Make the Most of Mason Jars
Who knew that something so simple could be so diverse and useful? Mason jars can serve you well in both your decorating and your food presentation. Fill them with red and blue Tootsie Pops for a sweet and simple centerpiece, or wrap them in star-spangled ribbon and use them to hold utensils. These glass jars can also be decoupaged with festive blue and red paper, then filled with a tea candle for nice, ambient lighting.
Make Food an Activity
Kids will love it if you give them permission to play with their food for once. Make a sheet cake or brownie ahead of time, then let the little ones decorate it like the American flag using icing, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Or, set up an ice cream float station with red and blue Jones sodas, vanilla ice cream, and colorful straws.
It’s inexpensive to stock up on red, white, and blue bandanas from your local craft store. These festive little things can serve as napkins, placemats, or can be made into a banner by tying them to a clothesline across your porch or yard. When the party is over, you’ll have no trouble finding use for your bandana collection until the next 4th of July celebration.