7 FREE Dinner Party Printables; 4th of July Ideas

I have a special treat for you today! I have decorated your next dinner party for you. Yup, I am going to decorate your table for your summer dinner party.

I have designed a creative way to decorate your next gathering, from the dinner party invitation, menu cards, and everything you need to create a beautiful table for the perfect dinner party. 

 I went the extra mile and designed nine printables instead of seven for an added touch to your dinner table.

Dinner Party free printables- Custom designed place mat, napkin ring, place card and silverware holder in a red, white and blue Chinoiserie theme.

So let’s get started! I am joining several other bloggers in a red, white and blue decor inspiration tour hosted by Pasha @pashaishome. So be sure to check out all of the links at the end of my post.

If you are coming over from my friend Tammy’s @whitellicacfarmhouse, welcome. I have no doubt you loved her adorable wreath.

Patriotic Blog Hop

What Are Dinner Party Printables

This concept may be new to you. The idea was developed by me and designed just for you.

And the good news is that I will have a new one for you each season, so that is four times a year that you will not have to think about your table theme. So sit back, relax, and let me do the work for you.

Dinner Party free printables- Custom designed place mat, napkin ring, place card and silverware holder in a red, white and blue Chinoiserie theme.

I have created eight digital files that are free to my blog subscribers. You will be given a password in an e-mail and and you can then download the art and print the pieces you want for your place settings and table decorations.

Three of these files are in an editable PDF template, this way you can customize them exactly like you want them. You will need to create a free account at Canva.com and then in my directions you will be given a link to the file that you can edit. (Canva is a an online design and publishing tool).

You can print them at home or send them out to be printed at Office Max, FedEx, or Staples. 

The eight elements included are:

Invitation and Menu card for dinner party printables
Free dinner party printables, topiary tree with two small flags inserted for the fourth of July
  1. Invitation 
  2. Menu Card
  3. Party Planning Sheet
  4. Game Card
  5. Place Mats
  6. Name Cards
  7. Napkin Rings
  8. Silverware Holder
  9. Chinoiserie Topiary Trees
Free printables
place cards

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Creative Ideas for A Dinner Party

What type of party are you going to have? An elegant dinner party, a beach party, or a backyard dinner party?.  You can use my Chinoiserie topiary theme and change it up in many ways to customize it to your party style. For instance I added a few flags for a more patriotic table, or you can use the printables just as they are for a lovely summertime dinner party.

Here are a few suggestions of ways you can change it up for the party you want to host.

  • ​1. The linens- Choose fancy silks and organza fabric for an elegant dinner party hosted in the dining room. Maybe a checkered picnic tablecloth on the beach would be fun or a simple chambray tablecloth for a backyard dinner party.
  • 2. The dishes- Use many layers,  starting with a gold charger and fine china for an elegant party, paper plates and wicker chargers on the beach, and simple layers of everyday dishes for the backyard BBQ.
  • 3. Decorations- You can use extravagant flowers, simple buckets with sand and sea shells, Chinoiserie pottery or plain white pottery. Use bright colors, or keep it muted depending on the vibe you want to create.
  • 4. Dress Code-  Host a black tie event if you want to celebrate in style. Everyone loves to get dressed up for a special occasion. The beach calls for no more than a bathing suit, cover-ups, and a sweatshirt for a fun night on the sand. However, casual attire for the pool or backyard party is my favorite. Wear your favorite jeans and a white shirt, and you are ready to go.

Easy Dinner Party Ideas

My goal was to make this as easy for you as possible. Here are a few suggestions to make party planning even easier.

  1. Have all of your printables printed at a print shop.
  2. Bring food in from a restaurant, hire a caterer, or make your party a potluck. 
  3. Serve appetizer and desserts only, this simplifies the menu and allows for people to mingle.
  4. Have a wine tasting and ask your guests to bring a bottle of wine.
  5. Create a grazing table with charcuterie. My guests always enjoy this and have a great time just grazing and sipping their wine.
  6.  Make your own pizza party.
Table set for the fourth of July on the side yard. Blue table cloth with free printables decorating he table in red, white and blue.

Watch the full tutorial Here

You tube video

Party Planning and Decorating

Using the party planner printout to make your “to do” list and supply list for your event. Plan out what you need to do and when you need to do it. Be sure to check it off the list when you have finished a task. There is nothing more satisfying then crossing off the “to do” list.

Here is a suggestion of what my list might look like.

  1. ​Download dinner party printables.
  2. Decide on the guest list.
  3. Decide on the main course, side dishes, appetizers and signature cocktail.
  4. Customize the menu card. 
  5. Customize the Invitation and name cards.
  6. Have printables printed.
  7. Invite guests by mailing or e-mailing the invitations.
  8. Put napkin rings, place mats, silverware holders and topiary trees together (for a full tutorial, you can see my Youtube video)
  9. Decide on the centerpieces and any other decorations you want to use.
  10. Shop for any needed supplies.
  11.  Make a grocery list, or order food. 
  12. Clean the house.
  13. Set the table. 
  14. Prepare the food.

​Centerpiece Ideas for Dinner Parties

white flowers on the tabke in blue and white chinoiserie pots

I have created a number of center pieces over the years. 

My go-to is typically flowers. But depending on the theme, there are so many options. 

​You can use all greenery, balloons, fruit, vegetables, candles, candy, books etc… you name it and you can use it.  

Here are some of my favorites.

​1. I used driftwood sailboats, wooden buoys and lanterns for my sons going away party when he went to the Navy. (this was over 10 years ago, so, unfortunately I don’t have a current picture).

2. Shoes are another fun idea, I used these for rehearsal dinner for our oldest sons wedding. 

Shoes filled ith flowers for   a coenterpiece at a wedding
Green table centerpiece filled with cabbage and green flowers for st patricks day

 3. A combination of green vegetables and flowers make the perfect centerpiece for St. Patrick’s Day. 

4. Pumpkins make a great display during the fall. 

Easter centerpiece of flowers with carrots, beets and cabbage added for extra charm

5. Add vegetables to your Easter arrangement for something fun. 

6. Fruit is always a favorite choice. Oranges, grapefruit and lemons work great in an arrangement.

floral arrangment with oranges and greenery

Table Setting: Components of a Dinner Party Table


  1. Tablecloths -When it comes to tablecloths, the options are endless! With various sizes, shapes, and fabric choices, you can mix and match to your heart’s content. And if you’re looking for a more formal affair, a table cover that reaches the floor is the way to go. But don’t forget about the power of fabric choice – it can totally transform the vibe of your party. So have some fun with it and set the perfect table for any occasion!
  2. Place Mats- Typically place mats are used to protect a table, or to take the place of a tablecloth. However, I like to layer my table decor and sometimes use both.
  3. Cloth Napkins- I prefer to use cloth napkins. They just make the occasion feel more special.


  1. Chargers-These plates are placed on the table to add a decorative touch and to serve as a base for your other dishes. like dinner plates, salad plates, and soup bowls. But, don’t worry, your food never touches these plates because they’re purely for show. Charger plates are larger than dinner plates, but smaller than food serving platters.
  2. Dinner Plates- There are different sizes and shapes available for diner plates, but the standard or average size ranges between 10 to 12 inches. I choose my dishes depending on my theme and colors. Shopping at estate sales gives you a great opportunity to pick up plates at a very reasonable cost. 
  3. Salad Plate or Soup Bowl- Typically these plates are seven to nine inches in diameter. I enjoy adding color or texture with my smaller plates and bowls. 
dish stack with white charger, red dinner plate and blue bowl

Glassware/Coffee Mugs

  1. Water glasses- You can use any kind of water glass you have on hand. Clear glass, colored glass or even pewter. Add a pretty garnish for a special touch.
  2. Wine Glasses -Whether you prefer matching wine glasses or want to mix it up, there are no rules for choosing the perfect glass for your wine. Your creativity can shine through as you pick the ideal glass for the occasion. Hosting an Italian dinner? Opt for a classic red wine glass. Throwing a summer BBQ? Try a refreshing white wine glass. Going for a wine tasting? Consider stemless glasses or mix them up with a variety. Get creative and elevate your wine experience.
  3. Coffee Mugs- There is nothing better than a great cup of coffee with your dessert after dinner. Choosing the right coffee mug is a personal choice. You may have mugs that match your dishes, or you may want to use cute paper mugs. I enjoy serving my coffee in clear Irish coffee mugs from the Dollar Tree. They look so pretty when you present your coffee with a little bit of whip cream on the top and some chocolate sprinkles.
Glassware with a strawberry
place setting with red plate, blue and white checkered napkin with free printable place mat and napkin ring


  1. Silverware- There are so many choices in flatware. You can choose silver, stainless steel, gold, copper or a specialty silverware with a fun handle. Again, think about the type of party you are having and match your silverware choice to the event and your theme. I used stainless flatware that has red handles for this table setting that I picked up at a yard sale.  
Table set with red, white and blue Chinoserie theme with cherries and topiary trees

Dinner Party Printables

  • Napkin rings- These were first introduced in the 1800s to help diners keep track of their napkins. Instead of using a fresh napkin for each meal, guests could reuse their napkin several times before washing. Today, napkin rings serve as stylish table decorations and can add a touch of  charm to your dining table.
  • Place Cards- I love to make my party guests feel special and place cards are the perfect way to personalize your table. In addition, you can place people with other guests that they will enjoy chatting with.
  • Silverware Holder- This item is not a necessity, but I enjoy adding a creative touch with this darling printable that is so easy to put together and cost effective.
  • Menu Cards- My husband loves to know what he’s having for dinner so he can look forward to each course. A menu card is a must when we entertain, however, this is a personal choice.
Free printables for summer dinner party images

Signature Cocktails

There are so many choices in the category of cocktails. It depends on your taste and what kind of alcohol you want to serve, if any. 

Warm weather requires a cold and refreshing cocktail, therefore I will be making a white wine spritzer for my 4th of July dinner party.

In addition it not only tastes good, but it looks beautiful and festive for the holiday. 

Also, be sure to serve cold drinks that are non alcoholic.

Ingredients For a white wine spritzer

Easy White Wine Spritzer

  • 1/2 cup of seltzer water
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • 1 Tbsp. Grenadine
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Blueberries

Mix liquid ingredients and pour over ice, add sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Dinner Party Menu Ideas for a Delicious Meal

Planning your menu will depend on the time of year that you are entertaining. Since I am sharing my dinner party printables for summer I am going to share some of our favorite menu items. Keep in mind your guests’ dietary needs if there are any. 

Appetizers/Finger Foods

  • Bruschetta
  • Charcuterie Tray with meat, cheese, olives and fruit
  • ​Melon and Proscuitto
  • ​Crostini with Brie cheese and roasted peaches
appetizer spread in the butlers pantry


  • Arugula salad with blue cheese, blueberries, strawberries with a balsamic ​vinaigrette
  • Fennel salad with shallots, fresh oranges, pistachios and citrus vinegarette
  • Chilled watermelon soup 
four bowls of chilled watermelon soup on a tray

Main Dishes

  • Tri-Tip Roast
  • Pork Tenderloin 
  • BBQ Chicken
  • BBQ Burgers
  • Smoked Brisket
Smoked chicken in a tray

Side Dishes

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Mashed potatoes 
  • Scalloped potatoes 
  • Rice pilaf
  • Potato salad 
  • Roasted vegetables 
Chicken plated with carrot souffle and fresh asparagus wrapped in bacon

Delicious Dessert

I like a light and refreshing dessert in the summertime.

Angel food cake layered with blueberries and strawberries
lemon sponges, dessert on a wooden tray- uses for lemons
  • Lemon Sponges– This was my grandmothers recipe and they are fantastic. 
lemon sponges, dessert on a wooden tray- uses for lemons
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Lemon Sponges

A delicious lemon custard on the bottom with a sponge cake on top
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemon desserts, lemon custard
Servings: 6
Calories: 180kcal
Cost: $5


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 3 medium eggs
  • 1.5 lemons
  • 1 1/2 cup milk


  • Cream butter and sugar together.
  • Add cornstarch
  • Separate the eggs.
  • Beat the egg yolks and add to the sugar and butter mixture.
  • Add the juice and finely grated lemon rind of 1 1/2 lemons.
  • Add Milk
  • Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture.
  • Butter 4" ramekins.
  • Fill ramekins with the mixture about halfway full.
  • Place ramekins in a deep dish pan and add hot water around the ramekins about have way up the sides.
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes or until light brown on the top.
  • Once removed from the oven, remove them from the water bath and let them cool.
  • Once cool, please place them in the refrigerator for a few hours.
  • Angel food cake dessert-(I cheat and use the box) This post is full of many fabulous desserts using a boxed mix and store bought angel food cake.
  • ​ Create a coffee bar with an assortment of liqueurs, creamers, sugar and whipped cream.

Here is a great post on 10 of the best after dinner coffee drinks

Activities for a Dinner Party

Parties do not always need activities, but there are times when you want to add a fun spin to the evening.

Who’s Line Is It Anyways

This is one of my favorite games. Call or e-mail your guests and ask them for a very unusual fact about themselves. (Make a list as you collect these facts) Once you have collected a fact from each guest, do the following.

  • Click on the link for the game card on the instruction sheet. (This will take you to Canva.com where you can do the editing. Remember, you need to create a free account)
  • Edit the lines where it says “add an interesting fact here” with all of the facts that guests give you.
  • Print one copy for each guest.
  • Have  your guests try to match the facts with your guests names. ( This creates great conversation)
  • Hand out a prize to the person who gets the most answers correct.

​Well, that about wraps it up for me, (I know…. that was a long one 🙂 but, I had so many things to share with you.

Now, let’s get this tour moving on to my friend @pashaishome. Pasha is sharing her many effortless ways to decorate the entryway in the Americana theme. You will love what she has to share.

When you are done visiting Pasha, be sure to check out my other friends posts below.


More Patriotic Inspiration from My Fellow Bloggers

DIY Patriotic Door Basket // The Tattered Pew

How to Set a Red, White, and Blue Table // Cottage in the Mitten

8 Easy Ways to Add Americana to Your Decor // White Arrows Home

4th of July Party Favors // Eleanor Rose Home

How To Decorate Your Coastal Cottage for the 4th of July // The Ponds Farmhouse

How To Make An American Flag Grapevine Wreath // White Lilac Farmhouse

7 FREE Dinner Party Printables – 4th of July Ideas // WM Design House

Easy and Effortless Americana Decor Ideas for the Entryway // Pasha is Home

Easy Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Table Setting for the Holidays // Southern Crush at Home

Red White and Blue Faux Leather Vase // Amy Sadler Designs

Patriotic Pool Party Ideas // A Stroll Through Life

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  1. 5 stars
    Wendy, you’ve outdone yourself here in this post!!! So many great ideas, LOVE the blue and white decor and all of your printables! The b/w napkin ring bows are cute! I just made a menu in Canva and it’ll share in a Flag Day Tea post next week. I love that program for making my Pinterest pins for the blog. 🙂

    Anyway, so happy to feature your post at this week’s Share Your Style #391 for you! It’s a long post but certainly worth it for all the ideas you’ve share. <3

    Happy summer hugs,
    Barb 🙂

  2. Wendy I love all of your printables! What a fantastic resource to have as we head into summer! Thank you so much for sharing at my weekly link party. I’m happy to be featuring you this week! <3

    1. Thank you so much, sweet friend! You are a doll.

  3. 5 stars
    Great tips, Wendy… and LOVE those free printables! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About. I’ll be featuring your post at this week’s party! Pinned!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! I appreciate your support. Wendy

  4. 5 stars
    Oh, Wendy! I’m in love with your printables! You had me at the bow! So many holidays coming up to use this idea for decorating! You’re so creative! Thank you so much for sharing your talents!

    1. Thank you, Melanie. That was very sweet of you to say. I hope you find an occasion to use them.

  5. Wendy, love your printables and tablescape. Oh my goodness, you had so many incredible ideas.

  6. 5 stars
    Oh Wendy just once I would love to be a guest at one of your dinner parties! And that lemon sponge looks amazing!

    1. You are so welcome anytime my friend. I am featuring you tomorrow on my blog.

  7. These printables are amazing Wendy!!! This blog post was jam packed with so many great ideas, thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Heidi, I enjoyed creating the graphics for the table.

  8. Such a great post, Wendy! The printables are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.🇺🇸

    1. Thank you, Kim! I hope you are all ready for the 4th of July.

  9. Fabulous patriotic table setting, Wendy! I love all of the adorable printables you’ve created; so fun!

  10. 5 stars
    Wow so many amazing and fun ideas. I love all the placesetting, tablescapes and decor. Then the all the great food ideas and menues. Can’t wait to try some of these this summer.

  11. Wowsers!!!
    Excellent post and printables!!! Love the whole look.

    1. Thank you, my friend! It happened…. thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate you.

  12. Oh my goodness Wendy, this table setting is too cute! I cannot wait to print the topiaries and napkin holders.

      1. Looking forward to sharing them with friends and family!

  13. Holy cow Wendy! So many fabulous dinner party ideas! I feel ready to host one ASAP!!!

    1. Thank you, Pasha, Im so glad I could join you today.

  14. Wendy, this post was so much fun to read. Each detail is prettier than the next. I’ve always loved the idea of menu cards and place cards but those silverware holders put more ideas in my head for my next dinner party! Thank you for sharing all of your great ideas and these fantastic printables!

    1. Thank you, my friend! It happened…. thank you for the encouragement. I appreciate you.

  15. The printables are amazing Wendy!! You’ve done all of the hard work for party planners! Pinned 🙂

    1. Thank you, Cindy, I appreciate you and your support so much.

  16. Game Changer Post! You have covered everything for hosting an amazing event. The printable content is gorgeous! Thank you!

    1. Thank you Missy! It was a really fun project to create. I am glad you liked it. WE just love it when Rank IQ tells us it has to be 2500 words, LOL

  17. Wendy,
    These printable are just adorable. You are so creative, and these look amazing.

    1. Thank you, Rachel. It was a fun project to create.

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