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Patriotic Tablescape with Vintage Thrift Store Dishes


How to Create a Patriotic Tablescape with Thrift Store Finds


It's time for this month's Thrifty Style Team challenge, hosted by my friend Julie at Redhead Can Decorate, and this month we're all sharing patriotic ideas. So grab a cup of coffee or wine and get ready to be inspired! All of this month's projects are at the bottom of the post so be sure to visit everyone. There are some great ideas!



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If you know anything about me, then you know that I love vintage items, especially when they're a bargain. And I've accumulated a large collection (hoard) over the past 30+ years that I enjoy using throughout our home. 



I recently polled my instagram followers, asking which version of place settings with my vintage dishes they preferred, and the one that got the most votes is the one that I'm using here today. Maybe you voted if you're following me there! Anyway, I created a patriotic tablescape using some of my vintage collection, and it's something anyone can do. Just be on the lookout for some of these items the next time you go thrifting or junking. 


In addition to my love for old things, my mom and sister (and daughters...it's epidemic) also can't resist them. So between all of us we have a large stash. I created this tablescape with items that my mom, sister, and I have found during various outings. 


Red rimmed punch cups. My mom likes to buy things for me that she knows I enjoy. The little vintage red rimmed punch cups are some that she found and gave to me. I'm sure she got them for a steal. 


Red and white transferware. My red and white transferware dishes belonged to a dear family friend who passed away years ago. Mom was given her collection and she gave them to me. And I think of sweet Gladys every time I use them. 💗


White ironstone and blue willow dishes. My white swirl ironstone dishes and my blue willow dishes are both thrift store finds. The white dishes are great to layer with any color. And the blue willow dishes are such a classic. I added them to my living room hutch a couple of months ago and they look perfect in there. You can see that collection here: Antique Hutch Decorating IdeasI used some carved white charger plates to anchor it all. 


White milkglass vases. I can't resist white milk glass vases when I find them at a good price. They're great for various flowers as well as little American flags. You can see a one of my favorite centerpieces I made with them using daffodils here: Natural, Rustic Spring Table


Red and white cloth napkins. My sister and her husband recently downsized and she was getting rid of a lot of her things, including these pretty red and white cloth napkins. Thanks, sis! I'm happy to give new life to these!


Small American flags. These are NOT vintage. I actually picked them up at a local craft store, but they weren't expensive at all. I think they were $1.99 for 4 of them. 


I added a Currier & Ives red and white platter I found at the thrift store, a blue Currier & Ives plate, that was my mother-in-law's, and  a few other red and blue pieces to our antique hutch. It's a fun little place to decorate for each season. 

I always have vintage white ironstone pitchers and platters in here and add accent pieces throughout the year. I think 90% of what's shown came from thrift stores or estate sales. You can see my best tips for shopping at estate sales here: How to Shop Estate Sales Like a Pro. Etsy and eBay are also great places to find vintage items. 


Another little area I like to decorate is tiered trays. I added a few vintage items to this one when I decorated the table and you can see the details here: Partiotic Tiered Tray

Here are all of the fun patriotic projects from this month's Thrifty Style Team Challenge. Aren't they amazing?


You can see all of the projects in on these blogs:

Redhead Can Decorate - 12 Affordable Patriotic Home Decorating Ideas
The Painted Hinge - Patriotic Centerpiece using Thrifted Finds
DIY Beautify - How to Decorate a Patriotic Cottage Table
2 Bees In A Pod - Easy Patriotic Pinwheel Wreath
The How To Home - Easy and Inexpensive 4th of July Centerpiece
The Tattered Pew - How To Repurpose A Vintage Soda Crate For Your Yard
Sweet Pea - 16 Patriotic Home Decor and Craft Ideas
What Meegan Makes - DIY Framed Patriotic Wreath Tutorial
Cottage At The Crossroads - Patriotic Mini Easel Place Cards
I Should Be Mopping The Floor - Patriotic Paper Chain Garland Printable
Lora B. Create & Ponder - DIY Lake Themed Patriotic Wreath
Our Crafty Mom - 10 Patriotic Home Decor Ideas
Chas’ Crazy Creations - Easy Patriotic Summer DIYs
Cottage On Bunker Hill - DIY Patriotic Wood Crate Planter
Vinyet Etc - Happy Canada Day - Vintage Potting Bench
Postcards From The Ridge - Patriotic Tablescape with Vintage Thrift Store Dishes


New! Shop for summer cloth napkins in my shop, Emory Valley Mercantile. 



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9 comments

  1. I love this so much Angie! All your vintage goodies pull at my heart strings! I especially love how you added patriotic touches to that amazing antique hutch! It's beautiful and I'm having a little bit of vintage platter envy ;) Pinned!

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    1. Thanks, Cindy! It's always fun to decorate the table and hutch for each season! And it gives me an excuse to collect things that I love. 😉

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  2. Beautiful! My mother used to have those glass cups. Thank you for sharing and a good memory.

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    1. You're welcome! I'm glad it brought back a happy memory for you!

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  3. I hope that I run across some red rimmed punch cups one day because I love how they look on your table! I'm thinking a cold soup that could be sipped from them would be ideal for summer! And I just love how you decorate and style your hutch for each season!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jane! I've seen the little cups in antique shops this summer. You could serve ice cream in them too!

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  4. I love your tablescape Angie! Those antique cups are gorgeous and I always love how you style your hutch!

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  5. I love the tablescape you created so much!! Perfection!!

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  6. Your tablescape is perfect and I love the colors and use of vintage dishes. Thank you for sharing

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