A beautifully set table is the first thing your guests will notice (before they even taste the food), so it’s important to make a positive impression. I love barbecuing for the Fourth, but didn’t want to go overboard with American flags. So instead, I picked a nautical theme that will actually work all summer long. (Plus, it was a great excuse to use my flea market whale.)
Keep reading for Tori's tips to recreate this look from the July issue of Redbook.
- Table runner. I built everything around a bit of rope-patterned material I made into a table runner. Dirty little secret: I can’t use a sewing machine! I just folded the fabric under and duct-taped it to the right width.
- Rope-covered vases. Starting from the bottom, wrap a cheap glass cylinder vase with rope, securing it with craft glue as you go. Make sure you buy a glue that works on glass—not all of them do.
- Seafaring napkins. I used an anchor stamp from a stationary shop on plain red napkins. Dip your stamp into blue fabric paint, then press it into your napkins. I didn’t learn any maritime rope tying in Girl Scouts, so I just knotted these napkin rings to look cute.
- Star sides. Fresh summer fruit is an essential barbecue side dish. I used a cookie cutter on the watermelon to play into the patriotic theme.
More great reads from Tori Spelling:
Behind the scenes of Tori's 40th birthday celebration
Fourth of July party drinks
Mason jar madness
DIY temporary tattoos