patriotic tablescape with chalkboard flags

How do you set a table for the 4th of July without using red and blue tabletop items? We will show you how to do it and yet still remain festive by setting a patriotic tablescape with chalkboard flags.

I am not a huge red gal. I have mentioned it here before, and I am sure I will mention it again. No red around here at Christmas, but focus on silver, golds and winter whites instead. BUT for the fourth of July or any other patriotic event it’s tough leaving out red; or blue for that matter.

I don’t use much blue either. I am pretty neutral, which my darling daughter considers really boring.

To set this patriotic table I used a row of American flags down the center of the table as the focal centerpiece. I used a wooden planter full of assorted Ball jars overflowing with flags in different sizes. This is the only pop of the red and blue you will see on the table.

The centerpiece sets the tone and totally stands out. Then all the other details that are a nod to the holiday are in neutral tones.

I created the chalkboard trays using dollar tree silver trays. These trays were big sellers during my consigning days. They are super easy to make, and I will share all the details in an upcoming post. For today, I simply use them to draw chalk flags.

There’s a tray at each place setting with a slightly different version of our Star Spangled banner. It continues the flag theme in a more subtle manner.

I don’t have to invest in red or blue dishes, but I still have an American vibe at each person’s place setting. Don’t get me wrong, I love dishes, but this totally does the trick in a more versatile way.

I can use these trays in so many different ways, which I will share in my upcoming post with the tutorial. Of course, this is strictly a decorative tabletop item and not to use for serving or eating.

I also used star napkin rings to tie in with the flag motif, which I bought on clearance after the 4th of July last year. I like galvanized pieces, which you can read about here{metals IV – galvanized}; plus I can also use the star napkin rings for birthdays or New Year’s eve.

I actually used a few galvanized pieces for this tablescape, including the napkin rings, the chargers and the boats I have stacked on the side. The relaxed feeling of galvanized items lends themselves to summer entertaining, which tends to be less formal.

It’s fun setting the table using unique pieces to set the mood and tone of an event. Wishing everyone a fabulous and festive 4th of July holiday!

“All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”

Ronald Reagan



  1. I adore this tablescape. The chalkboard flags are brilliant.

    1. Thank you so much Michele! The chalkboards are fun & super versatile! XO- MJ

  2. Tina says:

    I love the chalkboard flags. The whole tablescape is wonderful!

    1. Thank you so much Tina. I’m so happy you liked it. XO- MJ

  3. Your tablescape looks wonderful! (I was able to grab the pin on this post instead of the one showing how to make these chalkboard trays ~ disregard my comment on your other post) Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty!

    1. Thanks Allyson. I’m glad you were able to pin. XO- MJ

  4. Kristin says:

    Your post is so wonderful! I am super inspired by your creativity with those trays. I would love to invite you to link up your project at Whimsy Home Wednesdays to inspire others and have a chance to be featured

    1. Thanks Kristin! I’ll see you over at your place. XO- MJ

  5. Cara says:

    Adorable! I am in love with your trays MaryJo, not to mention those glasses too. I love the plaid pattern.

    1. Thanks so much Cara! The chalkboard trays are super versatile and such an easy & inexpensive project. The glasses are from our wedding registry over 20 years ago. We love them too. XO- MJ

      1. Cara says:

        I will be sharing your chalkboard flags tomorrow for Whimsy Home Wednesday MaryJo, thank you for your inspiration! Love this table setting!

        1. Thanks so much Cara! I so appreciate it! See you tomorrow.

  6. NikiLEOwife says:

    This is so cute! I love the chalkboard trays & all of the galvanized metal pieces! Thanks for sharing on Crafty Creators!
    Niki | Life as a LEO Wife

    1. Thanks so much Niki! I’m glad you liked it. XO- MJ

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