Get into the patriotic spirit, without spending a bundle, with a few simple ideas. Add a festive touch all over your home for a 4th of July party, or simply dress up a single table for a quick dinner with family. Here we’ll show you how simple it can be to add a red, white and blue flair to put guests in the patriotic spirit.
Nothing dresses up a table faster than a centerpiece. Here are a few simple ways to make a last minute centerpiece for a 4th of July party.
- Place red, white and blue star shaped floating candles in a bowl. Add tall pillar candles around the bowl and place a festive table runner beneath the bowl for a splash of color. Finish the look with sparkling silver or gold foil confetti.
- Fill cocktail glass with red, white and blue candy. The smooth lines of cocktail glasses add a touch of class to the table, and the candy is both decorative and edible. Many of your favorite candies come wrapped in fun prints for the holiday, so be sure to look for them!
- Skewer blueberries, watermelon and strawberries and insert them into a honeydew melon. This edible centerpiece is always well received, and very tasty, too!
- Use a clear glass vase and insert a taper candle in the center. Pour red sand 1/3 of the way up the candle, then white sand another 1/3, and finish with blue sand. Do this with 3 – 5 vases and center them on the table.
There’s no need to spend a lot of money on pricey decorations for a 4th of July party or event. Try out any of these inexpensive decorating ideas:
- Place small American flags inside floral arrangements.
- Hang red, silver and blue foil stars from string so that they hang over dinner tables or gathering spots.
- Attach flag swags and/or buntings to fireplace mantels, window ledges, or breakfast bar areas.
- Hang patriotic streamers, metallic stars, or paper lanterns from the ceiling.
- Fill large red or blue buckets with ice and allow guests to help themselves to soda or beer from the bucket.
- Spruce up drinking glasses or bottled water with fun ribbon accents. Make each one different, using, of course, patterns, prints and colors with a patriotic theme. This is not only a quick way to add color to your dining area, but it will help guests identify which beverage is theirs.
- Dress up your party table by wrapping blue paper napkins around silverware. Seal the napkin with a star sticker. Display the silverware bundles in a wire or wicker basket, and accent it with a star themed ribbon.
- Buy inexpensive plastic serving trays in both red and blue, and use them to serve your party food.
By all means, use the food you serve as part of your patriotic decoration! People begin eating with their eyes first, so making food that looks as good as it tastes is always a bonus. Need some recipe ideas? Check out our 4th of July dessert ideas.
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