4th of July barbeques are an American tradition and a great day to celebrate our freedom and appreciate our friends. The color scheme is always gonna be red, white and blue but maybe this year you could get even more traditional and go back in time with your decorations, partyware and food.

galvanized goodies

mason jar glasses from PB
















Using weathered materials, like galvanized buckets or mason jars gives your party a casual, old-timey feeling. The bonus is that this stuff is inexpensive and can be re-used for other parties or projects. I love this set from Plow & Hearth.


You could buy these super cute glasses from Pottery Barn, or you could get a case of mason jars from your local grocery store (for dirt cheap). I’m gonna fill them with icy lemonade for the kids and Shandies for the grown up (4 parts beer to one part lemonade – delicious!!!). I’ll chill the jars before the party starts to keep the drinks cold and refreshing.

I’m thinking I’ll get white flowers (because they are my favorite) and drop them in a galvanized bucket and tie blue and red ribbons around it.

I will most definitely be making red velvet cupcakes for the occasion, with white cream cheese frosting and a little blueberry on top of each one.


Old Glory in all her glory.

I also love the tea stained flag buntings I got a few years back from Michael’s Crafts. I’m not sure they still carry them but they can be found on Amazon and other shopping sites.

And finally, just to make sure that my party rocks more than everybody’s else’s party, I found images of the music sheets for The Star Spangled Banner. I’m going to print them out on 11 x 17 paper and use them as place mats. Maybe I’ll even mix it up with She’s a Grand Old Flag and America the Beautiful…