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Patriotic Picnic Tablescape

Summer is the time to bring out the red, white, and blue! With the 4th of July almost here, it is the perfect time to share my Patriotic Picnic Tablescape!

Welcome! If you are visiting from my friend Rebecca’s blog, Zucchini Sisters, I am so happy you are here! I am excited to join a wonderful group of blogging friends for a 4th of July Blog Hop, hosted by Kippi from Kippi At Home! If you are looking for some fun ideas to celebrate the 4th of July, you are in the right place!

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It’s been a beautiful week here in Connecticut and it has me dreaming of summertime on the porch. And of course, summer means everything red, white, and blue…the perfect colors for a Patriotic Picnic Tablescape! I had found some cute Rae Dunn napkins while shopping at Marshall’s a few weeks ago and they became my inspiration for this fun and festive 4th of July table.

The Centerpiece

Since my children are young adults, treat bags have been a thing of the past. Why is that? We all like a treat! I decided to make these simple and inexpensive treat bags for all of us to enjoy. You can make them too! Just follow these few simple steps.


  • brown paper bags
  • decorative sheers
  • pencil
  • chalk pen


  1. Cut brown paper bags with decorative sheers.
  2. Using Google Docs, I typed words that made me think of the 4th of July, using the Amatic SC font in size 96. To me, this font looks similar to Rae Dunn lettering.
  3. Then I used my trusty old trick to transfer the letters. Using chalk, a pen or pencil, and a chalk pen, I followed the same process I did here when I made my Back to School Chalkboard Art.
  4. When I was happy with the simple decoration I had created, I filled these bags with a few festive goodies that I picked up from Target Dollar Spot and Dollar Tree.


A single patriotic cloth napkin in a tray, along with these treat bags served as my centerpiece.


To set the table, I started with neutrals. I used my plain muslin table runner as a base. I had bought mine a few years ago at Hobby Lobby, but you can find a similar one here.  Then I added my round jute placemats.  I love using neutrals as a base and then changing up the decor with a variety of plates, napkins and accents.


The Place Settings

For our place settings, I used these cute gingham melamine plates that I had found in Big Lot a few years back. I recently spotted these melamine Celebrate Americana plates from Kohl’s that are similar and just so fun! The holiday Rae Dunn napkins, along with a bright blue polka-dotted ribbon tied around the utensils add a festive touch.


Our Menu

My family enjoys the traditional picnic foods for our 4th of July meal. Burgers, grilled barbeque chicken, and variety of salads, including this Red, White, and Blue Summer Salad  will be on the menu. For dessert, Skinnytaste Cheesecake Cupcakes would be a perfect bite sized treat.



How will you celebrate Independence Day? However you choose to celebrate, I hope you have a fun and safe 4th of July!

Thank you so much for visiting today! I would love to connect with you on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or here on the blog!

Next on the tour is my sweet friend, Janet from A Life of Balance. I love her creativity and her simple patriotic wreath! Be sure to check it out along with all the other amazing bloggers below!



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  1. Your picnic tablescape is so fun! I especially love the whimsical paper bags! It is a pleasure to be joining you for the hop this week! Blessings, Cecilia @ My Thrift Store Addiction

  2. Your porch looks like a wonderful respite for the holiday week. Cute napkins!! Perfect atop your red gingham plates. I am with you, treat bags never go out of style no matter what the age! I still give my adult children treat bags on Easter and Halloween! Have a fabulous 4th❤️

  3. Lynn, I think of you every time I am in Marshall’s and see Rae Dunn. I love your centerpiece and the font you used on your paper treat bags! I am not too old for treat bags, there is always something good inside. We are also a burger, dogs and Coke family. Those glass Coke bottles make me smile. Your porch is perfect for celebrating the 4th of July. I see a beautiful Hobnail milk glass vase, so pretty and perfect for summer decor!

  4. Oh Lynne, I just love your picnic theme and your treat bags really make it! So cute, and I love the Rae Dunn things, and the coke bottles! It really feels like a American family holiday gathering!

  5. I do love the treat bags and I enjoy giving and receiving them, such a cute idea! Your porch is the perfect place for a picnic with the lovely gingham plates. Your menu sounds very much like mine. It is a pleasure blog hopping with you!

  6. Lynne, I adore your porch picnic….and I see you are a lover of cokes too. Yay!
    I remember once “they” tested consumers on the taste difference of Pepsi and Coke.
    Silly people! Of course there is a difference and Coke taste better as we in the Midwest, and Southern states and obviously Connecticut know…right?
    But I digress:
    I don’t think treat bags ever go out of style and they are for any one and every one and including the young at heart!
    Your Rae Dunn paper napkins are perfect for a Patriotic holiday and the melamine plates are so cute.
    I would love to come sit on your porch. lean back on your red, white and blue pillows and sip a coke with you any time.
    Thanks for blog hopping with us, we love your inspiration.

  7. Super, super cute, Lynne! I love all the pieces you’ve assembled to make this a really fun and casual, spirited display of patriotism. Who doesn’t love a treat, I agree!! And what’s more Americana than that traditional spread of hamburgers and hot dogs?! All the little things you’ve added from Target & Big Lots really make for a fun table. Popping over now to see your original post on the graphic transfer. It’s great.

  8. Your porch looks so welcoming! I love the patriotic pillows! Your are so creative to have created those cute little bags and they make a fun take-away centerpiece! Coke bottles and ball jars are so American and make your table ready to celebrate Independence Day. The red and white checked plates are perfect with the cute ribbon around the flatware! Thank you so much for once again joining us for a tablescape hop!

  9. Lynne, I love the adorable treat bags you created…the lettering does resemble Rae Dunn! I’m with you, you’re never too old for a treat bag. 😉 Your loveseat looks so cozy with your pillows and your porch is a wonderful spot to celebrate the red, white and blue! It’s a treat to blog hop with you this week! Happy 4th!

  10. What a fun table Lynne. The treat bags are so cute. You are so creative. The red and white checked plates remind me of a picnic. The.coke bottles add a touch of Americana. Loving your porch. What a special place to sit back and relax. A pleasure to join you on this Patriotic blog hop.

  11. Lynne, your casual patriotic picnic on the porch looks so inviting. There’s nothing like burgers, hot dogs and ice cold Coca Cola on a hot summer day! I love how you crafted the treat bags…they really do look similar to Rae Dunn lettering. I’m sure your teenagers (and husband) still appreciate getting a treat bag. Love those gingham plates with the cute blue and white polka dot ribbon! Have a wonderful 4th of July! Can’t wait until Haven 🙂

  12. Your table looks wonderful and so inviting. The perfect setting for an All American Celebration. Love the check plates. It’s wonderful to be on the hop with you. I’ve never shopped at Bog Lots, but Target has plenty of my money ( wink) Hugs!

  13. Your table looks wonderful and so inviting. The perfect setting for an All American Celebration. Love the check plates. It’s wonderful to be on the hop with you. I’ve never shopped at Big Lots, but Target has plenty of my money ( wink) Hugs!

  14. What a festive tablescape for the 4th, Lynne! I love your font transferring technique. I had to go take a peek at your chalkboard sign to see how you did it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

  15. Oh my gosh, did I forget to leave you a comment? EEEK… I’m so sorry. I’m stopping by to pin a bit more. I love your table! The treat bags are such a sweet addition to your table. I have those same mason jar glasses and they are a favorite for our grandchildren ( ages 10-20). Your red gingham plates and wicker chargers are all American too. It’s a pleasure to be on the hop with you Hugs!

  16. Lynne, I think we have the same red check plates! I am in love with your paper bag DIY. Great idea for almost any season. And I am all for using mason jars as glasses anytime. Happy 4th.

  17. The paper bag DIY makes a cute center piece
    Visiting from the Zucchini Sister blog hop
    Pinning 🙂

  18. I am loving those darling melamine plates!! So cute and they can be used all throughout the year!! Christmas, Valentines, 4th of July and even in the fall mixed with some orange! So so cute! Did you buy them recently at Big Lots? I also love your treat bags! I did a similar thing for an indoor camping party and cut down the sacks using wavy scissors. https://karinskottage.com/2019/06/indoor-camp-party-food.html
    Great minds think alike 🙂 Love your whole Tablescape!

  19. Oh how I love these ideas! I can’t wait to try how you added the wording to the paper bags! It looks so cute! I love the ribbon around the silverware and those cute dishes and napkins! It’s all so festive and cute!! I’m inspired!

  20. Your patriotic porch is so festive and inviting! You must love sitting outside on cool days and evenings. Pinned!

  21. I love this! From the bags to the pillow decorations! I pinned them for inspiration when I transition my porch to the fourth! Happy weekend, friend!

  22. This is a fun idea to add treat bags to a tablescape! Happy hopping with you!

  23. Your tablescape is so pretty! I just adore these treat bags and how cute they look cut down, I’ll have to make some for our 4th of July celebrations this year. Such a great idea to have them as the centerpiece and then a takeaway too!

  24. Omg, your your porch is the picture of patriotic perfection! I am for sure stealing some of these ideas! Love everything about it!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado
    PS. I’ve pinned this to my July 4th Decor board.

  25. Lynne I just love your patriotic porch table ideas and those little brown bags are just the cutest. I am so excited to be on the hop with you and hope you have a wonderful weekend. Pinning for later.

  26. OMG, treat bags for adults. How did I get this far without thinking of those. The rest of your decorations are amazing too.

  27. the treat bags are just the perfect touch! thanks for sharing the idea! Your 4th of July is so festive! I just love it all!

  28. This is too cute! You took a paper bag and made it adorable, love it. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Lynne, your casual picnic tablescape looks so inviting. I love how the goodie bags double as a fun centerpiece. Who doesn’t want a goodie bag? The red and white gingham melamine plates are so festive and perfect for summer entertaining…I need to check out Big Lots! It’s always fun to hop with you, my friend!

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