How to Set a Patriotic Buffet Table for the 4th of July

Jun 2017

Sinkology is proud to present Kendra Williams, a home decor expert, DIYer, furniture refinisher, and busy mom as a guest blogger. Kendra runs the blog at Momtique and she is here to share some design ideas and inspiration around designing your home with copper and around your copper sink.


I’ve never been one for decorating for the 4th of July but that is about to change. Before this past Memorial Day, I actually had never put together a patriotic tablescape before.  It was a lot of fun and very simple.  It gave me a good excuse to decorate in a way I normally wouldn’t.

I have a blue buffet on my back patio that I knew would be ideal for the setting of a patriotic themed table. I needed something to hold my red, white and blue straws and the cute wooden cutlery.  I found these small tin buckets and spray painted them with some Rose Gold spray paint.  It is by far my favorite copper spray paint ever, and I’ve tried several!  The other spray paints that I’ve tried are very rustic, almost brown, with specks of glitter.  This color is nice and bright!  The next time you’re entertaining and decorating your table, remember that using copper, and other metals, is a perfect way to add some variety to your buffet tablescape.

Here’s what they looked like before they got a rose gold makeover. The spray paint color I used was Rust-Oleum Metallic in Rose Gold.

When decorating for a holiday, I try to be as resourceful as possible.  The decor is only going to stay up for, at most, a month or so.  When decorating a table for the 4th of July, or perhaps a birthday, it will only have the spot light for a few hours.  I found the little blue lantern, as well as the white milk glass bowl, at a local thrift store.  The flag in the background was once hanging on our front porch.  It had a few rips and discolorations so we no longer had it up. It really is perfect to use as the backdrop of this table.

I am not one to decorate with bold colors, but can I just say that I love this little bright spot.  Believe it or not, red is probably my least favorite color to decorate with, but when it comes time to entertain for an American holiday, red is unavoidable.  I think this table is a great mix of colors and texture.   I incorporated glass, metal, wood, marble and fabric.  Mixing textures is key to any decor!!! The mixing of colors is equally as important. The copper buckets compliment the bold reds perfectly and the wood cutlery and base of the cake stand add depth to the tablescape.

Do you decorate for the patriotic holidays?  Now that I see how easy it can be, I’m hooked!  I’m looking forward to recreating this table for the 4th of July!

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