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Red, White, and Blue Summertime Tablescape

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  How is your week going so far?  We've been enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables lately: I've been cooking up a storm!  I usually only spend this much time in the kitchen during the Christmas holidays, but honestly, I'm enjoying it, and I'm thankful we have several fantastic community supported agriculture opportunities close to us.  If you haven't already, you can follow along as I post about our adventure eating this summer. 

Today I'm participating in a fun blog hop featuring summertime tablescapes.  If you're linking over from Everyday Living, I appreciate your visit: I am very grateful you've chosen to spend a few moments in my little corner of the interwebs.  Summer will be here (officially) on Thursday, June 20th.  I love summer, and I cannot WAIT to see how all the other 18 stylists have interpreted summer on their tables.

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.
— John Steinbeck

I'd like to thank Sweet Rita from the Panoply blog for hosting these link parties.  She does a wonderful job organizing them each season.

I had wanted to go outside for this one, but we had a few rainy days when I was planning and setting my table, so I set it in our dining room.  

Here I've placed everything on the table and hutch except for the flowers.

With the flowers

Overhead view

Obviously my theme is All-American Red, White, and Blue.  I added denim elements made from upcycled blue jeans.  There aren't many things more American than jeans!  

The Plate Stacks

I paired our wedding china (Wedgwood's Rosedale) with a modern "dipped" salad plate (Royal Stafford).  Both are placed on a willow placemat from Pier1.

Denim upcycled napkin rings hold two napkins featuring the color scheme.

The Details

I chose bright red votive holders and a MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check star plate because of their colors.  Also our American flags traditionally sport a five-pointed star.
Red roses are always appropriate for a patriotic table because the red rose is our national flower.

I decorated the Welsh dresser a little with a red, white, and blue garland.
I also added one of my small daily paintings in the color scheme (tomatoes always remind me of summer) and a candlestick with a red candle.


Below are the items that are currently available for purchase.

Royal check vases and star:  MacKenzie-Childs
Red dinner candle:  Root via The Fresh Market

The following items are one of a kind, but similar items are available:
4th of July Rag bow garland:  Etsy via @KathyJacobson
Denim table runner:  Etsy via @FordCountry
Blue jean napkin rings:  Etsy via @ThreeSheltiesandacat

I have one last share before the links to the other stylists' blogs.  Did you know that our national anthem has four stanzas?  I had no idea, and I was particularly touched by the last one.

“The Star-Spangled Banner,”
originally “Defence of Fort McHenry”

by Francis Scott Key (1779–1843)
written Sept. 14–16, 1814
Tune: “Anacreon in Heaven”

Please be sure to visit these other ladies' blogs and enjoy reading about and seeing their pretty tablescapes for summer.  If you're linking in order, My Thrift Store Addiction is next.

Hyacinths for the Soul - Summer Whimsy Tablescape
Home is Where the Boat Is - Stars and Stripes Alfresco Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante - Red, White and Blue Summertime Tablescape  (You're here!)
Life and Linda - A Margaritaville Party
The Cat's Whiskerz - A Tropical Tablescape for Summer
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Fourth of July Tablescape - A Star Performance
Pandora's Box - Pineapple Delight
Thrifting Wonderland - Morning Tea in the Garden
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Summer Road Trip
The Painted Apron - Summer Sea Shells
Red Cottage Chronicles - Summer Afternoon Tea Party Ideas
Celebrating Everyday Life - Simple Homespun Patriotic Table Decor

Please stop by on Friday for an update on my summer reading.  I will be reviewing a brand-new cozy mystery series set in Scotland.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I always enjoy a peek into this room, especially of your welch cabinet, with all the M-C goodies! What a cute garland, and I ADORE the napkin rings and will be making some for myself!! Very clever! Your setting is perfect for the patriotic holidays - enjoy the summer!

  2. RikkiJill your table is lovely and thank you for the reminder of the last stanza to the Star Spangled Banner. We visited Fort Mc Henry several years ago and it is certainly somber when one remembers what happened there. (Much like D Day). We thank God for living in America and for all those who fought and died for our freedom. I really hope parents are teaching their children our history.
    I always look at your plate display as well as your table display as you give us a treat of more of your talent in decorating. And you are right, what could be more American than denim. Love the napkin holders as well as the cut up denim on the table. Clever my friend. It is always a pleasure to blog hop with you. Have a great summer.

  3. I love the denim Ricki Jill, and would never have thought it work with MKC pretties but you made it work! Love love the hydrangeas and roses, the cute napkins and pretty plate stacks! The red, white and blue garland on your Welch dresser is so festive and the addition of a red candle and your tomato painting adds additional red, white and blue. Three cheers for the red, white and blue!

  4. Good morning, Ricki Jill. I love your red, white, and blue tablescape. Patriotic tablescapes tug at my heart. Blue and white hydrangeas with red roses are perfect for your table design. I love the denim table runner and napkin rings…I have always wanted to use repurposed jeans as placemats.The floral Rosedale china is lovely paired with Royal Stafford, I adore a colorful mix! The Welsh dresser is festive with the garland and your beautiful painting of a sun-ripened tomato. I always enjoy hopping with you.. Happy Summer!

  5. RikkiJill your table is lovely and thank you for the reminder of the last stanza to the Star Spangled Banner. We visited Fort Mc Henry several years ago and it is certainly somber when one remembers what happened there. (Much like D Day). We thank God for living in America and for all those who fought and died for our freedom. I really hope parents are teaching their children our history.
    I always look at your plate display as well as your table display as you give us a treat of more of your talent in decorating. And you are right, what could be more American than denim. Love the napkin holders as well as the cut up denim on the table. Clever my friend. It is always a pleasure to blog hop with you. Have a great summer.

  6. Hi,
    I love, love the denim. I love everything about your table setting, gingham, denim and American Pride!! :-) Which we do not need to be ashamed of.
    I also appreciate that you shared Verse 4 of the Star Spangled Banner. Thank you!!!!

  7. Oh I love this patriotic tablescape, Ricki Jill! The blue jean napkin rings and garland are the perfect casual touches to the dressier dinner plates, and I am so intrigued with those dipped salad plates, which I have never seen before, anywhere! Altogether, it just really looks super chic, and I'm loving those placemats too. Those Royal Check vases are calling my name, and if they're still available (I think the ribboned one is not last time I checked), I may have to use my birthday discount on those. That rich red in the roses and your oil painting are definitely sweet summer signs. And no, I did NOT know our Star-Spangled Banner has four verses! That one is magnificent! Ricki Jill, thank you for the beauty you've brought to the summer table, and also enlightening us on the bits of history you've shared. I'm so glad you're a part of of the table stylists in this hop!

  8. Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue Ricki Jill! I’m always happy to get a peak at your beautiful MKC collection in your hutch. Love the addition of the denim with your patriotic table and especially those adorable napkin rings. The overhead shot with big gorgeous hydrangeas flanked by the roses make my heart sing. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table. Happy almost Summer 💗

  9. Love the overhead shot of the table, Ricki Jill. It shows off the beautiful combination of flowers that make up your centerpiece. It really speaks to your theme. Your china combination is great with elements of classic and modern interpretations of your theme. I loved the casual feel of the denim napkin rings that keep things from being too formal. Thanks for sharing the verse of the Star Spangled Banner with us. Something to remember throughout the year.

  10. Ricki Jill, I love your patriotic tablescape! Red, white, and blue are such great colors to work with, and the plate stack is so pretty - especially with your wedding china. The hydrangeas and red roses and gorgeous and I love the unexpected of denim down the center and the napkin rings. So cute. Your MKC collection looks fabulous in your hutch. It was great hopping with you and happy summer and upcoming celebrations!

  11. Hi Ricki Jill, I was touched by a variety of things in your posting. I loved your use of denim in your setting and napkin rings. It represents the casualness that the holiday brings when enjoying the holiday with family and friends. Casual jeans that are worn for a Fourth of July picnic, or for a BBQ or camping and certainly to sit on a blanket at a park for fireworks. The denim certainly creates a image. I really loved the cute ribbons in your garland for your decorative hutch. It is so delicately sweet, but adds such a lovely statement about the holiday. I have never seen "dipped" plates before. And, of course, I love how they contrast with the red and while gingham napkins. Have a wonderful summer.

  12. Your tables are always so pretty, Ricki. I love those blue plates, how dainty and sweet. The banner on your breakfront caught my eye right away, too. I love your attention to detail. It must be that artist's eye of yours!

  13. Love the denim! How clever of you to use jeans, and yes they sure are American! 😊 I didn’t know the red rose was our national flower – how perfect! Your table is wonderful Ricki Jill, and I love that overhead shot! Always so fun hopping with you – thanks for the great ideas!

  14. Ricki Jill, your table is lovely with its tribute to the red, white and blue. How fun is the denim runner and those darling napkin rings. Your elegant plates really shine. Mixing MKC pieces is always fun and creative. Your welsh dresser is so pretty, especially with your collections and the banner you added. Love the hydrangeas and the red roses.🌹 They look fabulous in your MKC Royal Check vase. The overhead shot is priceless. Always a pleasure hopping along with you. Happy upcoming summer.

  15. I love the coordinated flowers but what I loved most about this setting was your fun napkin rings. Those are SO cute!

  16. Ricki Jill, your patriotic table is gorgeous! You have set such a lovely setting in tribute to our wonderful country. Thanks for sharing the last stanza of the Star Spangled Banner. As many times as I have heard our anthem, it always touches my heart. I always love seeing your beautiful dining room and the way you have your Welsh cupboard styled. Happy summer, sweet friend! Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  17. RJ, I love patriotic holidays and of course all that goes with them. Your red, white and blue looks gorgeous on the table and the plates in the hutch. The pretty garland adds a special touch. All the attention to detail, china stack, gorgeous napkins and runners.The hydrangeas made a lovely centerpiece. Thanks for all the inspiration, I'm looking forward to setting my table for the Fourth.........

  18. Ricki Jill, I absolutely adore a red, white, and blue theme for the summer months. I like to celebrate our patriotic colors Memorial Day through to Labor Day. Your plate stack is fun, and yes, the MC blue and white star plates are also favorites here. They are so perfect for summer! Your Welsh dresser filled with the Taylor ceramics always delights my senses. I have my set stored behind cupboard doors. Wish I had a good place to have them out on display. Cute idea for the napkin rings. You are so clever! Happy Summer!

  19. The denim napkin rings are a clever idea, and so fitting with the theme. Love them!

  20. Lovely as ever Ricki Jill! My eyes were immediately drawn to those gorgeous red roses! They certainly create a patriotic vibe by flanking the blue and white hydrangea! The denim napkin rings are so sweet, and I love red buffalo check, so the napkins are a real winner for me. The embroidered edge really makes a nice detail. The dipped salad plates are so unique and perfect for your red, white and blue table! The bunting on the Welsh cabinet is a lovely touch too! Wishing a wonderful summer season!

  21. Ricki Jill, I am a denim girl at heart, so I am loving all your denim touches!! They pair well with your red white and blue theme- all very Americana! Your napkin rings are my favorite, so cute!! I hope you have a wonderful summer☀️😎💙❤️

  22. Your table is so much fun Ricki Jill! I love the mix of denim and china so much!!! I'm sorry the weather didn't cooperate for you but was delighted to see your hutch! That ribbon garland was the sweetest touch - I just love that! I like the blue McKenzie child pieces as well - I so often see the black and white ones that I forget about the other colors - I really, really like them! But your use of denim was absolutely inspired - it is a perfect American classic. And I loved reading the last stanza of the anthem - so moving. Thank you for giving us a seat at your table!! Sending hugs~ Jennifer

  23. Ricki Jill, I always enjoy viewing tables set with the red, white and blue! Since all three summer holidays share a patriotic theme, your ideas will inspire many tables. Your flowers are beautiful and I especially liked your choice of vases. I like the contrast of the willow placemats' texture against the dinnerware and the linens. Have a wonderful summer!


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