While fireworks and other public gatherings might be canceled this year, these tips from Kate Fortney Horne, owner of Lovely Paperie & Gifts and Babycakes Children’s Boutique, can help you plan a sparkling celebration at home.
Dress the Part
Fortney Horne recommends picking up some red, white and blue clothes and accessories to wear during the holiday to give your gathering a more festive feel. Babycakes sells fun patriotic accessories such as red, white and blue sunglasses, but parents can also opt for a more toned-down look. “We’ve got things that don’t just have flags all over them,” she says. “They’re clothes that kids can wear throughout the summertime.”
Set the Table
Fortney Horne recommends keeping your table festive. Red, white and blue napkins or plates can keep a meal in the holiday spirit. For food, Fourth of July staples such as cut-up watermelon or strawberries with whipped cream taste summery and are easy to make at home with your kids. “Even if you just have white and blue [plates], you can throw some strawberries on it and have a festive table-scape with items that you use year-round.”
Pass the Time
This is the perfect time to start a new Fourth of July tradition, Fortney Horne says. She recommends something fun and competitive, such as a baking competition. Your family can get out of their comfort zone as well as have some great snacks by the end. “Challenge people to be competitive and do the things they like in a different way this year,” Fortney Horne says.