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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Born on the Fourth of July

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jul 3, 2012 2:39:00 PM

fourth of julyWe host a brunch every Fourth of July for friends before we head out to the local parade and festivities. My challenge is to come up with a new table setting and menu every year.

I have a glass top table on my back porch. When I have to make it larger, I disguise the add-on table with a cloth. I bought the flag fabric (several yards) for $4.99 at Goodwill.

I layered white enamel plates on red ones I found for $.99.

Tucking silverware into a folded napkin keeps everything you need handy. If you serve buffet style, put the utensil pockets in a basket for easy access.

These festive little party picks look like fireworks. I like them in a cup but you can use them to skewer fruit chunks.

Give each guest their own flag to show their patriotic spirit all day.

When a table cloth has lots of pattern and color you can keep all the accessories neutral or you can pile on the textures and patterns for a stand-out table. For the centerpiece, I pulled out a vintage fire truck and topped it with teddy bears. Just like a home-town parade.

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Topics: 4th of July, decor, Merri Cvetan, Amazing Goodwill