Alright ladies….I am the queen of last-minute entertaining. I feel like I am ALWAYS rushing to the grocery store to whip something up last minute when we have people over. So today I thought I would share a post on how to create a quick and easy fourth of July tablescape that you can literally throw together in under an hour. I’m talking give me alllll the shortcuts! I made one stop to the grocery store and most of it was pre-prepped! If you’re a last-minute kind of gal like me, I think you’ll enjoy this post….
So the hubby is always the grill master and I handle the sides and table setting. I’m all about quick and easy so I try my best to get things that are already pre-prepped (because ain’t nobody got time for “from scratch ;). I like to focus on a few things that will really make a difference in making the table appear more pulled together. For this tablescape, it was the inexpensive centerpiece and some bottle beverages….
Bottled beverages are a little more expensive but I think they just look so much better than a bunch of cans. I added some old fashioned Coke bottles (perfect color scheme for the fourth table), some larger, chicer looking bottled water and, of course, a no brainer…wine!
Backyard entertaining tends to be much more informal so no need for a full on formal table setting. My local grocery had the cutest paper plate and napkin options for the 4th and I think they added a fun and festive element to the table (and no dishes so YEAH for that!).
So the focus for the tablescape was a festive centerpiece. This literally took me 10 mins to put together and cost under $25! I actually prefer the look of a monochromatic arrangement so I opted for just all white hydrangeas. I grabbed two bundles along with a few mini American Flags (they were $0.60 a piece at my grocery store) and put them into a larger pot that I already had. This is super easy, inexpensive and you can do this yourself at home with just about whatever vase you already have!
I always love to have something set up for people to snack on as soon as they arrive. I am obsessed with this bagged salad that I shared on IG stories today! It’s with kale, brussel sprouts, dried cranberries and a few other things but it just tastes SO good and doesn’t look cheap like some of the other bagged salad options. I buy two and toss in a big bowl and it’s ready to go! Sliced fruit (watermelon is my go to in the Summer) and a super quick and easy cheese plate are a must.
I love having at least two different kinds of crackers, some sort of nut and dried fruit, a spread (usually raw honeycomb or today this amazing fig jam) and about three different kind of cheeses. Toss it on a plate and watch it go! 😉 I picked up this plastic platter plate from the grocery store too. Cheese plates can be a little bit time consuming so for this one I picked a few cheeses and salami that were already pre cut so it took a few minutes to do this one. (For more tips on easy cheese plates, check out this post.)
My sweeeeet little helper
Mama’s girl xoxo
My grocery store also had a little specialty section with this cute little candle holder with straw rope detail. Honestly you could re-make them for $5 with a trip your local craft store but just thought they were perfect for Summer and added a little ambiance to the table.
This easy and fun dessert is something my kids LOVE making every Summer. I buy angel food cake (as you saw on my IG stories I opted for the pre made loaf and just cut in slices- hellllo time saver 😉 and added blueberries, strawberries and some vanilla whip cream for a festive DIY dessert station.
as you can see Ava wasted no time getting set up! 😉
and that’s it!
I hope this was helpful, and as always, I love to hear if you girls want to see more of these kind of posts or prefer more fashion based ones. (My Off The Shoulder Dress is linked on yesterday’s Fourth of July Outfit Ideas Post)