"Be Inspired” Seasonally by Rita Calvert
Gather your friends and use our patriotic decorating and entertaining ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners, table runners, napkins, centerpieces, platters, totes and pillows to raveworthy party favors and more, your Independence Day party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.
Hang a Flag
Hanging a flag can add vibrant color and style to your entry all summer long, not just on the Fourth of July.
It's all the rage-red solo cups and accessories in reusable melamine.
Party Decor: Watermelon Carve-Outs
A couple of weeks ago, a carved watermelon was shown especially carved for the Fourth of July. With that in mind, here are tips on that adorable much-loved centerpiece:
Juicy watermelon makes a sweet statement for any 4th of July get-together. Using stencils and a sharp knife or vegetable peeler, carve festive notes as a celebratory memo. Display your assortment of various-shape watermelons on your porch, deck, or even as a fun centerpiece for your snack table.
Watermelon Carving Tips
- Choose an oblong seedless watermelon
- Have the whole watermelon at room temperature when you carve. The cuts will be easier to make when the watermelon is not cold. You can chill the watermelon in the refrigerator after cutting and before serving.
- Cut a small, thin, flat piece from the bottom of the watermelon before carving. This will make a flat base, making the watermelon more stable when carving.
- Draw the design on the watermelon rind with a fine/medium point waterproof marker or a sharp pencil before you cut.
- After you’ve drawn the design on the rind, insert toothpicks in key places to use as guides for your cuts.
- Use a sharp knife with a pointed tip – the sharper the knife, the easier and cleaner the cuts will be. Be careful!
- Consider using a channel knife for certain cuts and to hollow out larger areas.
- For better grip and to help protect your hands, use a fresh, new thick pair of gardening gloves with gripper palms.
- Choose a flat working surface on a solid base.
- For more detailed designs, draw a template first on a sheet of white paper with a marker or pencil. When finished, transfer the image to the watermelon surface by taping the paper to the melon and tracing along the design’s lines with a pencil, making the design right on the watermelon surface.
- When attaching cut pieces on the watermelon to make your design, use round toothpicks or skewers. Flat toothpicks will often break due to weight of the piece or the thickness of the rind.