“We The People of The United States…”

…in order to form a more perfect 4th of July party…”
I love the 4th of July with all the anticipation of a beautiful evening.I begin to plan for it now since school ends the third week of June and by then it is too late for me to plan a lavish celebration. This year I will be up north for a wedding but I am still decorating in my mind and will use many of these items for son2’s graduation.I might start off with table linens from Williams-Sonoma…

4th of july decorations
The table runner and placemats are reversible.
I salute the star napkins as an accompaniment.

Did you notice the cute pails?
You can also buy galvanized ones at a hardware store.

I’d fill them with salted peanuts in the shells or fill them with sand and stick these candles in them from Crate and Barrel.

4th of july decorations
I also like the look of this Tattersall pattern.

4th of july decorations
I would set it with blue enamel speckled plates found at a camping store.
If I went with the blue Tattersall cloth, I’d use my red speckled plates.

I think these glass candle holders would create a festive spark with either Tatersall cloth.

4th of july decorationsI usually make home made ice cream and strawberry shortcake for dessert. I roll out the dough for the shortcake and cut them into stars but cupcakes might be fun for a change with the ice cream or how about all three?

4th of july decorationsReady for some fun fireworks for your cupcake topper?

4th of july decorations
… and for the grand Finale…

I love paper lanterns.

4th of july decorationsFor every party we have during the summer I string white lanterns in various shapes in our backyard over carnival lights. Hanging in the trees are opaque glass globes that give a soft glow with votives. It is truly magical.

I’ll hang these starred lanterns in my kitchen over the table or kitchen island from filament for the graduation partay. I also have an assortment of foil stars from the party supply store that will do double duty for graduation. They are so much fun!

My 4th of July Song – “Afternoon Delight” – Starland Vocal Band
Explanation – The summer this song came out in 1976 I was naive enough to think this was about the 4th of July. It had phrases like ‘Sky rockets in flight’ – ‘working up an appetite’ – ‘sparks igniting’ – ‘waiting ’til the sun went down’. I thought it was about a picnic and the anticipation of a fireworks show at night…little did I know…
but to this day it still reminds me of the 4th of July! It also has the best harmonies to sing your heart out in the car while you’re driving. C’mon we all know we do it. 🙂My first choice for my song du jour would have been ‘4th of July’ by James Taylor but it was not available on the playlist. It is lovely and one of my favorites on his October Road album.
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  1. I love the Fourth of July too and make a huge red, white & blue tart every year for dessert. I line the tart crust with a layer of creme brulee then add blueberries & stawberries in a design. Yum!

  2. I love the 4th too! We do the blueberry and strawberry cake and decorate in all red, white and blue. We decorate our pontoon boat to go watch the fireworks. I love the spirit of the holiday!

  3. Oh I love the 4th of July too! Nothing says summer like this day. We go all out for this celebration, all the way up to a pie eating contest. I also love the endless desserts that we can come up with.
    Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend, and good luck with all of the graduations!

  4. I love the 4th of July too! It is such a very important day for us as Americans. I actually have not even made plans for my day yet, perhaps when I return from my trip I will be more on top of it.

  5. The 4th of July is my hands down favorite holiday and we always head our shore house for the fireworks. Your party looks like its shaping up to fantastic!

  6. Okay its been a few days now & Afternoon Delight’s still stuck in my head….
    Targets dollar spot is scheduled to have some grear red & blues stuff for the holiday…from my secret Target spy…sshhhhh…
    Have a lovely weekend.

  7. KC – You must be on the east coast to use the word ‘shore’. It’s ‘beach’ over here. 🙂

    Alicia – Oh I am soooo sorry. 😉 I’ll keep a look out for the good stuff going our way. Thanks for the tip! 🙂