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How To: 4th of July Picnic with Sprinkles + Confetti!

Summer is here, and we are here for it. As Minnesotans, we wait patiently all winter to enjoy the nice weather and spend time outside during the summer. I can honestly say that summer is filled with some of my favorite activities … boating, fishing, bonfires, rodeos, and hosting family gatherings at the lake. One of my favorite gatherings each summer is 4th of July! I love seeing friends and family gather around sharing stories, laughs, and enjoying the freedoms we have - a HUGE thank you to our military men & women for your service!!

This month’s blog post is all about easy hosting tips to make your 4th of July party a breeze. Most of my parties have elements of thrifted items and paper goods. I love taking the time to source all kinds of items and finding unique pieces to showcase. The thrill of the hunt makes me come alive, but it takes time that sometimes I just don’t have! SO what do I do when I don’t have the time to go around sourcing the paper good items?! I email a friend who always has me covered!

This month, I’ve teamed up with my friend from Sprinkles & Confetti, and we are bringing you a special hosting how-to to get you geared up for a super easy 4th of July picnic. But before we get started ... have you heard of Sprinkles & Confetti?! My girl, Jackie, is a party guru who helps party hosts throw simple & stylish seasonal occasions! Her website is FILLED with the cutest party supplies, and she has made it super easy by making it a one-stop-shop! Jackie helps her clients pair colors & patterns effortlessly, making your party prep easy and simple while wowing your guests!

A URL in the search bar and a couple clicks later … and I have a customized box of party goods that gets shipped right to my door! Now THAT’S convenient!!

Are you hosting a 4th of July party for family and friends this year? Follow these simple steps to create a gathering that’s easy to prep but will bring the WOW factor this July!

List your needs and purchase accordingly.

Before ordering, I always evaluate my menu and needs. For this picnic, I knew I would need plates and napkins, along with some type of decorative containers to dress up basic items. Jackie suggested the favor bags and food cups, and I just loved those suggestions! Along with a dinner napkin, I also added a cocktail napkin for dessert use. When eating outside and away from a water source, extra napkins are a must!

Striped Large Plate

Patriotic Star Napkin

Red/White Beverage Napkin

Patriotic Favor Bags

Patriotic Food Cups

Mix & match colors and patterns and scale.

I truly believe that more is more when it comes to party supplies. Mixing and matching colors & patterns adds interest and layers to your party. Don’t be afraid to use stripes & polka dots, & stars! When it comes to mixing patterns well, watch the scale of the pattern. Medium polka dots paired with large stripes and small stars is a win in my book!

Dress up the basics.

To keep items in line with your theme and aesthetic, I always suggest replacing any existing packaging or containers with products that fit your theme. For this picnic, I made individual servings of chips using the favor bags and then closed them with silver washi tape. I then placed store-bought cupcakes into the food cups, hiding the existing paper wrapper. I also poured lemonade into lidded glass bottles and wrapped our sandwiches in white parchment paper.

***You can also use items to contain other items. For my picnic, I used the favor bags to create patriotic utensil bags. Slip a napkin in back and pair with your favorite cutlery!

Add in some details

Last but not least, add in some details that make a statement! I thrifted a vintage picnic basket, a two-tiered wood serving tray, a neutral striped blanket, and a vintage USA flag. I love adding some old items with some new. It keeps things interesting and helps tell your party story!

For all your 4th of July paper goods and party supply needs, head to Sprinkles & Confetti! I hope y’all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July!

Stars & Stripes,

Katie + The Uncommon Team

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