When my children were small, we would celebrate the 4th of July with my parents on Cape Cod. They owned a beautiful home right on the Bass River in South Dennis. We have many memories of the time spent there, especially July 4th, which was my Dad’s birthday. We would spend many lazy summer days either watching boats going up and down the river or on my Dad’s boat. It was a wonderful time we shared together with our family. A time filled with many stories that we still talk about years later. How I long for those fun filled days now. It’s been 14 years since my Dad passed away and my Mom sold their beloved house.
On my kitchen table I have created a nautical 4th of July vignette. It’s a small reminder of the celebrations we would have on Cape Cod. My display works perfectly in this antique white round wicker tray. I love the leather handles on the piece. They contrast nicely with the wicker and work with the theme of the vignette.
I used red white and blue sailboats in the design for a full nautical 4th of July effect. Small tidbit dishes are stacked on the tray at different heights. I placed the red sailboat on one of the stacks. I like how it’s height gives the vignette an interesting perspective.
To carry more red in the vignette, I used a lidded casserole dish that resembles a baked beans pot along with a matching pitcher. You can’t have a 4th of July celebration without baked beans and the pot symbolizes it perfectly. (I have a wonderful Italian style baked beans recipe I would like to share with you in an upcoming post.)
I folded a red check and a blue cotton/linen napkin together to form the shape of a pinwheel. I placed a white flower napkin ring in the middle to hold it together. (I’ll have a tutorial post on the pinwheel napkins soon.)
I hope you enjoyed my “Nautical July 4th table vignette” post!
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