Happy 4th of July!!

by Melanie, June 29, 2011
We all love the patriotic festivities associated with the 4th of July! Fireworks, sparklers, star spangled banners and the accompanying decor make this summertime holiday a studio favorite. Just remember that it’s not too late to have a 4th of July get together. We have all the ingredients for you to celebrate our nation’s birthday in style!

Table-Scapes

Photo: Southern Living
Festive and by the water, we love the use of stripes and bulb lighting.
Photo: HGTV
The classic red, white and blue is freshened up with the use of yellows and greens.
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Painted picnic table can be turned patriotic with flags gathered as center pieces.
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Create a more casual look by layering mix-matched patterned paper plates and napkins.
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
A great evening table option by using repetitive focal points.

Table Accessories

Photo: Southern Living
Name cards and drink identifiers in one!
Photo: Southern LivingPair two different heavily patterned plates to create an interesting table.
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Center piece made with sundae toppings will have you looking forward to dessert all day long.
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Layering colored sand is an easy way to add a patriotic edge to your candles.
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Another fresh idea for decorating with candles.

Festive Foods

Photo: HGTV
A really neat surprise only to be found once you cut this delicious looking cake!
Photo: HGTV
Simple and sweet, a great way to add festivity to these individual pudding/yogurt treats.
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Take a store bought or even home made cheese cake sheet and transform it into a this wonderful berry treat.
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Pretzel sticks dipped in chocolate and sprinkles bring great color and textures to the table.
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Dipped apples in a bed of blueberries shines as both an American classic and a centerpiece.
Photo: Coastal Living
A double treat with colored cookies and cupcakes, a fun activity for the kids and the young at heart!
Photo: Coastal Living
Red velvet and berry with whipped cream makes a beautifully delicious dessert.
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Quick and fun cupcakes can be the perfect midday activity with the kids!
Photo: Southern Living
Sit back and cool off with your favorite soda and ice cream together in a float. Add retro striped straws to celebrate the holiday.
Photo: Southern Living
Quench your thirst with watermelon-mint margaritas!
Can you say Crafty!?
Photo: Southern Living
We love the use of glass bottles as holders with sparklers to start off the evening right. A great fresh take on lighting up the night.
Photo: HGTV
Another great way to brighten up your dessert!
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Decorate your bike and cruise around town in style.
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Fun and easy pinwheels can add movement and color to your Fourth of July!
Photo: Martha Stewart Living
Painting plain white tennis shoes can be a great way to stand out and show off your creative side! Use red, white and blue paints for festive shoes to use year after year.
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Have the kids decorate wands for as a playful holiday activity!
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Friendship bracelets are always easy fun and can be swapped throughout the summer!
Photo: Better Home & Gardens
Keep your drinks cool and remember which is yours by decorating your own festive koozie!
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
We liked the idea of letting the kids hopscotch and pop on this unique hopscotch board!
Photo: Better Homes & Gardens
Make your own bubble wands out of twisted wire into stars for outdoor fun all day.
Live in the area and want to find great fireworks?
Check out the Washington Post’s firework guide
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special/gog/fourth-of-july-2009/index.html

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