For a pretty table-scape, shop your own cabinets and closets first. Pull anything red, white or blue, large or small. Do you have an small blue bowl or your grandmother’s white serving platter? Perhaps a red vase from Valentine’s Day flowers? Mix and match plates of various sizes, a variety of glassware, and decorative items. Red, blue, silver or gold chargers normally used in December can be brought out of summer hibernation and used for a gorgeous pop of color.
Next, shop your linen closet, scarf drawer or fabric stash (because we all have one of those… right…) Layer colors, prints and textures for a great look. Use your imagination when it comes to putting items together – a pretty gingham curtain panel can double as a tablecloth layer. Cloth napkins can add an additional splash of color. And don’t worry about the shade of color… items in various shades of red, blue and white add depth and interest to your table.
Still looking for that one item to fill a space or function?
Wander the Bric-a-Brac isles at your favorite Impact Thrift Store with an open mind…. Look first at color, then function. Mix and match a variety of red, blue and clear glass goblets for a shabby chic look. White plates with blue trim can be stacked with solid color plates or others with design – every place setting can have a different personality. A wicker basket or two could be decorated with ribbon and candles. A flag draped picture frame can hold your menu or child’s art project. Our Domestics Department is full of great table cloths and runners, cloth napkins and more! A flat bed sheet with the perfect print could become a table cloth or runner as well. In the Jewelry Department you might find some earrings or pins that could add a sparkle or accent.
Next step – Create! Set your kids in motion with crayons, markers, paper – and some paint if you’re brave, making wonderful flags, pinwheels, centerpieces and place cards.
And don’t forget the food… the most important element of any bbq. Challenge yourself to fill your grocery cart with ONLY red, white and blue food items, then start cookin’! Layers of strawberries, blueberries and vanilla yogurt make a delicious and healthy dessert. Roll the edges of ice cream sandwiches in red, white and blue sprinkles. Red candy apples are not just for Halloween! Serve them on a bed of blueberries for a very patriotic dessert. Hot dogs and hamburgers are red, chicken and fish are white so even your protein dishes will cooperate! Looking for more ideas… check out our Pinterest board all about the Red, White and Blue with lots of free craft tutorials and recipes for every patriotic occasion!
And don’t forget to… Have fun!
After your event, once clean up is complete, pack up those thrift store finds and re-donate! We’ll accept all that you purchased here and more. Turn every gathering and event into a thrift decorating challenge… as much fun as the 4th of July!