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A Vintage Americana Birthday Party on the Ranch

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vintage Americana dessert table and pinwheel cookies

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Sharing this Vintage Americana Birthday Party from sugar guru Bethany Gist of Auntie Bea’s Bakery feels like the perfect way to celebrate on the blog today!

Bethany threw this fun, outdoor party for her daughter last year (at the NorCal ranch home that they’d just moved into at the time), but all the pretty sweets, rustic touches, and Americana-inspired details are totally timeless. And I was instantly smitten with the AWESOME wood pallet that she painted to look like the American flag… such a great example of creative freedom in action! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  •  Patriotic Popcorn, rock candy “Sparklers”, red licorice “Stripes”, & All-American Pie
  •  Pinwheel sugar cookies in candy-filled tins + simple cake topped with a cluster of pinwheels
  •  “American Flag” painted wood palette + flag-inspired drink tub filled with soda bottles
  •  Burlap-and-fabric USA banner + table vases embellished with burlap & patriotic ribbon
  •  Festive ranch-style activities like dummy steer roping & watermelon eating contests!

patriotic sparkler candy

pinwheel cake, Americana cake pops, and patriotic popcorn

American flag painted wood palette

Americana party dessert station

Americana picnic tablescape

ranch roping practice

vintage Americana burlap banner


PARTY DETAILS as told by Bethany…

I held this Americana themed birthday party for my daughter, Aubrey, last year.  She’s a 4th of July baby, and I’ve always wanted to hold a vintage-like Americana party for her!  We  had just moved to our ranch in Northern CA and thought this would be the perfect first party at our new home.

The decor was minimal, we held it in our arena and I wanted to keep it simple and rustic to show the ranch’s beautiful nature.

The food was fun and festive!  Everything was what you would expect from a traditional 4th of July party.  Hotdogs, potato salad, watermelon, baked beans and a super fun layered red, white and blue punch.

I’m a baker so the dessert table was front and center.  Everything from All American Apple Pie to Patriotic Popcorn, Candy Sparklers and hand decorated 4th of July themed cookies.  The kids went wild for all the goodies!

Being that we live on a ranch, I didn’t really have to plan any games!  The kids entertained themselves, running through steer chutes, roping steer dummies and having their own watermelon eating contests!

It was really the perfect first hoorah in our new home!

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By |2018-07-02T14:23:03-07:00July 4th, 2015|July 4th / Patriotic, Parties for Girls|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (9) and Rylie (7). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


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