Photo Courtesy of Sugar and Charm

Red, White, and Blue

This table makes use of red soda pop, blue taffy, and white flowers, vases, and dishware to bring together a classic red, white and blue look. This table works for any summer occasion, not just the fourth of July. Use milk glassware for that nostalgic look filled with white flowers. The blue taffy works well in any mason style jar. The table will go from day to night with the simple votive candles.

Photographing Fireworks

Since fireworks will be the light exploding entertainment for the evening, teach your guests how to get awesome firework photos with their smart phone. Print off these instructions and hand out to your guests.

Photo Courtesy of Alice and Lois

Sparkle and Shine

Entertainment for the evening usually culminates in fireworks. That doesn't mean that your guests should be left out. Don't just hand out sparklers, make your sparklers shine with this cute and easy packaging idea.

Photo Courtesy of Autumn Giles

When Stars (and Stripes) Align

Using star anise pods in this beautiful red drink brings the stars and stripes to your table.

6 red plums, such as Methley, sliced
6 star anise pods
4 1/2 cups rosé wine
3 3/4 ounces maraschino liqueur
1 1/2 cups ginger beer
2 yellow plums for garnish

Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine the red plums and the star anise in a glass roasting pan. Roast for 30 minutes and let cool. Remove star anise pods and discard.

Pour the roasted plums and any juice they released into a pitcher and let cool to room temperature. Add rosé and maraschino, cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours or up to overnight.

Gently stir ginger beer into sangria mixture just before serving. Drop one or two slices of yellow plum and a few ice cubes in each glass and top with sangria. Serve immediately.