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Simply Beautiful Outdoor Patriotic Celebration Ideas

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Wait until you see these simple and beautiful outdoor patriotic celebration ideas.

It’s summer!



Summer is my absolute favorite season.

Well, besides Christmas.

That’s a season right?!

You know the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year not winter but Christmas.

Because that’s a pretty fun time of the year too.

Okay now that we got that settled…let’s get back to summer and celebrations!

Summertime is a great time to host a party and since it’s almost July 4th, a patriotic theme is a perfect way to celebrate.

We’re joining our blogging friends again this month to bring you some beautiful patriotic celebration and dinner party ideas you’re going to LOVE!!

It’s been so fun decorating new tablescapes and creating a different menu every month.

Have you been following along each month?

Here is a list of our previous tablescape ideas we’ve done with our friends (just click the link for inspiration):

Just wait until you see our menu with recipes for this month’s patriotic party!

Our recipes include everything you need to throw a spectacular get-together…drinks, appetizers, side dishes, main entrees, and desserts!

If you’re visiting us from our friend Michele from Vintage Home Designs or if you’re new to our blog… 


two woman holding glass mugs with fruit cocktail in them outside on deck

Thanks so much for stopping by!

We’re AnnMarie (wearing blue) and Anne (wearing red), the two moms behind this blog.

We work together to share simple and budget-friendly ideas for decoratingrecipesdiy projects, and tips for life with older teens (and beyond!).

You can read more about us here.

So enough about us…let’s get talk more about this month’s theme… a super fun Patriotic dinner party!

Outdoor Patriotic Celebration Ideas

outdoor dining table and six chairs on wood deck on back of house decorated with flowers and American flags

Here in the south, when the weather is warm, we love to entertain outdoors!

So, when planning our dinner party to celebrate the Fourth of July, I immediately knew I was going to take it outside on our back deck.

But don’t worry…I’ve also shared some awesome ideas for inside your home too!

Check out my other posts with tips to decorate your home for July 4th, including a simple patriotic summer fireplace, and even a fun Americana-themed tiered tray!

close up of striped throw pillow on wicker outdoor chair with flowers in background

Last year, I bought new cushions and they just happened to be blue so they coordinate perfectly with an American-themed tablescape.

I grabbed a couple of pillow covers from Hobby Lobby at 50% off to add even more comfort to the two chairs at the head table.

Aren’t they great?

I love the denim and white stripes with the natural jute piped border.

And they’re neutral enough to use on the deck all summer long!

Americana Themed Centerpiece

view of outdoor patriotic celebration centerpiece decorated with natural tablerunners and tray filled with candle lantern and vases filled with American flags and flowers

The first step in styling my outdoor patriotic tablescape was to create a centerpiece.

The 5 large American flags in a white enamel vase are the star of this patriotic centerpiece and super fun for celebrating America on July 4th.

Another Hobby Lobby find was the red metal candle lantern and since it was 50% off I only spent $12 on it.


I never pay full price for anything at that store…do you?

Sales items rotate weekly so try to shop for the things you need while they are at a discount.

Although I usually don’t decorate with red, I can totally use the lantern at Christmastime too.

A glass vase filled with fresh-cut hydrangea from my backyard adds a beautiful floral element to the outdoor dining table.

And I just love how the washed skinny linen table runners look woven through the centerpiece.

I borrowed two of them from Anne, but I think I may need a few for myself.

The skinny table runners are super versatile and add so much texture to a tablescape or anywhere you want to use one or even two.

If you’re interested in getting one check out our friend Diane’s store here.

night time view of outdoor deck decorated for patriotic celebration with plants in front of photo and tablescape in background of picture

Since our patriotic dinner party will be in the early evening a candle lantern on the table and another nearby provide pretty ambient lighting.

I’m thinking some string lights may look really amazing hung above the table.

What do you think?

Beautiful Neutral Place Settings

woven placemats with striped napkins and twine napkin rings in front of stack of plates and mason jar filled with silverware

Since the color scheme was red, white, and blue I used the classic striped cloth napkins I bought for my lemon-inspired summer tablescape last month.

I borrowed Anne’s DIY jute napkin rings since I didn’t have anything that coordinated.

Think I may need to make some of these napkin rings…they are so fun!

And I also snagged the lighter-colored jute placemats from Anne too.

They are a bit smaller than my seagrass chargers and fit better on my table outside.

close up stack of plates with silverware in mason jar on table outside

When setting the table, I relied on my everyday dishes & silverware again this month.

Boy, am I glad I have these neutral plates from Pottery Barn to use for our virtual dinner parties?

Although, it could be fun to change it up and get different colors or patterns…I do like the idea of using the same white dishes.

I think it may help you see how easy it is to change up the look of your tablescape with every season or holiday or even theme using your regular everyday dinnerware.

close up of striped cloth napkin and diy twine napkin ring on plate for outdoor patriotic tablescape

I used the neutral jute rings and placed the napkins on top of the dishes.

This is a simple and classic look for any season or tablescape theme.

view of patriotic tablescape set for virtual dinner party theme with American flags in middle of table centerpiece

Recently, I’ve been folding the napkin and placing it between the plates.

Then using the top plate as a place to further decorate the tablescape within the theme.

Check out this creative idea we did as a plate topper!

Patriotic Dinner Party Food

woman placing vase of cut hydrangea on table set for patriotic dinner party

Now, that my table is finished, I’m ready for hours of chatting with good friends and enjoying great food!

Do you see that sneak peek of Anne’s delicious cocktail recipe she’s sharing on Saturday in that last photo?

Be sure to come back and check out the entire patriotic summer menu!

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More Summer Dinner Party Table Ideas from Our Friends

patriotic tablescape with blue floral dishes and a watermelon accent plate on top of each place setting flowers and an American flag centerpiece

Our patriotic tablescape tour continues with our friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse.

You’re going to just love her ideas and pretty farmhouse next to a pond!

patriotic table setting with big container of roses in middle of outdoor table

Then Stacy from Bricks ‘n Blooms shares her beautiful outdoor table set to celebrate the Fourth of July under her gazebo.

And just wait until you see her amazing gardens!

patriotic tablescape with floral arrangement filled with red white and blue flowers and small American flags

Next, Jen from Midwest Life and Style styled a stunning table set to celebrate America.

She shares some great tips so check her blog out!

vintage red white and blue plates stacked at each setting with scrabble game pieces reading freedom as part of tablescape

And we finish up our tour with Michele from Vintage Home Designs who perfectly displays her love of vintage finds in a gorgeous red, white, and blue tablescape.

You must read all about her budget-friendly ideas!

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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