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.