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Red, White, Blue & Rattan, Too


There isn't a holiday we don't love decorating for. Each holiday and each year gives us the opportunity to try new combinations of items we have at House of Blum and trends we're loving. This year, we thought it would be fun to use this gorgeous waterfront veranda as the setting of the Fourth of July tablescape.

The setting, natural materials and rattan furniture gave us the starting point for the overall aesthetic for the Independence Day table design. We selected serving accessories made from bamboo, teak, rattan, wicker and caning to add to the natural, summery feel of the space. We had the perfect things from House of Blum to make our table refined with these natural elements.

BASE LAYERS

To set the stage, we started with a lux linen table runner. The dark grey wash was the perfect anchor for us to layer serving ware as well as the red, white & blue treats. For a centerpiece, we placed a gorgeous scalloped bamboo tray, arranged with a large striped vase and adorned with faux wild raspberry stems. Cocktail/mocktail essentials filled in the rest of the tray, including our rattan cocktail shaker. Flanking each end of the table, we styled our caned candleholders with vases of water to become floral arrangements. The American flags added the festive, Americana look we were after.


We always love to have fun with food and nothing says summer and Fourth of July like strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We used our Kate Rattan Casserole Basket to bake a delicious cake, frosted it with a vanilla frosting and topped it with red and blue berries. Small teak bowls with the sweetest footed detail hold loose berries for serving on the side or in beverages.


SETTING THE TABLE

The fringe placemats and drink coasters brought whimsy to our spread, giving the table texture and a feminine touch. The perfect layers of our blue bamboo dinner plates and accent plates nodded to the bamboo used elsewhere on the table and gave the color story a beautiful blue boost. The sleek Amalfi Glasses look stunning with mint, blackberries and a wedge of lemon. Our Crimson Blossom Napkins knotted and dressed up with American flags made a simple yet significant statement for the overall patriot concept of the table. Last but not least, our favorite detail for the place-settings has to be the adorable hand-pies on each guests' plate.


What festive decor or food are you planning for this year's Independence Day? Celebrating our country's freedom, liberty and democracy is always worth giving an extra effort to make it special and memorable. Thankful to live in the land of the free! Happy Fourth of July!

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