Independence Day on the 4th of July is a favorite holiday of many Americans and expats now living across the globe. A celebration of American independence this holiday is the perfect excuse to gather friends and family for a dinner party. Lexington founder and designer Kristina Lindhe shares her top tips on how to keep your 4th of July dinner party a stylish affair…
4th of July is such a joyous occasion and I love to bring family and friends together for a big summer dinner! The art of setting a dinner table is something I think a great deal about in advance.
To me, planning the table setting is actually way more fun than planning the food! That’s why I love throwing a potluck-style dinner where all the guests bring a favorite course. It’s so much fun to see what everyone brings and it really gives the dinner character and charm. When planning the table setting it’s good to follow a theme and an easy way to find inspiration is to follow the seasons. For 4th of July I love to choose a colorful, summery and fun theme. This celebration is the perfect time to move away from the boring old table settings that you’ve done over and over again and be inspired by East Coast classic prints and whimsical American charm.
Here are a few of my best tips for a festive 4th of July table setting:
1) Combine classic colors like blue or white with a quirky print like a lobster print, keeping the colors in the same palette but playing with patterns. It’s easy to incorporate this in napkins and placemats.
2) Feel free to mix old and new items, it brings a certain charm and atmosphere. And it’s so much fun to find beautiful vintage items in charming antique stores!
3) Avoid tall flowers and fancy cent pieces. It can look contrived and the 4th July is all about celebrating and having fun. Your guests should be able to see each other across the table. Instead, take advantage of the fact that it’s summer and pick a couple of smaller bouquets with wild flowers – maybe pick some fresh white colors.
4) Layering! I always love to layer when I set a table. Put a placemat with a different color over a tablecloth and then napkins in a third color or print. The different colors and designs bring a table to life.
5) If possible, set the table outside and if the evening becomes a bit chilly just bring out warm, soft throws for your guests to wrap around themselves and stay warm and cosy.
6) Stay up late, leave the dishes for tomorrow and enjoy the evening
Have fun and have a great 4th of July!
Create your own 4th of July celebrations and be inspired by classic American style with the latest home accessories from Lexington.