After 5 years of covering the Fourth of July party scene, I must confess that I have a feeling of déjà vu. I found two DIY projects that you can do with the kids. I feel that it is always important to involve them with family celebrations.
Star and Stripes Garland Kit $10.50 USD at Paper Source | USA Party mega kit by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff $4.80 at MyGrafico
Many of you will celebrate the Fourth of July at a cottage. This is why I present two festive tabletops by the lakeside. Both of these tables are made of plain white tableware mixed with galvanized metal containers. The key is to add a festive touch through the accessories.
Light pendants that float over the dining table are a must if your party will continue after the sun is down. Select a model that will also look great during the day. I have my doubt about the Southern Living set up. Do the bamboo sticks will stay up against the wind or with people moving around them? But you could recycle the principle with the sticks put on the ground.
photo: Jennifer Davick for Southern Living
The second table has a different feel. I like the general feel of this BBQ Burger table except for the flower centrepiece. I would replace it with the pinwheel centrepiece.
photo: Pottery Barn
How and where will you celebrate this weekend? And if you created an innovative design for your Fourth of July celebrations, make sure to send me the details.
You will hear Wow! and see smile in your guests’ face if you serve any of these at your Fourth of July celebrations this year.
- Get the fresh fruit flag recipe at Family Fun. The idea is so simple that you can do it with your kids. All that you need are blackberries, strawberries, bananas and lemon juice to to keep the bananas from browning.
- Martha Stewart did these flag cupcakes a while ago. What I like about them is that they are easy to decorate for anyone.
- The tricolor parfaits are from Martha Stewart. Simply alternate a red fruit gelatin and a panna cotta layer to make your own.
- Although the look like ice cream, these are frosted cakes that are topped with sugar crystals. Get the snow cone cupcake recipeat Bakerella
This post started when Emily Henning of Seaside Creative contacted me to submit her Fourth of July printable cupcake toppers and food tent cards. I particularly like that she played with the shades of blue and red.
I went on a hunt to find more party decor items that will go well with her look. I found them at Martha Stewart. The parasol drinks are superb. The set includes 5 patterns.
Nicely wrap your ice cream cones in a patriotic cone wrapper. You could use the cones to serve nuts, popcorns, or if you select a thicker paper, french fries.
For party favors, you can either make the easy to do Flag Favors or the fabulous Rocket Favors. Both will delight your guests.
+ 4th of July Printables by Seaside Creative
+ Parasol drinks by Martha Stewart
+ Patriotic ice cream cone wrapper by Martha Stewart
+ Flag Favors by Martha Stewart
+ Rocket Party Favor by Martha Stewart
The 4th of July dessert table styled by Marcie of Celebrating the Moments is absolutely gorgeous. She decided to craft a theme around the WWII era. Her attention to details and her use of vintage props set the mood. This is how you create an ambiance.
She asked her friend Marilyn of Whatever Whimsy to decorate fondant flag cookies and button cookies. I like how Marilyn was able to infuse a vintage feel to the flag cookies. Go see Marcie’s blog, there are plenty more photos.
+ photos: Celebrating the Moments
+ via Pizzazzerie
If you are hosting a family BBQ at your home to celebrate the birth of your nation, these printable Party circles would come handy. Sometimes the simpler ideas are the best. Look at this cute ideas by Paper Source. You simply glue a star on either side of a long toothpick to create a cupcake topper or to serve appetizer bites.
You could use the same concept with a Moose Hole punch for a Canada Day party. I would glue the toothpick on the front leg.
More 4th of July Ideas
If you are looking for a complete set of party decorations, check the 4th of July Printable collection by the Tomkat Studio. It provides several options to decorate your buffet table, your party favors and your home.
You get four designs of 2″ Party Circles, one Happy 4th of July banner, one style of 6″ Party Circles, rectangular Fancy Labels in Red, White & Blue with Stars/Crabs and a Stripe Flags. You can buy the printable kit on Etsy.
More Canada Day ideas
+ A girlie twist of the Canadian moose was designed by Genevieve of Celebrate Today. She demonstrated that you do not have to stick to a purely red and white color palette to celebrate Canada Day. The template for her printable party circles are free. From her instructions, I understood that the moose circle requires a 2″ circle punch. Therefore, you will need a scallop rim that is bigger than 2″. My guess would be to use something like the 3-inch scallop circle, which apparently makes a shape of 2.5 inches. But since I did not try it, this remains only a guess from my part.
+ photo: Star toothpicks on Paper Source
+ photos: 4th of July Printable collection by the Tomkat Studio $14 USD
+ photos: Canada Day Party Circles by Celebrate Today
+ 2 Inch Scallop Circle Ek Success Large Punch $13.47 USD at Amazon.com – [affiliate link]
+ Ek Success 3-Inch X-Large Scallop Circle Nesting Punch $17.92
What the candy table at Miette illustrates is the power of a color palette. Miette designed it with a sea theme in mind but that design also works for the Fourth of July or the Bastille Day party. They even sell the star lollipops in red or ocean blue.
I got this idea from a succulent dessert I ate at l’Apéritif à la Française last Thursday night. They were so delicious that I ate two. You can achieve the color palette through the tableware and the food.
An easy dessert is to serve the classic panna cotta topped with strawberries and blueberries. Glue a star sticker on the jar or tie a ribbon to finish the look.
+ Candy table at Miette
+ Panna cotta at Miette $4- bring back your jar for a $1 refund
To all my American reader, I am sending you my best wishes of happiness on this Fourth of July. I hope you cheer with a piece of flag cake and some fireworks later tonight.
RECIPES and PHOTO CREDITS:
+ Flag Cake by Ina Garten published on Barefoot Contessa’s Family Style – photo by Maura McEvoy
+ Use fresh berries instead of frozen to make the Frozen Berries with Hot White Chocolate published on Barefoot Contessa at Home – photo by Quentin Bacon
+ Flag Cake made by Anne’s Food – she will publish her flag cake recipe later.
This is a well-done Patriotic Bunting Banner Flags for the Fourth of July. springchick used the flag elements on a good taste manner. As you know, I am not a fan of displaying the flag at any party. This is a more subtle way to achieve the same result.
By changing a pattern or two, it could be harmonized with the DIY Fourth of July craft project from Twig & Thistle that I am shown you earlier today. It is not too late to go shopping for pieces of fabric and sew your own banner flags.
+ Patriotic Bunting Banner Flags by spingchick $32 USD on etsy
The super talented Kathleen of Twig & Thistle has designed the cutest party celebration kit for the Fourth of July. Her design is modern, festive and elegant. Build your party around these elements. You could print a second batch of sparkler cards to glue on handmade paper cones. Use the cones to serve cashews, popcorn or fresh strawberries dipped in chocolate.
Kathleen provides the templates with easy to follow instructions on her blog. Basically, you simply print, cut, tape and you are ready to receive big Awe! from your guests. I absolutely adore it!
If you can remove the words “Fourth of July” with Photoshop or add a white rectangle on top to hide the unwanted words with MS-Word, you could print a second batch of the sparkler cards, matchbook covers and straw tag for when you host other summer parties.
+ DIY 4th of July on Twig & Thistle
I was interviewed last Friday by a Montreal-based journalist about the art of making menu when you hosting a party at home. My best advice has always been to cook dishes that you are familiar with. This way, you will not stress out. Your meal must taste great. It is not the time to experiment. To make your dinner special, simply be original with the food presentation.
The home cooking approach is invading formal events like weddings. The New York Times published Readers’ Wedding Food to illustrate this trend. You will see that it crossed over a wide range of wedding budgets, from high to low.
Easy Inspiring Food Presentation
It is not complicated to serve french fries in paper cones. But it makes it more special. You can use parchment paper, newspapers like they do in Belgium or gingham waxed paper. Opt for professional grade grease proof waxed paper to keep your food.
I gathered from the NY Times article the best pictures that you could use for your parties this summer. My photo collage at the top would be perfect for Canada Day or the Fourth of July. As you can see this home cooking trend mixes with eating seasonal food.
+ Lobster bake on the beach in Massachusetts – photo by Paul McEvoy
+ Decorate a cheese platter or for a grand event, your cheese and charcuterie table with seasonal berries and figs
+ Be creative when preparing skewers of vegetables and fruits. An old-time favorite appetizer is a Caprese salad assembled on skewers. Drizzle some balsamic vinegar or put a small bowl of balsamic vinegar for dipping.
2009 Trends in Weddings
Going back to the article on the New York Times, it talks about the current trend in weddings, even upscale weddings, to serve home cook style meals. People do not do it for saving money. It costs the same and sometimes more to elevate comfort food. This trend started out of a desire to feel less opulent. It also conveys authenticity to their celebrations. Is it representative to what you have seen in weddings this year?
One thing I would say it that guests should dress up even for a simple country weddings. It is a special occasion for the bride and groom. Tell them you know how special this day is by NOT wearing casual clothes. It is one element of etiquette that I strongly believe in.
+ Waxed Paper Red Gingham $5 USD for 50 sheets
+ Down-Home Celebrations by the New York Times
Whenever possible, I reuse and recycle tableware and decorations for designing my parties. By interchanging some table accessories and the menu, your party will look and feel different. Here changing the table cloth plus a few decorative allows you to create a look for Father’s Day and another for the Fourth of July.
This theme plays with red and blue. You could bring the star at the fourth of July through food presentation. Serve slices of carambola as a side dessert for example.
I selected picnic accessories from Crate and Barrel to illustrate the principles of this concept.
+ Preserve Flatware $5.95 USD for 8 place settings, 24-piece set
+ Bamboo Picks $2.95 USD
+ Alethia Stripe Napkin on sale $1.95 USD, reg. $3.95
+ Star Candleholders on sale $1.50 each, reg. $2.95 in red and blue
+ Carnavale Picnic Blanket $39.95 USD