Last year I threw a little July 4th party (click here for the food menu I did) for friends. I love throwing any kind of party, but I have learned that the smaller parties are more enjoyable. I always want to invite everyone I know, so no one feels left out, but then you end up not spending quality time with anyone.
I bought these mason jar lids for Penelope’s ballerina party. They are so great, perfect for little ones but fun for adults. Just switch out the color of the straws to match your decor.
I used one of those 99-cent flags for decorations. Although, as I type this, I think you are not supposed to put things on a flag like that.
I added a chalkboard sign and some red, white and blue ribbon to my DIY burlap wreath.
I like to keep decorations as simple as possible, so my house doesn’t feel cluttered and so I don’t have five million storage bins of decorations to store year round. A pretty fabric will go a long way, and make a big impact. I put a yard of red, white and blue fabric over a white table cloth on the dinning table. This is fabric that I have been hoarding for years to make Penelope a July 4th dress out of it. I finally started it this year and half way through my sewing machine broke!
Again, keeping with the less is more theme, get yourself one of those Happy Everything platters and just switch out the decoration for each holiday.
I am also a big fan of ribbon. One $3 spool of ribbon can decorate your whole party.
Don’t have much to say about this lady, just wanted to show you. I heart her.
My hubby is quite the handy guy and he made me up a pvc pipe flag pole the day of our party, he was sick of buying cheapy ones from Home Depot that bent after only a couple of uses. Here is how you make one per my very succinct, engineer husband:
Parts you need:
Tools you need:
- 1/4″ drill bit and drill
- Adjustable wrench
- Cut PVC to 5′ in length (you can ask the hardware store to do this for you)
- Measure flag ( standard flag size is 3′ in height)
- Drill holes in PVC 3′ apart for standard flag. Drilling the hole in a pipe can be difficult so get a second person to hold the pipe to keep it from rolling
- Insert eye bolts, tighten nuts and snap carabiner clips in with flag
My little family last year. We had such a great party and made lots of precious memories. This year will be a little different, since we just moved to Jupiter, Florida and don’t have many friends. But I got my little family and Peter’s parents will be driving up from Miami. We have been here about 6 weeks now, and we have seen his parents more in the last 6 weeks than we have in the last three years, so that has been nice.
Oh and this is a picture I took on Instagram last year that lots of people liked.
Happy July 4th!