How I Created A Red White and Blue Tablescape on a budget

a red, white and blue table setting with a stack of plates at each place setting placed on top of a 12x18" flag used as a placemat. A white dinner plate, then a smaller blue transferware dinner plate, a fluted edge white salad plate topped with a red transferware salad plate. A blue bandana for a napkin and silverware are standing inside a clear glass goblet. Scrabble tiles with a patriotic word are at each place setting.

It’s our virtual dinner club this week, and this month is all about cooking outdoors and a patriotic theme. I am so excited to show you how I created a red, white and blue tablescape on a budget.



Each month, my dinner club friends and I, host a virtual dinner party. We love creating themed parties and sharing our tablescapes and menus with you! Today, we are sharing the tablescapes and on Saturday we will be sharing the menu for our outdoor cookout. So, be sure and stop back by on Saturday for some delicious recipes.

If you missed last months tablescape you should check out my Peachy Summer Tablescape and the recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Peach Sauce. Also, I created a fun Garden Inspired Tablescape for a birthday brunch that you might enjoy. And a recipe for easy carrot muffins and a creative way to serve them.

If you are popping over from Midwest Life & Style, welcome, I am so glad you are here! Wasn’t Jen’s patriotic tablescape so beautiful and creative??

Since we are going for a patriotic theme, which is typically red, white and blue, I decided to scour my house for things I already had that I could use. I had to think outside the box a bit, since I don’t have lot of color in my home. I did purchase a few things, but I did my shopping mostly at thrift stores and the dollar store.

red, white and blue place settings

red white and blue place setting
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For my place settings, I used a flag in place of a charger or place mat. I purchased 12″ x 18″ flags at Walmart, and placed them under my plate. I draped it over the edge of the table, so more of the flag could be seen.

red white and blue tablescape


Next, I layered red, white and blue plates, starting with a large white dinner plate. I topped the dinner plate with a blue transferware plate that is slightly smaller. The next layer is a fluted edge salad plate, topped with a red transferware saucer. All of my plates are thrifted with the exception of the blue and white transferware plates that were my great grandmothers.

You can create a similar look with a festive paper plate if you don’t happen to have and red or blue pattern plates. I have linked some really cute options I found, at the bottom of this post.

blue bandana napkins


For a napkin, I chose blue bandanas. I wrapped them around my silverware and stood them inside my favorite clear thrifted glasses. I thought it would make the tablescape a bit more fun and casual instead of putting them beside each plate.

red white and blue table decor

And my last addition, and probably my favorite, was scrabble tiles at each place setting with a patriotic word. I have been buying scrabble games at thrift stores for years and I use the tiles for so many different things.

red, white and blue centerpiece

july 4th red white and bluetablescape

This is where I had to get creative, since I don’t have a lot of red or blue decor. Deciding what to use for a base to my centerpiece was a challenge. I didn’t really want a typical table runner or a tablecloth, since I was trying to keep this very casual.

I remembered I had purchased a blue and white checked rug at an estate sale last summer, so that became the starting point of my centerpiece. When I was digging through my July 4th decor I also found a navy rug with white stars that I had completely forgotten about.

july 4th tablescape



I put the checked rug on an angle and placed the star rug on top of it, at a different angle, and love how the patterns worked together and also worked with my flag placemats.

Next, I went digging through my vintage books and found a couple with a blue binding, and one of them actually had a title about stars. The two of them stacked in the center of the table made a great riser for my focal point piece.

patriotic tablescape


I have a few vintage baseballs I bought a few years ago at a thrift store, so I decided to use those in a clear glass bowl for the main centerpiece. I mean, does anything scream Summer, like baseball??

A few small flags that I picked up at a thrift store last summer were tucked in and I finished it off with a few sparklers. You have to have sparklers for a patriotic tablescape, don’t you think??

red white and blue tablescape


On either side of the baseball centerpiece, I placed potted plants that have tiny white flowers, which I already had.

And my last piece was a cute blue patterned berry basket that I bought on a recent trip to Magnolia in Waco, Texas. Filled with cherries, it will be a great snack for guests until dinner is ready!

red white and blue tablescape on a budget


I hope you enjoyed seeing how I created a red, white and blue tablescape on a budget! If you make a patriotic tablescape, I would love to hear. I love reading your comments and questions!

Are you planning something fun for the upcoming July 4th holiday??

Next up, on our tablescape tour, is Anne and Ann Marie from Simply 2 Moms. Be sure and check out all the other amazing and creative tables, by clicking the links below the photos.

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22 thoughts on “How I Created A Red White and Blue Tablescape on a budget

  1. Michele,
    As usual, you knocked it out of the park with your all American table. I loved the baseballs centerpiece and well everything.

    1. Aww, you are always so kind Rachel! Your table was amazing, as well!

  2. Michele I love your vintage red white and blue setting! What a great idea! It looks so beautiful! xoxo

    1. Thank you so much Stacy! I am loving doing this dinner club with you!

  3. Everything is so beautiful, Michele. I love all of the gorgeous layers you created, and the addition of the scrabble tiles is such a fun and creative touch!

    1. Thanks so much Jen! I love doing these creative tablescapes with you ladies!

  4. OMG Michele, I’m not sure what I love more the flag placemats…the baseball centerpiece…the star rug as a table runner…or…there are so many fun & creative details. Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that AnnMarie! I love doing these tablescapes with you ladies!

  5. Debbie Meyer says:

    Michelle I wish I had just a tenth of the talent you have this is amazing love love love

    1. Aww, that is SO sweet for you to say! I truly appreciate it and so glad you enjoyed the post!

    1. So glad you like it!! I appreciate your kind words!

  6. Janet Price says:

    Love your ideas! The table looks great.

    1. Thank you so much! I really appreciate that!

      Thanks so much for following along.

  7. Love this, really a nice job, and a little different, My fav. The sparklers are a great idea, but hard to see in the photo, what if you gathered them them in a bunch with a ribbon?

    1. Good idea, thanks! It was very hard to get a photo of the sparklers since it wasn’t dark.

      I appreciate you following along and commenting!!

  8. Cute, but doesn’t feel right using the flag as a placemat/runner.

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