Holidays are normally celebrated with family & friends gathering around tables laden with delicious food. Hamburgers, Barbecue sandwiches, or hot dogs are often the normal fare for the 4th of July celebrations, but they aren't really "pretty" food. Colorful placemats provide a very pretty setting for our tables. They can even make plain white disposal plates more attractive by giving them a lovely background. Plus, they protect the table.
The featured placemats come with matching coasters and napkins to complete a beautiful table setting. This set is waterproof and easy to wipe clean.
I chose this set because I have a dark wood dining room table & cobalt blue Fiesta plates. I needed the light or white background for the red, white & blue design to really pop.
Selecting 4th of July Placemats
There are a few things to keep in mind when selecting holiday placemats. A lovely design is clearly the first thing that grabs your attention, but you will also want to consider the following details when making your final choice.
- How will they Look with Your Dinnerware
- Are the Placemats Waterproof
- Are they Heat Resistant
- Are they Non-Slip
- Will they Protect Your Table
- Are they Easy to Clean
- Would they Need to be Ironed
- Do they have Matching Napkins
- Do they have Matching Coasters
- Do You Want a Matching Tablerunner for Serving Dishes
- Price (if they are priced individually, consider the cost of 4 or more)
You may have laughed over the question of "do they need to be ironed", but these days, that is a huge issue for me. Decades ago, I didn't mind washing and ironing placemats. However, now I prefer avoiding the iron when possible. Especially, if I am the chef & hostess for the celebration.
I washed all of my placemats, napkins & coasters in cold water with white vinegar in my washing machine immediately upon delivery (prior to taking the picture in the introduction). The vinegar helps to set the colors so they won't fade. I dried them in my dryer for 10 minutes in spite of the directions telling me to hang dry them. As you can see in the introduction photo, they are perfect and required no ironing.
Because the placemats and coasters are backed with a second layer of plain fabric, they appear to be a little darker than the napkins in person and the napkins appear to have brighter print. However, do not be alarmed. That really is just an appearance different due to the multiple layers needed for protecting the table.
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