Independence Day Entertaining

Throw a Fourth of July party with an outdoor table that will allow you to enjoy the pretty summer weather and move easily to a spot on the lawn to watch the local fireworks!
I love square tables, so I took the chance to rent one for our early dinner. I found a wonderful navy fabric with white starts at a wholesale fabric shop and quickly bought up dozens of yards! The talented Nicolas Villalba whipped up a custom cloth, and I was ready to get started!
Nothing screams Fourth of July more than watermelon, so to celebrate this refreshing summer fruit, I placed three of them in a large galvanized bucket. By cutting the tops off the watermelons, I made sort of a vase out of them and tucked stems of red Gerber daises right into the moist melons! The flowers stayed fresh much longer than if they had been simply put in water.
Place cards were made from bright blue paper, white glitter glue and striped ribbon stickers. They were playful and fun, just like our guests! 

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman’s “Tablescapes” 
We folded red and white striped napkins and placed them inside each bucket as an envelope for the navy-handled flatware.
A basket of insect spray, some little American flags stuck into our potted plants and a lot of lemonade were the finishing touches to our casual get-together. 
With Justin grilling and plenty of friends by the pool, tomorrow is sure to be a fantastic Fourth!


  1. Anonymous on July 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    What a beautiful, festive table! Love your idea for the watermelon vases, and how they add a shot of green. Also love the red and white plates you used. Any suggestions on where to buy? Thanks!

  2. Kimberly Schlegel Whitman on July 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Thanks for writing! The plates are from Pottery Barn!

  3. Anonymous on July 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Thanks so much for the quick response. Love your blog and ideas … off to check out your books! 🙂

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