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Fourth of July Tablescape

Behind the Design: My Fourth of July Tablescape

We're excited to bring you a new post from mother and actress Tori Spelling and her ediTORIal by Tori Spelling blog. This week, Tori shares a Fourth of July tablescape.

Today I am excited to share my latest project as Redbook magazine’s resident home/DIY expert. From my babes’ birthday parties to summer barbecues, I take my tablescapes very seriously.

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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.)

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Keep reading for Tori's tips to recreate this look from the July issue of Redbook.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
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