An Improvised 4th of July Tablescape

Hi everyone!

Well, for those who don’t follow me on facebook (I told everyone we were going up to the campground), we are on a mini vacation. We got to the campground Friday evening. And much to my dismay, the internet is not working! OYE! So, that is why you haven’t heard from me in a couple of days. Right now I am at a local truck stop posting this.  We plan on heading home Wednesday. So, I will be on a true internet, no phone and no tv!

I put this table together while at the campground. Putting together a tablescape at the campground is always an adventure. It’s not like I have access to all my tablescaping treasures. I have a few things here at the trailer that I can use but, let’s face it, you really can’t store much unnecessary frivolous things in a travel trailer. So improvising is necessary. And that means I have to Think…Oh, that hurts!

What makes me really insane is the fact that I have a large box of all kinds of 4th of July dishes and little accessories all ready for a tablescape and I forgot it at home! Arghhhh! Fortunately, I  have always used red/white/blue while camping. So, I do have some dishes. And I picked up a few things while thrifting.

So, let’s see what we can do.

4th of july weekend 2011 052 I started with my red/white/blue tablecloth which I have had for about 7 years now. Yeah, it’s got some stains on it.

4th of july weekend 2011 0534th of july weekend 2011 054To make the centerpiece I used a blue wire and wicker tray I just picked up at a yard sale while camping.

4th of july weekend 2011 055 I added the large white wood lantern that was clearanced last summer for $2.00 at CTS because some of the wood pieces came out. My dad fixed it perfectly for me. I don’t dare put a candle in it until evening. It is just too freakin’ hot and it would surely melt!

4th of july weekend 2011 0564th of july weekend 2011 057  I found these cute ceramic star s & p at Family Dollar in town. They were $1.00 for the set.

4th of july weekend 2011 058 I added a couple of American flags to the lantern.

4th of july weekend 2011 015 I picked up two milk glass vases at a yard sale here for .05 each. And filled them with faux dollar store flowers.

All the dinnerware is dishes I keep in the trailer.

4th of july weekend 2011 036Very fancy huh? LOL Let’s break it down.

4th of july weekend 2011 042I started with the blue and white metal enamelware dinner plate.

4th of july weekend 2011 043I added the cute red and white polka dot acrylic plate.

4th of july weekend 2011 044Then came an American flag paper plate.

4th of july weekend 2011 045Topping with a white square acrylic bowl.

4th of july weekend 2011 038I used the plastic red baskets with American flag paper napkins to hold the white plasticware.

4th of july weekend 2011 046I finished with a blue metal enamelware cup and a fancy red plastic cup. 

I actually like the way everything came together. It looks just like it should, a 4th of July picnic table at a campground!

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I am not even cropping out all the real life stuff going on in the background. We have a 3 yr. old, she has toys. And water hose to fill her little pool.

4th of july weekend 2011 051A Happy and fun 4th of July for the three of us!  Dinner will be the must have outdoor picnic at a campground food.

4th of July picnic



Baked Beans

Cole Slaw

Garden Salad

Corn on the cob

Fresh sliced tomatoes


Fresh blueberries (just got these from the local blueberry farm) & Banana shortcake (recipe to come)


I hope all of you have/had a wonderful 4th of July!


  1. Oh wow!! I LOVE your tablescape!! My family and I go camping a lot, too. I never even thought about tablescaping while we camp! What a great idea! I love your star salt & pepper shakers! They are precious! I love to go "thrifting" too! ~ Happy Camping! ;)

  2. Hi Diann,
    Love your tablescape! You think of everything! It looks nice and sunny there. It's pouring down rain here, but it is needed badly and helps keep the temps down. Have a wonderful vacation!

  3. That is the perfect camping out 4th of July table! Love how you pulled that together out of nothing! Looks wonderful. Enjoy your mini vacation and eat some watermelon for me!! hugs, Linda

  4. A beautiful table, just perfect for the holiday! Love the s&p shakers! The lantern decorated nicely, didn't it? Be safe and have fun - hope you get to see some fireworks. Ours may be rained out as we're having quite a storm right now, but we'll see.

  5. A great 4th of July camping tablescape! Have fun -- we've gotten rained out!

  6. I'm glad you got to take a vacation and as I'm a camper too, I know you'll enjoy it. I love red white and blue and your 4th of July table looks just great! Happy 4th and happy vacation!

  7. Looks like a perfect 4th of July Diann! Enjoy your vacation:@)

  8. That is for sure the best dressed table in the entire campground. Very festive and fun.
    Enjoy your "technology" vacation.

    I wish I had a 3 year old to play with again, of course that would also put me back into my 20's. (sigh) I miss that even more.

    When you get back please check out my late July 4 post about upcoming parties and contests.

  9. I can't believe you whipped that up while camping! You really are the queen of tablescapes :)


  10. You are truly amazing to be able to create a tablescape like that while camping and without your stash! Love it!

  11. Diann, it is the perfect 4th of July picnic table. It sure doesn't look like you had to "make do" with what you had on hand. Looks like you had it all figured out ahead of time. Great job! laurie

  12. I hope you had a wonderful time! I love your table. It's as it should be.. The enamelware is so pretty, I just love that stuff. And polka dots. well they are always a show stealer.. Many blessings, marlis

  13. What a gorgeous table! Love the blue-red-white combo! So patriotic, so festive! Hope you had a wonderful time. Great job! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)


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