My friends and I have been going to the New Berlin parade on the 4th of July since we were in college. Over the years we added spouses and children, changed our post parade venue and added brunch.
Summertime is my favorite time of the year and who doesn’t love the celebration of July 4th? It gets hot by noon, but in the morning we relax on the porch over breakfast and Bloody Marys!
Setting an independence table is fun and festive. You can pull out all the red, white and blue stops. I found the iron table and chairs at a flea market for a song a few years ago. A bit of sanding and spray paint and it seats up to 6 people comfortably.
Denim placemats add the touch of blue to the place setting. Since this is practically a picnic, I bring out my enamel dishes from Sweden. You can pick up lots of white enamel dinnerware at flea markets, but since I’m part Swedish, I stick with those marked Sweden.
What could be more Americana than a red bandana? They make perfect napkins—colorful and inexpensive. I fold them in thirds and then half again. Triple pleat in the middle and hold together with an old fashion clothes pin. I write each guest’s name on the pin and add a couple of mini flags.
Bandanas also fit the chair seats. The upholstered seats are fine, but I like the coordinated look since the table top is glass.
It’s OK to break the rules when setting the table. Since the cup and saucer take up the right hand corner of the placemat, I chose to put the knife next to the fork and spoon with the saucer.
The centerpiece is a trio of RWB candles, ribbon and flag.
Such a simple way to start the celebration!