Now that spring is in full swing, many of us are planning to entertain for the upcoming patriotic holidays. If you want to decorate for guests but don’t want to spend a ton, take a look around your home to see what you can repurpose. Recently while cleaning out the garage, I came across a bucket of old baseballs. Since my kids haven’t used them in awhile, I decided to use those old baseballs to decorate a patriotic tablescape! Take a look at what I created…
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Patriotic Tablescape with Old Baseballs:
Baseball – America’s Favorite Pastime:
Since we all recognize baseball as “America’s favorite pastime”, I decided to use that as my theme for the tablescape. Though instead of going overboard with too many baseball items, I tried to keep a balance between patriotic and a sophisticated baseball theme table. That way the tablescape could work for kids or adults.
For my patriotic centerpiece, I simply filled a glass hurricane with a bunch of the old baseballs and stuck some American flags on top.
Red, White and Blue and Baseballs:
Obviously, red, white and blue colors are essential for a patriotic tablescape. So, I anchored my baseball centerpiece with some layered navy blue napkins and lined up some white stars against the blue.
*To make the stars I used a flour dough mixture, baked them and then painted them white. (For more details, you can read the exact instructions for the stars and other patriotic decorating ideas.) Originally, I had planned to paint flags on the stars but I ended up liking the way the white stood out against the blue napkins. After all, our American flag has white stars on a navy blue background.
Then, I continued the red, white and blue on each place setting…
To coordinate with the baseballs, I used my red and white striped place mats and then layered navy and white plates and napkins. In my opinion, the mix of patterns and textures gives the table a classic Americana type of vibe.
If you want to go “full-Americana” you can try to make the baseballs look vintage by wiping them with brown paint, stain or even soaking them in tea!
Repeat the baseball theme on each setting:
In keeping with my simple-sophisticated baseball theme, I placed one baseball on each place setting. At first, I couldn’t figure out a way to keep the baseball on each plate stack without having it roll around. Then I decided to use some wired burlap ribbon. First, I cut the ends to give a baseball pennant look to the ribbon and then folded the middle part under. This left a nice resting place for each baseball so it wouldn’t roll around.
Plus, the burlap ribbon made the ball stand out as a focal point on each place setting. The ribbon also coordinated well with the seagrass chargers and my wooden candlesticks. Since this is a baseball themed table, those wooden candlesticks could represent the baseball bats, don’t you think?!!
Keep it Casual:
As you can see, I didn’t bother with a tablecloth. Since a baseball themed table generally has more of a masculine vibe, I didn’t want anything too fussy. That way I could go with this look for a birthday, Father’s Day, 4th of July…Basically, any summer holiday where we want to keep it casual but festive…
In our kitchen, our table is just steps from the patio so this casual look works just fine for us!
Hopefully, my patriotic tablescape with old baseballs inspired you to decorate with some things you already own. After all, you never know what you will find when you clean out your garage!
Sources for a Patriotic Tablescape with Baseballs:
- Baseballs – (my garage – ha!) Or these new baseballs
- Navy Napkins – similar napkins
- White Porcelain plates – Apilco Tradition and similar look/better price.
- Gingham salad plates – Homegoods, similar style.
- Red and White Place Mats – similar red striped placemats.
- Stainless flatware – Caesna Mirror, another classic option.
- Round Woven Chargers – very similar to mine.
- Wooden Candlesticks – Natural Wood Pillar Candle holder
- Blue and White Curtains – exact ones I just bought.
*If you are looking for more patriotic inspiration, here are some more ideas:
- Patriotic Decor in the Dining Room
- A Patriotic Tablescape on the Patio
- Patriotic Inspiration – Simple Ideas to Celebrate America!
Have you decorated any patriotic tablescapes recently?
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