Wednesday, June 15, 2011

4th of July Inspiration & Fun Projects

We are days away from summer and weeks away from celebrating the 4th of July! And why not start getting ready with some great DIY.... from tablescapes to fun desserts a put a list of fun projects to celebrate in style! Hope you like them

Tablescape in blue, red & white

Decorate your dessert or drinks with flags
ribbons, multiple colors & patterns
cake sticks from the grocery store (or swizzle sticks…straws…etc.)

* Choose one of the ribbons and form a loop. Creating a “slip knot” around the white stick, secure the ribbon into a flag.
* Pull ribbon tightly through to create a “knot”. Choose a second ribbon and repeat steps 1 – 3
* Trim excess ribbon to form a stylized flag. Use as many different patterned and colored ribbons to create darling flags for appetizers, drinks, desserts & more!

Bring some Nautical Stripes to your Table
painters tape
fabric paint
colorless paint extender
stencil brush
unadorned canvas drop fabric or clean pillow cover

* Lay the fabric on a falt surface. Carefully apply painters' tape to create neat stripes outlining the space you want to paint.
* Mix fabric paint with paint extender in a 2-1 ratio.
* Using a stencil brush gentle tap between the tape strips. Layer more tape as needed.
* Let it completly dry and then remove tape.

Sunburst Patriotic Cookies
A toothpick dragged through wet icing is the secret to the starburst effect.

* Cover cookies in white icing {always leaving 1/4-inch border}.
* Using blue or red icing, immediately pipe a dot in the center of the cookie and then keep adding circular stripes.
* Using a toothpick dragged icing away from the center to create sunburst effect.

Cute Napkin Rings
Fashion a set of napkin rings!
grosgrain ribbon or twill tape
2 D rings
fabric glue

* Cut 9-inch grosgrain ribbon. Notch 1 end.
* Loop the other end through the 2-d rings, wrapping ribbon around the ribbons' straight edges and glue it to itself.
* Center a roll napkin in the ribbon and tied it as you would do a belt.

Fun Ice Pops

1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup lemonade
1 cup blue sports drink, such as Gatorade

* Arrange 8 3-oz. paper or plastic cups on a baking sheet and divide cranberry juice evenly among them. Place baking sheet in freezer and freeze until juice is almost firm, about 1 hour.
Insert craft sticks into center of slightly frozen juice. (If sticks won't quite stand up straight, you can repositions them when the next layer starts to solidify.)
* Divide lemonade evenly among cups to make a second layer. Freeze until hard, about 2 hours.
* Pour Gatorade over lemonade layer and freeze until solid, about 3 hours. Gently pull each ice pop out of its cup (it helps to squeeze the cup lightly from bottom) and serve immediately.

Fabulous Drinks
This summer, rediscover the daiquiri. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is the perfect addition to any summer get-together — fun, delicious, and ready to pour. Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiri is made with Bacardi Superior Rum, tangy lime and sugar. It is a perfectly balanced cocktail that is not too sour and not too sweet.

Suggestion for the Bacardi Hand-Shaken Daiquiri:
Step 1: Moisten the rim of a tall glass then dip in sugar to rim the edges
Step 2: Pour over ice
Step 3: Garnish with a lime wedge
Step 4: Enjoy!

For more 4th of July Inspiration go {here} and {here}.


* Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and compensation was provided by Bacardi via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Bacardi.


{Images Stewart Scanned by myself from Martha Stewart Living July 2011; 2.3.4 Style Me Pretty}


libby said...

such good ideas! i also love the olicloth coasters in the photo with the drinks.

Ambyr said...

Aww I seriously can't wait for the 4th of July weekend! I'm usually cooking/baking up blue reds and whites, but this year I'll be staying at the beach, in a hotel, and will miss out on the home-style bbq. But I'm way excited to take in the cities festivites.


Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

really cute inspiration - i'm THANKFULLY having my party the week after so i don't have to do the whole red, white and blue thing - i'll leave that to someone else :o)

Mo Pie, Please said...

This list is absolutely fabulous!

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Mary @ stylefyles said...

Nice roundup of fun 4th of July decor! I've seen those starburst cupcakes before but haven't tried them yet myself....definitely on the list as they seem like such a cinch considering the awesome look they produce!

From California With Love said...

It's all so pretty and inspirational, love it! I will make the dessert flags.

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