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Fabulous 4th of July Pinwheels Party

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Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

With both Memorial Day and July 4th both coming up soon, we’re definitely in the mood for Red, White, and Blue! And this amazing pinwheel-adorned Americana party by Anders Ruff Custom Designs {which also features lots of their talented friends} is absolutely overflowing with fabulous patriotic inspiration!

From adorable themed red, white, and blue treats like chocolate covered strawberries, marshmallow pops, and some of the cutest pinwheel cookies you ever did see… to their stylish 4th of July party printables – including favor tags, labels, bottle wraps, paper patterns, and more – you definitely won’t be short on the patriotic spirit after scrolling through this one!

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Read on for lots {and I really mean LOTS!} more inspiring images (as captured by Becca Bond), plus all the creative party details…

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

Modern 4th of July Party Ideas

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Maureen & Adria

“We recently had a big going away party for a friend who was moving to Italy.  We themed the party “Americana” to celebrate their time in the states.

We decided to work our 4th of July collection into the shoot because the theme, colors and details worked so perfectly for any summer or 4th of July BBQ or party.

The party was held at the Village Hall in our community – a building that has classic white southern architecture.  The white woodwork on the terrace was a beautiful backdrop to make our colors “pop”!

For the printable graphic accessories that embellish items throughout the party, we mixed in the traditional red, navy and white with some accents of aqua and kraft.  Some of the graphics have a “distressed” feeling, making it feel like a classic American Fair.  Pinwheels and firecrackers give off the vibe of summer and celebration.
We mixed in modern patterns to give it a fresh feel.
This collection was designed to be versatile for any summer BBQ or 4th of July celebration.

Here are some key elements from our shoot:

Dessert Display Shelf/Table Details:

  • A navy with white modern dot backdrop was paired with a classic white table cloth and a kraft paper (from Nashville Wraps) overlay to make it less “formal” and give off the vibe of a true american fair celebration.
  • Galvanized metal has a role throughout the entire party, but in small doses.  We hung galvanized metal lanterns from the ceiling above the dessert table.  We used thick ribbon to hang these and pull in some color from the table below.
  • The printable pennants from our collection were printed and strung with twine on the front of the dessert table.
  • The cake (by Mandie of Got What It Cakes)  was an amazing classic white butter cream cake that was tiered and loaded with bright pinwheel decor.  A fat red and white gingham ribbon was wrapped around the base of each tier.  Fondant pinwheels were also stacked on the top of the cake as well.  From a distance, the pinwheels have the feel of “fireworks” because of how they were staggered, but up close they were pinwheels to tie in with the theme.
  • On either side of the cake was a glass container filled with aqua sprinkles and a bouquet of unicorn pops in the aqua and white colors.  We bunched the lollis together and used twine to tie them into a bunch.  These were beautiful and they were packaged great because even after guests would one to enjoy, the twine kept the remaining bunched and still looking spectacular.
  • In between the cake and the cupcakes, were staggered double stacked SOUP cans that we wrapped with printable patterned paper and embellished with ribbon. (Great DIY project!)  We made chocolate covered marshmallows in the red and aqua and white colors and dipped them partly in sanding sugar of the opposite color. (DIY)  They were stuck into the cans and natural kraft shred was filled into the can.
  • We found cherry red hat boxes at Ikea and tiered them on the sides of the dessert table to act as the cupcake stands.
  • Cupcakes were adorned with pinwheels that we made using our patterned papers in our collection.  The cupcakes also had a solid white wrapper (from Bella Cupcake Couture) that was embellished with a printed party logo.
  • The “All American” caramel apples were sitting on top of the cupcake tiers with a printed party flag.  The apples were beautifully drizzled with red and light aqua chocolate (made by Pretzels Pleaze).
  • Cookie pops (by Oh! So Yummy) were made to look like pinwheels in our bright aqua, red and navy colorway.  She used homemade fondant on the cookies and they were DELICIOUS!  The cookies were stuck into long glass containers that we filled with red M&Ms and had a thick navy/white ribbon wrapped around.
  • We lined white flat trays with red chocolate sunflower seeds and made white chocolate covered strawberries dipped in aqua sanding sugar (DIY)- perfect to tie into the theme of “red/white/blue” and “summertime”.  We stuck a natural toothpick with a printed party flag into the tops of the strawberries for a festive look.
  • Red/white/blue chocolate pretzels were also displayed in the center of the table on a bed of aqua non perils.


  • We had two tables with red/white modern dot fabric tablecloths on each side of the dessert table.
  • One side table held all of our beverages including aqua lemonade in a glass dispenser.  We also found perfect glass bottles with sparkling water and aqua metal lids.  We tied twine around the necks of the glass drink bottles and wrapped with our printable drink wrap.
  • Drink wraps were added to our water bottles and displayed on the kraft paper overlay.
  • Popcorn was displayed in a red galvanized container as well as wrapped napkins with our printable pattern paper wrap to tie in the patterns from the collection.
  • The second side table held another display of treats and favors.
  • Here we displayed more cupcakes in a red galvanized tiered stand.
  • Pinwheel cookies in M&M filled vessels were displayed along with bagged cookies for the guests to take home.
  • We displayed kraft paper coffee bags (Nashville Wraps) with a clear window for the guests to fill up with treats to take home.
  • White chocolate stars were displayed with some fondant pinwheel embellishments.
  • Favor tins with clear tops (Nashville Wraps) were filled with red, white and aqua candies and wrapped with twine.  A printed party logo was displayed on the top of the container.  The kids were so excited to take treats home from the party.
  • (DIY) Smores kits were made for all of the guests to take and enjoy in the fire pit.  we wrapped up hershey bars, marshmallows and graham crackers in a cellophane bag (Nashville Wraps) and topped it off with a printable bag topper from our collection.  The kids LOVED this!
  • (DIY) We had sparklers and matches that were embellished to coordinate.  Our collection includes a Sparkler insert that the sparklers were inserted into for easy display.  We wrapped the match boxes with printed pattern paper and ribbon.  These were also displayed in the patterned paper wrapped soup cans.


  • We displayed our tables to coordinate with the dessert and accent tables.
  • White tablecloths with the kraft paper runner were shown on all tables.
  • The centerpieces consisted of patterned paper wrapped soup cans (DIY) that were filled with the chocolate dipped pretzel rods inside natural kraft shred and tied with a twine band.  Chocolate apples with printed flags were also shown.
  • Galvanized tins were filled with red tissue and popcorn.
  • The guests had a blast and enjoyed food (Outback Steakhouse brought a grill to make ribs, chicken and hot dogs!) and music that was DJ’d by Caryn’s husband, Andy.
  • The guest of honor enjoyed dressing up in an adorable red/white blue outfit (tutu and tank from Sweet Things, hair accessory from Tadpole and Lily) and loved modeling for the camera with her friends that were also in red/white/blue.


  • 4th of July Pinwheels” Printable Design collection available at the Anders Ruff Shop for 50% off for a limited time!”
Vendor Credit


  1. Jen ~ Passion-for-Parties.com May 19, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    What a FABULOUS shoot! Those little s’mores favors are my fave! :)

  2. Sheila aka GreenKangaru May 19, 2011 at 6:43 pm


  3. Al May 19, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    Such a fantastic assortment of fun ideas! Love the Pinwheel Cookie Pops! So adorable. My kids would love everything here. Nicely done :) http://www.skylarkmanor.com

  4. Cynthia@Beach Coast Style May 19, 2011 at 8:16 pm

    so festive I just love all of it and the little girl and tutu is just soooo cute!! the pinwheeel cookies, and the marshmillows oh my!!

  5. Ellen {Whimsical Mod Parties} May 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Awesome job Maureen and Adria!! Love all the details and thanks for sharing!!

  6. Monica May 20, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Omgosh love it!

  7. Kym {Love Wed Bliss} May 20, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Fabulous! Makes me want to celebrate the 4th of July in Australia!!! :)

  8. Marisol May 20, 2011 at 5:23 am

    Wow! Love all the details! Especially love the cake, candy apple, and cookies! You girls are awesome!

  9. Jessica K. May 20, 2011 at 5:31 am

    Gorgeous!! LOVE all of the beautiful details…getting me excited for the 4th of July!!

  10. Maureen Anders May 20, 2011 at 5:41 am

    Thank you so much for featuring our shoot, Jenn and the HWTM team!
    We are super thrilled and love to share our ideas with everyone!
    Anders Ruff

  11. Kristal - Atutudes May 20, 2011 at 9:48 am

    This is one of the cutest parties I think I have ever seen. So pretty!

  12. Mae May 20, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I’m loving this one!

  13. Alex Krasnoff May 20, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    This is wonderful! Thanks for featuring the party Hostess with the Mostess! If anyone is looking for our headbands the correct weblink is http://www.TadpoleandLily.com or check us out on Facebook Tadpole and Lily.

  14. Renee - the Creative Orchard May 20, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Everything looks sooo pretty and delicious, but my favorite is the chocolate covered apples….YUM!

  15. Jade May 22, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! I think may have to throw a 4th of July Party …despite the fact that I live in Canada!!

  16. Sweet Tea with Cindy May 24, 2011 at 6:33 am

    My favorite Patriotic Party of all time – Fabulous!

  17. Jessica June 5, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I love this! You all give me such great inspiration and ideas for my events and clients events! Absolutely hope that one day I can be featured on your blog:)

  18. Karin June 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Wrapped napkins in red and in tin can,,,,where would i get the wrapper from

  19. Deb June 28, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    This party theme makes me smile! It’s happy and festive!!!

  20. Megan June 29, 2011 at 6:54 am

    So cute! Having a July 4th party and definately using some of these awesome ideas!!!

  21. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper July 3, 2011 at 7:07 am

    What a great party!!

    I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party and I hope you will join in on the fun by sharing this link.

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