I was having a hard time getting inspired with decor for the 4th of July this year so I searched hi and low until I found the BEST inspiration on Carolyne Roehm's blog. Check out her post here which is exploding with great ideas for the 4th!
I really love the idea of a place setting on a tray. It is a great way to add a touch of formality to a buffet and it makes it a lot easier for guests to move through a buffet line with a tray instead of trying to juggle holding plates, napkins and drinks! Once guests have filled their plates it makes it easy to take a seat on a couch or chair and eat off of a tray. For the 4th of July, I love the idea of laying blankets and pillows out on the lawn and then guests can take a seat with their tray and eat and watch the fireworks.
When I first saw Carolyne Roehm's tray I immediately knew that most of the sources are from Oscar de la Renta's home line so I wanted to show you how you can get the look!
I am obsessed with everything in Oscar de la Renta's home line and I registered for a ton of it for my wedding. It can be a little pricey, so if you are not in the mood to splurge on the tile tray above then you can get an affordable tray from World Market here and then use this tile napkin with the same exact pattern as a place mat.
Here are a couple more ideas I am loving for the 4th. The above place setting is from Joe Nye's book Flair . I love the idea of a red toile tablecloth.
I also love the idea of tons of blue and white with just a few touches of red...like these adorable "Jack and Coke" bottles.
I hope everyone has a fun and safe 4th!!