Recently, I was featured on the local news, KWTX Channel in Waco, Texas with journalist Julie Hays to share easy holiday decorating tips for the fourth of July. Being on LIVE television is way out of my comfort zone. However, I truly believe our purpose is to share our passion, talents, and knowledge with others!
These ideas transcend any holiday or party theme. Simply, change the colors and patterns that you use.
I always recommend buying your serving pieces and dinnerware in simple colors like white, clear glass or galvanized metal for summer entertaining, so that they work with any style. With a few simple supplies like paper and ribbons, you can transform your dishes to match any holiday or party theme.
I will show you a few examples, but the possibilities are endless!
I collect a variety of sizes of white cake stands. These mini cake stands are from the Target Dollar Spot and are perfect for cupcakes at each place setting or adding height to a centerpiece. You can use wrapping paper, craft papers, scrapbook paper or even fabric. When you are done, just toss the paper and clean up is easy.
Adding patterned paper to your trays is a quick and affordable way to get holiday themed dishes.
Each of these trays below are lined with removable material. The ticking stripe paper is actually wrapping paper cut to hide a Christmas themed tray. The American flag print is actually a plastic placemat cut down to size.
Ribbon is another way to dress up your jars, especially for candy or dessert bars.
Even stickers can make containers festive for casual parties and holiday get togethers.
You can put treats at each place setting on the table or at the dessert bar for guests to take home! It is a fun way to thank guests for coming or keep kids entertained. Mason jars are great for storing edible treats or making a S’mores kit! I found small packages of graham crackers and marshmallows at the grocery store that fit right in the jar. Add chocolate and roasting sticks, and dress it up with ribbon! These will wow guests and add a pop of color to the table.
Metal buckets, mini crates or berry baskets are available at Hobby Lobby, Michael’s and Target for around $1. When planning for a party, I like to get candy that reminds me of the holiday or event, or with candy or wrappers that match the color theme, like these red and blue airheads candy. For a goodie bag, get items that match your theme. For the July 4th bucket, I included sunglasses, sparklers, glow bracelets, mini flags, and candy. I lined the bucket with a paper napkin in a flag print – easy and inexpensive.
Vintage tool boxes, galvanized metal caddies and wooden crates can hold everything you need for casual outdoor dining and look great as a unique centerpiece. Galvanized metal caddies can be found at Sam’s, Walmart, Hobby Lobby, and most home decor stores. Find one of kind vintage boxes at antique or junk stores. This trick works great when the get together is casual, so you aren’t setting the table ahead of time you or you aren’t sure how many guests are coming. It is easy for guests to grab what they need when they need it. Easy hosting! If you have older kids, it is easy to fill a crate for the kitchen island so kids can help themselves to snacks during summer.
Crates and caddies are handy to hold your paper products, utensils, chargers, cups, straws, and extra linens. Whether you are heading to the backyard for a barbecue or to the lake for a picnic, it keeps everything together.
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