Throw a Patriotic Party

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Summer's here, and it's time to celebrate! Serve up a color palette of red, white, and blue for a patriotic party that's perfect for any summer day. The star of this snazzy affair? A delicious (and easy!) Bloody Mary bar. Cheers!

Salute to Summer!

Bust out your red, white, and blue decor for a patriotic party that dazzles. The star attraction? A build-your-own Bloody Mary bar with all the fixin's.

Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

When it comes to a good Bloody Mary, the toppings are key. For maximum garnishing, set your bar with tall, stand-up veggies like celery, asparagus, and pickles. Serve spearable toppers like olives, peppers, and okra in low glasses. And don't forget sturdy skewers!

Our Perfect Bloody Mary

Our best Bloody Mary starts with plain tomato juice and gets jazzed up with lime, horseradish, and hot pepper sauce. Top the concoction with a mix of celery salt and ground black pepper.

DIY Dip-Dyed Folding Fans

Stay cool with festive dip-dyed fans. Create your own color palette of bright reds and cool-hue blues.

Chip, Chip, Hooray!

Carry the red, white, and blue color scheme to the table. Arrange colorful chips on a white platter with your favorite dip! We love our classic French onion dip.

Snazzy Shrimp Cocktail

Fireworks-style skewers add a little razzle-dazzle to a bowl of jumbo cooked shrimp. Find them at party stores or online. Serve the dish with our four-ingredient cocktail sauce and plenty of lemon wedges.

Personal Party Cups

Set out cups of colorful chips, candies, or veggies, and let your guests grab and go. Add a festive touch with red tags and blue bakers twine.

Get Outside!

Set up your party table outdoors for maximum flow. Plus, the alfresco affair gives guests the chance to enjoy the sweet summer sunshine!

Star-Spangled Table

Set the table with mix-and-match plates in one color scheme. Here, we stuck with blue and white in a variety of patterns and hues. Use denim fabric as a simple table cover.

Brilliant Blooms

No need for freshly cut flowers! Pot bunches of red blooms and bring them to the table for a stunning centerpiece that lasts all summer.

Patriotic Pup

Get Fido into the festivities! Create the look by wrapping patriotic fabric loosely around his collar and tying just like a bow tie.

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