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Thursday, June 28, 2012

4th of July Table Setting, Red White & Blue Ice Cream Cake, & Star Spangled Sangria

Last week, came to my house to shoot a video for a 4th of July video.  I created this "Star-Spangled 4th of July Party" complete with a Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Cake, baskets of berries, a Help Yourself Bar with Star-Spangled Sangria.  For the behind the scenes scoop, visit this blog post.   To watch the video they beautifully produced, click here!

Here is the complete table with the Red, White & Blueberry Ice Cream Cake as the centerpiece.

I set the table (yes, that is my farm table that is usually on my sun porch) in our back yard under a big tree.

Here is the Help Yourself Bar featuring Star-Spangled Sangria with Mason Jar glasses.  Here is a link to the DIY instructions for setting up this bar and easy patio decorations.

I made the stars for the sangria out of a red apple cut with a cookie cutter... it really couldn't have been easier.   Here is the recipe for the Star-Spangled Sangria

As you can see, I used navy tin plates that had a shiny silver edge - great for outdoor entertaining.  Down the table I used mason jars filled with rock salt and flags for a little height and festivity. 

On the table I tucked baskets of blueberries, cherries and strawberries amongst the flags for a seasonal touch... and who doesn't love an edible centerpiece. 

Speaking of edible centerpieces...

This ice cream cake is three layers with strawberry and blueberry soaked cake inside- it truly is red, white and blue.  And delicious.  And easy.   Here is the recipe! Watch the video for the step-by-step instructions

Click below to continue reading after the break!

I love how the table turned out.  It is casual, but definitely festive and it feels appropriate for the occasion- no fancy floral centerpieces or taper candles here!

I hope this has helped inspire your celebrations this 4th of July!  Be sure to watch the video!

Here is the easy to pin strip!


  1. So glad I found your blog! You are an amazing talent! Delightful, charming and very doable ideas. And that Emma is enchanting. I am glad to see that you are savoring her and your life.... They grow up so quickly. My darling daughter leaves for college in August. How did this happen? Anyhow, love your blog. Well done!

  2. Susan Evans11:30 AM

    Love the video and fun ideas, congrats on the feature!

  3. Thanks, Sus!

  4. I find it so hard to find tasteful red, white, and blue decorations and settings. You have such a good eye and did a great job with this party. You have provided me with lots of inspiration!

  5. You are amazing! This is so simple & tasteful. Picture perfect picnic celebration. Great inspiration. I can not wait to entertain in our new home. Congrats to you on your big shoot & feature. ~ Carrie

  6. I hope you don't mind. I featured your Star Spangled 4th of July on my blog today! I just can't enough of this. Classic! ~ Carrie


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