Let’s Paint the Town Red, White & Blue

f701faf3a31c0ecdfb3ea784dd4e98c7Just a few fun facts.

In Bristol, Rhode Island they literally paint the town red, white and blue with pinstripes down the center of town for their annual Independence Day parade.

4th of July is a time to gather family and friends for a laid back party.
We basically devour 155 million hot dogs, $107 million on popsicles, and $167 million on watermelon. Plus Independence Day is the biggest holiday of the year for beer sales!

Start the holiday afternoon off with a simple red, white and blue cocktail. Rim glasses with blue Pop Rocks, blend up Giada’s (Food Network) Berry Lemonade and add a white paper straw! For adults a shot of vodka works wonders!

Burgers and hot dogs are always my go to on the 4th. Tyler Florence of Food Network creates the ultimate burger bar. Starting out with ground beef brisket patties, top with a great cheddar cheese adding sauted onions, sliced heirloom tomatoes and rosemary and pepper bacon with a little horseradish mayo…. YUM.

You can also create a hotdog bar. Grill your hotdogs and display all the fixings on the side to let your guests create the ultimate hotdog! You can get creative with this. For a little southwest flair, Bobby Flay (Food Network) suggests his Cheesy Nacho dog . Top your grilled hotdog with salsa, guacamole, crumbled corn chips, Monterey jack cheese and pickled jalapeños. You will need a cold beverage after that one!

59d00f5b3d34022dfc2cd507cba8792fYou can make a spectacle of yourself with this Coconut and Cherry sparkler cake. (HGTV) Make sure to serve outside!

Here are just a few of my favorite 4th of July tablescape ideas. Starting off with a crisp blue and white striped fabric for the tablecloth then add different textures of red and white. Flowers, candles, tableware, along with mason jars filled with layers of red, white and blue sand with tea light candles nestled inside.

To make your own inexpensive party garland, take red, white, and blue plastic tablecloths cut into strips and tie to a string of twinkle lights.

Another fun tablescape is to paint galvanized small pails with red, white and blue stars. Fill with sand and crate arrangements with different sized sparklers.

The 4th of July is a casual occasion, so you don’t need anything too fancy. This event is all about festive fun!


cbethdonlanheadshotBeth Donlan, Allied ASID ,Owner designer of Quite Lovely Design,  has been involved in the arts for the past 30 years.  She founded Quite Lovely Design in 2007.   Services provided are New Build, Remodel, Outside Spaces, Residential Styling, Home Staging, Open House, Photo Stylist, Holiday, Parties and Special Events.  Beth’s website is  Contact her at   602-516-8646

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