All throughout this past week, I’ve been sharing some fun recipes for the 4th of July. In this post, I tell you all about the super simple decorations I put together for that table. These are cheap and easy, and would be no problem to add last minute touches to your gathering or as decor around your house.
I used serving pieces I already had, my trusty vintage ball jar, plus some bandanas and scraps of paper and fabric and ended up with a beautiful table. You can do the same – just use what you have on hand and get creative!
With my Bomb Pop Cocktail and mason jar as color inspiration, you’ll notice I decided to add in a touch of light turquoise here and there with my fabric and ribbon choices. It just helps to break up the traditional (and sometimes boring) red, white and blue.
To start, I used bandanas as place mats.
Some coordinating ribbon dresses up a plain jar or old vase without much effort.
Keep all your toppings on top of your burger with these adorable picks!
Just a few scraps of paper and some stickers make boring old skewers into fun decorations. Use them on your burgers as I have, or put the flags on toothpicks and use for fruit or cupcakes.
Lastly, ditch the paper napkins and use some clean bandanas instead! Here is the step by step:
Start with the bandana laid out flat.
Fold the bottom edge toward the top, about 1/3 of the way.
Next, bring the top edge down to meet the edge you just folded up.
Flip the whole bandana over left to right so that the seam you just created is face down.
Now, fold the bottom edge up again about 1/3 of the way.
Once again, flip the whole bandana over left to right so the original edges are now face up again.
Fold the left and right edges to meet in the middle.
Then, fold the left and right edges to meet in the middle again.
To complete the napkin, fold the left edge over in half all the way to the right edge. Now you have your pocket!
Secure a scrap piece of fabric or a large width ribbon with a paper clip. (Very MacGyver, right? Hahahaha!) This helps keep the napkin from coming unfolded before you want it to, but isn’t permanent like hot glue.
As the final touch, flip the napkin over so the paper clip is faced down and tie a smaller coordinating ribbon around the center.
For a finished look, trim the ends into an inverted V.
Add your silverware and tah dah! Bandana napkin holder!
Quickly folded into a pocket and dressed up with some fabric scraps and ribbon, these bandana napkins are festive AND won’t blow off the table. :)
Here are the 4th of July recipes I featured on my table this year: