Looking for some easy, affordable ideas for celebrating the 4th of July holiday? Look no further! This week on Inside Edition I shared some fun, budget-friendly ideas for entertaining this holiday weekend.
Watch the clip here! I’ve posted all the recipes, as well as several decorating tips for the holiday below.
Easy and Budget Friendly 4th of July Menu
Grilled Vegetable Salad
Lemony Marinated Chicken Skewers
Lemon Pasta Salad
Vanilla Berry Sparkling Sangria
Decorating your 4th of July Table on a Budget
The biggest tip I have for easy, affordable table decor is to buy one great set of white dishes. They don’t have to be fancy – in fact, I adore Corelle dishes, which are super affordable, shatter-resistant, and made in America (which is appropriate for the 4th!). I like them because they’re lightweight and they last forever. My Grandma Carolyn got me hooked on them. They work for indoor or outdoor entertaining, and they’re so easy to wash up. They’re thin, so you can stack and store them with ease. They are also much more eco-friendly than disposable one-use plates – and isn’t it just nicer to eat on an actual plate?
So basically, you get one great set of plain white dishes, enough to feed a big crowd – plates, serving dishes, platters, whatever you might need – and you use that same set of dishes for every single holiday. White dishes are classic, simple, and they can be dressed up however you like for any time of year. I’m also a big fan of cooking colorful seasonal food, so using a neutral white base really highlights the natural beauty of the food.
Add Colorful and Affordable Decorative Touches
To your white dishes, add a nice set of white linen napkins. Then let the color come from napkin rings and other small decorative touches. Here, I’ve used a roll of red, white and blue ribbon – which I found on clearance at the craft store for $2.00 – to make hand-tied napkin rings. Small items like napkin rings, placemats, and decorations can be found affordably in a variety of colors, and it’s much easier to store small decorative touches than it is to store multiple dish sets.
And if you’re a procrastinator, you’re in luck! The clearance deals for the 4th are already in full swing. Your local craft store should have lots of options on clearance right about now.
Make a Candy Centerpiece
I love this idea, because you can also use it for other holidays with different colored candy. For the 4th, use red, white, and blue candies – jelly beans, gum balls, or chocolate candies – to fill clear glass vases or mason jars. Once the container is full, stick some small American flags in it. Instant centerpiece!
Then, when the part is over, you can send the candy home with the kids in the family in small mason jars as party favors. I wrapped mine with a little of the leftover festive ribbon. Cute, colorful, fun, and economical!