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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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Celebrating the Fourth!

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jun 30, 2015 3:16:36 PM

Fourth of July Table SettingThe Fourth of July is the big kick-off for summer celebrating with parades, parties and fireworks. I generally host brunch for family and friends before we head out to celebrate Independence Day. This week I’m overbooked, so I need a table setting I can whip up at the last minute. Just because I won’t have lots of time, doesn’t mean the table won’t look fabulous!

Fourth of July Place SettingI gathered up everything in my house with a Fourth of July theme, or anything that was red, white and blue. I have everyday white plates, square red salad plates I use at Christmas, and I found the blue star dishes at Goodwill last week.

You know the drill, layer, layer and layer some more! For place cards, I pulled out an old deck of cards and wrote guests’ names and added stickers. The candle trio is tied together with red chenille stems.

Fourth of July Napkin HolderI actually found a dozen red springs at Goodwill a few months ago. Whenever you find something you might use someday, scoop it up immediately! I wasn’t sure what I would do with them when I bought them, but they’re perfect to hold a napkin. Fold a gingham napkin accordion style and tuck it in. Add a couple of straws and curly chenille stems (wind them around a pen!). Maybe I’ll use the springs to serve ice cream cones for dessert. That’s an idea!

Fourth of July TableI decorated the wine glasses in the same way. Wrap the stem with more chenille and add star stickers to the base. I bunched up a piece of red, white and blue ribbon, and used staples to hold it together to add another festive element to the place setting. I will probably use it as a runner for my brunch table. My son made the Liberty Bell flag stand in Cub Scouts.

Vintage Fourth of July photo

I couldn’t resist adding this photo of an old house decked out for the Fourth to the table scape.

See what I mean about using everything you can find around the house?

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July?

 

Topics: merri home interior expert, Merri Cvetan, Fourth of July table setting, July 4th decor, Celebrating July 4th

  • Fourth of July table setting
    The Fourth of July is the big kick-off for summer celebrating with parades, parties and fireworks. I generally host brunch for family and friends before we head out to celebrate Independence Day. This week I’m overbooked, so I need a table setting I can whip up at the last minute. Just because I won’t have lots of time, doesn’t mean the table won’t look fabulous!
  • Fourth of July Place Setting
    I gathered up everything in my house with a Fourth of July theme, or anything that was red, white and blue. I have everyday white plates, square red salad plates I use at Christmas, and I found the blue star dishes at Goodwill last week.
  • Fourth of July napkin holder
    I actually found a dozen red springs at Goodwill a few months ago. Whenever you find something you might use someday, scoop it up immediately! I wasn’t sure what I would do with them when I bought them, but they’re perfect to hold a napkin.
  • Fourth of July table

    Fold a gingham napkin accordion style and tuck it in. Add a couple of straws and curly chenille stems (wind them around a pen!). Maybe I’ll use the springs to serve ice cream cones for dessert. That’s an idea!

    I decorated the wine glasses in the same way. Wrap the stem with more chenille and add star stickers to the base. I bunched up a piece of red, white and blue ribbon, and used staples to hold it together to add another festive element to the place setting. I will probably use it as a runner for my brunch table. My son made the Liberty Bell flag stand in Cub Scouts.
  • Fourth of July Vintage photo

    I couldn’t resist adding this photo of an old house decked out for the Fourth to the table scape.

    See what I mean about using everything you can find around the house?