Here is to the Red White and Blue!

Jun 22, 2020

Hi Friends!! The Fourth of July is a time of real celebration under all circumstances! After all, the USA is the only nation that has a birthday! With festive colors and comfort food, it is easy to create tablescapes that will remind us of this most significant national holiday in the United States- the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This year keep health in mind while planning your activities!

flags & flowers for the 4th

Celebrating in Galveston this year, I decided to mix in a bit of a nautical theme and……… mix some inspirational Fourth of July quotes in the post!

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but the opportunity to do what is right.” -Peter Marshall

blue & white fish charger on shell placemat

I really wanted a lot of layers this year and easy cleanup! Thus, I started with quilted shell-shaped place mats (handed down from my mother) and I found these cute fish charger plates at Pier One last year.

I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” – Abraham Lincoln

red fish dish towel as a napkin

Dishtowels turned napkins are not only soft but wash so well. Getting a variety will allow the table to be a fun mix!

“True Patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom, and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

cup & silverware in paper napkin within a bowl

“Freedom is not won on the battlefields. The chance for freedom is won there. The final battle is won or lost in our hearts and minds.” – Helen Gahagan Douglas

cup & silverware in paper napkin within bowl over lobster towel

Years back I purchased the galvanized dishware from Pottery Barn. You could use baskets as well. I love the paper food liners. There are so many different patterns and designs to choose from. Just google deli paper sheets or paper food liners!

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.” –  Abraham Lincoln

starfish among lobster tumblers

Next, to give height and a place to layer the starfish, I just turned one of the eating tins upside down to form a pedestal! I have a large stash of starfish to sprinkle on every Galveston get together.

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela


I used to go to those little stores on the strand or beach and buy them. Then, I found out you can buy them online in bulk. These are from Etsy. There are many options, just google starfish in bulk!

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

4th of July Galveston themed tablescape

”America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination, and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” -Harry S. Truman

fried fish, corn, & potatoes

Luckily, hubby John caught a lot of fish for the entire crew. Mixed with grilled corn on the cob and oven roasted potatoes with olive oil and seasoning, no one went hungry.

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

mayoless slaw

I have used these cups for so many different things. This year they housed a mayo-less slaw.

“For you have been called to live in freedom. Use your freedom to serve one another in love.” – Galatians 5:13

blueberry single serving pie

Finally, I loved these cute little single serving pies! Now most grocery stores carry them, even Walmart, and they are GREAT in all flavors!

“The essence of America — that which really unites us — is not ethnicity, or nationality, or religion. It is an idea — and what an idea it is: that you can come from humble circumstances and do great things. That it doesn’t matter where you came from, but where you are going.” – Condoleezza Rice

4th of July Galveston themed tablescape zoomed out

I hope you enjoy the day and three cheers to the Red White and Blue! Maybe you build patriotic face masks into your gift bags! Esty has a huge selection. Remember be kind to all, embrace our differences, and thank our for fathers who came from all parts of the Globe. Acting together as “One nation under God” we can all contribute to the good of all.

Portrait of Patriotic Willie by Cathy Brown

“America is a tune. It must be sung together.”
—Gerald Stanley Lee

‘Till next week! xo Leslie

  • Susan Patt
    Posted at 07:15h, 22 June Reply

    leslie….you are sooooo creative…i love your table!! (and i LOVE cathy’s painting)…xoxo

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:22h, 24 June Reply

      Hi Susan! She is so talented!! Miss your smiling face sweet friend!! xo

  • Kimberlee Young
    Posted at 07:37h, 22 June Reply

    Love your positive, uplifting words, Leslie. Beautiful tablescape! Happy Independence Day!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:22h, 24 June Reply

      Hi Kimberlee! I love the way you spell your name!! Happy 4th to you! Stay safe! xo

  • Denise
    Posted at 09:18h, 22 June Reply

    The USA is not the only nation that has a birthday! Your friendly neighbours to the north (Canada) also celebrate their country’s birthday on July 1st. Under normal circumstances we celebrate with as much pomp and ceremony as the US – fireworks, concerts, parades, cookouts, etc., in cities and towns across the country. This year, of course, will be different.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:21h, 24 June Reply

      Hi Denise! Thanks for that info! so sad all countries will have to celebrate differently! Hope everyone is safe soon! Happy 1st to you! xo

  • Dana Houston
    Posted at 10:19h, 22 June Reply

    Love your table do you sell the rope flower vases?

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:20h, 24 June Reply

      Hi Dana! Thanks so much! I found that on Amazon searching nautical vases!! Good luck on the search and Happy 4th!!

  • Amy Cunningham
    Posted at 11:33h, 22 June Reply

    Leslie you are the queen of tablescapes! Maybe an idea for your next book? 😉

  • Deidre Groundwater
    Posted at 21:56h, 22 June Reply

    Many countries celebrate a national independence day like the United States, celebrating g independence from colonialism.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 04:29h, 16 September Reply

      Hi Deidre! I don’t know how I missed your comment. I know I got that wrong for sure. Thanks for letting me know. I so appreciate you following along! Have a wonderful week! Leslie

  • Deidre Groundwater
    Posted at 19:57h, 23 June Reply

    Many countries have a national day celebrating independence from colonialism. Rather like a birthday.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:19h, 24 June Reply

      Thanks Deidre! The internet doesn’t always five me accurate info! I hope you have wonderful 4th of July!

  • Riva Grant
    Posted at 09:51h, 29 June Reply

    Thank you for posting all of those profound quotes . . . especially needed as a reminder in this difficult time for this great nation.

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:54h, 02 July Reply

      Hi Riva!! They said it so much better than I would have been able to. I hope our nation hands on tight to the good it has!!!!!!!!!! Happy 4th!!

  • Nancy Piland Walker
    Posted at 10:12h, 29 June Reply

    Hi Leslie, Love all your decorations. Just wanted you to know that Canada also celebrates a birthday – on July 1 which is called Canada Day. I will send you my decorations that are on the front of our townhouse. Have a wonderful July 4.

    Love, Nancy

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:53h, 02 July Reply

      I hope you had a happy Canada Day!!! Your decorations are so cute-and your home–AMAZING! xo

  • Design Chic
    Posted at 17:15h, 29 June Reply

    Your table looks beautiful,myfriend! Hope you are doing well-miss seeing you!!

    • Leslie Sinclair
      Posted at 06:52h, 02 July Reply

      Your so sweet!! Would love to travel again!! Stay safe and Happy 4th!!!!!!!!!!!!! xo

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