Tuesday, June 14, 2011

July 4th Table centerpiece idea

I just decided to host a BBQ on the 4th of July, and I think it's been years and years since I did this! (Incidentally, if you're family and you're reading this, consider yourself invited.  Let me know what you want to bring.) I can hardly wait! I'm getting kind of excited because you can't have hot dog eating, and trampoline jumping, and iced tea drinking, and cookie nibbling, and sunblock spraying, and waterballoon fighting, and sparkler lighting, without a little care and planning. (It's all fun and games 'til someone takes a sparkler in the eye.)  Also, I just have to say, that my Mama makes the best iced tea in the whole entire world.  The other day, she left a jug of it in my fridge, and after she left, we nearly had a family fight over who should get the last of it!  (Ava won.)
 One of the things I've been planning (while busily painting my entire kitchen cabinet area, because I'm always a project ahead of myself...) is my table toppers.  I wanted cheap.  I wanted cute.  I wanted patriotic without being predictable.  So, I hunted and surfed and never found one stinkin' thing that inspired me.  Sad.  Until one day it hit me.  "Cans!  Spray paint!  Dirt!  Geraniums!  Hot-diggity!"
 I bought three apple juice cans- because we drink apple juice like it's going out of style around here.  And once they were washed and labels had been removed, I had my project starter. I also found this blue and white plaid fabric for some kind of table runner outside, that coordinates perfectly with the blue spray paint I bought!  Doesn't it look kind of picnickey and celebratory? 
 I made sure to drill drainage holes in the bottoms of them.  (Do this before planting flowers in them.  I'm just saying.  Reminders are good.)
 Ava and I hunted until we found some geraniums in bright shades of red.  Once home, we (as in Ava) stopped to smell the flowers and then plant them.  (By the way, doesn't everyone wear ballet tutus, and July 4th headbands while planting flowers in their kitchen?)
 I was in charge of watering them and taking photos for you. (It's a hard-knock life I live.) 

I can't wait to show you my table once I put everything together. 


This flag is soon to be hung outside as well.  I created it out of pallet wood, hoping to sell it on Etsy, but it was; 1) ginormous, and 2) heavy, and 3) I loved it way too much to part with it. (This is still available though!)

Do you have any fun festivities or cute decorations planned for July 4th?  I'd love to hear all about them!

18 comments:

  1. you are simply TOO CUTE! for real! if i'm planning a party, you better believe i'm emailing you for ideas! terrific, now i want to host a 4th of july party! :)

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  2. Such a cute idea! I never would have thought of that, you are so creative! Please send me some creative-ness? I don't have a creative bone in my body.

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  3. My oldest son's birthday is on the 4th of July. He'll be nine this year. I'm convinced it is THE BEST DAY to have a birthday! His parties are always so much fun!

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  4. Love it and so easy! I'm looking to start some new 4th traditions and think these planters will be part of it. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. So charming! Love them. I'll be really excited if this comment will post for real, because I put my giant sign up last night. Ok, I leaned it, but I love it so much! Lucky me!

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  6. Sasha,
    Clever idea for table centerpiece. Sometimes the simplest of decorations is what makes the table pop.
    Looking forward to seeing your completed tablescape.
    We usually grill for the fourth,bbut I have never done the table up or anything though. Maybe this year I will. U have inspired me.

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  7. Love this idea! You are one clever Momma!

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  8. Easy, inexpensive, super cute...that's my kind of decoration. Very creative, Sasha!

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  9. We host a 4th of July barbecue every year. We begin with the city parade on the corner. . .go to the country fair across the street, eat at our house, and walk to the park across the street to watch the firework show for free...I am making these centerpieces. Such an easy, fun idea!!!

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  10. it's all so pretty. girlie you should have a party decorating business or holiday decorating something or another. seriously you have skills...hmmm what can we get you doing:)

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  11. I LOVE that wooden flag, Sasha...it's SO beautiful! Once we get moved I am going to peruse your shop!! :) I can't wait! Cute centerpieces too!

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  12. well it just looks fantastic! Decorating on a dime! you are the master at that!

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  13. WAY too cute, as always! I love your decorating. How many ounces are those cans? Kinda looks like baked beans came in that size.

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  14. I pretty much love everything you do...super cute!!!!

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  15. What perfect Fourth of July decorations! Love recycling! And that flag~p.e.r.f.e.c.t!
    Debbie@refreshrestyle

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  16. Adorable! I think I may need counseling to get over my paint phobia. It looks like so much work. OK well not spray painting cans.. I think I can do that.. but painting furniture.

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  17. Those are so pretty! I love it! I love that blue with the red!

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  18. These are absolutely adorable!! Thanks for sharing them with us!!

    ~ Wendy
    http://Crickleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

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