A Classic American Tablescape For The Fourth of July

 

One of my oldest and dearest friends, Megan Gallagher of Before and After Home, has always had a discerning eye for design. She and her very talented business partner — and mother — Kimberly Chumlea, put together this gorgeous tablescape for the Fourth of July using a mixture of family heirlooms, treasured gifts and some fun, affordable decorative accents. The result is an elegant and welcoming patriotic table that celebrates the Fourth without being kitschy or cutesy.

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Gallagher alternated red and blue plates at each place setting, laying them atop basic, white plates and chargers from Williams-Sonoma. The red plates belonged to Gallagher’s great-grandmother, while the blue were a recent purchase. The brass, star napkin rings and blue-and-white, star napkins (Gallagher used the matching tablecloth to create bunting on the planter) are part of a collection of Fourth of July accessories Chumlea started years ago. “My mother — known as Honey to her grandchildren — always gifted me Fourth of July decor to celebrate our summer birthdays,” said Chumlea. A red-and-white, plaid tablecloth from Michaels was used as a runner, placed on a basic, white tablecloth from World Market. The blue-and-white, star centerpiece was created from a Michaels lantern, and Liberty Bell jars holding cherries double as decorative touches and sweet treats.

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Even Lady Liberty gets in on the fun, standing proud and tall near the delicious spread of picnic fare. Crispy, fried chicken is displayed in handblown glass wine rinsers from Mount Vernon. Colonial wine rinsers were traditionally used at elaborate dinner parties in the eighteenth century. A new wine would be served with each course, and guests’ wine glasses would be rinsed between pours.

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Lemon bars and cherries delight atop a sea of fresh blueberries, above a fun, star-dappled tablecloth. Gallagher perched this darling, ruffled tray on her great-grandmother’s red, dessert coupe for added height, giving depth to her buffet display.

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Still not sure what to do on the Fourth of July? Check out these fun, at-home ideas!

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