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Just like on Memorial Day, I love hosting a party to celebrate the 4th of July. Today I’m going to do something a little different and rather than just give you ideas for a party, I’m going to share some of my favorite tips and tricks to throw a great 4th of July party on a budget!
The first thing I do when planning a party table is to figure out how I am going to incorporate various heights in the table to make the party table look more interesting. For this particular party, I used a red white and blue cake stand that I made out of an empty Kool-Aid container (tutorial coming tomorrow) as the main focus in the center of the table.
Rather than having a cake, I decided to go with all-American individual pies that I topped with mini American flags. I just find that having individual desserts when you’re outdoors is easier than trying to cut and serve a cake. It also saves you money on plates because people can just put dessert on their dinner plates rather than having to buy extra cake plates.
To balance out the cake stand in the middle, I added gallons of Kool-Aid on each end of the table along with blue cups from Party Pail and red striped straws to stick with the red, white and blue color scheme. You’ll notice that I almost always use solid colored paper goods in my parties and that’s for a reason. Don’t get me wrong, patterned or designed paper goods are fun, but it’s hard to reuse them when you have leftovers. Add pattern and designs with a table runner, backdrop, or in other ways and keep your paper goods solid colored to save money.
Next up I added two small matching cake stands at the front of the table with my other desserts, mini red velvet cupcakes and baking cups with red and blue chocolate candies inside.
Another thing I love to do with solid paper goods like the blue plates from Party Pail is to add some interest to simple white cake stands by layering the blue plates on top of the cake stands. You can do this with any color to match any party theme, and it saves you from having to buy cake stands in different colors. And when the party is over, just remove the paper plate and throw it away rather than having to wash your cake stands, most of which have to be washed by hand.
Last but not least I added just a few decorations to the back of the table. Like I mentioned above, I added some design and print to my backdrop by covering a foam board with a plastic tablecloth that I picked up at Walmart. On the left side of the table, I just added some letters that I painted red, white, and blue for my Memorial Day party in May. I love creating decorations that I can reuse like those ones! And finally, I filled a glass vase with red and blue chocolate candies and then added an inexpensive pinwheel.
Another tip – think out of the box when you’re decorating your table. I use candy like the colored chocolate candies all the time to give plates more color, but you could also use things like stones for a spa party or marshmallows like I did in my sister’s bridal shower.
One final way I like to use solid paper goods is to add some variety to actual place settings for a party. Adding the blue plate to the red and white plate makes it more visually interesting to look at.
You can find a great selection of solid colored paper goods to complete any party table on www.partypail.com. I used their true blue party supplies for this party as well as K’s Pajama Time birthday party.
How do you celebrate 4th of July? What are your best tips for throwing a party on a budget?
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