4th of July Table Setting: Beautiful and Budget Friendly

Welcome to the 252nd Tablescape Thursday!

When Sandi sent me pictures of the table she set for a small 4th of July gathering, I knew I had to share it with you.  I often get emails from BNOTP readers asking for tips on setting tables that are budget friendly, yet beautiful.

One great way to stretch that tablescaping budget is to mix pieces or sets you already own or when you’re out thrifting/antiquing, pick-up single plates or partial sets, as you find them.  You’ll often get a great deal that way since odd pieces are usually significantly discounted. As you collect those individual pieces in the colors and patterns you love, you’ll build a collection that will later blend to create a wonderful table setting. I truly think table settings created from different patterns are the most interesting and the most beautiful.

Sandi mixed and matched to create this wonderful patriotic table for her 4th of July celebration.

4th of July Tablescape for Four

For her centerpiece, she used a dessert stand she’s had for years and topped it off with a red glass that’s a Goodwill find.

4th of July Tablescape for Four

Sandi found her placemats at HomeGoods and they were just $6.99 for all four.  She already had the red plates and white-beaded plates.  In case you’re interested in getting some for yourself, Sandi said she saw the white beaded plates in Dollar Tree recently.  Love her red flatware, a gift from her friend, Dondra.

4th of July Tablescape for Four


Sandi found her stemware at one of my fave haunts for glassware: Dollar Tree. I’ve found so many cute glasses there over the years, in lots of different colors and styles. Sandi said they currently have the blue in martini, champagne and wine sizes.

4th of July Tablescape for Four

Don’t you love the addition of the sparklers! They are perfect for this festive patriotic table.

4th of July Tablescape for Four

The cute gingham napkins are from Pier 1. When I was in there a week or two ago, I think they were on sale.

4th of July Tablescape for Four

Sandi, thanks so much for sharing this wonderful table for Tablescape Thursday!

Tablecloth: Someone left it here years ago and I don’t know who!!!
Placemats: Home Goods, this year
Red dinner plates: T.J. Maxx, several years ago
White beaded dinner plates: T. J. Maxx a month or so ago-Dollar Tree has them also
White salad plates by 10 Strawberry Street: Burlington Coat Factory, this year
Blue, luncheon size Blue Willow plates: Inherited from my Aunt Lynne (on top of white beaded plates)
Clear blue salad plate: don’t remember I’ve had them so long
Flatware: a gift from my friend Dondra
Napkins: Pier1: Flowered ones-gift from my DIL years ago; Checked ones-bought this year
Sparklers: Dollar General
Bows on sparklers: Made for a luncheon to tie napkins a while back and they fit the sparkler box perfectly
Red glass: GoodWill
Dessert stand: TJ Maxx or Marshall’s years ago
Flag buttercreams: Party city $3.99
Blue champagne flutes:  Dollar Tree this year (They have martini, champagne and wine goblets in the blue right now)
Flags: Have had them forever but Dollar General has them for $1 each


Looking forward to all the wonderful tables posted for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Susan,
    you are so right about collecting pieces whenever we find them. I recently found some pieces to match the dishes I bought last year..piece by piece and now have 8 plates .. and I always buy green things for my tables..they will eventually turn into enough for a whole table…this is good advice..and her table is very pretty..thanks for hosting this party..
    Love, Mona

  2. Such a festive table. I’m loving those place mats and the polka dot bow tied around the sparklers. Thanks for sharing this fun table, Sandi and Susan. laurie

  3. Susan – this is a wonderful post with great ideas! I did love the place settings with the china, stemware and flatware. However, I fell totally in love with the tablecloth and those red gingham napkins – wow! That tablecloth is fabulous – wish someone would leave me one – lol!!

  4. Sandi’s table is so well pulled together and perfectly festive too. It’s always fun to see how creative one can get with thrift shop and dollar store finds. Great job! Thanks for the party.

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  5. These are really great budget friendly tips! I actually prefer mix and match. So much more interesting. And just look at what a fantastic table it makes! I love the softer colors for the 4th! Thanks for hosting Susan!

  6. Susan, thanks for sharing Sandi’s festive table. I loved reading with you said about picking up odd pieces when out thrifting because I’ve been working on just such a post myself. With just the two of us here, I often will buy pairs of plates at a thrift store. What I’ve discovered over the years is that those pairs often easily pair up with another pair to set a pretty table. Personally I find it more fun and interesting to mix things up on a table. ‘-)
    Love the idea of adding a bow to the box of sparklers. Wish I had thought of that when I used a box of sparklers at each place setting on my 4th of July table. ~ Sarah

  7. Cuisine Kathleen says

    So pretty! Love those striped placemats!
    Thanks for hosting. I posted my dinner at a 19 million dollar home here on the ocean in Southampton. Not mine! 🙂

  8. Peggy Thal says

    Sweet and festive table. Love all the checks in red,white and blue. Such fun!

  9. Hi Susan – I’m all about a bargain! I like all her photos and pretties, the checks are so festive. I posted some checks this week, too, a traditional red & white checked tablecloth & picnic at the campground. Hope you are doing well. I’m on month #3 of my new blog and loving it, yours has been very inspiring to me. 🙂 Take care – Dawn

  10. A lovely festive table. I love it when things come together with what you already own. I am wondering though, if the person who left the checked tablecloth, is reading this blog and wants it back!! 🙂
    Just joking!!! 🙂

  11. I love to find things at home and come up with something as beautiful and yet simple as this patriotic setting is! Thanks for sharing Susan.

  12. Hi Susan,
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful and budget friendly table! I love all of your tablescapes and really enjoyed this one, along with the budget friendly ideas. Thanks for sharing – would love to see more posts like this. I have a question that’s been on my mind for awhile…..hope this doesn’t sound funny, but your tables (and this one, too) always have nice, pretty napkins. My question is….if actually having a meal using this table setting, would you allow guests/family members to use the pretty napkins or do you provide others?
    Thanks again for sharing – love your blog!!

    • Hi Lanita,
      Thanks for the kind words! I do use the real napkins whenever I have family or friends over for dinner. They get washed and they do sometimes fade, but I love using real napkins. Sandi put today’s table together, so I bet she will see your comment and will answer if she does use the cloth napkins that are in her table settings. That’s a great question. I’m not sure what everyone does, but I do use the. As they say, this isn’t a dress rehearsal so use the good stuff now! 🙂

      • Thanks for your feedback, Susan! I liked that…..this isn’t a dress rehearsal, so use the good stuff now!! I’ll have to remember that!
        Enjoy the weekend,

  13. Cute table, love the large checked cloth and the 2 prints of napkins in the jar at each place! I can see these napkins being easy care, but I’m with Lanita, how long can delicate pretty napkins stand up to lipstick and food stains? I am always scared to use mine!

  14. Susan, I so appreciate this post. Sometimes, when I view all the lovely tablescapes I feel overwhelmed…like there is this hugh competition out there in blog land. It is so refreshing to see a wonderful table set with affordable items. Thanks.

  15. great idea! I believe that we do not need to spend big in every occasions. Because there are lots of ways to
    celebrate festive like this in a simple and not so expensive meal.

  16. Beautiful table. I am working on my 4th table. Trying to keep an eye out for stuff when we are out thrifting. I really love yours.

  17. Could you please ask Dondra, where she got the flatware, and if it comes in ivory or white. Thanks Liz

    • Sandi Lee says

      Hi Liz,

      Dondra gave me the flatware about 5 years ago. I will ask her if she remembers where she got it and get back to you. Thanks so much.

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