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How to Create a Patriotic Tablescape with Thrift Store Finds

It’s time for this month’s Thrifty Style Team challenge, hosted by my friend
Julie at Redhead Can Decorate, and this month we’re all sharing patriotic ideas. So grab a cup of coffee
or wine and get ready to be inspired! All of this month’s projects are at the
bottom of the post so be sure to visit everyone. There are some great ideas!

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If you know anything about me, then you know that I love vintage items,
especially when they’re a bargain. And I’ve accumulated a large collection
(hoard) over the past 30+ years that I enjoy using throughout our home. 

I recently polled my
instagram
followers, asking which version of place settings with my vintage dishes they
preferred, and the one that got the most votes is the one that I’m using here
today. Maybe you voted if you’re following me there! Anyway, I created a
patriotic tablescape using some of my vintage collection, and it’s something
anyone can do. Just be on the lookout for some of these items the next time
you go thrifting or junking. 

In addition to my love for old things, my mom and sister (and daughters…it’s
epidemic) also can’t resist them. So between all of us we have a large stash.
I created this tablescape with items that my mom, sister, and I have found
during various outings. 

Red rimmed punch cups. My mom likes to buy things for me that she knows I enjoy. The little
vintage red rimmed punch cups
are some that she found and gave to me. I’m sure she got them for a
steal. 

Red and white transferware. My
red and white transferware dishes
belonged to a dear family friend who passed away years ago. Mom was given her
collection and she gave them to me. And I think of sweet Gladys every time I
use them. 💗

White ironstone and blue willow dishes. My
white swirl ironstone dishes
and my
blue willow dishes
are both thrift store finds. The white dishes are great to layer with any
color. And the blue willow dishes are such a classic. I added them to my
living room hutch a couple of months ago and they look perfect in there. You
can see that collection here:
Antique Hutch Decorating IdeasI used some
carved white charger plates
to anchor it all. 

White milkglass vases. I can’t
resist white milk glass vases
when I find them at a good price. They’re great for various flowers as well as
little American flags. You can see a one of my favorite centerpieces I made
with them using daffodils here:
Natural, Rustic Spring Table

Red and white cloth napkins. My sister and
her husband recently downsized and she was getting rid of a lot of her things,
including these pretty red and white cloth napkins. Thanks, sis! I’m happy to
give new life to these!

Small American flags. These are NOT vintage.
I actually picked them up at a local craft store, but they weren’t expensive
at all. I think they were $1.99 for 4 of them. 

I added a
Currier & Ives red and white platter I found at the thrift store, a
blue Currier & Ives plate, that was my mother-in-law’s, and  a few other red and blue pieces to
our antique hutch. It’s a fun little place to decorate for each season. 

I always have
vintage white ironstone pitchers
and platters in here and add accent pieces throughout the year. I think 90% of
what’s shown came from thrift stores or estate sales. You can see my best tips
for shopping at estate sales here:
How to Shop Estate Sales Like a Pro. Etsy and
eBay are also great places to find vintage items. 

Another little area I like to decorate is tiered trays. I added a few vintage
items to this one when I decorated the table and you can see the details
here: Partiotic Tiered Tray

Here are all of the fun patriotic projects from this month’s Thrifty Style
Team Challenge. Aren’t they amazing?

You can see all of the projects in on these blogs:

Redhead Can Decorate – 12 Affordable Patriotic Home Decorating Ideas

The Painted Hinge – Patriotic Centerpiece using Thrifted Finds

DIY Beautify – How to Decorate a Patriotic Cottage Table

2 Bees In A Pod – Easy Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath

The How To Home – Easy and Inexpensive 4th of July Centerpiece

The Tattered Pew – How To Repurpose A Vintage Soda Crate For Your Yard

Sweet Pea – 16 Patriotic Home Decor and Craft Ideas

What Meegan Makes – DIY Framed Patriotic Wreath Tutorial

Cottage At The Crossroads – Patriotic Mini Easel Place Cards

I Should Be Mopping The Floor – Patriotic Paper Chain Garland Printable

Lora B. Create & Ponder – DIY Lake Themed Patriotic Wreath

Our Crafty Mom – 10 Patriotic Home Decor Ideas

Chas’ Crazy Creations – Easy Patriotic Summer DIYs

Cottage On Bunker Hill – DIY Patriotic Wood Crate Planter

Vinyet Etc – Happy Canada Day – Vintage Potting Bench

Postcards From The Ridge – Patriotic Tablescape with Vintage Thrift Store Dishes

New! Shop for summer cloth napkins in my shop,
Emory Valley Mercantile. 

Shop for patriotic decor:




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18 Comments

  1. I love this so much Angie! All your vintage goodies pull at my heart strings! I especially love how you added patriotic touches to that amazing antique hutch! It's beautiful and I'm having a little bit of vintage platter envy 😉 Pinned!

    1. Thanks, Cindy! It's always fun to decorate the table and hutch for each season! And it gives me an excuse to collect things that I love. 😉

  2. I hope that I run across some red rimmed punch cups one day because I love how they look on your table! I'm thinking a cold soup that could be sipped from them would be ideal for summer! And I just love how you decorate and style your hutch for each season!!!

    1. Thanks so much, Jane! I've seen the little cups in antique shops this summer. You could serve ice cream in them too!

  3. I love your tablescape Angie! Those antique cups are gorgeous and I always love how you style your hutch!

  4. Your tablescape is perfect and I love the colors and use of vintage dishes. Thank you for sharing

  5. Angie I love the combination you came up with! I also share with my mom and sister and hope that one day my girls will join in! Pinning your beautiful table!

  6. You've convinced me…I need to start collecting red and white transferware! I've got a set of the blue and white currier and ives, I've got the ruby red thumbprint cups and glasses…now I just need some plain white plates and some red and white transferware. I love this vintage tablescape, and your hutch display as well! Puts a patriotic song in my heart:)

  7. I loved your table and everything else I saw! And I'm jealous of your new-to-you napkins. My sister just wants to give me crap. Really such cute ideas all around. pinned!

  8. I always enjoy your lovely ideas and stunning vintage finds. Everything is so balanced and perfect for a fun and patriotic party.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful combinations and ideas, Angie.

  9. Oh my goodness Angie, I am in love with your beautiful patriotic tablescape. There are so many vintage treasures that I love the red rimmed punch glasses are beautiful and I love that Ironstone and all the little flags. such a welcoming table. Thank you for the inspiration.

  10. I just love how you mixed the different colors of transferware, Angie! It turned out so lovely and patriotic. Such a festive tablescape for sure. xoxo, Kristi

  11. This tablescape is perfection! It's just so pretty, all of your thrifted vintage goodies are wonderfully patriotic, I love it.

  12. So pretty. I have always loved those ruby thumbprint cups (sometimes called King’s
    Crown). They are on my wish list…would be pretty at Christmas, too. If you have never seen the sherbets in that pattern, they are to die for. Thanks for sharing.

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