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
New to the party-throwing scene? You can still create a refined backyard affair in less than an afternoon. Try these eight simple ideas for instant elegance.
Dress up a plain glass votive holder with ribbon. Use hot glue to secure blue grosgrain ribbon (about 1 1/2 inches wide) to the glass, then tie a narrow red ribbon around it. Put one votive at each place setting.
Blue sky and white clouds on place cards continue the table's color scheme. To make this project, take Polaroids of the sky, and jot each guest's name on a photo. Or print out digital photos on white paper or pretty note cards.
Thanks to natural flavors, the water in the pitcher is especially refreshing. Float raspberries, blueberries, and scented geranium leaves or other herbs in water for a fragrant, nonalcoholic drink.