Posted by Christine Wheat on June 19, 2012
Time to get patriotic!
Fourth of July is right around the corner (I can’t believe it, either) so today’s post is all about showing our stars and stripes spirit.
And, since the holiday falls on a Wednesday this year – I say it should be a week-long celebration. Why not spread the picnics and fireworks over two weekends?! Let’s just make it official right here, right now…Fourth of July will be a 9-day holiday. Though, I can’t promise you’ll get that many days off from work :-)
With all these festive finds…you’ll be able to celebrate the red, white and blue for days.
Let’s start with some tasty treats including this super fun Red, White and Blue popcorn that you can make yourself. Serve this in a giant bowl or give it away in little baggies like this as a snack for guests to enjoy while watching the fireworks!
For the kids, how about these adorable “Let Freedom Ring” ring-pops! So simple and easy – buy a big bag of ring pops and then make these little labels to attach to each. I can guarantee these will be a hit!
To keep cool, add this Independence Punch to the drink station. The density of each liquid keeps the colors separate and keeps you looking like a party-planning genius! How cool is that???
Now, a little beverage for the adults :-) A light, summer Berry Spritzer that has a perfect accent of red and blue berries for a patriotic party. I love drinks with a garnish…makes it a little fancier!
Yummmm…homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches taste so much better than those store bought ones. And these are so cute and festive.
This Red, White and Blue Cake is…well…a piece of cake to make! And it looks incredible, perfect festive dessert.
For the party decor…
If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to get all the must have details, try this shop where you can get the 4th of July Party Kit
I love decor ideas that can get the kids involved…this is a family holiday after all! These Tin Can Windsocks are a fun DIY idea with some items you might already have in your home.
Who doesn’t love free??! Make these colorful Pinwheels with this free template – then just cut them out and glue to a wooden stick. Place them in the ground or pass them around to the kids. They are a simple statement that scream summer!
This is a super fun alternative to the more common “pinata” – Balloon Fireworks. Scatter these all over your backyard and watch the kids (or maybe adults!!) excitement as each gets to pop their own firework balloons. This is just good, old fashioned fun.
How about using sparklers as a place card or favor at your Fourth of July bash. Tie a bundle of sparklers together with some pretty ribbon and a name card to help guests find their seats at the picnic. Then, use them later to celebrate once the sun sets.
Continuing the theme of place settings – these Napkin Rings are a great way to hold all your silverware in place and are a perfect accent against a crisp white plate.
Why not spruce up the way you serve up your BBQ with these festive Hot Dog Trays. You can download the template for free and then create these fun, colorful little trays to serve your Hot Dogs just like you’re at the Drive In.
Centerpiece‘s don’t have to be expensive. Use a basket to hold some beautiful red, summer blooms with a couple perfectly placed flags to set the mood.
There are so many fun ways to celebrate the Fourth with your tablescapes. Go vintage with muted blues, and reds like in this Tablescape. Or, opt for a bold pop of color. Either way, the small details can really make your party stand out. I love how they used small little tags in this table.