4th of July Nautical-Themed Table Setting

Welcome to the 303rd Tablescape Thursday!

The 4th of July is tomorrow! Got any big plans? Hope you have the day off and will be spending it relaxing and celebrating with friends and family.

For this week’s Tablescape Thursday, I put together a 4th of July tablescape with a nautical bent.

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Inspiration for a table setting can come from the most unlikely places. After not buying any new clothes (except for a couple of Lands End pants) for over three years, this spring I decided it was time to update my non-existent summer wardrobe with a few new things. Along the way I came across the cutest nautical/beach-themed, charm bracelet online at Brighton. I was surprised to see they had a location only 30 minutes from my home.

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On my visit to the Brighton store, I purchased two bracelets and was delighted to find they were giving away a free nautical-themed canvas bag with purchases.

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You know how sometimes the freebies stores giveaway aren’t that terribly exciting? Well, I was pretty excited about this bag! Next thing I knew, it had become part of my 4th of July table setting!

Nautical Table Setting for 4th of July


Loved the nautical theme! Here’s one side…

Nautical Tote Bag


And the other side…there’s a mermaid on it somewhere, missed getting her in the picture.

Beach Tote With Nautical Theme


I filled my freebie bag with patriotic pinwheels and flags. I tossed in a little “nautical” rope and the same fish net you’ve seen in two previous table settings. I’m getting some use out of that fish net!

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It was the tablecloth for this beachy table setting. (View tablescape here: Lobster & Crab Fest)

Nautical Beach Table Setting Tablescape With Lobster and Crab Plates


And part of the backdrop for this fun tablescape. (View beach themed tablescape here: Please, No Talking To The Life Guard)

Beach Coastal Tablescape


I combined two different dish patterns for today’s table setting: patriotic flag plates and sailboat lighthouse plates.

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Dinner plate is Warren Kimble, Colonial and the salad plate is Warren Kimble, Coastal Breeze. Do you see the flag flying proudly on our salad plates?

4th of July Flag Plate by Warren Kimble

I almost used my sailboat flatware for today’s tablescape, but at the last-minute I decided to go with blue flatware. I can’t remember if the blue flatware (visible above) came from Tuesday Morning or Horchow since they both carry it and I’ve purchased it in different colors from both places. Sailboat flatware is by Towle and was from Ross-Simon online, a couple of years ago. They do still have it.

Sailboat Nautical Flatware


Blue wine glasses are a dollar store find and the star beverage glasses are from Big Lots, both purchased years ago.

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Recently, I bought a belt from Kiel James Patrick online. When the belt arrived, it was tucked down inside the cutest navy blue box with rope tied around the outside. Inside, the belt was wrapped in “nautical map” paper.

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I love their packaging, such great branding! The paper ended up in today’s nautical-themed 4th of July tablescape.

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A view from the end…

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Happy 4th of July, dear friends!

Nautical Table Setting for 4th of July


Looking for a little inspiration for your 4th of July table? You’ll find previous 4th of July tablescapes here: 4th of July Table Settings and Centerpieces

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Looking forward to all the beautiful tables posted for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Susan, I love your combination of the 4th of July and Nautical. It is so stunning. That bag is fabulous and such a great centerpiece. I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July.

  2. Your table floats my boat Susan! We’re sailing into Independence Day too, love your freebie canvas bag as a centerpiece! Wishing you a Fabulous Fourth with smooth sailing and calm seas πŸ™‚

  3. What a great giveaway bag and what a great use of it! You are so clever to use it and the tissue paper from another purchase on your table. I’d love to dine at this table tomorrow, but I have 20 family members coming to dine with us tomorrow. Have a great holiday weekend, Susan. laurie

  4. Your Independence Day tablescape is beautiful! Being sailors, I especially loved it, which of course, motivated me to simply share a table for two on the sailboat to share this week. Thank you so much for hosting! Have a wonderful holiday!

    • Oh, Chloe…sounds wonderful! I’ll be checking out the links this weekend…looking forward to seeing your table! I’m so hooked on all things nautical this summer. πŸ™‚

  5. That is the cutest idea with the bag. What a nice freebie- a sure keeper! That paper added a nice touch too! I’ll have to check out the flatware sale. Cute table and I love the theme! Have a great 4th!
    Hugs, Liz

  6. What a festive nautical delight you have created. Thank you for hosting.

  7. I had the sailboat flatware but when we sold our Galveston house, it stayed there. I can’t tell you how many times I regretted leaving it behind. I want the sail bag!

  8. Your beach bag centerpiece is just brilliant Susan! LOVE it! I can’t believe it was a freebie! I just love unexpected things on the table! Thanks for the party and happy 4th to you!

  9. Linda Page says

    Ahoy, Matey!! This table is just fantastic. The combination of the flag plates and the lighthouse with flag and the entire nautical theme is just awesome. This is very inspirational in that you have used $ to $$$ items and made a one-of-a-kind table. Great use of your free bag! You are such a smarty! I love the magnifying glass and holder. Where ever did you find that? You better hide it because it will be going home with me!!! Thanks for a wonderful send off to start our 4th of July celebration! Let us all celebrate all that is good and wonderful about this nation! Happy 4th!

    • Ahoy, yourself! Thanks…I had way too much fun with this table! πŸ™‚ I found the magnifying glass a year or so ago in World Market. I think you may be seeing it in another tablescape soon. I’ve had one in my head for a while and I just need to get busy and create it. Hope you have a wonderful 4th, Linda! Time for some relaxation and goofing off…or are you painting this weekend?

  10. I really love your infusion of the nautical with the flags. Love how the lighter blue adds a layer of complexity to the red, white and blue color palette and how the tiny flag on the nautical plate ties everything together. I’m always looking for other elements to add to the whole flag thing and I think you’ve achieved it wonderfully. Love the ropes and netting, as well. I designed for Nautica for many years and always saw nautical as quintessentially American, so I agree it’s a perfect fit for a July 4th setting… πŸ™‚

    Lory at Designthusiasm

    • Thanks, Lory! Wow, what a fun job that would be! I do love nautical…even though I’m not a big water person. Crazy, I know! πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous 4th, Lory!

  11. bobbi duncan says

    Happy 4th. to all. Leave it to you, to not only find a use for everything, but to do it with such pizazz. Want that bag. Ha! The two plates are great together, especially as the nautical one has the flags–you would pick up on those kinds of details, that’s why your table settings are always so perfect. Hope you and yours have a marvelous holiday! We’ll go to Longwood Gardens for the fireworks, but the rest of the week-end will be spend at home with some movies and good food as Michael (poor darling) slipped a disk and is still hurting too much to do anything more.

  12. Carolyn Price says

    LOVE! THIS! I will steal (crossed though) borrow this for our thank-you dinner for our racing crew this fall! It is just adorable, Susan!! You are sooo clever!
    Have a Happy and Safe Fourth!!
    PS: How do you do that adorable cut crossed-through correction?? That’s really fun! : )

    • lol Thanks, Carolyn!
      I like that crossed-through feature, too. It’s built-into the blogging software with WordPress. Not sure if it works in this comment box but where html will work, any word you put between and will be crossed out.

      • Carolyn Price says

        This was a two-fer: A terrific tablescape and a cute little editing tip!! Love them both!!
        Thanks so much, Susan. You are just “one-of-a-kind” … the BEST kind!!
        PS: I meant to erase “cute” above when I used adorable and it came out “cut.” Guess I hit backspace too quickly. You can cross through that, too, if you like! ; )

    • Oh my gosh, it did work…so let me see if I can write this where it shows this time. Okay, so any word you put between and will be struck out except don’t include the $ sign. So if I had written that without the $ sign, the word “and” would have been struck out. I had to put the dollar sign in there so it wouldn’t strike out the word “and” and wouldn’t make the html code vanish. You can also read the directions here: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_strike.asp

    • LOL It’s keeps strking it out but you can read how to do it here: http://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_strike.asp

      • Carolyn Price says

        LOL!! Too much of a good thing, I guess?
        Thanks for all of your diligence to our silly little notes. It just shows how much you care! : ) Love the purchasing notes, too, as I don’t much care for shopping. I want to “get it” and “get out” or “click” and “get out.”
        Again, have a fabulous Fourth!!

  13. Everything looks so beautiful and patriotic!..Christine

  14. CityMommy says

    Seriously, who thinks of using a tote bag for a centerpiece?!? That would have NEVER popped into my head and it looks great Susan! We’re off to the lake where I will try to copy your ideas! Happy 4th all!

    • LOL Scary how my brain works, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰ Have an awesome 4th at the lake! Will it involve some fishing, boating and swimming? I’m sure it will involve lots of great food!

  15. What a wonderful tablescape!! That nautical map paper has my mind spinning!! You could take that to Staples or Office Max and have it duplicated into placemats, or made larger into a ‘tablecloth’ – mat covering. I LOVE that nautical paper! The navy napkins with stars remain a favorite..and that Brighton Bag is FABULOUS! Such a great table setting! Now I’m off to find some nautical maps!! Happy 4th of July!!

    • Terri, I know…me too! I’d love to do a whole tablecloth of it! I was looking on eBay and there a guy on there that sales them, but it would take a few to really cover a table. Your idea of placemats would probably be better. Have an awesome 4th!

  16. Charlotte says

    Cute table! I love that bag, that is just too cute! You are so creative, you have me thinking different about decorating for the holidays. I used to put holiday specific decorations around the house and just set the table with my regular dishes or my good china with flowers as the centerpiece. No more! Thank you for inspiring me!

  17. Seriously Susan, do you have any idea how truly clever you are? I mean never EVER would I have thought to take a bag and make it a centerpiece! This table is just too much fun.

    Well done, ma’am.

    Have a fun and safe holiday weekend. Hugs.

    • Awww, thanks Michele! It was actually easier than I thought it would be. I’ll create a little post and share how I made it work.
      Have a fabulous 4th and a great weekend!

  18. Love the bag and how you used it on the table….very clever!!! And LOVE the magnifier and nautical map…….I am crazy about maps………enjoy your holiday!!!

  19. Hi Susan, I love your July 4th tablescape! I love all things nautical, and this is such a fun table. πŸ™‚ I love the plates, flatware, glasses, and of course the centerpiece. Makes us all want to be at the ocean (well, maybe not this weekend with Arthur hanging around).

    Thank you for hosting — hope you have a Happy Fourth!!



  20. Beautiful table!!! Thanks for hosting and have a great 4th of July!

  21. Absolutely fabulous Susan. Love the bag and your clever use of it. I covet every singe item on that table. O.K I’m coming over to get them. If I walk quickly, I should be there by 4th July 2015. πŸ™‚
    Happy 4th July to all my U.S. neighbours!!!

  22. Your centerpiece is awesome Susan and the Summer plates are to die for!
    Thank you for the great party.

    Have a great 4th. celebration holiday!


  23. Hi Susan,
    Wow! Love the tablescape. Happy 4th of July to you. I’ve been thinking about your post regarding moving to a cottage one day. You have the perfect job to move anywhere you would like. I love blogging and spending time admiring your beautiful tables and dreaming about beautiful homes is a great way to spend some time relaxing, and staying out of the the hot sun. Thanks for sharing almost everyday…
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  24. Susan,
    I love your tablescape, as always! I also learned about Kiel James Patrick. I just love their bracelets. Thanks for sharing.

  25. Gosh, Susan…
    you have no idea how much I love this! (OK, maybe you have!) lol
    My pupils just became heart-shaped; therefore all you get from me today is: β™₯
    Happy 4th July to you and to my beloved U.S.A. from across the pond!
    ~Hugs to you~

  26. Hi Susan,
    Another beautiful tablescape! I love the nautical plates.

    Happy 4th of July and thanks for hosting,


  27. Love your tablescape, Susan! Happy 4th!…hugs…Debbie

  28. Thanks to you, Susan, I feel I’m really into the spirit of 4th of July decorating! Your tablescape is just beautiful!
    The combination plates go together so well. You have a lovely way of decorating.

  29. I never tire of your creative tables Susan. They’re all so good. Speaking of good, I see all kinds of red, white and blue in the links already – lots to look at, so I better get busy. Thanks!

  30. Wonderful table! Love the way you have mixed the plates. Great way to carry out the theme…love it all!

  31. Hi Susan,
    Thank you for coming and visit the capital city of Scandinavia, Stockholm. An honor.

    I couldn’t find a time to share for the 4th of July theme but I couldn’t skip not to join your party, so I am linking my post from Monday.

    Enjoy to the max on your LONG weekend.

  32. I’m shocked that we actually DO have plans for the 4th! We had thought to try and avoid doing anything, but it looks like we’ve been roped in!

    I wish I would have gone into Brighton on the free canvas bag day!!! That’s really cute, and you can use it for a million different things over time. It’s a fun and unexpected way you’ve used it here! I also like the way you used the nautical map paper. That is really cool!!! The magnifying glass is cool, too. I like you positioned it over the map.

    I hope you enjoy your long holiday weekend, although I doubt you’ll be slowing down at all!

    • Thanks, Alycia! I bet you’ll have a great time! Save some time just for you…to do what you want. πŸ™‚ I just looked online and it looks like they are doing it online. Of course, you have to spend $100 to get it. My 2 bracelets just put me over that mark…had no idea at the time you got the tote bag until I was checking out. Here’s some info about it: http://www.brighton.com/Shop/Promotion?promo=133

  33. Hooray for the red/white and blue! This party is ripe with patriotism this week and each entry is lovely. Thanks to your clever idea I will be on the lookout for tote bags! We’re going to our daughter’s home and I’ve already made three desserts, which is way more than we need. Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

  34. Maryann Horner says

    I’ve been following you for a while now and always love your tablescapes. I was wondering how you keep & store all your wonderful dishes and linens. I’m so tempted to buy a cute set when I see it on sale but then wonder where will I put it?

    Keep up all the great inspiration!
    Just love hanging out at your porch,

  35. Your tablescape just goes together so well. It is adorable, perfectly patriotic, and so textural; there’s something to look at in every direction. All the commenters above have expressed it so much better. A very happy 4th!!

  36. Susan, even though I’m Canadian, I love the American red, white and blue. Before Canada adopted it’s Maple Leaf flag we had the red, white and blue Union Jack flag which I really miss. I always love to see how Americans decorate for special holidays with the patriotic colours of the flag and bunting. Your table is really gorgeous and I love the beach back as a centre piece. It’s fun and unique. Have a wonderful holiday weekend! Pamela

  37. Grandmom says

    Congratulations on your 303rd Tablescape Thursday! WOW! Having just discovered you last September, I have a LOT of catching up to do. So glad you add the links at the bottom of your posting (yours & others). All I have to do now is type Be & the computer automatically goes to BNOTP. What would we do without Dollar Tree Blue Glasses! Thanks for all your inspiration throughout BNOTP. Enjoy your July 4th as we celebrate our great country & our many freedoms.

  38. Happy Fourth! Do you know I looked for a bag like that at 7 stores! LOL. Guess I will know for next year!

    • I found another one recently in Marshalls. It was a simpler design with just nautical stripes. If you still need one, that would be a good place to check. They are still giving away these bags online at Brighton (and probably in their stores) but you do have to make a purchase of a certain amount to get one. Hope you find one you love. There should be some great sales going on right now if you do find one.

  39. Hi, Susan: well, you’ve done it again!! I love all the elements of this table! Never thought of using a tote bag for a centerpiece, but you’ve shown how it can be done!! I love the patterns on your dishes and everything just goes together so very well! Thank you for the inspiration, as always. Happy 4th!! Rosie

  40. Susan, You did it again with a wonderful and creative post. It is VERY HARD to do something different but you have done it beautifully.

    Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful fourth!

  41. Susan, I love how your creative mind works and it’s interesting to see how you use decor items differently — the net being a good example. Lovely tablescape and I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July.

  42. Hi there! I hopped over from Forest Manor! Your nautical setting is so charming–love the pinwheels with the flags! Happy Fourth & thanks for hosting! Blessings, Cecilia

  43. I have been visiting your table back and forth this week and I neglected to leave a comment about it. I love your bag all scrunched up and stuffed with the patriotic pinwheels and draped in the fish netting. Super cute!! Mixing the light house plates with the Warren Kimble flag plates makes for an amazing look on a patriotic summer table. Love it!!

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