Summer is in full swing; the air is hot and humid and the days are long and full of activity. Although the heat can be rather intense, this week we celebrate Independence Day. The perfect occasion to gather with friends and family and spend time outdoors-eating, playing lawn games and watching fireworks.
I met up with my friend Emilie, who blogs over at Cookies for England to create another fun seasonal tablescape. Over the years, I’ve collected quite an assortment of holiday decor and this makes it easy to curate different looks for all the festivities.
When you think of July Fourth, you instantly picture the American flag and that served as my main source of inspiration. A few years ago, I purchased patriotic patterned burlap on clearance at my local Walmart. I thought the rustic fabric would add texture and pattern to the tabletop. From there, I added a red, tiered tray from HomeGoods. You know the great thing about multi-level serving objects? They instantly add height and the opportunity to create a centerpiece. On the lower tier, we grouped solo cups that held flatware and the top tier was a variety of adorable red, white and blue bowls. Since berries and cherries are currently in season, we piled them in. Fresh fruit is always a wonderful addition to a summer cookout-refreshing, sweet and nutritious.
To tie in the Americana theme, retro styled Pepsi cans, hot dogs and chips joined the party. Kid friendly is the name of the game at this point in my life. When I entertain, I want to have a few options that my children will enjoy. Luckily, most picnic food fits the bill. Plastic food baskets and cute paper liners added a touch of retro whimsy and since this outdoor event is low key, we utilized American flag paper plates. Festive, but practical for entertaining outside- it’s all about easy clean up! My kiddos look forward to watching the fireworks when the sun goes down. So I grabbed a few metal pails to act as vessels for holding boxes of sparklers.
Finally, I wanted to try making a side dish that played off the color scheme and utilized fresh seasonal produce. The blueberry Caprese salad looked gorgeous and was tasty too. A simple and flavorful bite that is sure to be a new favorite. Find the recipe below.
Blueberry Caprese Salad- (Recipe from Love and Olive Oil)
12 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup fresh blueberries
8 ounces mozzarella balls
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Combine tomatoes, blueberries, and mozzarella balls in a bowl.
2. Toss with basil leaves, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
*Cover and place bowl into fridge until ready to serve. (You can make this the morning of an event to give the ingredients a few hours to meld together.)
I hope you found a few ideas to incorporate into your holiday get together. It’s so much fun planning events- no matter the scale. What do you have planned for The Fourth? Any special traditions or foods? I’d love to hear!
Thanks for reading! xo
P.S. Thanks to Emilie for capturing most of these gorgeous photos and for allowing me to style on her lovely backyard deck. It was a blast and the kids had a fantastic time eating and hanging out after the shoot.