Happy 4th of July!
Today I am so excited to be sharing with you guys some super festive, fun, and easy things you can do to make your fourth just a little more spectacular! I have put together a bunch of cute ideas for an Independence Day Party and hope that this post helps some of you out and gives you a little patriotic inspiration! All of these ideas are very inexpensive and can be done last minute as this holiday tends to creep up rather quickly most of the time! 🙂 Let’s begin, shall we?
First off, let’s put on some festive makeup to get in the mood for this fabulous party we’ll be throwing! I started off with my base makeup on and eyes prepped.
I added a brown shade called Tease from the Naked 2 palette to my crease with Sephora’s crease brush. As you can see I love this color quite a lot. I am devastated that I can barely get any product out of the pan anymore!
Next, I placed a shimmery, silver shade called Verve, again from the Naked 2 palette, all over my lid to give it some sparkle with Sephora’s shadow brush.
I then put a bright, sparkly white shade called Swan Song (ooh, how fancy!) from my little Kat Von D palette on my inner corner and brow bone with Sephora’s concealer brush.
Next, I lined my upper lash line with Sephora’s slanted eyeliner brush with a dark brown shade called Busted from the Naked 2 palette to give more definition.
Now for the fun part; the color! I used a sparkly blue liner by Nickak that came in my Ipsy a few months back to line the lower, inner corner of my eye. I just LOVE this pop of festiveness!
Now of course we gotta get dem lashes done, gurl, so I then went in with Perversion mascara by Urban Decay and then sealed in that coat with some waterproof covergirl mascara. I find that Perversion tends to get all around my eyes if I don’t seal it in with a good, waterproof mascara, but when used together, these two are my current lash dream team!
Of course, we need to tie that bright pop of red in there somewhere and what better way than with a classic red lip? I am lining my lips with a clear lip liner by MUFE that will make sure that my bright red lips don’t bleed. Then I am going in with my adorable, little sample size of Marc Jacobs’ So Rouge lipstick. IT’S SO PRETTY. AGH. I just love it. 🙂
And there we have our beautiful, simple, patriotic makeup!
Onto the outfit! I am wearing a plaid shirt from Aeropostale, jean shorts from American Eagle, white vans, and, OF COURSE, a red bandana, because it screams country pride and is SO cute. A red bandana is a super cheap and easy way to tie some festiveness into your outfit! 🙂 Also, any jean jackets look very cute for this holiday in my opinion, so if you have one lying around, it would be a cute addition to a simple red or blue shirt for a simple 4th of July outfit!
Now that we look the part for this party, let’s make the food!
I have put together some ridiculously easy and cute recipes for patriotic snacks that your guests will love! That is if you don’t eat it all first.
For the first snack, we will be making red, white, and blue skewers! You will need some red and blue fruit or berries of your choice that you happen to have in your fridge (I have picked blueberries and strawberries), marshmallows, and -of course- skewers.
Layer them on your skewers in a red white and blue pattern and lay them out in a cute dish. Your guests will love them! They are SO cute and, best of all, extremely simple!
Onto the next snack -Patriotic Popcorn! THIS STUFF IS SO DELICIOUS. Be warned; if you make this, you may eat it all yourself. 😉
Start by popping some popcorn or buying pre-popped popcorn that has no seasonings or butter.
Next, melt some white chocolate and drizzle it over your bowl of crunchy goodness.
Now sprinkle on some red, white, and blue candy, mix (I mixed mine with a spatula because it was very hot), and serve in a festive bowl.
Done! Now you have the most delicious and simple snack to get everyone hooked on!
Of course, we’ll need a drink to wash all this sugar down, so I have made an Independence Iced Tea.
You’ll need red, berry-flavored tea bags, blueberries, and either sugar or sprite
Start by heating up your water.
Next, add in your tea bags and wait for them to steep.
Take out the tea bags and pour the tea into glasses with ice. (and a cute straw;)
Add some blueberries, ice and sweetener of your choice. I added stevia to mine. I did not have sprite, but it would make this drink really fizzy and sweet! 🙂
Feel free to decorate your glasses with fruit!
Tadahhh! All done! And so yummy!
Onto the best part… decorations!
A photo booth is always a good idea at parties and they are super cheap and easy to make!
You will need a table cloth, streamers, and props (which I will show you how to make).
Hang up your table cloth in an area with good lighting. I first tried to hang mine outside, but then realized the wind did not want to cooperate with me… it ended up turning me into a superhero, so it’s all good. I decided to hang it inside in the end. 🙂
Add your streamers and any other decor your little heart desires.
Now, for the props.
You will need some stars, straws, and a glue gun (or tape). You can cut the stars out yourself on some festive paper or buy them at the store. I got mine at Walmart for supah cheap! 🙂
Glue your stars to your patriotic straws with a hot glue gun and let the glue dry.
I placed mine in a cute little jar along with some flags for everyone to use as props!
Now, you and your guests will have a ton of fun posing with your cute photo booth!
If you want to make your house a little more patriotic for this lovely holiday, I have a perfect little DIY for you!
I will be making cute, burlap star signs!
You will need three small canvases, burlap, a staple gun, three wooden stars, red, white, and blue paint, paint brushes, and a hot glue gun. I purchased my canvases from Walmart, where they already were covered in burlap, so I will not have to staple mine on. These cost about $4 for a pack of two. If you need to staple the burlap onto your canvases, simply wrap the edges like you would a present and staple in place along the backside. Make sure that your burlap is stretched tight!
Now, paint your stars and let them dry.
Feel free to make your stars more rustic-looking with a little sand paper! Then, hot glue them onto your canvases and let the glue set.
All done! These cute little stars are so easy and fun to make! They can spruce up any area quite nicely and bring some patriotic cuteness into your home!
And with that, our Fourth of July Partay has sadly come to a close. Thank you all so much for reading! I hope that you enjoyed this post and maybe found some patriotic inspiration! Happy 4th of July! See you next time!