Celebrate the Red, White & Blue with our July 4th entertaining guide! Scroll down for DIY decor, a potluck-perfect menu and lawn games to enjoy with friends and family.
Create instant Independence Day pizzazz with these fun and festive touches.
Whip up a set of colorful table toppers in less than five minutes using some paint and paper maché letters from your local craft store.
Or go for florals and instantly transform white flowers into a patriotic centerpiece trio. Use small, clear vases – mason jars will do in a pinch - and mix a few drops of food coloring into the water before adding your flowers.
Set your table with bandana napkins. A twine bow finishes the look and holds them together for easy stacking.
For the finishing touch, give your patio a starry glow with DIY luminaries.
Use a star-shaped hole punch on red and blue disposable cups. Punch an additional hole in the base of the cup to fit over your string light bulb.
Beat the heat and savor the day with these crowd-pleasing recipes.
If you're looking to serve a fresh and simple snack, then these Watermelon-Blueberry fruit skewers have got you covered. All you need is chilled fruit, a star-shaped cookie cutter and bamboo skewers.
Pair these Firecracker Dogs with a side of Southwest Salad and a glass of Beringer Main & Vine Red Crush for a star-spangled cookout.
Dip ice cream sandwiches in a plate of red, white & blue sprinkles - because ice cream and sprinkles are always Better Together!
For the last-minute party planner, try a sparkling cake! Dress up a store-bought cake with sparklers to make it party-ready in a snap.
If you have more time to spare, make the most of peak berry season with Blackberry Cobbler Crumble, or individual Berry Cheesecake Parfaits.
Don't forget the sangria! Stay cool with a fruity drink - see our list of wine-and-fruit combinations to mix a batch with your favorite varietal.
A lawn game to play with friends and family, this DIY hoop toss can be made with only a few materials. We used glow-in-the-dark bracelets to keep the fun going after dark, and red, white & blue Main & Vine bottles to add some Fourth of July flair.
Prefer tabletop gaming? Transform wooden stacking blocks into a patriotic party game with a quick coat of paint.
Lightly spray blocks with 1-2 coats of red and blue spray paint – the trick is to give them plenty of time to dry before stacking.
Being a gracious host is truly a timeless art, and proper planning ensures you’ve got it mastered. One of the most underrated tools in party planning? The list. Whether you use a notebook or your smartphone, creating a list is key to helping you stay organized and prepared, so you can fully enjoy yourself the day of the event. With these tips, everyone will want to know your secret to making it look easy & effortless.
PARTY PLANNING BUDGET
Beautiful table settings don’t have to mean breaking the bank. While crystal candleholders and handwoven tablecloths may be appropriate for tea with the queen, your guests will be more impressed by your creativity and unique spin on décor.
You’re the host which means the menu is your masterpiece. While there are many things to consider, bringing it to life gets a lot less complicated when it’s a team effort. So while you’re handling the main course, enlist your friends to bring complementary side dishes and appetizers to make your culinary masterpiece a reality.
Remember, the most important ingredient of any dinner party is enjoying each other’s company. Your guests won’t even notice if you forgot to put out appetizer picks!
You're already the master of hosting parties that people love. But by adding just a few personal touches, you're going the extra mile to make your party one they won't forget. Here are some tips on how to make your next party even more personal.
Tips to make your guests feel at ease and welcome:
Once your party is in full swing, it’s easy to get caught up in your hosting tasks and miss the arrival of the occasional guest. To make sure everyone feels right at home, put an easel sign or seasonal wreath on the door with a special, welcoming message.
In case you aren’t there to take their coats and bags at the door, set up a rolling rack with hangers or a bench where people can place their things.
Have a tray of Beringer Main & Vine Sauvignon Blanc ready when guests walk through the door – it immediately encourages mingling. Add a little extra touch to make it memorable, like frozen raspberries to keep the wine cool.
Whether it’s a non-alcoholic punch or a Sparkling White Wine Mojito cocktail, serving a unique signature drink creates a great topic of conversation and can potentially help keep beverage costs within budget. Add a sign to let guests know to help themselves and give it a fun name – get creative!
Find creative ways to encourage your guests to mingle with someone they may not know. Set up a magnetic board at the door and tack up guests’ names along with an icebreaker question listed on the back. Whether the task is to seek out a familiar face or someone they don’t know, guests will learn something new about other party-goers and will never be at a loss for conversation!