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How to Host the PERFECT Patriotic Celebration

Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day are all about gathering with friends and family to celebrate our nation’s history and America’s freedom. If you are entertaining at home, keep your focus on the celebration, avoid the stress, and make setting the table and serving your guests a breeze by following the advice of these Southern entertaining experts. These tidbits will help you throw a soiree with festive décor and tasty treats.

Setting the Table

1. Use layers.

Angie Cook, of Hester & Cook, uses holidays such as the Fourth of July to showcase her summertime entertaining savvy and encourages you to do the same. “What better way to do this than with the use of festive and easy options like paper placemats and a runner?” she asks. “Start with a basic tablecloth, and begin layering with our Red Stripe runner layered with Stars on Blue placemat,” she suggests. “Punctuate this patriotic theme with touches of gold for a more sophisticated look. Utilizing china and flatware as opposed to paper plates and plastic will be appreciated by guests. This also adds weight to the table in the event a cool breeze might head your way. Alternatively, our Red Check runner and Summer Setting placemat offer a more playful take on a outdoor entertaining!”

Get festive with your table decorations!

Set your table with the Red Stripe runner with Stars on Blue placemat for a festive Fourth of July look! Image: Hester & Cook

You don't have to go strictly red, white and blue for your table setting this 4th of July!

If you are looking to be patriotic without going the whole nine yards, opt for bright colors and playful patterns. Image: Hester & Cook

2. Combine colors.

While we take patriotic holidays as an excuse to bust out all things red, white and blue, Katie Jacobs of the lifestyle blog Styling My Everyday encourages us to incorporate other summer colors. “When decorating for a Fourth of July party, I really like to combine brightly colored summer fare with traditional red, white and blue decor for a super fun update. Fresh cut summer flowers, bright berries and cool cocktails scream summertime.”

Incorporate spring colors alongside the traditional red, white and blue

Think outside of the red, white and blue box when decorating for your Fourth of July get-together! Image: Amy Cherry