Are you looking for some festive red, white & blue inspiration? I’m sharing my favorite tabletop look this summer to add a little elegance to your patriotic celebration. A slightly more elevated take on entertaining al fresco on the patio, this Summer Patriotic Table Setting works for 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and all summer long.

Summer Patriotic Table Setting



Pam, Mary and I are thrilled to be joined by our friend Shannon of Bleu Belle Interiors. I know you will relish in the floral beauty each one of my friends are sharing this month as we join our circle of flower therapy loving friends {you!} I’m sharing their links at the bottom of this post…I’ll see you there!


MMB Summer Shannon

Summer is the absolute best time to entertain! Celebrating the outdoors, at a time of year when life moves a little bit slower, the perfect season to linger in our gardens with our family, dearest friends and/or new ‘friends to be’. Here at FrenchGardenHouse, it stretches our house to twice as big, and I jump at every chance to enjoy our outdoor space – because the garden is at its best.

Patriotic Summer Table

When you entertain, the ambiance is just as important as the food, entertaining outside is brilliant because Mother Nature does most of the work! If you take the time to create something beautiful with your table setting, it makes your guests {and YOU!} feel good about the evening. But just because you’ve designed a lovely table setting doesn’t mean it has to be difficult or a big deal.

Summer table setting for French Country party

This table top has subtle touches of red, white and blue. It’s an easy table setting, because everyone has some kind of red, white and blue combination of plates, glasses and linens. If not, a red, white and blue ribbon works wonders too! I used this cream and red antique French tablecloth, i love the graphic border with its French Country charm.

White hydrangeas with flags for summer

By adding a few flags, this setting is  appropriate for the summer holidays, but really any time of the summer is a great time to use this color scheme in the garden, isn’t it? You can take away the flags, change out the napkins, the plates or anything you want to switch around and it’s still a fabulous casual table setting for summer entertaining.  The setting works for large or small tables. This little table will be a perfect spot to enjoy an early breakfast for the 4th of July.

Table set in French country garden set for summer dinner

Using a tablecloth for alfresco table settings really makes things feel special when dining outdoors…don’t you think? I always want our guests to feel like they are coming for an experience, for fun, not just burgers off the grill on a paper plate. {and I LOVE serving burgers!} so a real tablecloth often is my cheat way to give the easiest, most casual meal a little elegance boost.

White and red linen napkins with flow blue plates for summer setting

White Linen napkins are my favorite, easy way to add a patriotic touch. These white and red {or the white and blue} linen napkins from my shop are everyday favorites here at FrenchGardenHouse. They get softer with every wash, sometimes I {or Mr. FGH, who loves to iron, believe it or not!} iron them, often we do not. The blue lapis lazuli gemstone bug napkin rings from Joanna Buchanan are pure delight for any summer table!

Don’t be shy about using linen napkins because of the added work involved to wash them, linen napkins are a wonderful touch to every table, indoors or out, and worth the effort.

Summer table setting for French Country party

Flags for a patriotic touch on French country setting

My plates are new red & white enamel plates topped with these gorgeous antique flow blue scalloped plates with a floral border. The flatware is my everyday bee flatware that I love.

Red and white enamel plate with antique flow blue plates for summer dinners

For the centerpiece on this table, I made a quick and easy arrangement of white hydrangeas, made patriotic with flags. Inexpensive flowers from the market work, centerpiece flowers don’t always have to be expensive or “many” or even super artfully arranged. I like to keep it simple, because flowers are stars all on their own, they don’t really need much fussing.

The antique French apothecary candy jar makes a great vase for this bouquet, it has a rounded square shape, and the graphic label adds an extra layer of charm.

Summer-flower-arrangement-with-hydrangeas and flags

White hydrangea flowers for summer tablescape

To protect the tablecloth as much as possible, the flowers were placed on a double stack of antique platters, a larger 1820’s Georgian blue & white Featherware Leeds platter on the bottom, topped with an antique Copeland Spode Cobalt Blue Platter.


Antique flow blue platters as a centerpiece with white hydrangeas


The beauty of this table is that it’s patriotic but in a very  subtle way. You can take away the flags and this is perfect for all your summer garden parties, porch gatherings and BBQ’s.  If you want to design a similar look at home, I’ve sourced everything I used below.

What to serve for a summer dinner? Years ago, in one of my more brilliant moments, I gifted Mr. FGH a gorgeous big BBQ for his birthday {it was a surprise, we usually don’t actually give each other gifts} Being a devious wife, my whole thinking was he would be in charge of the main course at most summer dinner parties. It worked! I make easy appetizers, a salad, sometimes one other side dish but often not, and dessert. He can grill up burgers, steaks, chicken, salmon, shrimp {not all at once!} and dinner=done.

For outdoor summer entertaining, I love this salad that my friend Lisa of Delicious Table gave me the recipe for!  This original Cobb Salad became famous in Los Angeles at the Brown Derby restaurant, it’s served with French Dressing and loaded with chopped tomato, cubed chicken, crumbled bacon, diced avocado, chopped eggs, and topped with Roquefort cheese.  I lay it all out on a large flat white porcelain dish, so good with almost any kind of summer meal.

cobb salad for summer

image courtesy of Delicious Table

Cobb salad dressing

image courtesy of Delicious Table

Famous Brown Derby Restaurant Cobb Salad

Dressing :

The Brown Derby dressing for this salad is a vinaigrette recipe, similar to an old-fashioned French dressing.

Mix all together in a bowl and wisk, or add to a large canning jar with a lid and shake. {It’s what I do, I store it in the fridge like that.}

    • ¼ cup water
    • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
    • ¼ teaspoon sugar
    • 1 ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • ½ teaspoon black pepper
    • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • ¾ teaspoon dry English mustard
    • ½ clove garlic, minced 
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • ¾ cup vegetable oil

Cobb Salad Ingredients:

  • ½ head iceberg lettuce
  • ½ bunch watercress(optional)
  • 1 small bunch curly endive
  • ½ head Romaine lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives minced
  • 2 medium ripe tomatoes diced
  • chicken breast boneless, cooked, diced, skinless {or buy pre-cooked chicken!}
  • 6 strips of bacon cooked and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 3 hard-boiled large eggs, diced
  • ½ cup Roquefort cheese, crumbled


Assemble The Cobb Salad

  • Mix together the chopped iceberg, romaine, endive, and watercress, and place into the bottom of a large square or rectangle dish. Sprinkle some finely diced chives on top of the salad mix.
  • Arrange Toppings- side-by-side in separate lines across the green salad in wide strips of diced tomatoes, cubed chicken, small pieces of crumbled bacon, diced avocado, and chopped eggs.
  • Sprinkle all over with crumbled Roquefort cheese and more chives as a garnish.
  • Pour dressing at serving time. {shake just before pouring as it will settle on the bottom in the jar or bottle.}


Shop Red White and Blue

I’ve linked everything for you in red, white and blue that was used for this table setting for your convenience below.

Cream and red antique French tablecloth
White and red linen napkins
White and blue linen napkins
Blue lapis lazuli gemstone bug napkin rings
Red & white enamel plates
Antique flow blue scalloped plates
Antique French apothecary candy jar
1820’s Georgian blue & white Featherware Leeds platter
Copeland Spode Cobalt Blue Platter


Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed this inspiration for a summer patriotic table setting. If you’d like more beautiful inspiration,  please visit my friends’ posts. They are each so talented and always share the most beautiful ideas.

Summer Patriotic Table Setting
PAM at Everyday Living

Summer Patriotic Table Setting

MARY at HomeIsWhereIsWhereTheBoatIs

Red white and blue summer table

Shannon of Belle Bleu Interiors

Summer Patriotic Table Setting

and me, Lidy of FrenchGardenHouse

Wishing you all a wonderful, beautiful Independence Day!


I’m sure you have great tips for fabulous summer settings and/or meals. We’d love to hear from you! Leave us your fun tips in the comments below, we’d love to learn new tricks from you! 


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