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Vintage Americana 4th of July Party {& BBQ Picnic}

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Mindy from Creative Juice loves celebrating the 4th of July, and that passion definitely shows through in this fantastic Vintage Americana 4th of July Picnic she dreamed up. From good ol’ fashioned BBQ food to patriotic cakes and layered red/white/blue drinks, I think Uncle Sam would be very proud!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Patriotic and “star spangled” cakes
  • Cupcakes topped with fondant fireworks, displayed on a giant candle holder
  • A classic & mouthwatering BBQ: fruit salad (with festive watermelon stars!), corn on the cob, ribs & sweet potato fries in a rustic printable pack
  • Adorable striped fabric headbands & holiday outfits for the kids

july 4th bbq dessert table with marshmallow pops

july 4th bbq with corn, cute headbands & soda labels

july 4th patriotic juice with a jute tag and cute printable with red white and blue colors

4th of july bbq framed menu

4th of july cupcake wrappers with blue and red stars

july 4th cakes with stars

july 4th american flag boxes

july 4th marshmallow pops and cookies for dessert

july 4th fondant cupcake toppers

american independence day celebration soda wrappers and brown paper bag decorations

patriotic headband and outfit for 4th of july

july 4th bbq with corn, sweet potato fries, star shaped watermelon & patriotic juice

july 4th barbecue printable french fry packs

july 4th framed graphics decoration

festive july 4th shirts

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Mindy

The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays! I wanted to keep the colors authentic to the American Flag so we stayed with a dark navy and rustic red color scheme.

It wouldn’t be a 4th of July party with out good old BBQ food!  We enjoyed some classic bbq staples: slow cooked ribs, corn on the cob, fruit salad, & sweet potato fries! I used a small cookie cutter to cut the watermelon into stars.

The layered drink was one of my favorite parts – once you know the technique, the possibilities are endless! Choose drinks with varying levels of sugar content per serving & fill the glass full of ice. Add the most dense {the one with the most sugar} first to create the bottom layer. Slowly add the other drinks one layer at a time in descending sugar content order! The layers will remain separate for at least 10 min and then begin to mix so leave this as the last step before guests arrive.

The dessert table was right inside off the patio to avoid the direct heat & sun. I created the “cupcake stadium” by repurposing candleholders – they were the perfect shape and size to hold a cupcake. I used my cricut to create the cupcake wrappers and candy favor boxes using scrapbook paper.

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  1. Aimee June 19, 2012 at 5:05 am

    has the basic elements, but it looks so different because of the patterns .. I loved it..

  2. Bird June 20, 2012 at 12:24 am

    AMAZING!! Mindy never ceases to amaze with her incredible styling and imaginative details!! LOVE it to bit!!!

  3. JewelBoxEvents June 23, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I love this!

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