Patriotic Tablescape with Flags and Striped Linens

Tips for decorating a patriotic table with striped linens, flags and two different simple centerpiece ideas!

Are you looking for some easy and inspiring ideas to decorate for all the patriotic holidays? With Memorial Day this weekend, don't miss my top tips to set an amazing, budget-friendly table that will wow your guests.


How to decorate a patriotic table with flags and striped linens

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Table Foundation

Every well decorated table needs a foundation, whether it's a tablecloth, runner or simply a piece of butcher paper! A foundation layer adds interest and helps to ground the rest of your food, tableware and decorations.

Affordable Pure Linen

My inspiring red, white and blue table was so easy to pull together. It may look fancy, but I promise it's not! Let's start by talking about the striped linens. These are 100% pure linen and the price is incredible! If you've ever searched for affordable flax linen napkins and tablecloths, you know they run very expensive. I now own three napkin sets and one tablecloth, all from All Cotton and Linen, a USA based company. The linens wash and dry beautifully. I don't iron my linens because I prefer the rumpled, casual look, and I know I'll get years of use from these.

I layered the napkins with my wood chargers and dishes, keeping it super simple. The top napkins are held together with oversized rusty looking star ornaments. I believe I found these at Hobby Lobby after Christmas one year. 

I'm using my white scallop melamine dishes ( see similar here) but you could use paper plates for convenience.

Vintage centerpiece ideas

#1 DIY Campfire marshmallows tin

I couldn't decide which centerpiece I liked better, so I tried both, which I'm sharing here, and you can decide. The vintage inspired DIY Campfire marshmallows tin is a project I shared earlier this week. It is surprisingly easy to make, and you probably already have everything you need! I added a couple stems of faux red geraniums, bending the stems to help them fit, and then tucked in one of my coffee stained flags. The coffee stain adds a primitive touch to the brand new flags and keeps them from looking too pristine!

I layered the tin on a blue and white dinner plate, to continue the theme of layering a table to add interest, depth and ground the centerpiece. You could use any tin with red, blue and white to house your flowers, even plant real geraniums in a large tin can like I did with these herbs.

#2 Milk glass and flags

My second centerpiece idea was simply adding milk glass vases to the center of the table and tucking in more of the stained flags. I added a few brass candlestick holders and these battery operated wax tapers. I love these candlesticks, they look remarkably realistic!

Depending on the size of your table, and the number of milk glass vases you own, you could really make a statement! Or add them to a sideboard or table to add a decorative touch near the food. I couldn't miss the opportunity to decorate my adjacent coffee bar with patriotic touches. Let's take a closer look.

Patriotic decorated coffee bar

A thrifted picnic basket with a red gingham fabric liner adds so much color and charm. A store bought cake was spiffed up with some fresh strawberries, and displayed on my thrifted wood pedestal and cloche. I recently shared how I removed the stain from this thrifted piece using oven cleaner, so check that out if you're interested.

You may spot more of those vintage and rusty looking marshmallow tins because I didn't stop at one, I made 4! That's how easy they are. And the marshmallows were so easy to make. I can't believe how realistic they look!

The primitive fabric stars are a brand new project that I'll be sharing soon, so keep an eye out! Better yet, be sure you're subscribed so you don't miss any of my new ideas!

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