Happy Independence Day to all my fellow Americans!


4th of July Vignette with Flags and a Farmhouse Tiered Tray - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


To celebrate, I dressed up a small sideboard in my dining room.  You might have seen glimpses of it in the background of the photos where I shared how to set a star-studded 4th of July table.

It’s funny how I didn’t think I had much that was red, white, and blue with which to decorate.  Surprisingly I had plenty.

The festive red, white, and blue banner was given to me by my blogging pal, Mary Beth from The How to Home.  It sets the perfect backdrop to the vignette.


Patriotic Farmhouse Tiered Tray And Charming Vignette - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


If you wonder how to easily attach a banner I’ll let you in on one of my favorite decorating tools… the staple gun.  Seriously, it comes in handy countless times.  Between that and sticky tack I could build a house.  Okay… maybe not, but you get the idea.

My three-tiered farmhouse tray came out of hiding to help us celebrate.  It’s made of vintage cake pans so it’s smaller than most of the tiered trays available commercially. (You can catch the tutorial on how to make a tiered tray here.)   It also makes it challenging to decorate as everything needs to be smallish. But, as you can see, I rose to the occasion.


Modern Farmhouse Tiered Tray Decorated for the 4th of July - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


I gathered items from around my apartment to fill the farmhouse tray and sideboard.  Napkins and tea towels are great draped over the top of the sideboard and rolled up and placed on the tiered tray.  That miscellaneous assortment came together pretty well.  That reminds me… it’s good to hang on to some red and white items from Christmas to use for the patriotic holidays, instead of packing them all away.


Farmhouse tray decorated with red white blue object for the 4th - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Last summer at a local “flea” I picked up some vintage style cream pitchers.  They worked great for holding colorful paper straws, peppermint sticks (a save from Christmas), and fresh cut yarrow.

You might remember when I decorated mason jars for the Fourth.  This small jelly jar with sparklers was stored away for another time and out she came… along with her sparklers… and the colorful red, white, and blue, boxes the sparklers came in.  Those boxes added a fun graphic element to the tiered tray and the vignette as a whole.


Middle Farmhouse Tray Sporting Sparklers and USA Flag - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Small beverage napkins and appetizer plates sporting an Americana design add another graphic touch to the farmhouse tray.

If you look closely, you’ll see some small vintage bottles tucked in amongst everything on each of the tiers.

And of course… the grand hurrah… small American flags are the crowning touch to the tray.


American flags top off this patriotic modern farmhouse tray for the 4th - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


On the opposite of the sideboard is a corbel that I picked up at Hobby Lobby for 75% off.  I had no idea how I’d use it… but I liked it and decided to take the risk.  You’re probably thinking… that doesn’t look like much of a risk.  In my small space, there are not a lot of places to use it… but this spot is perfect.

Behind the corbel is a small milk glass vase with larger American flags and to the side a potted lemon drop fern.  Fresh natural green always brings life to a vignette.


American Flags Decorate this 4th of July Vignette - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


In the middle are some plates and bowls and spoons to add a little more blue and white to the sideboard vignette.

And underneath… usually you can’t see under the sideboard because the table is in the way.  So when I pulled the table out for my photo shoot, I made sure to give you the whole view.  That sweet basket with the dark blue accent weave was also a gift from Mary Beth and it’s perfect for holding a bag of potatoes.  I have so few kitchen cupboards in this apartment and no available floor space, so I needed to get creative.  Who would ever guess that basket was working so hard for me?


Charming Patriotic Vignette on a Side Table - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


Did you notice the rustic wooden door was missing?  I put that away and moved in the bi-fold door which provides such great textural interest as a backdrop.  It just occurred to me that you might like to see where the louvered door usually takes up residence along with some related tips in a future post, so be watching for that.

This 4th of July vignette was really fun to put together.  I love having a spot to do some seasonal decorating and splashing my small abode with patriotic decor is the best!


A corbel adds textural interest to this Independence Day vignette - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


I hope you got a couple of ideas or were inspired to look around your home to see what you can pull together.  It’s amazing that I had all of it and most of the items are everyday items… except for the sparklers and flags.


How are you celebrating our Independence Day?


A patriotic vignette with a farmhouse tray vignette - AnExtraordinaryDay.net


We are truly blessed to live in this amazing country at this time.  Let us never take for granted the freedoms and liberties sealed by the founding fathers through our Declaration of Independence and our constitution.

Let’s take a minute to bow our heads and with grateful hearts give thanks to God for being given so much.

Regarding this gift of earthly citizenship, this verse came to mind…

From everyone who has been given much, much will be required,
and from the one who has been entrusted with much,
even more will be asked.
Luke 12:48

Regardless of who is in office… doing the right thing always makes a difference. Always.

Doing what is right makes a nation great,
    but sin will bring disgrace to any people.
Proverbs 14:34


God Bless America!  

And God Bless YOU!

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  1. Minnie says

    Happy 4 my friend!
    Oh yes, I noticed all the pretties in the background of your table post.
    Beautiful! Cozy! Happy!
    I’m hoping you are feeling well and blessed, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Blessings to you!

    • You are the sweetest friend! Thank you, Minnie!
      Hope you’re having a fabulous Fourth!! <3

  2. Gwen says

    I love this too!!! Making the tiered tray smaller allows it to fit better. You chose such fun things to display. Nothing feels overcrowded. I really like these doors as a backdrop. It gives the illusion of a window plus it seems lighter for summertime. I do hope you can call someone to stop by Friday or Saturday. I was watching an Italian woman show pretty tables and it truly makes one want to attend a luncheon in the setting she created. I feel your table is so inviting that you must have guests over. Me? I’m tired. We are resting today. No plans. No chores. No projects. All can wait.
    Happy 4th of July

    • A day of rest is good, too!! It was just us. Friends busy or out of town. It’s all good. Glad you had a down day to recoup… we all need those. This evening we went on a bike ride… to celebrate our first date on the 4th of July which was a bike ride. Thanks, Gwen for your kind words about the vignette and tray. It was fun figuring out how to dress up the tiered tray with what I had. xo

  3. Bobbi Duncan says

    Diane, your vignette is just too, too cute! I love all the creative ways you displayed everything, from the great idea of using the white bi-fold door with the draped banner (love that banner!) down to the charming floor basket. Very pretty, indeed!

    • So nice to “see” you Bobbi!! You are so sweet… thank you so much for your encouraging words. It was fun to put the vignette together and it turned out better than I expected. BTW… I picked up those bi-fold doors from the Restore Store for just $10. A couple coats of paint and they provide some fun unexpected interest. Who knew?!

      All the best for an extraordinary weekend! xoxo

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