Red, White, & Oooh! Here's Everything You Need for a Fourth of July Bash
Enjoy a star-spangled Fourth of July party that’s both sophisticated and fun. Whether you're throwing a party for the ages or heading to a quaint get-together, we’ve got something for you. From yummy recipes (including this nine-layer ombré cake!) and festive sips to patriotic decorations and crafts, these ideas are sure to make your guests feel the spirit of independence. Now let your party flag fly!
Standing tall at 11 inches, this multicolored confection created dreamed up by Sarah Jones, of the lifestyle site Brit.co is the party centerpiece-and it’s easier to make than it looks. Click here for the full how-to.
Stars & Stripes
(Wooden Flatware Set, Provisions 52, $32; food52.com.)
(Galvanized Steel Ice Bucket, Sur La Table, $35; surlatable.com.)
(Cherry Firecracker Macarons, Dana's Bakery, $30 for set of 12; danasbakery.com.)
Berry Burst Sip
Juice of 1 lemon
¼ cup sugar
2 oz. gin
Juice of 1 lime
½ oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
Blueberries for garnish
Mint for garnish
(Cylinder flute glass, CB2, $2; cb2.com.) (Robert Kaufman Essex dyed denim, Purl Soho, $9/yard; purlsoho.com.)
(Sanding sugar, New York Cake, $5/8 oz; nycake.com.)
(Star Ice Cube Tray, Pottery Barn Kids, $4; potterybarnkids.com.)
(Paper straws, the Sugar Diva, $5/30; thesugardiva.com.)
(Limited-edition American Summer bottle, Chandon, $8/mini and $24/750 ml; chandon.com.)
(Cone holder, Restaurant Equippers, $8/mini and $20; equippers.com.) (Moroccan Chain Red, Paper Presentation, $6; paperpresentation.com.)(Lokta Ikat and Katazome Geometric, Paper Source, $6 each; paper-source.com.) (Spanish marbled paper, Talas, $13; talasonline.com.) (Navy and red, Grafika, $18/4; stewartstanddesignstore.com.)
Eenie, Meenie, Blini…
1 tbsp sugar
u oz. packet rapid-rise yeast
y cup water, at 100°F
2 eggs, separated
¾ cup blue cornmeal
y cup milk at 100°F
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
Canola oil, for frying
5 plum tomatoes, diced small
6 oz. sour cream or creme fraiche
1. Mix sugar and yeast with warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes, while it becomes foamy.
2. Meanwhile, whip egg whites until foamy; set aside.
3. Add egg yolks, cornmeal, flour y tsp salt, warm milk and butter to the yeast, whisking until combined. Then fold in foamy egg whites.
4. Let batter rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.
5. Using a funnel, fill a squeeze bottle with batter.
6. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat, add 2 tsp canola oil, and squeeze the batter onto the pan in uniform silver dollar-size cakes. Cook 1-2 minutes per side.
7. Season tomatoes lightly with salt and pepper.
8. Top each blini with a dollop of sour cream and diced tomatoes.
(Blue wine bottles, Home Brew It, $13/12; homebrewit.com.)
(Patriotic Flag Banner, Crate & Barrel, $17; crateandbarrel.com.)
Playing With Fire
(Assorted Tapes, MT, $4/roll; tophatnyc.com.)
(Boards, Lostine, $96-168; minam.com.)
A Fresh New Spin
(Pinwheel, Oriental Trading Company, $11/36; orientaltrading.com.) (Macarons, Macaron Parlour, $15/6; macaronparlour.com.) (Favor bags, the Sugar Diva, $5/24; thesugardiva.com.)
(Patriotic swirl pops, Candy Warehouse, $6/12; candywarehouse.com.)
(Mini sparkler, Tops Malibu, $14/4; topsmalibu.com. Classic box matches, Tops Malibu, $46/50; foryourparty.com.)
Give a Toast
(Fireworks Tumbler, Crate & Barrel, $2.50; crateandbarrel.com.)