I know it's hard to comprehend, but did you know that in the 1700's there were no cell phones? No emails? No texts?!? To communicate, everyone wrote letters. As I've stated many times before, letter writing is a major part of my correspondence with family members, co-workers, and friends. This year for my 4th of July party, I'm including the lost art of letter writing in my decor and activities.
One thing I should note about my 4th of July party planning is that I think less is more. For my front door, I chose a silver circle banner, a USA cut out map sign, and this Heidi Swapp 4 decoration that I covered in washi tape.
Teleflora sent this fabulous patriotic flower bouquet and I knew that would be my centerpiece. I wanted to serve thematic foods (things that are red, white, and blue) but I also didn't want to do anything heavy or over the top. I decided on blue corn chips with a sour cream and tomato dip. To prevent the sour cream from getting everywhere, I used a medium sized circle cookie cutter to keep it in place. As you can see, I used a mini envelope and a vial of glitter to create food place cards.
I made fruit cups using whipped cream cheese, blueberries, and strawberries. You can add whipped cream on top or use honey from these quick honey packs from Wedderspoon. (These things are a life savor, by the way. Easy to use and perfect for on-the-go).
To make paper plates a little bit more exciting, I punched three holes in the side and knotted red, white, and blue bakers twine. I used mini envelopes and a tiny version of the fruit tin to make place cards for guests.
Everyone was also given the opportunity to write a letter. Stamps, plain stationery and red and blue pens were placed around so that people could write and create whenever they wanted. I like organized activities, but giving someone the opportunity to be creative on their own time usually garners more results.
We hope you like these tips for having a fabulous 4th of July. Stay safe, have fun, and enjoy!
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