I’m back with more 4th of July party inspiration! Here’s a pulled back look at the table sitting out front of this lovingly restored farm house. It belongs to a dear friend of mine and I’ve been wanting to stage a party shoot here for ages but I wanted to wait for the perfect project and this was it! I think this house was “made” for a red, white & blue celebration, don’t you?
To create this scene we hauled the dining room table outside. I love setting up a table in an unexpected place – in this example the front yard – because it infuses energy and excitement into the party making guests’ wonder (in a good way!) what might be next!?
I created a lounging area on the lawn ideal for laying back and watching fireworks or just relaxing and watching the kids run around the yard waving flags and sparklers! Here I’ve used cut-fabric right off the bolt but a blanket or sheet would of course also work. I usually have lots of fabric lying around in my stash and this was a great way to put it to use plus this fabric is slightly heavier making it extra durable on the ground. Add in some patriotic pillows, flags, a picnic basket and lots of red, white & blue cookies and you have a perfect relaxation spot!
Speaking of cookies – how about adding these amazing cookies to your celebration? Good news! You can! Kelly the architect behind One Creative Cookie bakes her delightfully delicious cookies here in Charlottesville, Virginia but ships them nationwide! That’s right – she ships them all across the good ‘ole US of A so that means that you too could have these at your party! Pretty cool, right?! I also have to point out – see the cookie shaped like the United States above? Notice the little “you are here” dot? Kelly will put this anywhere you’d like on your cookies. For ours they are over Virginia. What a super detail!
To create this place setting I began with a red stoneware dinner plate as the anchor. Then I folded a navy bandana into thirds and draped it over top of the red plate. Next I added a white salad plate and placed a small white bucket on top. I stuffed the bucket with a red bandana to about 3/4 full then filled the bucket with red hots and then planted the flag! (Stuffing it with the bandana first helped me to not have to use quite so many red hots!) For a little extra flourish I stood this adorable patriotic flag cookie in front of the bucket and added a sprinkle of red, white & blue confetti for a little bit of sparkle!
Okay, I promised a tutorial! So here goes. If you’d like to watch a video tutorial of me making these medallions, click here! Below are written instructions:
To make these medallions I used old books & hymnals.
Step 1 :: Cut your paper into strips: 1.5″ x 8″.
Step 2 :: Score your strips of paper every 1/4″ along the entire length. Fold accordion style along score lines.
Step 3 :: Attach two strips together using either double-stick tape or craft glue making one strip 1.5″ x 16″. Then use tape or glue again to attach the ends making a circle.
Step 4 :: Plug in the glue gun! While that’s heating cut a 2″ square or circle piece of paper – this will be on the back of your medallions.
Step 5 :: Place your paper “ring” on a flat surface so it is standing – gently gather one open end and lightly push down causing the opposite open end to fan out. Keep your finger on the center and carefully apply the hot glue around the center. Immediately place your 2″ backing paper on the glue and set a book (or something somewhat heavy) on top until the glue is set.
Want to add a glitter border? Dip the edges of your completed medallion in craft glue then immediately dip in glitter. Tap to remove extra glitter and allow to dry.
I embellished these by attaching patriotic ribbon and vintage military style buttons to the centers of the medallions with the glue gun.
To use in a centerpiece I simply glued a red and white striped paper straw to the back of the medallion.
Let me know if you’d be interested in seeing a video tutorial on this. If there’s interest I’d be happy to make it!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend – there will be fireworks shows around here, I can’t wait!
Stay safe & happy celebrating!