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Fourth of July – Emily’s Entertaining Essentials

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Remember this shoot three years ago where I said ‘I’m not a party thrower, I’m a party goer’? Well, our life has changed and now I’m all of a sudden dying to throw a 4th of July party in the new house. So I started pinning and planning and designing my fantasy 4th of July family backyard party. Then I realized that we were going to be out of town, so instead of letting those pins go to waste, I’m giving you my 4th of July party plan.

But first…. We have been doing smaller dinner parties out on the patio, more impromptu style and here is what I’ve been using as my essentials. Some are splurges I love and use constantly, and some are cheap solutions to outdoor entertaining. But these things, below, are my go-to’s for all our summer BBQ’s.  I’m not going to write a essay about each piece, but I’ll call out anything noteworthy.

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1.  A splurge but I love it and will use it year round | 2.  I bought for a picnic shoot but love it on my dining table as well as on the ground. | 3.  I love that these look consistent and have a million functions ( are inexpensive).4.  Because I’m loving silver these days 5.  | 6.  We have these wrapped around our patio area | 7.  | 8.  We have two of these and we typically use one for ice and one for beer/wine. Don’t forget to buy the stand for it so you don’t have to bend over. | 9. | 10.  Now typically I don’t like acrylic glasses, but we tend to take our glassware down to the castle area and inevitably some child knocks one over, so from now on either acrylic glasses or classic canning jars because they are hard to break (and make me feel happy) | 11.  I’ve had forever and I love that you can put it in any room | Now to the boards – All of these look great together and can be for any occasion, indoor or out | 12. | 13. | 14. | 15.  | 16.  (I love so much) 17. | 18. | 19. | 20.   So I don’t have to bring all our flatware out every night | 21. | 22. | 23.   I love an upgraded paper plate and these are still really inexpensive | 24.  Normally in our bathroom but I would bring out for little dinner parties | 25. | 26.   Because we need some for guests that can be on the grass but will fold up and can be stored easily, but prettier than lawn chairs (I have serious outdoor movie night plans with these) 27.  (I love these for mixers or elixers) 28. | 29. | 30. | 31. | 32. | 33. | 34. | 35.  On the nights where it is more than 8 people, I ain’t doing dishes …. which leads me to these: 36.  | 37. | 38. | 39. | 40. | 41.  | 42. | 43. | 44.  | 45. | 46. | 47.  I love how it’s only 2 pieces and not a ton of plastic

So that’s what I’m working with, my staples so to speak and what I would have out most nights either with just us, or a handful of friends.

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For themed holidays (especially one that is only one night, not Christmas) I don’t replace everything, I simply layer on affordable pieces. There might be a few that I store for next year (like that pillow and those vases) but I don’t want to have to store a TON of random American flag decor. I try to keep it classy, not too themed out but festive enough that you know you are indeed celebrating America.

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1.  I actually will use this for every holiday, it’s so cute | 2.  Big impact, super cheap | 3.  So cute and an easy thing to store | 4.   I need mixing bowls anyway | 5.  | 6. | 7.  I love these vases | 8. | 9.   See? I’m festive! | 10.  | 11. | 12. | 13.  | 14.  At first I wanted just 3 silver ones, but these are only $10 and huge and that makes way more sense | 15.  This was why I wanted to throw a 4th of July party in the first place | 16. | 17. | 18. | 19. | 20.  For jello (shots), obviously | 21. | 22. | 23. | 24.  | 25.  The kids! graphic and fun to look at | 26.  For the kids!! |  27.  Because Mr. Henderson loves him a corn hole set

So I made us put together a board that is my essentials + the Fourth of July party items so you can see how they work together and how keeping your essentials simple can make layering on even crazy primary colors really easy and still stylish.

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While there isn’t a lot of straight up American flag stuff, I think it says Happy Fourth! while not wasting a lot and using what I already have.

Please, folks. Someone do this party. I will next year but if you do it this year please send photos. Happy Friday.

xx

 



  1. Thanks, Emily. This is awesome. What do you use for to keep bugs away? We’re having a party July 4th weekend and I’m afraid the flies / mosquitos / tiny who-knows-what-they’re-called bugs are going to drive us insane.

    1. Fans – the bugs hate flying through the wind and the cool breeze is refreshing to guests.

    2. very nice essentials collections.

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  3. The 4th is, hands down, my favorite holiday of the year…and my birthday… and my anniversary!!! We do a whole family games extravaganza with just a hint of red, white & blue. Thanks for these great ideas:)

  4. Love this post! Maybe you could elaborate on really liking silver lately? Maybe in another post? It seems like silver was out for awhile and I would be interested if it was coming back in.

    1. It is!!! its what happens … I mean its never been totally out, but brass and black and rose gold were so dominant for so long. But yah, I’m loving bright silver these days. Stay tuned 🙂

      1. Silver, chrome, and polished nickel are definitely swinging back in. As a biz owner that sells lighting, i find it interesting. As a lover of nostalgia, im super excited to use my grandmother’s silver more frequently! Dont get me wrong though, brass copper and black are still so great.

    2. This cracks me up, because I live in the Midwest and I swear silver, chrome, etc have never gone out here. Gold probably won’t be “in” here until the coast are over it.

  5. Your patio was made for 4th of July parties! Holy cow.

  6. I love those bottles and have have a secret tip for getting them cheap! World Market has imported French soda in those same bottles for $2.99. Save the trouble of filling them yourself the first time because they’re already filled with fancy soda and then just take off the label after your party and you scored the bottle half price!

    1. That’s EXACTLY what I did, and now have about 5 of them ready for parties!

      1. OH that is super smart. I should have thought of that! Do the caps stay on? If a cap is removed in my house its gone forever, so I need those permanent little cap things …

        1. IKEA also has bottles in that style for $3!

  7. Great collection!

    JSYK, the prices in the main collection image are a bit hard to read at the size and serif that they are now. Not sure if that’s intentional to make them subtle, but wanted to let you know nonetheless.

    Happy 4th!

    1. It was intentional to make them subtle (my graphic designer is always bummed when I’m like ‘add the prices :)’ because it does make it look busy/less beautiful), but I think its helpful. Will make them more readable next time. Thanks for the constructive feedback! xx

  8. I love the idea of putting rugs out instead of blankets. It looks like that would work much better!

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  9. Such a fun roundup! I’m reluctant to have people over until my house is finished. Which it won’t be anytime soon – great inspiration to just do it. Thanks Emily! 🙂

  10. Check out my 4th of July tablescape using these products! or on Instagram @themariamethod.com

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  11. I love that you’ve built a party around a single pillow.

  12. The 4th is, hands down, my favorite holiday of the year…and my birthday… and my anniversary!!! We do a whole family games extravaganza with just a hint of red, white & blue. Thanks for these great ideas:)

  13. GOOD COLLECTION REALLY IMPRESSED THANKS FOR THIS.

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