I began the tablescape with a crisp white cotton tablecloth, the white of red white and blue. The next items to add was a gold acrylic charger, white cup and saucer, flatware and clear glass water goblet and wine glass. Chargers are available in most craft stores, discount stores, and home goods stores or online. A red bordered dinner plate was placed on the charger. My plate was Valentin by Gibson, but you could also use a solid red dinner plate. On the dinner plate I placed a folded navy cotton napkin, and on top of that a salad plate. This salad/dessert plate with a gold star on it came from the JC Penney’s Celebrations series. I could have stopped here with the tablescape, since the stars on the plates reflected the star candleholders in the centerpiece. But I decided to add a graphic image that tied the tablescape specifically into Presidents Day. (which means you could use a plain salad plate that did not have a star on it, since it would be covered by the graphic.)
On the Internet I found an image with George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and an American flag in it, and that one was just right for my purposes. It brought in the two Presidents traditionally associated with the February holiday and the colors in the graphic perked up the tablescape. The flag in the graphic also picked up on the other flags used on the table. I printed the image on my computer printer and laid a copy on each place-setting.
For each placesetting, I also added a small American flag for each of my guests to take home. With the placesettings complete, I went on to finish the tablescape by making a simple centerpiece. After Christmas one year, I found two gold star candleholders on clearance. I bought them because I knew I would have many uses for them. Star motif decorative items can be used for Christmas, New Year’s, Presidents Day, Independence Day, and virtually any festive occasions. Many kinds of star candleholders are available–check online.Red taper candles in the star candleholders add color to the tablescape, and tiny paper flags sprinkled on the center of the table complete the look. These tiny flags on toothpicks are available at any party store or online vendor.