Inspiration for a Fourth of July Gathering - The Bend Magazine

Inspiration for a Fourth of July Gathering

To gain inspiration for a Fourth of July gathering, think beyond stars and stripes.

Fourth of July table setting in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Photography by Rachel Benavides

It’s officially summer and time for that Fourth of July party. This Independence Day, I’ll celebrate the diverse and beautiful melting pot America has become, starting with my table. Blue and white porcelain vases filled with Dutch tulips and Spanish red roses get the color scheme going. I chose gorgeous hand-painted plates and glassware, a nod to my Mexican heritage, in the same blue and white colorway. Thinking beyond stars and stripes, I laid down a paisley table runner and solid blue napkins. In decor and in spirit, I’ll be celebrating inclusivity this Fourth of July.

A Flurry of Flags for Forth of July

With many patriotic holidays in a year, having a good supply of small flags makes thematic decorating easy.


Let The Games Begin

Yard bowling is a fun activity for all ages. Get the kids to reset the pins.



Organize the Chaos

Keep a giant basket handy to encourage guests to gather their wet towels.


Pattern Stacking

When mixing china patterns, using color as a through-line helps to ensure cohesion.

Design Index – Margarita glasses and blue pillows: Pilar. Dinnerware and water glasses: Park Seven. Various vases and pottery: Red Crow Antique Mall and La Casita de Barro.

Looking for more inspiration from Spaces? Check out these tips for elevating your home bar or this garden-inspired mood board to incorporate into your decor!