A Red, White & Blue Summer

Jun 21, 2024 at 10:43 am by RMGadmin

All American

By Mary Hollis Huddleston

Photography By Lele Fain Photography

It’s finally summertime in middle Tennessee, which is my favorite time of year. I love the heat, and I entertain on our screened porch and in our backyard from now until about mid-November. Red, white and blue are my go-to colors for summer tables and events, and so much of what you see on the table here can be mixed and matched, providing countless styling options.
The starting point for this tablescape was the wipeable and reversible summer daisy placemats and coordinating napkins. The colors are perfect for the 4th of July, but of course they can be used throughout the spring and summer. I love that you can flip over the placemats for a new look and style them with either the Summer Daisy Printed Napkins or the Ruby Vines Printed Napkins. They are all from Tuckernuck, which is a great source for stylish clothing and accessories, as well as chic tabletop finds. The red and white striped tablecloth is a retired linen from Julia Amory, but I found a similar option at the home décor site, Mrs. Alice. My late grandmother’s vintage quilt served as the perfect backdrop for the tablescape, and it’s a very special piece that I plan to pass down to my daughter one day. 
Summertime is also when I pull out all my Crow Canyon Home enamelware. I love every colorway they offer in their collection, but the red, white and blue splatterware pieces are my favorite. I layered the splatterware salad and dinner plates on top of their solid white buffet plates so that they would stand out against the colorful placemats. In addition to dishware, Crow Canyon has a wide variety of serving pieces, which make outdoor entertaining a breeze, given you don’t have to worry about anything breaking. 
One of the newest additions to the Crow Canyon enamelware collection is this Splatter Benson Basin and Folding Table Base (which can also be used with their large trays). I always recommend offering a self-service beverage station at gatherings to make things easier for the host and the guests. This basin holds a lot and when filled with ice, it serves as a fabulous bar where your guests can easily grab-and-go. 
For the flowers on this table, I used Lillian’s Floral Studio. If you’re working with a tighter budget and don’t want to hire a florist, this table would also look great with vases filled with all-white or all-blue hydrangeas. Trader Joe’s is my go-to for affordable flowers, specifically hydrangeas. 
This was my first time working with Fete Papier, and I was very impressed. I personally love serving more casual, crowd pleasing food at a chic dinner table. For me that usually means pizza, barbecue or burgers. I sent Fete Papier the design board for the table, menu items, and guest list, and she created the chicest paper goods for the table. The whimsical menu cards and place cards added the perfect festive touch to the table. 
I hope you find some inspiration from my first table of summer 2024!