A Charming Fourth of July Party
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Menu Cards and Favor Tags
Dessert & Cocktail Table
Although it might be difficult to turn down a trip to HomeGoods, sometimes the best place to search for party decor is right in your own home! One of my favorite things to do to make a dessert or cocktail station using furniture that we already own. For this July 4th party, we used an antique dresser for the dessert station and created a cozy lounge area with chairs that we already owned.
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DIY Calligraphy “Picnic” Bags
- White Kraft Paper Bags
- Brown Kraft Paper Bags
- White Calligraphy Pen
- Glue Stick
- Take the smaller of the two bags and using a glue stick, attach it to the front of the larger white bag.
- Using a calligraphy pen, write on the front of the bag the type of sandwich/menu items that will be in that bag.
- Add a ribbon bow on the front.
- Place sandwiches, chips, soda, etc. inside the larger of the two bags. Use the smaller bag for napkins and utensils. This makes for a great to-go bag for guests or is a perfect option for children attending the party.
Roasted Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles
- 3 cups fresh strawberries
- 2 cups sweet red wine
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Slice strawberries.
- In a bowl, combine together the strawberries with the balsamic dressing and sugar. Toss until the strawberries are coated and spread evenly onto a baking sheet.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature.
- Combine the mixture with the red wine in a food processor or blender and mix until smooth.
- Wait a few moments until any bubbles or foam have disappeared from the top of the mixture.
- Pour into a popsicle mold.
- Freeze for 2-3 hours or preferably overnight.
- Serve in a wine glass! If the popsicles end up melting at all they turn into a refreshing drink.
Yields 6-8 popsicles, depending on the size of your mold
Pull it all together in just a few easy steps.
3 Weeks Prior
Order invitations and send to your guests
Place floral order (if ordering from a flower shop)
Order cake and decorate sugar cookies (if getting from a bakery)
Order products such as favor tags, menu cards, and specialty signage
Shop for your tabletop items
Secure rental of any extra tables or chairs needed for your party
2 Weeks Prior
Take a walk through your home and see which furniture items you can use as display pieces
1 Week Prior
DIY Project: Make the to-go picnic bags
2 Days Prior
Shop for groceries items
Run all glassware, plates, and flatware through the dishwasher
1 Day Prior
Set out all tabletop items and decor you’ll be using for tomorrow
Make the pop-tails and store in freezer
Map out where you will place all furniture, food, and desserts
Pick up floral and dessert orders
Prep appetizers and keep chilled/warm until guests arrive
Set-up your dining table according to the photos in this blueprint
Set out items for food and dessert displays
Put on some music outside to set the mood for a fun party!
Set out the food and desserts 30 minutes before the guests arrive
Decor: $300 – $700
Food: $100 – $200
Beverage: $100 – $200
TOTAL: $500 – $1,050
Event Prep shares its top tips for pulling off this event.
If you can’t find the perfect table linen, head to the craft store and pick up some fabric. If you’re not comfortable with sewing, fake-it-til-you-make-it! We recommend using high quality fabric scissors to trim the edges of your fabric to your desired size.
We created custom “picnic bags” by gluing small kraft paper bags onto larger white bags. The smaller kraft bag on front is a great spot to store napkins, condiments and utensils, while the larger bag has enough room to make your picnic favorites mobile so guests can grab them on the go if they can’t stay long.
We love to add personal touches to make a party memorable. One of our favorite songs is “Free Falling” by Tom Petty, so we had a custom calligraphy sign made to display a snippet of lyrics that we felt was appropriate for the holiday. Keep in mind when adding personal details like this that it’s always best to invest in items that fit your style so they can be repurposed as home decor or used for another party!
We love adding small personal details to our party. For our dessert table, we served custom cookies in the shape of the map of the US, mini cherry pies, and man’s best friend – our dog!
Take traditional items such as a menu card and add in an unexpected twist. For ours, we had some of our favorite Americana lyrics added to the back in beautiful handwritten calligraphy. The different lyrics brought back fun memories from the years past and were a great conversation starter.