Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4 Tips for a Perfect Patriotic Picnic Party

resh-made pies, ice cream, and frosty drinks take pride of place at this Fourth of July picnic.

Picnic Buffet

Put your pies on a pedestal for a dessert buffet on the porch — shown here, cake stands in vintage milk glass and clear glass. Blue-and-white transferware plates are the perfect backdrop for golden hand-crimped crusts. Build a festive centerpiece using tiered wire baskets. Fill with help-yourself treats like ripe fruit — as well as utensils. Rolled red, white, and blue bandannas can serve as napkins.

Decor Ideas

A table is set up in a shady spot for guests to enjoy an array of fresh-made pies. Here is a chance to use that vintage lace-edged white tablecloth. Make it party perfect with a colorful piece of material — here, a yard or two of striped cotton ticking — that matches your theme. Finish by adorning each plate with a party favor flag.

Transport Drinks

Use a wagon to transport a bucket of iced drinks to far-flung lawn chairs — almost any young guest will be happy to oblige.

Flag Fans

Shop variety stores and flea markets for decorations and party favors. Trim a fence with paper flags. Put flag-inspired fans on the table to encourage conversation as well as provide the occasional cool breeze.

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