1. Host Fourth of July with the Ultimate Red, White, & Blue Table

    Fourth of July wouldn’t feel Patriotic without stars, stripes, and endless red, white, and blue. So this year I was sure to include everything on my checklist! I was so excited to partner with Pottery Barn for this project because they truly have the best selection for the Holiday, from galvanized pieces, to festive napkins, to American Flag pillows. I am obsessed with how my table is over-flowing with color! Here’s a closer look at what I created for the perfect FH Fourth of July poolside celebration!

    I started by placing a Pottery Barn Burlap Flag Banner down the center of my table in lieu of a runner, and then placed a mix of large and small Glass Lanterns on top. I love these glass lanterns for outdoor entertaining, plus the rope handle detail is on point for summer!

    Then at each place setting I placed Pottery Barn Galvanized Metal Chargers, white Melamine Dinner Plates, and Bistro Outdoor Flatware. I love that each plate appears hand-painted, but is completely unbreakable. My favorite detail though is the mix and matched napkins – Pottery Barn has an amazing selection for the Fourth!

    On top of my dinner plates I alternated American Flag Star Napkins and PinStripe Fish Napkins. And then to add to the presentation, I stacked a two-tiered galvanized tray with more red, white, and blue options – my favorite being the Pinstripe Lobster Napkins!

    Complimentary colorful foods are a big part of my display. I took a Pottery Barn American Flag Galvanized Tray and placed it in the center of my table with a delicious and festive cheese board. Ingredients included salami, a variety of cheeses, a bowl of olives, a bowl of fresh strawberries tossed with mint, and water crackers.

    Then over at one end of my table I used a two-tired Galvanized Tray to display a mix of red and blue fruits. On the top tier, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, and on the bottom tier, sliced watermelon. I love having these rich in color {and equally rich in nutrient} fruits handy for guests to enjoy on a hot summer day!

    The finishing touches were the patriotic pillows and decorative vases I placed around the table. The Flag Embroidered Pillow and this Flag Embroidered Lumbar Pillow are perfect for a head chair at the dining table or on a patio bench. Then I just love these over-sized Ikat Terra Cotta Vases; they are actually incredibly heavy and make a statement filled or empty!

    Hoping you are feeling inspired to start prepping for the Holiday! Be sure to shop all my Pottery Barn favorites below!

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    Photos by Yesi of Simply Lively Photography

    Thank you to Pottery Barn for collaborating on this post.
  2. Best of Red White & Blue: Fourth of July Inspiration

    With Fourth of July around the bend, I wanted to share a fun dose of red, white, and blue inspiration from the archives of Fashionable Hostess to inspire you for your upcoming celebrations. Here it goes… I love mini appetizers, like these salsa cups topped with my summer-time ingredient, diced mango! Top with tortilla chips and pass for the perfect bite-sized snack! Full recipe here. Loving the passed idea? Martini glasses are such a chic and exciting way to serve guests! Even cheddar popcorn looks elegant, am I right?! And by the way, The Hampton Popcorn is the best {not…

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  3. Fourth of July Party Inspiration

    FashionableHostess.com With Fourth of July less than two weeks away, I am sure many of you are planning to host some sort of American themed BBQ or get-together for the Holiday. I found a range of great Red, White, and Blue Party Ideas, Recipes, and Decorations that I thought would serve as the perfect inspirations for this Friday’s Friday Fascinations post. Happy Fourth of July!! http://mom.me http://camillestyles.com http://www.shopsocietysocial.com/blogs http://community.thehotplate.com/  http://www.stonegableblog.com http://loveyourdaydesignsblog.com http://catchmyparty.com/blog https://www.etsy.com FashionableHostess.com

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  4. Host Fourth of July Brunch

    With 4th of July right around the bend it’s time to start prepping for the holiday!!  If you remember, I partnered with Lexington Company two years ago {see here – jeeze time flies!}, so when they reached out to collaborate again for the patriotic occasion, I could not wait! This year I thought it would be fun to throw a 4th of July Brunch. I love the idea of getting the family together early on in the day so the afternoon can be spent playing outside! On the menu: warm buttery croissants, blueberry yogurt parfaits, fresh strawberries and sparkling champagne spritzers – all the essential…

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  5. Host a Fourth of July Picnic

    For this Fourth of July, what better way to celebrate with your family than filling up a picnic basket with your favorite snacks, grabbing a plush blanket, and heading to the park. Little Reese and I packed up our Bambeco Eco Picnic Basket with Pellegrino, Organic Gruyere Cheese, and Trader Joe’s Bread sticks, so we could spend the afternoon munching and sunning in Madison Square Park. Adorned in 4th of July outfits – me in a Tart Collections maxi maternity dress and her in a Sail to Sable Monkey Business Tunic {of course fulfilling our red, white, and blue color palette}, we had a the…

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