I have always, always been inspired by Ralph Lauren’s designs and for this year’s Independence Day table I really wanted to channel a bit of his iconic style into my red, white, and blue celebration! So I am proud to present my Ralph Lauren inspired way to Celebrate an Easy + Awesome 4th of July!
It all began with these fishing basket style purses that I have. I stumbled across them in my storage area (which has still not been properly organized since the move) and thought how perfectly summery they seemed and knew they would look so charming as centerpieces filled with flags.
So I grabbed a big piece of striped fabric out of my fabric stash and knew a table was coming together.
The red, white & blue plates were a find at World Market last year – best of all they are paper!! If you’re new around here you are going to learn that I just love to mix in paper plates with many of my tablescapes. It’s a great way to add style and stay on budget.
I especially love the ikat style print on these plates – it’s such a unique approach to this traditional combination. I paired it with faux bamboo flatware that I purchased at Caspari. A red dinner plate from Walmart helps to anchor the plates in the middle of the table. I didn’t have quite enough so I used a couple of pewter plates at the ends of the table. This is a great way to keep your table interesting and mix and match patterns.
A variety of glassware rounds out the placesetting. Again, don’t be afraid to mix things up!
For the centerpiece I began with the baskets which I filled with hydrangeas and miniature flags. The basket bags are fairly light weight so I actually weighed them down with additional flatware in the bottom of the basket. This kept them from tipping. Since the flowers are faux I didn’t need to worry about water – but if you create something similar and want to use real flowers, just place a ziplock bag inside – it will protect your bag and keep flowers fresh.
Trophies are a common accessory in Ralph Lauren’s world and I have a nice little collection of them. I inclued a few at the center of the table. They add a nice sparkle and interest to the scene I think. They have casual chic quality that is quite nice.
The pièce de résistance of this scene though is the giant flag that I hung in the background. It is a “statement’ piece in the scene and really makes it all pop! And best of all – it’s super simple – it’s just a big flag tacked up.
Of course no 4th of July celebration is complete without fireworks or at the very least sparklers! Here I’ve bundled a few together and tied them with a festive ribbon. Combined with a paper fan, these make for a jolly party favor for guests to take home (and the fans provide a welcome respite from the summer heat!).
The elements of this table are pretty simple and actually don’t take a lot of time to pull together – which is always my favorite combination.
I hope you are inspired and I especially hope you have a fabulous 4th of July! I’ve had so much fun sharing so many tablescapes with you this week.