourself and buy pre-made cakes and cookies.  Use a pretty cake and cookie stand for height!  
July 4th table

White Chocolate Dipped Chips

A sweet, salty, white chocolate covered chip decorated in our red, white, and blue icing colors
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: potato chip, white chocolate, icing
Author: Bobbi

Equipment

  • 1 bowl to melt icing
  • 1 spoon to stir icing

Ingredients

  • 1 small bag of Cape Code potato chips
  • 1 8 oz bag of white chocolate morsels
  • 3 Betty Crocker icing packets in red, white, and blue

Instructions

  • Melt chocolate in microwave at 30 second intervals stirring to make sure all morsels are melted
  • Dip potato chip in chocolate and lay on a piece of wax paper
  • After chocolate has hardened, decorate your chips with icing and sugar crystals (I used crystals just to give some shimmer and for an extra sugary taste)
  • Once chocolate is completely hardened on chip, transfer to dish. They will keep for 2 - 3 days depending on how you store them.

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4 Comments

  1. Barbara Bolduc

    Very festive Bobbi Jo! Sure getting me in the spirit for the 4th. And I love the history lesson. Much of it I didn’t know. I really love your table scapes and what theme you come up with. They all are unique and well thought out! 👏👏❤️

    Reply
    • Bobbi

      Thank you! I struggled a bit with this one. I didn’t know if I wanted more food or decor so I settled for a combo of both. My cake may not have looked like a flower but it sure was delicious. Happy early July 4th to you guys! Enjoy 🙂

      Reply
  2. Sandra Benick

    I loved your Fourth of July Tablescape! Especially loved the dishes! Great American flag trivia too. Once again, you’ve put me in a festive mood! Great job!

    Reply
    • Bobbi

      Thank you!!! Happy early 4th!

      Reply

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