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All American Decorating for July 4th

6.30.2011

Kim Foren of Geranium Lake Flowers sent us this tablescape decorated for the July 4th weekend- it's cute, simple and very creative. {I just love the idea of blueberry plants as favors!}  Read on below for the details, as well as Kim's suggestions on how to re-create this look using materials you have at home...






photos © geranium lake

*Start by making a simple towel runner down the middle of the table.  We've used cotton tea towels and sewed them together.

*For the centerpieces, we took old-fashioned milk bottles in a variety of sizes and used recycled house paint and poured red, white and blue paint. The effect gives it a fancy art glass feel that is super easy and eco-friendly.

*Make enlarged copies of Declaration of Independence to create an abstract look of an historic document.  Place the photo copied runners on top of the red tea towel runner and also make place mats. This gives it an amazing graphic look. You can also use the photocopies to cover jars, recycled cans and make a 4th of July themed centerpieces.

*Pinwheels are a great family craft activity as well as decorative piece for your party.  We used paper in the 4th of July color palette and hot glued rhinestone centers. Then simply glue on a stick of some sort and pop it into a mason jar or vintage Coke bottle!

*The adorable paper circles were inspired by “blue ribbons” at the County Fair… and they were so easy to make! We used various red, white, and blue printed paper and folded each into paper fans. Then we used double sided tape {you could use a hot glue gun – or staples!} to connect the two, making one large circle. Then we added the hanging ribbon detail to complete the blue ribbon look. We used these to decorate the backs of the dining chairs and also hung a few from the ceiling in various heights.

*Lastly, for our place settings, we snatched up a handful of vintage tea towels to be folded as a napkin at each setting. Then we potted individual blueberry plants in mason jars {tied with a white pom-pom ribbon} that guests can take home to remember your fabulous 4th of July party.

*Naturally, we decorated the table in red and white flowers from the garden, made ribbon runners, and set out a few bowls of bright red cherries to complete the look.

*Other flowers and decor ideas for our tables include: using all red dahlias and red wild flowers in vintage milk glass vases, watermelon vases to fun table cloth ideas from old flags, blue and white seersucker and vintage fruit labels.

My Dream Ring (June 30, 2011 at 7:39 AM)  

Great advice! Love that party thats posted, how cute!

Michele Khokhlan (June 30, 2011 at 4:19 PM)  

Very cute decor! Perfect for July 4th! I'm your new follower!
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elle marie (July 1, 2011 at 1:52 AM)  

The pinwheels look like soooo much fun! What do you have planned for the menu?

Daisy Pink Cupcake (July 4, 2011 at 5:59 AM)  

Such gorgeous photos...just love this time of the year~ Happy 4th....hope you have a good one!
Daisy~

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