A patriotic centerpiece is commonly used in the United States at 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day celebrations. Honoring our military and country are long standing traditions that are still celebrated today.
Another reason for a patriotic centerpiece might be when a deployed loved one returns home. This is certainly a cause for celebration! A red, white and blue centerpiece would definitely be appropriate.
A red, white, and blue table decoration always works for a good old fashioned American backyard barbecue, too!
Don't just use red, white, and blue in your decorations. Include them in food items, too. Fresh blueberries and strawberries on top of a cake, or mixed with whipped cream, makes a wonderful patriotic dessert, and adds to the theme. For other food ideas, check out our edible centerpieces.
A small American flag placed in a vase, or a bouquet of red carnations or geraniums, next to red, white and blue napkins gives you a quick and easy patriotic table.
There are so many items that can be
used to make your table patriotic. Get creative, and don’t
forget to add some stars for sparkle! Here are some examples of tables I've created...
• Glass vases are filled with red and silver foil shreds (available where gift packaging items are sold). American flag is inserted into vase.
• Red, white, and blue frosted cupcakes are arranged on a cake plate. Each decorated with a star shaped pick on top.
• Red and white checked napkins and plates are a great pattern for any picnic. Displayed here in wicker basket.
• White votive candles inside small fish bowls give off a nice glow to table and on cupcake plate.
• Popular watermelon basket, a staple at many American barbecues, is proudly displayed on 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.
Party Tip: Use mason jars with vintage paper straws as a cute way to serve cold beverages at your party . The straws can often be found in party sections at a variety of stores such as Target, Walmart, or party stores. I've seen them in many solid colors, as well as fun prints and stripes,
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"