Friday, June 19, 2020

4th of July Placemats Home Decor Review

Decorating with 4th of July Placemats is fast & easy. Selecting Independence Day placemats is fun, but here are a few things to keep in mind before you buy.
Placemats are such a fast and easy way to decorate your home for the 4th of July, or any holiday.

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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17 comments:

  1. A very pretty ~ and patriotic ~ placements set for the 4th of July. Perfect for any picnic/party holiday gathering, or just as attractive holiday table decor for this time of year. Thanks for the tip about washing in cold water with vinegar to set the colors. I had forgotten that handy tip.

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    1. I am very pleased with these placemats Elf! They are perfect for our dinner this 4th of July and obviously can be reused for many years to come. Margaret reminded me that I should have said "white" vinegar to set in the colors. I honestly forgot there was any other vinegar.

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  2. These are so pretty. Thanks for an informative review. I learned something new. Ie. vinegar

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    1. White vinegar is a laundry "staple" in our home. Not only do I use it for setting in color on every new garment, but it will also remove odor.

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  3. That's a great tip: setting the colors to keep them bright and beautiful. I didn't know you could do that with vinegar. Beautiful choice for the holiday. You always select such lovely and useful products.

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    1. I first started using white vinegar when I was in my late teens for setting in the color of swimsuits and beachwear. Between pool chlorine & sunshine, beachwear can often fade with just one season. My mother told me to use the vinegar to set the color in (especially for black) and she was, of course, right!

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  4. Oh those are very pretty indeed! We don’t celebrate Independence Day here,but will celebrate my birthday instead! Red white and blue always makes a nice colorful addition to an outdoor feast or even indoors. Love the choice you made!

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    1. Red, white and blue are a perfect color combination for many celebrations. That would be beautiful for a birthday.

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  5. Well, what a beautiful setting you have put together and so patriotic. Thanks for the tip on setting the colors with vinegar. That is something I didn't know.

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    1. Thank you for the kind compliment Sam. White vinegar sets the color in and keeps them from fading. It is essential for navy or black fabrics. I'm glad that sentence stood out to you as a helpful tip.

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  6. You sure do know how to set a beautiful table! These would be a pretty and festive addition to any 4th of July barbecue. Great tip about setting the colors with vinegar. I’ve used it successfully, too (always with white vinegar, in my case).

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    1. Oh, yes! Quite right about the "white" vinegar! I totally didn't think to make that distinction above. Going to add that now. Thanks

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  7. Really pretty, love the closeness of the pattern itself - good idea to wash them in cold water with vinegar to set the colors - Your table must look outstanding when it's all set up :)

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    1. It is so easy to set the table for a holiday and make the dining room look festive. Because I select fabrics I like, I am always happy with the results.

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  8. Being Canadian we celebrate, of course, Canada Day but I'd love to come to your house and celebrate the 4th of July with you! Love how you have put together a whole table place setting in celebration of the American holiday.

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    1. You would always be welcome Brenda! In my mind, Canada and the US are like family. Close in mind, heart, spirit, & attitude with a love of embracing, even celebrating diversity. I could easily see myself celebrating Canada Day with you.

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  9. Great tip with the vinegar! These settings are so pretty for the 4th!

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