Amid the January 6th hearings and the overthrow of Roe V. Wade, it can be hard to muster the enthusiasm to celebrate all things red, white and blue this year, but, at its heart, the 4th of July is the opportunity to reunite with our friends and family. And, what better way to do that than over a dinner party and incorporating some of the best 4th of July decorating ideas? With that in mind, dear hostess, it’s time to start preparing your table. Opt for decorative wicker pieces, gingham-print sheets, decorative plates and trays adorned with the best fruits of summer and, why not? – cheeky corncob candles so real your guests might try to steal a bite.
Below are the best 4th of July decoration ideas for your summer table.
Plates and trays worthy of a firework
Even the season’s rigor hot dogs and burgers can be elevated to extraordinary when they arrive on gripping platters. Choose from a hand-painted watermelon bowl, earthenware plates decorated with fruit, an Italian-made platter adorned with sunny All-American stripes, and more.
Red, white and blue sheets
This year, opt for sheets in subtle shades of red, white and blue. A gingham-print tablecloth is both classic and casual (just toss it in the wash, if any condiments leave their mark), while cherry-polka-dot cocktail napkins, straight from Lauren Santo Domingo’s own collection, add an elegant finishing touch.
Good times glassware
Brighten up any table with a range of prismatic glasses. Handcrafted by master craftsmen in Murano, a bright blue carafe pairs particularly well with beloved Danish brand Hay’s honey-coloured tumblers and mouth-blown stemware painted with a red and navy blue rim.
Even if you eat out (which of course is the most natural, if not the only-how to enjoy a summer meal), your layout must be as thoughtful as in your dining room. With that in mind, complete your table with thoughtful (and cheeky) accents in the form of beeswax corn-shaped candles, raffia napkin rings adorned with cherries, and handmade glass sticks from the new home line from hostess extraordinaire Laila Gohar.
Perfect picnic picks
Wherever the weekend takes you – whether it’s grass, sand or even a piece of pavement – you can keep the celebrations going, thanks to a hand-woven basket with a removable top that doubles as a small table. Bring a set of gingham paper napkins; peony printed melamine plates chip-proof; and a sterling silver ice bucket (to be filled with cans of Ghia’s non-alcoholic spritz or a bottle – or two – of Vivanterre skin contact wine) for the most impressionable picnic possible.