If there’s one thing I love to style more than anything else, it’s an elegant holiday table. I particularly love to put my own decorating spin on holidays known for kitschy decor. So as Independence Day approaches, it’s only natural that I would forego the plastic flags and glittered stars. Instead I put together a 4th of July champagne brunch tablescape, to celebrate our freedom in my very own way.
I certainly wanted my table to read red, white and blue, but I preferred the elements that resonate with my design sense. So I surveyed my cabinets for all the options until a concept emerged that would be both pretty and patriotic.
I’ve also been making an effort lately to try to re-use what I already own, so for this table I only bought one new thing, the woven twig stars in the colors of the flag. (See resources below.) I love that they say “July 4th” while maintaining a homespun feel and they look right at home next to my vintage tansferware pitcher. (I don’t think I could’ve said the same thing about the glittered fireworks that were in the store display right next to these!)
The color theme is repeated in the glassware, from red mason jars serving as vases to the stemware used for both water and wine.
The origin of the concept began, as always, with a pattern mix. At the top of my plate stack I used Royal Staffordshire transferware plates in a diminutive appetizer size. Peeking out next are blue and white salad plates that are actually my Hanukkah dishes, but they work well here with their almost lace-like edging. A simple white dinner plate lends a crisp backdrop and finally silver chargers ensure the special event tone.
With so much bright color on the table, I selected a white vintage tablecloth as the underpinning for the setting.
The most impact on many tables often comes from the florals. I chose blue hydrangeas, white peonies and a mix of claret red flowers, including gerber daisies and varied size roses.
Vintage pieces are scattered along the tablescape to add quiet elegance. The crystal condiment set at the center felt balanced to me when flanked by the bright florals.
Champagne flutes in glen plaid crystal are offset by indigo goblets, and both are contrasted against the country white milk bottle. (I should really save that one for Bastille Day, as it’s adorned with French writing… ;-))
In addition to the plates and glassware, the napkins reflect the red, white and blue theme. They are clustered in a simple napkin ring, but the rich colors help tell the story.
I love the idea of starting a summer holiday with a celebratory brunch. The rest of the day is then open to do as you please with plenty of time left to head out for evening fireworks!
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