Classic Style July 4th Party

The countdown is on for the 4th of July celebrations and Rachel of A Little Cuppa Tea sent over some lovely patio party ideas from a recent gathering.  Read on for all of Rachel’s inspiration and details in her own words…

 “The inspiration for this 4th of July party came from the blue and white plates that are a favorite English village pattern, Old Stafford. They were an amazing THRIFT store find! They are placed here to remind me of my own English heritage and the beginnings of our own country which I am so grateful to be a part of! The red SPARKLING dinner plates were a must have from World Mart. The beautiful blue goblets were my lucky DOLLAR store find. They went perfectly with the setting. Each place setting had their own individual cherry red pie dish (dollar store). The pies were alternating cherry or blueberry with a stars or striped crust on top. How cute is that!
To start off with I adorned the table with my antique bobbin find from a yard sale. The bright red napkin was folded to create a torch effect and then pushed into the top of the bobbin. In honor of our Lady LIBERTY! An antique styled red bucket holds a brilliant red and white Dahlia. This flower reminds me of a beautiful 4th of July FIREWORK bursting in the night sky. I love these flowers that spatter our yard with color and are usually in bloom during our summer BBQ’s.

The fun STARS and STRIPES fanfare backdrop attached to the fence made the perfect backdrop for the festive dessert table. The inspiration for this came from another fabulous yard sale find and it formed the setting for this party. The aged BLUE SCONCES were picked up for 3 dollars and turned sideways to frame the backdrop. I turned them on their side and nailed one towards the top of our fence. I painted a 3/4 dowel white and drilled a hole in the center of each end of the dowel. The sconces were meant to hold candles so they each had a spike in the center. I inserted the dowel onto the first nailed sconce and then onto the second sconce. I nailed the second sconce to the fence. The backdrop was a round tablecloth I found at Tai Pan Trading Company. I arranged it with folded corners and topped it off with ribbons and stars also from Tai Pan. I loved the effect. The party was on! The fitted denim buffet table cloth was also from Tai pan as was the draped table banner. The dinner table enjoyed checkered and rick rack place mats from Tuesday morning. All great finds.”

  “Some of the DESSERTS were Red, White, & Blue Cupcakes, Cherry Pie Pops, Old Fashion suckers and Jaw breakers in Patriotic theme. The SUGAR COOKIES were from Shirley’s Bakery. The donuts were from Krispy Kreme. I displayed them in a tall glass vase to show off the fun colors and added a splash of stripped ribbon. The petite blue and red footed glasses held fresh blueberries for those who were avoiding the sweet temptations.

Whats the 4th of July without ROOT BEER FLOATS! Since this celebration was a tribute to dad as well, I picked up Dads Root beer in classic bottles and served the floats in Vintage style milk glasses with old fashioned paper straws. Then to capture the whole root beer float theme I made ROOT BEER FLOAT CUPCAKES with a root beer filling for the middle topped with a yummy vanilla Icing to mimic the ice cream on a root beer float. These were a party favorite.”

 Some of the things I love about Rachel’s party are:

  • The mini pies at each place setting.
  • The creative napkin display.
  • The incredible DIY finial & fabric backdrop.
  • The interesting and unique donuts display.

Thanks for sharing your lovely celebrations with us Rachel!

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