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Decorate a Fourth of July Cookout!
Throwing a Fourth of July cookout? Check out these design tips for a fun, stylish outdoor BBQ! Use these tips on the 4th or all summer long!
Written and styled by Jickie Torres & Lidy Baars
Photography by Mark Mendez

Key Pieces:  For a modern twist on a Fourth of July party, choose pastel shades of red and blue. Poppy red, sky blue and creamy white paper lanterns hung from a tree act as the centerpiece of the table. A vintage-style bingo game adds to the nostalgic fun.

Easy ways to get the look: Top a simple white tablecloth with a red ticking stripe runner for a punch of color. An array of brightly colored ranunculus in vintage milk bottles to dot the tabletop is all you need for a sweet touch. Colorful flatware in geometric patterns adds to the laid-back appeal. Play up the classic motifs of summer—lemons, limes, strawberries and board games—for a timeless yet stunning affair.

Extra touches: Skip the glassware and serve drinks in ball jars for a fun touch. Add lanterns for ambiance.