We all know that family traditions evolve over time, but its fun to glean and gather ideas from others to add to our own traditions.
Its just plain fun to throw a party now and then! And our neighbor, Jean, knows just how to do it! I got the date mixed up and knocked at her door a day early. Oh my, I felt a bit foolish to have come on the wrong day but so glad I got a glimpse of her preparations so I could come back the next day bearing my camera. Her front door was so welcoming and festive and un-mistakenly patriotic. All of her decorations radiated warmth and friendliness.
There is nothing like fresh blooming plants to make a lovely statement. Notice Jean’s old trunk container.
Hat boxes, baskets, jars and planters of every size and style are re-cycled through the year to make the current holiday extraordinary.
The entry table held a basket with a gift for each guest. These were
The tables were festively arranged with paper, glass, tin and plastic dishware, all combined artfully and inexpensively. Paper drink umbrellas and pinwheels were made from paper patterns that you can print out from Martha Stewart Clipart . Making your own decorations will give you a great feeling of accomplishment.
Red & white tablecloth below is really a quilt used as a cover.
Jean got lots of friends involved with the preparation of the food. Each food presentation was very beautiful as well as tasty. Getting others involved and sharing the cooking and food preparation make the hard part of a party easy.
Using pottery batter bowls, glass candy jars, baskets, lanterns and even a little red wagon to hold red white and blue candies, were charming and creative. We all went home with our heads full of inspiration and our tummies full of yummy foods, thanks to all who participated.
Invitations were decorated popsicle sticks that were put in an envelope loose and then the recipient put together the puzzle.
Luminary sacks were lit to decorate the railing.
Fabric buntings-eased onto a rod.
Cute “chalkboard” made out of recycled cupboard front.
Happy 4th!! Tomorrow I will share the recipes for the yummy desserts