Red, white and blue…the traditional colors of the Fourth of July can brighten up any holiday party. Instead of an overload of cheap disposables filled with stars and stripes, we like to incorporate this patriotic palette into our event design with a few select items that are beautiful and functional.
Create a casual bouquet of blooms such as this arrangement by florist Meghan Guthrie of blue hydranges, red anemone, sweet pea, wild blueberry and Queen’s Anne lace in a mason jar. Ceramic berry baskets (above, $4.75) by Sur La Table look great filled with raspberries and blueberries while Lostine cutting boards (below, $150) with red or blue dipped ends work perfectly for appetizers or cheese.
Forget the flag motif and send a bright red invitation via pingg.com to your BBQ. For a hostess gift, give the gorgeous coffee table book American Beauty ($75) by Assouline or a limited edition American Summer bottle of Chandon sparkling wine ($22).
For the quintessential American summer dish, we turned to Chef Geoffrey Zakarian for his coveted Lobster Roll recipe which can be found on the menu at The Lambs Club in New York. And, to end our holiday meal, here is the recipe for Red Currant and Panna Cotta Parfait, one of our favorite desserts, that looks equally decorative and delicious on your dining table.
Happy Fourth of July!
PHOTO CREDIT: Courtesy of One Kings Lane, Sur La Table, pingg.com, Assouline, Geoffrey Zakarian & Martha Stewart