Our favorite day of the summer is upon us, and we couldn't be more excited. While we're all for setting off fireworks and sipping cocktails in the name of American tradition, we're definitely not opposed to spicing up the familiar routine of hot dogs and hamburgers followed by sparklers and firecrackers. Here are three last-minute ways to take your Fourth of July party from cliché to creative, straight from the brain of the hostess with the mostest: Martha Stewart.
Some backyards simply don't have enough space to set off fireworks, especially if there are small children running around. Martha Stewart recommends filling balloons with red, white, and blue confetti as a suitable replacement. "Confetti-filled balloons are a fun alternative to fireworks," said Stewart in an interview with Elle Decor. "Satisfyingly loud and sparkly, they can be set off by kids indoors. To make, pull a balloon over a funnel, pour in the confetti until the balloon is a quart full, and inflate with a hand pump." See the full DIY breakdown here.
The difference between a good cocktail and a great cocktail lies in the prep. Rather than relying on sugary juices or artificially flavored liquors to sweeten your drinks, head to the farmers' market and pick up the freshest ingredients possible. "I don't recall where I first tasted a cherry mojito, but wow, it's one of the best drinks for summer," says Stewart. "Try to get the biggest, best Bing cherries available. I serve a big batch from a punch bowl or glass cylinder container."
As your Fourth of July party draws to a close, keep the atmosphere warm and inviting with outdoor hanging lights. "When you want to illuminate a setting and create a distinctive mood, lighting is one of the easiest and least-expensive ways to cast an enchanting spell on any outdoor space," says Stewart. Take a peek at the full project guide here.
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