A summer table set in red, white, and blue, featuring coastal and vintage trimmings, creates an entertaining table ideal for the 4th of July.

Red White and Blue table setting.

We’re back in coastal Maine,

settling in for our summer stay.

And first on the docket, to help get me in the mood for the 4th of July holiday,

was to create this red, white, and blue summer table setting with all the patriotic trimmings.

Vintage, thrifted, and coastal cottage in design.

Red White and Blue Table Place Setting

Authentic Maine Lobster Summer Table Settings

And, of course, I have lobster on my mind!

I can’t wait to dive into some fresh Maine lobster, corn on the cob, steamed clams, and fresh bread this 4th of July.

You may also enjoy last summer’s Authentic Maine Lobster-Themed Table Setting. And my thrifted outdoor summer lobster table setting in the post, What Does Frugality Mean to You?

How to spruce up a table for summer? I’m all about adding red, white, and blue to summer table settings. The colors are not just for the patriotic holidays. It’s classic, traditional, and festive. Add a tablecloth, festive placemats, and colorful glassware as your basic table elements.

Entertain with Red, White, and Blue! Easy Summer Table Trimmings

Gathering up all my lobster summer table setting rubbles with red, white, and blue trimmings is definitely giving me all the summer and 4th of July vibes. I hope it does the same for you.

I had my little sidekick, Ella, helping me out too. She was freshly groomed with a blue sparkly nose and red bows in her ears, haha. The bows absolutely kill me…

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Summer Table Setting Centerpiece

Last summer I headed up to Down East Maine to visit with my friend Molly in Maine. I was on my way home when I stopped off at Cabot Mills Antiques in Brunswick, Maine. Oh my goodness, don’t miss this place should you find yourself in the area, just down the road from Bowdoin College.

See more in the post, Antiquing Down East, A Day’s Jaunt. You may also enjoy The Best Antique, Thrift, and Second-Hand Shops from Vermont to Maine post.

It was there that I found this wrought iron whale weathervane, which will center this 4th of July summer table setting. Isn’t she an old beauty?

Red, white, and blue summer table setting with Whale Centerpiece

How to decorate a wooden table in summer? Add a tablecloth or layer placemats on a wooden table in the summer to add color and charm. Decorate with summer colors and flowers that match the natural tones of the wood table like red, white, and blues, which are ideal.

Easy Summer Table Setting Trimmings

This summer table setting is a mix of thrifted with new red, white, and blue trimmings on our vintage pine wooden dining room table.

Each place setting starts with a layered style of blue rectangle placemats topped off with a round braided red lobster accent placemat. This gives the place settings more foundation for the messy lobster, as well as adds patriotic red, white, and blue colors to our summer table setting.

Red white and blue summer table setting.

What are informal table settings? Informal table settings tend to have less dinnerware, glassware, and silverware. This summer table setting is definitely informal in my opinion. Where I’m using many thrifted items and will be serving up a casual Maine lobster feast.

Various thrifted blue and white vintage bowls hold my mother’s vintage lobster shell crackers and picks. And will later serve to hold the empty lobster shells.

You may enjoy the post, Coastal Maine Heritage – Embracing My Roots.

Cutlery Couture’s lobster silverware pouches are a favorite on my summer table settings, especially when serving seafood.

And a beach rock collected from our local beach will assist in cracking open the lobster shells.

Red white and blue 4th of July table setting

My favorite thrifted blue goblets paired with sailboat juice glasses will gaily quench that summertime thirst.

Plenty of napkins with a lobster theme will be used to clean up the sloppy mess that eating lobsters will certainly create.

And simple small red votives with candles that I found in my mother’s drawer are a colorful addition without taking up too much table setting space.

Entertain with Red, White, and Blue! Easy Summer Table Trimmings

Little antique butter patties hold sweet cherries for an appetizer or as an after-dinner delight.

Lobster Plates and on summer table setting

Add a simple white pitcher full of faux blue hydrangeas. I don’t always like needing to run out to buy fresh hydrangeas for my summer table settings. And they are the perfect summer table setting blooms. Definitely worth the investment!

And if you saw the traffic out there this weekend in southern Maine, you wouldn’t want to go out there either…

Or maybe a small pitcher full of faux Christmas red berries that I had in a box in our attic.

Happy 4th of July from our summer table to yours!

Entertain with Red, White, and Blue! Easy Summer Table Trimmings

It ended up being such a rainy 4th of July weekend here in Coastal Maine that we also enjoyed some lobster out at Barnacle Billy’s in Ogunquit Maine. There’s nothing better to do honestly, on a rainy day in Maine!

I’m so glad you dropped by, and if you are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you enjoyed your visit with us here today at our Home in Coastal Maine.

Be sure to also check out our Home in Vermont too, where we spend winters enjoying the coziness of home in the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Entertain with Red, White, and Blue! Easy Summer Table Trimmings

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  1. Love your table setting but, the best part was the whale weather vane.

  2. Miche Ortega says:

    So bright, fun, and festive. Happy Fourth!

  3. I love every detail of this fun table setting, Ann! So many great pieces! And thanks for the shoutout! Have a great holiday!

  4. ❤️. And that whale weathervaneis my favorite.

    1. Isn’t it so cute? I’m so glad you like it! Thanks for stopping by Pamela!