For a holiday table that feels as modern as it does festive, work in maritime motifs, and concentrate on two main hues: red and white or blue and white.
Get decor ideas for a Red, White, and Blue Nautical Party.
In lieu of a tablecloth, paint a drop cloth from a hardware store and anchor it with rope. Paper boats stand in for saltcellars, while beach rocks and seashells sub for bouquets.
Choose a Motif
Pick a graphic statement and carry it through. Here, stripes show up on napkins, drinking glasses, the tablecloth, and the serving platter.
Upgrade Cookout Classics
Serve hot dogs on grilled baguettes instead of buns; elevate potato salad with watercress and crisp bacon.