A Vintage, All-American Fourth of July Party
When you think of Fourth of July, you probably think fireworks, red, white, and blue, and, of course, good old-fashioned American pride. Crafty lady and blogger Lia Griffith and her pal Lisa Frank used the latter to inspire a vintage Independence Day event that was as all-American as apple pie (which she served up next to blueberry cheesecake, red velvet cupcakes, caramel corn, and berry pies). "I am loving the look of vintage anything right now," Lia says. "When looking around at what's out there for Fourth of July parties, I didn't see much with that Americana look, and I knew that it was something I would love to create." Mission accomplished with flags, a classic color scheme, old-fashioned pinwheels and wind socks, and lots of printables that make it easy for you to re-create this festive party. Keep clicking for all the vintage Americana details!
"To customize the printable invitation, first download the free font Museo Slab and install it on your computer. Once the invitation PDF is open in Acrobat, just click on the placeholder text and type in your own. It is that easy," Lia says. "The second page of the printable is the envelope liner designed for an A6 square flap envelope. I love the red polka-dot liner with the kraft envelopes since the look coordinates with the kit. For this kit I used my pinking sheers for the zigzag edge, as it adds to the vintage style."
Paper- and twine-wrapped hot dogs added some style to a classic American treat.
Red and Blue Desserts
Lia stayed with the American color scheme, serving red velvet mini cupcakes and individual blueberry cheesecakes.
Lemonade, soda, and water mixed with American flags and pinwheels at the beverage station.
How adorable was this little celebration station Lia set up, full of sparklers, pinwheels, and wind socks, all begging to be twirled around?
Sparkle and Shine
Printable labels added some style to matchboxes, ready to light sparklers. "Just print the sheet of labels onto a full-page label, trim, and add this fun vintage look to both sides of your little boxes," Lia says. "One trick I use when trimming from a full sheet is to peel the back off and replace it before I cut the label shapes. This makes it easier to remove once cut."
"One of the fun craft ideas Lisa created for us are these adorable wind socks," Lia says. "They can be made with recycled toilet paper rolls and leftover ribbon, fabric, and lace, or you can find coordinating Fourth of July colors at your fabric store. Any way you make them, they are sure to bring a smile." Get the tutorial here.
"Remember making these in grade school?" Lia says. "To add a little style to the pencils, I wrapped them in a coordinating washi tape. So cute!" Lia made two types of pinwheels for the party, paper and felt. Get the printable paper pinwheel and tutorial here. Get the felt pinwheel tutorial here.