Hello everybody here at Uncommon Designs! My name is Jennifer Carroll and I blog over at Celebrating Everyday Life and as my blog’s name implies, I love to CELEBRATE! I believe you can find reasons to celebrate and make the most of your life every.single.day! But, I’m super-duper busy so I always look for ways to make it beautiful, fun AND easy! Today, I’m excited to share ideas for a simple summer party placesetting with items you probably already have – bandanas! I love bandanas because they are inexpensive, durable (you can wash them again and again!) and can be used for several themes – from Barbecues to Birthdays to National Holidays – bandanas are up for the job!
Here I’ve laid a dark blue bandana on the tabletop as my placemat. Next, I layered a red dinner plate (from Walmart) with a white salad plate (by Wedgewood), both with a cheerful scalloped edge.
Festively colored flatware (also from Walmart) continue my red, white and blue theme. But, the red bandana with the burlap napkin ring embellished with navy blue ribbon and a red checked button are the stars of this placesetting in my opinion.
This napkin ring is SO simple! I used 2″ natural webbing (from BurlapFabric.com) for the base. Trim the webbing to your desired length and wrap around your napkin. There are many ways to get this to hold it’s shape, a few suggestions include: a) pin this with a safety pin (keep the pin on the inside), b) glue ends with a hot glue gun, c) attach velcro to each end for a reusable seal, or d) just let the ribbon “hold” it in place for you. A simple red and white checked fabric covered button (from Michaels Craft Store) threaded through a piece of navy grosgrain ribbon (from MayArts.com) and tied in the back complete this sweet setting.
Add a small American flag to the tableau and you have an instant Patriotic setting perfect for the upcoming Memorial and Independence Day celebrations!
Need some centerpiece inspiration? Look no further than your local garden center for vibrant red geraniums! They offer loads of firecracker color, are low maintenance, and are easily incorporated into your porch or garden, adding style and value to your home all season long!
I hope you have found a bit of inspiration with this fun and festive placesetting! I look forward to sharing even more tips and ideas for Celebrating Everyday Life with you in June! Thank you so much Bonnie & Trish for inviting me to celebrate with you all today!