ENTERTAINING WITH PATRIOTIC FLAIR FOR THE 4th OF JULY!

by Marisa Marcantonio


It is hard not to go overboard with American flags and stars and stripes everywhere when the 4th of July rolls around. Its summer after all, the high season for entertaining with abandon. So get out your red white and blue and mix it up on the table, at the beach and in the park this sunny season. Whether you prefer to be subtle or go way overboard, enjoy it! 

Photo courtesy of Target

Photo courtesy of Target

A round rope handled stoneware tray from Target has a concentric circular pattern of blue dots

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Photo courtesy of Crate and Barrel

Feeling inspired by the sea? Fish adorn the Pescado serving platter from Crate and Barrel. They always get blue and white right. 

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

Photo courtesy of Anthropologie

I love the tabletop brand Caskata, and I really love this new striped pattern, taken from awning stripe beach towels. So festive! Available through Anthropologie

These Italian wipeable linen mats with embroidery details (in the running for my favorite mats of all time) from Barneys will look great and work hard from summer lunches al fresco to lobster dinners.

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

Photo courtesy of Pier 1

White plastic cups may not be the classiest thing ever, they are better than shattered glass. If there is one place to go hokey, this is it: plastic cups. Pier 1 had fun with the word play on these. 

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Photo courtesy of Mark and Graham

Easy to carry with a built in handle, Mark and Graham's quilted Gingham Picnic Blanket looks even better monogrammed and will give you the best spot for firework watching.