Hosting 4th of July

Entertaining enthusiast Brendan McCaskey, shows us how to host the 4th Americana-style. Take a cue from his dinner party play book and incorporate these subtle nods to simpler times.

Venue: Move your dinner party to the front yard to invite neighborly community.

Food: Nothing feels more All-American than a home-cooked meal under strung lights on a summer evening. Choose a menu that’s full of flavor but without the fuss. Start with what’s in season to plan your dishes. Check out our summer issue for recipes!

Favors: Simple felt ball bouquets attached to name cards greet guests. After the table clears and last firework has goes off, they can take a piece of the party home with them.

Decor: Put a warm spin on the classic red, white and navy color scheme by mixing in various wood textures. For instance, antlers and hollowed out branches filled with succulents act as a rustic table runner. Pick up a “Live Brave” print from Yellow Bungalow Shop as a nod to the national anthem, and scatter dollar store hankies in red, white and blue for a sweet and functional detail.

Photography by Sara Nevels.

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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