Guest Picks: Fourth of July Market Picks
Will of Bright.Bazaar Shares How to Celebrate America's Independence in Style
I am a freelance prop stylist based in London. As well as writing and styling for magazines and commercial clients, I also author a daily blog, Bright.Bazaar, which details my appreciation for colourful design.
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With the Fourth of July holiday a little over a week away, I thought it would be useful to scour the market for the best tabletop and party decor pieces to make this year's holiday your most stylish yet. Whether you like to go all-out patriotic, or prefer to celebrate with a more understated look, there's something for all styles, tastes and price points. From practical party buys to favor ideas and items for atmospheric decorating, I hope you'll find something to complete your look for this year's Fourth of July party. How are you celebrating this year? What would be your pick from this roundup? — Will of Bright.Bazaar
I'm always keen to add in atmospheric lighting when I entertain, and this chain of metal lanterns from Target would be perfect for a Fourth of July tabletop. Consider hanging them above the table, or string around the room for added atmosphere.
These pillows are the perfect way to add a striking statement to your Fourth of July party decor. Create a welcoming chill-out area for your guests by buying them in multiples and stacking them high. You could even offer them as party favors as they are a fun and fitting way to remember the day.
This classic stripe red in patriotic yet subtle red, white and blue hues is perfect for adding more muted shades for your July 4 celebrations. Plus, it's reversible which makes it a great investment for years to come.
These napkins are another way to add a hint of patriotic flair to your July 4 tabletop. I love the simple yet striking star pattern.
I really like the dynamic pattern on these West Elm napkins. You could mix and match them with the star napkins from The Lexington Company, too.
Gingham never goes out of style. Buy a couple of meters of this fabric and make a table runner with a quick hem. Or you could use no-sew kits if you need a really quick fix.
Hanging planters take me back to my childhood days, when I grew up in the country. Consider hanging this duo by your front door for a fragrant welcome to any guests visiting over the holiday.
You've stocked up on the drinks and nibbles, but now you need a stylish piece to display them upon. At parties, I prefer to have drink stations dotted around the venue, rather than just in one place. This way it helps guests to mingle, and they're also never far from a top-up. These white tray tables are perfect for this purpose.
Blue is one of my all-time favorite hues. With countless shades and a solid, dependable nature it just keeps on giving. Use this luxurious colorway from Benjamin Moore as the basis for this year's Fourth of July decor, then after the holiday update with striking white and gray accents.
We all love a bargain, right? Well, this pendant light from Habitat would fit perfectly into a traditional Fourth of July color scheme, and you get to keep on enjoying it for the months and weeks that follow. For £40.00 you just can't go wrong.
These tabletop linens are the quickest way to add a graphic element to your tablescape. The red stripe detail on one side means they could easily be used come the holidays, whilst using the star pattern on the reverse makes them ideal for Fourth of July celebrations.
Add a splash of blue to your porch or patio with this planter. An ideal way to conceal an ugly corner, or simply to add a graphic and colorful element to your outside space, this planter is one of my favorite summer pieces.
Target is always a great stop for holiday decorations, and this season they've pulled it out of the bag with this Fourth of July bunting fan. I think this would work really well as backdrop — try it behind the sofa, on the porch or even as a Smilebooth accessory!
The simple blue ring detail on this tumbler adds interest to the basic glassware essential — and style.
I think these red wine glasses would a beautiful addition to your arsenal for evening entertaining. If your soiree moves into the night, raise a cheers with these and you'll be high in the style stakes.
This is such an easy to achieve idea for a stylish and eye-catching party welcome — just strike a match and you're ready to go. After all, with drinks to pour and food to prepare, instant decor is useful for us all!
This beer cooler is great for holiday parties because you can stash it full of ice and bottled beer, then let guests help themselves without having to make a trip to the kitchen.
This stylish dinnerware set could be the ideal piece for inspiring your holiday tabletop. The red color keys into the patriotism of the day, but the understated design means it's suitable to be used all year round — a great investment.
Ideabook published on June 28, 2011.
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