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Red, white, and blue aren’t only for the Fourth of July -- the color combination is decidedly classic and versatile. Offer any of these tabletop accessories or home accents as a hostess gift and you’ll know that she’ll be serving food, scooping ice cream, even swatting flies in style for many months to come.
Load up this durable, waterproof laminated birch-plywood tray with drinks and snacks to serve outdoors. The patterned surface makes it a beautiful serving piece too.
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Avoid dirty dishes at the end of a party by handing out these nautical-themed bamboo dinner and dessert plates. You can toss them guilt-free, since they’re fully compostable.
From $20 for 10, sucreshop.etsy.com
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Show Some Stripes
Stripes were whitewashed onto chambray napkins for a little salute to Old Glory.
$48 for 4, nellandmary.com
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Shake It Up
Give your hostess two gifts in one: a cocktail shaker filled with reusable anchor-shaped picks to skewer drink garnishes.
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The Big Leagues
Repurposed white oak was carved into a three-foot-long whale shape, perfectly proportioned for a bunch of summer appetizers.
36-by-9.5 inches, $150, unionmadegoods.com
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Fly, Fly Away
Pesky flies don’t have a chance against this extra-sturdy leather-and-white-ash swatter, handmade in Ohio.
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A bright-red base and rope handles dress up a galvanized-steel bucket. Pile it high with ice and bottled drinks for guests to grab and go.
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String up a few of these lightweight mini candle lanterns on the porch, or arrange them together at the table as an illuminating centerpiece.
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This all-cotton bandanna is a great tabletop accessory -- try it as a napkin or place mat. Its star-studded design is a sleek update on paisley.
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Here's the Scoop
Dining alfresco is one of summer’s biggest perks. Serve fresh berries or scoops of ice cream in red and blue melamine bowls (with matching spoons!).
Star-Spangled ice cream set, by Martha Stewart Collection, $34 for 8, macys.com