Whether you host in a barn or on your apartment balcony, think of the overall space (indoors and out) when decorating. This large outdoor area allowed Maxwell Ryan to set up seperate stations for eating, drinking, and socializing. If your party pad is small, use your kitchen as the buffet and your outdoor space as the social area.
Bring the kids and adults together at your summer party with Maxwell Ryan's chic pinwheel craft. Colorful, patriotic papers dress up these cute party favors. Bonus: The pinwheels can double as party decorations.
Watch these nostalgic pinwheels come together. You won't believe how easy they are!
What's inexpensive and guaranteed fun for kids? Bubbles! Give this cool kids' activity 4th of July style with DIY star-shape wands.
Keep guests satisfied with mini jars filled with hummus and fresh veggies. Disposable party cups work just as well.
The classic July 4th look is red, white, and blue, but you can use whatever shades you want. Rather than the traditional cobalt blue, we chose pastel hues of aqua and sky blue for a modern look.
Who knew a simple tray could be so cute? Line individual trays with gingham and paisley napkins (paper is OK!) for a polished but crazy-easy party look. The trays let guests dine anywhere -- no picnic table needed.
As day turns to night, kids can frolic like fireflies with mini flashlights. Attach a ribbon to the end of each flashlight to help kids hang on them.
Iced tea is our summer drink of choice, especially with fun additions like fresh fruit, mint leaves, and just a bit of booze. If you're hosting kids and adults, make a seperate, alcohol-free drink station for kids, complete with juice, plastic cups, and silly straws.
Setting the table should be fun, not stressful. Here, we made a simple runner with paisley bandanas and topped it off with teensy white bouquets. Heirloom tomatoes can be sliced to top burgers, and they're also just plain gorgeous on your tabletop. Want corn bread, too? Get the recipe here.
Get Maxwell Ryan's take on three party must-haves. Plus, peak behind the scenes of the photo shoot.