If you’re on the lookout for some fun ideas for your 4th of July parties this weekend, here are some new free party printables for you! I decided to create a more traditional red, white, & blue version of the printable drink parasols from our Color Your Summer party theme. Here they are… (The original […]

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Amanda from Joy Ever After sent over this festive 4th of July table setting – aptly titled “Patriotic Shortcake“. I love the simplicity of this pretty table design – not to mention the adorable pinwheel drink accents (!) – and thought it might help to get you in the mood for July 4th celebrations this […]

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Can you believe that 4th of July is already coming up this weekend?! If you’re on the lookout for some creative ideas for an Independence Day party – or for a nautically themed summer bash – check out this fun Crab Shack Birthday Party by Kim of TomKat Studio! Festive party details included a life […]

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Full details for the new Color Your Summer party theme are now up! Click here to check them out… Along with colorful ideas for table settings, centerpieces, and food & drink presentation, you’ll find free downloadable printables for all of the drink parasols, place cards and framed signs used in this theme. This theme is […]

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If you’re looking for some last-minute party ideas for your 4th of July celebrations, Angela from Fantasy Celebrations just uploaded a sneak peek of the patriotic table settings for a client brunch she’s styling this weekend – and the gallery is full of fabulous DIY inspiration! There are 2 different red, white, and blue table […]

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Ready to say “Cheers!” to the Red, White and Blue this weekend? Me too! If you’re on the lookout for some festive signature drink ideas for your 4th of July party, check out these fun, patriotic cocktail recipes blogged over at Real Simple today. (Tip: to give all-red drinks a more patriotic look, simply garnish […]

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While working on the 4th of July dessert roundups this year, it quickly became clear that Martha deserved a post all to herself! There were just too many great ideas to choose from in her Red, White, and Blue Desserts gallery…here are 8 of my personal fav’s: Pictured at at top: Individual Red, White, and […]

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Looking for some patriotic treats to serve up this weekend? Check out these colorful, berry-licious ideas from ’round the web! Pictured at top: fresh & healthy Red, White, and Blue Parfaits, Berry-Lemon Napolean featuring lucious lemon filling & flaky pastry, and Cinnamon Candied Apples displayed on tray of blueberries – all from BHG.com.

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The beverage table is one place I always like to have some fun… An easy way to make a cool display is to serve drinks with stylish packaging. The new Sparkling drink by Hansen’s comes in a cool silvery-white can, and the Blueberry-Pomegranate flavor has touches of red and blue – so it’s a ready-made […]

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San Diego’s Fox in the Morning news recently invited us to share some tips for stress-free 4th of July entertaining! Here are a few screenshots from part of the segment and some tips to help you spend more time at the party and less time in the kitchen: 1. Don’t feel pressured to make everything […]

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Cool Cocktails: Watermelon Crush and Raspberry Collins Easy Breakfasts: Mini Blueberry Turnovers and waffles topped with berries and whipped cream Feeling gourmet? Tempt your guests with these impressive eats: Napa Valley Basil Smoked Burgers and Beer-Battered String Beans! For a sweet finish: Red, White & Blueberry Cupcakes and Oat Crisps with Blueberries and Créme Fraiche […]

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Festive fruit garnishes are an easy way to add some 4th-of-July-flair to your Independence Day beverages. This simple carambola (starfruit) garnish a great example – and the perfect accent for your red and blue themed drinks!

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Looking for some weekend craft projects? Here are some of my favorite crafty July 4th entertaining ideas from Martha Stewart . How great do these napkins look?! Clockwise from top left: ring tones napkin rings , easy sand candles , fourth of July votives , and can-do cans {images from marthastewart.com}

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If you’re on the lookout for July 4th decorating ideas – here’s a super quick & easy easy idea for a festive & modern star-themed centerpiece. You’ll need the following: • foam stars: 4"-5" or larger (available at Michael’s or other craft supply stores) • giant star craft punch (we used a 2.25" size) • […]

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The STAR Martini:• Start with a classic Blue Curacao Martini: – 3 oz vodka – 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur – Dash of Angostura Bitters®• Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake well.• Strain the cocktail into a clear or blue martini glass rimmed with red cocktail rimming sugar.• For the […]

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