Traditions are essential to a sense of comfort and belonging. Additionally, traditions can bring families together and enable people to reconnect with others. Tradition reinforces personal values that many hold dear. Many of us have an idea and many traditions of what summer looks like.
This year, I don’t have to tell you that this summer will look differently than summers past. The Mediterranean cruise won’t happen, the water park might still be closed, and maybe the extended family reunion will be canceled. Despite the landscape of your summer traditions changing, you can still have a fantastic summer filled with family, friends, and fun!
Let’s start off with a detailed and fantastic 4th of July BBQ at home with family or friends. I am partnering with Bed Bath & Beyond to bring you this memory-making party that you can replicate and add your own personal touches to for your epic 2020 summer!
I always love to throw in some trendy items into my parties. Classic and trendy are perfect partners. I placed the fruit and cheese on the fabulous Reed Bamboo Serving Trays to create an American + 4th of July Charcuterie Board and doesn’t everything just pop!?
I wanted to do a softer look for this 4th of July BBQ and when I saw the Linum Home Textiles Patriotic Pestemal Beach Towel I knew that I had found my inspiration. This is one of the best tips that I can give as a professional party planner; always think outside the box when deciding how to utilize and style items for a party. I love how the beach towel worked beautifully for a tablecloth!
When planning and styling a party, people often forget about the little details. Little details like the RSVP 50-Count Corn Picks that make the corn just that much more delightful!
Choosing a favorite party element is like trying to choose which of my children is my favorite. These Freshness Lines 8-Piece Striped Dinnerware Set in Red, paired with the Saro Lifestyle Galvanized Napkin Rings and Caskata Woven Stripes Napkins in blue might just be the child that always cleans his or her room, takes out the garbage, and tells me that I am pretty.
Perfect triangles of sweet summer watermelon are piled high in this Gerson International 3-Tier Star Holiday Galvanized Metal Tray. The stars are perfect for the American-themed celebration.
The texture in these Iittala Kastehelmi Tumblers in Rain adds a striking layer to the tablescape.
Although the days are hot in July, the nights can get a little bit chilly. The Stars and Stripes Throw Blanket in Blue/Red is the perfect touch to ensure everyone is comfortable through the evening fireworks. Another thing that helps transition from daytime BBQ to nighttime fireworks are the Natural Thread 10-Piece Solar String Lantern Lights in Beige that I placed around the perimeter of the party.