Throw a Party // Dreamy Backyard Fourth of July

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Happy Friday! And more importantly, Happy Friday before the Fourth of July! This long weekend will be filled with a lot of family time, outdoor cookouts, trips to the lake or pool and parades! Most importantly, this Fourth of July will be another amazing opportunity to create memories with family and friends! To me, one of the greatest joys I have is getting to open my home up to others, specifically those I love. I enjoy creating celebrations that bring people together and I adore doing it alongside my VERY talented friends. Once of those talented friends is Elisabeth. Elisabeth is the brains behind Silver Lining Events & Co. and you’ve seen her work on the blog several times [like this “friends giving” party] [and this Halloween party].

Both Elisabeth and I have become mommas to little boys and we’ve bonded over our love for beautifully curated spaces that are also family-friendly. For over a year, we’ve talked about putting together a Fourth of July backyard party, but between work and family, life has gotten in the way. During a playdate one day we just decided to go for it, and when I say go for it, I mean it. With travel schedules and the Fourth of July holiday right around the corner, Elisabeth and I had 5 days to put a party together and implement it. We enlisted the help of our girls, Raquel with R Love Floral and Kristen from Kristen Dee Photography and got to work. With the help of this incredible group, here’s what we were able to pull off! Check out our dreamy, backyard Fourth of July party fit for adults and kiddos alike!

As any great party is planned, we first thought of our style and inspiration. Elisabeth and I drew from our southern roots to create a “Backyard Classic” look, completed by grilling burgers in our summer whites and drinking champagne in our plastic cups. Not only was the food and look adult-friendly, but this party was easy for children to attend and enjoy as well! The perfect balance, as any summer party should be. We wanted to keep the colors traditional by incorporating various shades of blue and red to add depth and dimension. 

 

The Decor:

Our friends know that anytime we throw a party, we must have a flower arrangement and creative conversation pieces scattered about. Raquel, from R Love Floral created a lush and bold centerpiece of red ranunculus, bouvardia, roses, spray roses, scabiosa and greenery to pop against the blue table linen. Elisabeth at Silver Lining Events & Co. is my go-to for designing beautiful spaces for events and she knocked this one out of the park [even though we decided to throw the party only 5 days before implementation]! Here’s what she said about her design elements: 

I decided to go with a soft blue and white linen from La Tavola, a bright red arrangement from R Love Floral, crisp dishes from World Market and some pulled from my own collection too. Thank God for Estate Sales in Texas! We also had acrylic ghost chairs, napkins and boxwood dogs (so cute!!) from Belle Decor and Events. 

We placed a table made for our friend and family to gather around in front of my home’s 1953 masonry-designed wall. Each place setting had a personalized name card and menu from Dulce Grace Paperie there to give our guests a personalized touch. We wanted to create a beautiful space that people still felt comfortable in. The table was set beautifully to create a “grown up” Fourth of July look. To bring in some more patriotism, Elisabeth made the hanging stars behind the table. Yes, she made them… and yes, no they weren’t easy. Here’s how she did it:

I am known for my paper art installations, which is just a hobby but one that I greatly enjoy, so I definitely wanted to incorporate this as well. I decided to make 3D paper stars. I could not find a template online that I liked, that was the right size or shape (Believe me – there are a million different styles of stars out there!) so I made my own. I busted out the rulers, pencils, protractor and poster board and got busy. I have to figure out the exact dimensions of the perfect sized star, which took me all night and remembering high school math was NOT easy! Regardless, I drew the template and started folding the stars to pop out at certain angels and pop in at others. The result was exciting and I am pretty proud! I attached them to the garage wall in the yard with command strips and they really lightened up the party. 

The ambiance ended up being the most beautiful blend of dressed up and casual. In fact, it was so beautiful, we decided to bring in an extra fun element – What if someone wanted to host a big event in their backyard like this? Wouldn’t this make for a beautiful rehearsal dinner? Thanks to Dulce Grace Paperie for creating an invite to serve as inspiration for a fun, backyard Fourth of July rehearsal dinner!

The Menu:

For our menu, I wanted to serve Fourth of July foods that everyone loves, but of course with a healthier twist to it! Last year, I hosted our dinner club to a gourmet burger bar dinner and it was a fun success! I thought, why not add hot dogs this go round? I decided to put out a gourmet burger and hot dog bar and allow our guests to “fancy their food up” to their liking or not. Most backyard Fourth of July parties take place during lunch, so why not pop the champagne and serve patriotic mimosas for the adults? I decided to put together a “Sparkle Bar” and allow our guests to create their own mimosas with red, white and blue juices and fun fruit garnishes, including apples cut into the shapes of stars! Dulce Grace Papery created the most precious menus for the table and labels for our food and drink bars.

What better to serve with burgers and hot dogs? Veggie chips, of course! Terra Chips makes “potato chips” out of root veggies, so they’re already red, white and blue! I just separated them by color and placed them into the bags that Elisabeth made! No party is complete without dessert and healthier dessert options are my forte! I made a paleo trifle cake that was so yummy. For the kids, we had paleo red white and blue popsicles and for the adults we had coconut berry popsicles! Here was the menu:

Burger and Hot Dog Bar
Mimosa Sparkle Bar
Grilled Corn on the Cobb
Paleo Cole Slaw
Patriotic Fruit Kabobs
Veggie Chips
Red, White and Blue Paleo Popsicles
Red. White and Blue Paleo Berry Trifle Cake
White Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Coconut and Berry Popsicles

The Fun:

Our guests were able to create their own patriotic mimosas and curate their ideal burgers and hot dogs. We had music playing and the conversations were wonderful! The kiddos were able to enjoy our mini fireworks setup comprised of SNAP – Bang Snaps – CRACKLE – mini sparklers – AND POP – Party Poppers that release confetti! B and his friend Emory played with the poppers forever and Mason, Elisabeth’s little boy, preferred his patriotic pinwheels and flags to the poppers! Everyone had a blast!

Have you ever thrown a backyard Fourth of July party? If so, what did you do to make it special for your loved ones? I’d love to know! Let me know in the comments!

The Team:

Styling // Silver Lining Events & Co.
Flowers // R Love Floral
Photography // Kristen Dee Photography
Linens // La Tavola
Rentals // Belle Decor and Events
Food // me 🙂
Paper Goods // Dulce Grace Paperie

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