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How to Create a Beautiful {Easy and Cheap} Red White and Blue Tablescape

Independence Day is coming up fast, which means an opportunity to pull out the red white and blue again! It’s my favorite time of year to get together with family and friends and celebrate the birth of this fantastic country.

 

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Usually, our entire family (all 20+ of us!) spend the holiday at my mother and father-in-law’s home, swimming, stuffing ourselves with pie, burgers, playing corn hole and enjoying the day together. Even though we don’t spend the day at our home, it’s always fun for me to put together a table we can all enjoy before the big day, so you know I was excited to be invited to participate in  a Red White and Blue Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate.

If you’re anything like me, you probably love the look of a beautiful, 4th of July Patriotic tablescape, but don’t want to spend a whole lot of money or time putting one together. I feel the same way and thought I’d share a few ideas with you that I use, such as shopping my own home, hitting the dollar store and throwing together a few easy DIYs, such as these adorable cutlery pouches with printable labels. If you like them, download the tags for free by clicking here.

 

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How to Create a Beautiful {Easy and Cheap} Red White and Blue Tablescape

Decide on a Color Scheme

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This is an easy one for a patriotic table in America – red white and blue – but in your corner of the world, it might be different. Here, I stuck with traditional colors and patterns but used muted tones and natural fabrics to tone everything down. Having too much of a good thing is possible! I left the table natural, which I often do, and went with an everyday burlap table runner, which kept my cheap inexpensive accents from looking too kitschy.

Shop both your home and the dollar store for items that can be reused and repurposed

 

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Balloon weights and star garden stakes from the dollar store work perfectly together to create an indoor fireworks place card.

 

Pair everyday dinnerware with decorative salad plates or colorful napkins to fit your theme

If you follow me at all, you’ll know that I often use our basic white stoneware for tablescapes – I LOVE looking back at all the different ways I’ve been able to use them!

 

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In this case, I decided to change up my chargers and gave gold, dollar tree chargers a quick Kate Spade-inspired makeover with spray paint and acrylic paint dots. The dots add another dimension to the all-white place setting.

 

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The napkins are cotton tea towels found in the Target dollar aisle – don’t be afraid to mix and match and to use things different than intended.

 

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Use food as decor

 

 

You’ll serve food at your party, so, why not use that food as decor – it’s inexpensive, practical and gorgeous!

 

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A simple punch made of ginger ale and frozen berries served in a mason jar jug adds color and texture.

 

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Cupcakes in red polka-dotted liners and rocket ice pops in shaved ice are perfect desserts and table accents!

 

 

Are you serving food that isn’t in your color scheme? Try serving your hot dogs, fries, and corn on the cob in red check wax paper to rectify that situation instantly!

 

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Mix and match patterns for a fun, eclectic look

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Stripes, dots, stars all go together to create a fun, eclectic look. To make this work, be sure your colors are cohesive.

In short: 

  1. Decide on a color scheme
  2. Shop both your home and the dollar store for items that can be reused and repurposed
  3. Use everyday dinnerware, but add salad plates or colorful napkins to fit your theme
  4. Use food as decor
  5. Mix and match patterns for a fun, eclectic look

That’s it! I’d love to know your favorite tips for entertaining. Do you use disposable supplies (perfectly acceptable!) or do you throw a few things together and hope that it turns out (like I do!)

Don'[t foreget to download the  Red White and Blue Labels for free by clicking here! Have a great July 4th!.

 

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I’m all about easy and inexpensive so here are a few more ideas for you!

 

 

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Monday

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Wednesday

 

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At Home with JemmaThe Painted Apron | Living With Thanksgiving | Our Crafty Mom 

Thursday

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Friday

Around My Table | Blue Sky at Home  | My French Twist | Me and My Captain

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Oodles of Pineapple Home Decor for Pineapple Lovers

Posted in DECOR, SUMMER: SEASONAL DECOR AND CRAFTS
on May 25, 2018
If you’re a fellow pineapple lover, today is your lucky day. I’m sharing the 40 of my favorite pineapple home decor products for every room in your house! 

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During the most recent round of the One Room Challenge, I made over one of our teen daughter’s bedroom from an outdated, tiny closet of a room, into an updated boho bedroom dream! Said daughter is a huge pineapple lover. One of the requests she made for her room – pineapple home decor! I also love pineapples and have done a craft project or two around the fruit. I can’t say I blame her for loving them – there is just something so sweet and summery about this tropical fruit and these days pineapple decor is EVERYWHERE.
During the make-over, I put in a lot of time sourcing pineapple decor for the home and thought I’d share some of what I found. I had NO idea, so many pineapple-shaped home accent options existed – can you say pineapple diffuser or speaker?
 If you are a pineapple lover or know someone who is, this is the list for you!

40 Pineapple Home Decor Products for People who love Pineapples


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PINEAPPLE DECOR PRODUCTS

 

Thirstystone Wood and Marble Pineapple Coasters with Gold Stripe (Set of 4) • Thirstystone • $24.99
Safavieh Kelly Table Lamp in Yellow • Safavieh • $124.99
Bulbing – Pineapple Lamp – Glass/Plywood Birch • $108.49
Fenella Smith – Flamingo & Pineapple Useful Jug • $35
Thirstystone Marble/Mango Wood Pineapple Serving Board • Thirstystone • $46.99
Deny Designs ZW Day Pineapple Twin Duvet Cover in Green • Deny Designs • $96–180
Illume Coconut Milk Mango Pineapple Candle • $28
Anthropologie Pineapple Doormat • Anthropologie • $42
Opalhouse Pineapple Peel & Stick Removable Wallpaper Disco Brown/White • $29.99
Deny Designs Pineapple Farm Ceramic Coffee Mugs (Set of 4) • Deny Designs • $45
Urban Outfitters Reversible Sequin Pineapple Throw Pillow • Urban Outfitters • $29
Tooletries Pineapple Toothbrush Holder • $18
Threshold Pineapple Bookends, White/Gold • Threshold • $19.99
Thirstystone Tropical Pineapple Single Square Coaster • Thirstystone • $2.99
Pier 1 Imports Tropical Flowers Pineapple Tea Towel • Pier 1 Imports • $12.95
Pier 1 Imports Be a Pineapple Wooden Tray • Pier 1 Imports • $24.95
Cost Plus World Market Mini Gold Pineapple Frame • Cost Plus World Market • $9.74
Cost Plus World Market Gold Pineapple Micro LED Battery Operated String Lights • Cost Plus World Market • Sold Out
Lilly Pulitzer Pineapple Mirror • Pottery Barn Teen • $129
Pineapple Crown Wall Art by Minted®, 24 x 24, White • Pottery Barn Teen • $44–300
Pineapple Life Tea Towel • $15
Slant Collections Pineapple Trinket Tray • $16
Lc Lauren Conrad LC Lauren Conrad Pineapple Coaster Set • Lauren Conrad • $10.40
Lilly Pulitzer Swirling Floral Pineapple Ring Holder • Lilly Pulitzer • $30
Anthropologie Pineapple Bookends • Anthropologie • $48
Artfully Walls Pineapple Wall Art • $278
Anthropologie Pineapple Kids Sham • Anthropologie • $28–44
Deny Designs Dash and Ash Pineapple Paradise 16″ Square Decorative Pillow • Deny Designs • $75
Stradivarius Pineapple Jewelry Stand • $21
Stradivarius Pineapple Light • $26
Audiology Audio Technology of New York Pineapple Bluetooth Speaker • $34.99
Birch Lane Pineapple Candle • Birch Lane • $37.99
Marmont Hill ‘Purple Pineapple’ by Shayna Pitch Framed Painting Print • $88.99
Intelligent Design Gold Pineapple Painting Print • $17.96
Rosanna Patio Party Pineapple Accent Tray • Rosanna • $33.99
Ready2hangart ‘Fiesta Pineapple’ by Sarah LaPierre Painting Print on Wrapped Canvas • $37–88
Southern Tide Pineapple Sheet Set • $34.99–49.99
Brewster Wall WallPops Pineapple Wall Art- Set of 2 • $47
One Kings Lane Pineapple Outdoor Pillow – Gold • One Kings Lane • $45

 

A few things on this list are in our daughter’s room and there are a few more I may be eyeing up for myself! With most items coming in under $50, I hope you find something on this list that you can love, too!

What’s your favorite pineapple home decor item on the list? 



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How to create a colorful tray from a cheap picture frame

A lively and colorful decorative tray couldn’t be simpler to create when you start with an inexpensive box picture frame! 

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MAKE A DECORATIVE TRAY FROM A PICTURE FRAME

Using a decorative tray in your home decor is a super easy way to infuse style and color. And, with so many ways to use it, a tray is an economical choice as well! Here are some ways I’ve used trays in the past:

  • Turn an ottoman into a side table by adding a tray on top
  • Show off a favorite collection of items – plants, accents, pictures in frames – anything goes!
  • To corral bathroom or makeup items
  • Add flowers or plants for a fun centerpiece
  • As a serving tray – can’t forget that one

Sometimes, things are even more special when you can customize them. Today I’m showing you how you can make this versatile piece for under $!10.

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Even better, it’s time for another Create With Me challenge!  I skipped the month of June – just too much going on with my kids home for summer –  so I am extra excited to be back for the month of August.  You voted for our team to create with picture frames!  There are so many great projects you can create with picture frames, but one of my favorite things to do with a picture frame – precisely an inexpensive acrylic box frames – is to create fun and unique decorative trays!

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Here’s what I used to create this fun, colorful tray:
  • An 11 x 14 acrylic box frame – I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but this is a great deal!
  • Nail polish in various colors, including clear
  • Navy blue high gloss acrylic paint
  • Painters tape
  • Make your tray

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  • 1.To create your tray, turn the box frame over, remove the “box” meant to hold the picture in place, turn it over, and voila – a tray!

  • 2. To make sure you get a crisp edge, add painters tape around the inside edge of the frame.

    3.Paint clear nail polish around the inside edge of the painter’s tape to minimize any seepage.

    4. Next, paint the bottom of your tray with your acrylic paint. Allow it to dry between coats.

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  • 5. Now it’s time to add some color! You can add any pattern you want with your nail polish – I went with a series of dashes alternating my colors. Allow your tray to drive for a full 24 hours before using it to give the nail polish a chance to cure.

    6. Style away!

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I love how mine turned out, and I can guarantee you’ll be seeing it around my home. Have you done a picture frame make-over? We’d love to see what you’ve come up with! Post your pictures to Instagram using the hashtag #createwithmeprojects!

 

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Now it’s time to vote for next month’s material! Take the survey below and tell us what you want to Create with Me for September – then let’s take a minute to figure out how we’re already talking about September!

Thanks so much to Samantha of Little Bits of Home for hosting such a fun challenge!

 

If you can’t see the survey, CLICK HERE!


 

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