For those of you who don’t know, I guest blog over at Love the Day. I guess Lindi and I are a “style match” — I love her printables and she likes my parties. So when I saw Lindi’s “Home of the Brave” 4th of July printables collection, I was immediately touched by her take on Independence Day.

Home of the Brave 4th of July Dessert Table by Double the Fun PartiesThere really can be no better way to celebrate than to think about the real meaning of this day. The 4th of July starts and ends with our heroes: people brave enough to envision America, and those who continue to defend us. So I thought of my great-grandfather, my dad, my stepdad, and my uncle – all of whom served in the armed forces.

4th of July Party Jell-O Mold of USA by Double the Fun Parties-WM 5

Here are the key elements of this look:
• Lindi’s Home of the Brave printables
• Red, white and blue star fabric – just fold this over to make a table runner.
• Red and white serving pieces
• Red paisley frame from Quite a Pair Keepsakes — Juliet made this frame for my daughters’ Wizard of Oz Party.
• Mementos from your family’s military service

4th of July Party Jell-O Mold of USA by Double the Fun Parties-WM 34th of July Party washi tape forks by Double the Fun Parties-WM

Since my buffet table is on the small side, I chose mementos only from my dad’s service. That’s his office marker with his rank and name: Lieutenant Commander H.R. Trumbull, U.S. Navy Reserve. That’s his hat from his Summer Whites uniform. And the photo is from a visit my brother and I made to his office at Bethesda Naval Hospital. We were high-styling in 1978!

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Including these items also helped me talk to the girls about my dad, who died during my pregnancy. Putting on his cap, I hope, makes their grandfather a little more real for him. It certainly brings back memories, and a few tears, for me.

4th of July Party wearing her grandfather's navy hat by Double the Fun Parties-WM

Here’s what else I want to recommend for any holiday celebration. Take it easy on yourself. Enjoy the day by not overworking yourself. All my desserts except the Jell-O mold map of the USA are store bought. (You can find the recipe for the Jell-O mold here.

4th of July Party Jell-O mold USA by Double the Fun Parties-WM

All the other treats came from the Target bakery. I love custom cookies and sweets just as much as any party planner. But when sweets are these cute, and it saves me so much time, how can I say no?

I popped these goodies in my cart:
• Star shortbread cookies
• Red dot sugar cookies
• Frosted brownie bites
• Glazed spritz cookies

4th of July Party washi tape forks-2 by Double the Fun Parties WM4th of July Party cookies by Double the Fun Parties-WM4th of July Party use cupcake toppers on brownie bites by Double the Fun Parties-WM 4th of July Party red white and blue dessert table by Double the Fun Parties-WM 4th of July Party Love the Day bottle wrappers Styling by Double the Fun Parties-WM 4th of July Party LCDR photo by Double the Fun Parties-WM 4th of July Party framed backdrop by Double the Fun Parties-WM 4th of July Party drink wrapper and straw flag-WM4th of July Party dessert table vertical-2 by Double the Fun Parties-WM I hope this gives you a way to bring a little more meaning to your 4th of July party – and to make it easy and more fun for you!

Vendor Credits

Party styling and photography: Double the Fun Parties
Printables: Love the Day
Plates and napkins: Better Homes & Gardens collection for WalMart
Red cake stand and tiered tray: Olivia Dru
Star fabric: Jo-Ann’s

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