4th of July Poolside Celebration In The Cool Shade Of A Fabulous Backyard Pavillion

Welcome to the 821st Tablescape Thursday! Imagine having a wonderful pavilion for dining poolside during the summer months, then imagine decorating it for the 4th of July! Elena has set a fabulous patriotic table setting for the 4th, and we are invited!

Elena shared a funny story. She said, “When our kids were little, we would have a huge Fourth of July party every summer. Bands would play and I made tons of salads and baked goods. We barbecued all kinds of kabobs, hot dogs, hamburgers, and sausages with all the fixings. There would be a sea of people in the yard, most of whom we didn’t even know! After a few years, the parties got a little out of control so now we have smaller get-togethers with family and friends.”

Outdoor Pavillion decorated for 4th of July_wm


Since we are dining outdoors, Elena chose a festive melamine dinnerware which is super practical for dining poolside where everyone is running around barefoot. No need to worry about broken glass if something gets dropped.

Festive Poolside 4th of July Table Setting


She created a beautiful centerpiece for her 4th of July table!


Love the white lanterns! Elean found those recently in HomeGoods.

4th of July Centerpiece with Lanterns, Flags and Flowers


Ha! Love the sign that says, “We the people like to party!”


Pretty floral centerpiece in red, white, and blue…

Red, White, and Blue Floral Centerpiece


Elena said, “I still have a lot of the melamine servers we used back then, but have added a lot of great finds for some wonderful tablescapes! I love the red chargers, napkin rings, and accents as I can use them for Christmas as well as the 4th.”

Red Braided Napkin Rings, Great for 4th of July Table Setting


Elena found her pretty non-breakable patriotic dinnerware here: Non-breakable 4th of July Plates, Great for Dining Outdoors. The star-shaped salad plates are available here: Star-Shaped Plates in 2 Patriotic Designs. Red beaded charger plates are available here: Red Charger Plates.


Love the red, white, and blue buffalo-plaid napkins! I have a set of those and have used them many times in table settings. I especially love how they come in a set of 12 which is great for parties or large gatherings. They are also super-reasonably priced. You’ll find those available here: Set of 12 Red, White, and Blue Buffalo-plaid napkins. The cute, braided, red napkin rings are available here: Red, Braided Napkin Rings.




Did you notice the vintage-looking postcards Elena sprinkled across the table? I want to order those! They come in a set: 100 Stars and Stripes Collectible Postcards. I think it would be fascinating to look through them all and the reviews look great. I was just thinking how fun it would be to use the postcards to create/write invites to friends and family for a 4th of July cookout. (Set of collectible postcards is available here: 100 Stars and Stripes Collectible Postcards.)


I know Elena’s family will love dining here on the 4th. I think I’d start dining here right now and enjoy it all the way through to the 4th and beyond.

Pretty Candle Lantern for a 4th of July Tablescape


I mean, who could resist this view?!!!

4th of July Dining, Poolside


Thanks so much to Elena for sharing her festive Independence Day celebration table setting! Looking forward to all the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday! Pssst: Did you know Between Naps On The Porch is on Instagram? You’ll find me on Instagram here: Between Naps On The Porch. Like to know when a new blog post is up and available to read? Subscribe for email updates, it’s free and your email will never be shared. Subscribe for free post updates via email here: Subscribe.

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  1. WOW – just – wow….. I want to be invited there for a summer party!

  2. LOL, We’d love to have you Maggie!!!

  3. It was the PERFECT 4th of July table. Loved every part of it!

  4. Oh how fun! Elena has done another fantastic job – I love all the stars and stripes! And yes, the postcards would make wonderful invitations. Thanks again for hosting, and sharing Elena’s lovely party table! Hope you get some time to relax this weekend!

  5. That makes me feel SO good Barbara! I looked at photos from last years table and thought it was pitiful!!! The place settings are the same, the differences are the table runner, the centerpiece and the pair of lanterns. Amazing how just a few changes make all the difference!

  6. Elena! I love it! From the pretty pavilion (it looks so relaxing) to the views, the tablescape, the colorful centerpiece (love those lanterns! And the cards with comments are so cute.) to the postcards – all the details. Just so festive and fun. I know how much it takes to create a look like that. It’s a lot of work that YOU do while everybody else gets to sit back and have fun. 😀 Your yard and pool and view all look so inviting.

    *Ahem* Speaking of invitations ….

    • Thank you so much Pam!!! Not everyone appreciates what goes in to setting a table!! This one was an update to one I did last year that well, looked a little pitiful, LOL. The place settings are exactly the same but the lanterns, table runner and centerpiece are an update that made a huge difference!!!

      • Honestly, it reminded me of a “Susan” tablescape, and that’s the highest compliment I can pay you! 😀 (Now, about that invitation …) 😉

  7. Hi, Susan. Not sure if you saw my previous comment about not receiving your latest postings. The last one I rec’d was titled “beluga” something. Should I sign up again or do you have any suggestions? Thank you; I hate missing out!

  8. Susan, thank you for sharing Elena’s patriotic table. Lots of inspiration here! Definitely order the Long May She Wave post cards. I highly recommend ordering Kit Hinrichs book, Long May She Wave. The summer of 2000, we were in NYC to celebrate the 4th of July. To welcome the new millennium, a huge event with a Tall Ships parade, and lots of things going on around town as you can imaine. That Saturday morning, we were headed down to the witness the Operation Sail 200, 26 Tall Ships from 20 different nations in procession to celebrate, when we happened to pass by a fascinating window display of patriotic items at the American Institute of Graphic Arts. It was after that exhibit that Kit Hinrichs published a beautiful book of his collection. The box of post cards are photos of his collection, but the book is a must have for those of us who love collecting folk art and patriotic items.

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