3 Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue!


Necessity sure was the mother of invention for this tablescape. I had invited guests over for an impromptu 4th of July barbecue and shortly before they arrived, I realized that I had given absolutely no thought to decorating the table. Time to do what I love to do most when decorating the table - go raid the drawers, closets, and all my other storage spots.
It started with a boring, ho-hum tablecloth. Then it was time to raid my husband's bandana stash. A quick pressing made them look almost new and allowed the bandanas to lie neatly on the table. Take two red bandanas and lay them in a diamond shape with the corners of the diamonds just touching each other.m
Layer 3 blue bandanas on top of the red ones, also in a diamond pattern.
Now the fun part - go raid your Christmas/holiday decorations and pull out anything in a star shape - candles, candleholders, and other decorations and scatter them around the tabletop.
Grab your leftover bandanas - also neatly pressed - fold them and create pockets to stash each person's silverware in. When unfolded, the bandana pockets will serve as napkins.
Place the silverware pocket on a white plate, and let the party begin.

Suggested materials:

  • 11 bandanas, mixture of red and blue

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Have a question about this project?

3 questions
  • Susan
    on May 21, 2016

    how did you make the pockets for silverware?

  • Billie Shaw
    on May 22, 2016

    How to fold silverware holder?

    • Bobbie B
      on May 23, 2016

      very cute!! I might go ahead and do this and sew them together. Very cute!

  • Pat
    on May 23, 2016

    HOW DID YOU FOLD THE POCKET FOR THE SILVERWARE HOLDER OUT OF THE BABDANA

    • Jacalyn
      on May 23, 2016

      I provided written instructions to someone else who also asked that question in this section. If you want to see pictures and written instructions, I did another post called Napkin Folding 101. Put that up in the HomeTalk search, and it will come up.m

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  • Phoenixdmc
    on May 25, 2016

    Excellent! No Moss growing on that rolling stone!

  • Bonnie
    on Jul 7, 2016

    I just love this look.

    • Jacalyn
      on Jul 7, 2016

      Thanks, Bonnie! I've used it a coup,e of times now. I also make what I call bandana bowls, which work with this table setting . They are posted on HomeTalk, too.

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