Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Host a star-studded Halloween costume party where formally attired guests dress as their favorite celebs, walk the red carpet, dine on concession-stand fare, and vie for Oscars.
Send glitzy invites requesting attendees' award-winning presence. Print your message on white card stock, back it with red paper, and wrap it in gold paper sealed with a red star sticker.
Let guests know they've arrived. Spotlight the front door with an Oscar-like statuette (a gold spray-painted mannequin wearing a bow tie) and a plywood billboard announcing the event.
Capture superstars such as Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe as they make their way to your red-carpet shindig by stationing camera-toting paparazzi around the entrance.
Glitzy pumpkins fit right in with other glamorous gold accents. Simply coat a pumpkin (real or plastic) with gold spray paint and allow the traditional Halloween accent to become a shining star of the night's décor.
Turn your foyer, kitchen, or dining room into a concession stand with no-cutlery-needed movie-theater treats. Highlight the area with a director's clapboard. Cut out the classic shape from black foam core. Transfer computer-generated letters with white graphite paper and color the words with a white paint marker. Add a foam core hinge for fool-the-eye dimension.
Set up a candy station to evoke movie-going memories. Load up a multi-bin hardware storage unit with Raisinettes, Lemonheads, Hot Tamales, Junior Mints, and other movie theater classics.
Hot dogs turn fabulous when garbed in formal attire. Wrap wieners in black paper and accessorize with red card-stock bow ties held together with red brads.
Use purchased metal film reels to house custard cups filled with tantalizing dips, spreads, snacks, or condiments.
Hang salty hot pretzels on a coffee-mug tree and set them near the dips and dogs. The secret to easy homemade pretzels? Refrigerated breadsticks.
Use glittery, star-enhanced toothpicks to underscore your leading lights theme.
Evoke images of Tinsel Town's gilded age by serving pomegranate martinis in your classiest crystal. Use premade drink mixes to keep things simple.
Honor your guests by presenting awards throughout the evening. Present each winner with one of the trophy centerpieces. Print labels that proclaim category winners: best dressed, most convincing impersonation, and most likely to be a paparazzi target. Play charades and give best actor and actress awards to the outstanding thespians. If you have a gregarious crowd, ask each winner to give an acceptance speech, guaranteed to elicit even more laughs.
Send friends home with fun favors that simulate Oscar presenters' swag bags. Fill clear takeout boxes with plastic cell phones, watches, bracelets, and jewelry-boxed Ring Pops. Place a disc of downloaded Halloween tunes in a tin case as a souvenir.