A patriotic centerpiece is commonly used for the 4th of July, Memorial Day,
and Labor Day in the USA. These are days to honor our military and our
country. Many families may have a loved one currently deployed, but when
they return, there’s no doubt that it's a cause for celebration…and a
beautiful red, white and blue centerpiece would certainly be
appropriate! A good old American backyard barbeque is another time a patriotic centerpiece will work well.
In order for your table decorations to be patriotic you would include red, white, and blue colors representing the colors of our nation’s flag!
These colors could be brought in through the use of decorations or food items. Think about fresh blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries mixed with whipped cream, a small American flag placed in a vase, a bouquet of red geraniums, or red, white and blue napkins.
There are many items that can be used to make a fun patriotic decoration for your table. Don’t forget to add some stars for sparkle!
• Glass vases are filled with red and silver foil shreds (available where gift packaging items are sold). American flag, inserted into vase with silver foil shreds, waves proudly over table!
• Red, white, and blue frosted cupcakes, arranged on a cake plate, contain star shaped plastic pick decoration.
• Red and white checked napkins and plates, a great pattern for any picnic, are displayed in wicker basket.
• White votive candles, inside small fish bowls, give a nice glow to table and on cupcake plate.
• The ever popular watermelon basket, a staple at many American barbecues, sits proudly displayed on the side of table.
Watermelon baskets make great centerpieces on their own, too! If you want to know how to make one click here for instructions with photos.
These are so perfect for serving with cold beverages for any patriotic holiday, a fun backyard BBQ, or for a western theme party.
You can put together a very simple patriotic centerpiece by inserting American flags into a piece of foam that has been placed inside a container of your choice. I used a small metal bucket here.
I made this centerpiece for my kitchen island buffet for a Memorial Day BBQ that we had at our home. I placed 3 small flags around outer edge, surrounding 1 larger flag in the middle. Recycled paper shreds were added to cover top of foam. Raffia was tied around bucket to finish look.
For more backyard BBQ touches I used red and white checked napkins and plates with solid red plastic cups. Dessert consisted of cheesecake with a raspberry topping, in keeping with the red, white, and blue theme of the day!
•A white sheer window scarf is draped on center of table taking the place of a tablecloth, although both could be used.
•Pre-cut wooden stars (purchased at craft store for cheap) create nice sparkle when placed around table. Silver glitter was applied to them. Red or blue glitter would also be pretty.
•Silver, glittered stars cut from heavy paper and glued to floral wire bring sparkle to center arrangement (I used a star shaped cookie cutter for the pattern)
•Natural branches and geraniums placed in tissue wrapped glass jars. Blue ribbon tied around rim for accent.
•Wooden bread tray adds natural wood element. Red and white checked napkin adds color.
•Rustic metal candle holder provides nice contrast to shiny elements and says "Americana"
the troops with a personalized banner!