Dear Pink ::
Last year I had my family over for the 4th of July. It was our family reunion a few days after the 4th so many of us got together because my hometown does a great parade and fireworks. Here are two crazy cheap things I did to add to the festivites.
I couldn't find any cute paper plates that I liked. (No offense to allose wavy stars and stripes plate designers out there) So I went to the dollar store and got red, white and blue plates. They are kind of flimsy, I know, good for cake & ice cream but not much else. So I put my decorative scissors to work and trimmed the color plates down and glued them to a white plate. Cheap. Sturdy. Festive. And my family only thought I was slightly insane.
This is not a great photo but it's the only one I have. I recommend if you are recreating this to use the white plate as the under plate because sometimes the color plate doesn't cut very well and you have a white edge showing that the white background plate hids. I'm thinking this is cute for showers, birthdays, graduations, etc. This year my dollar store had some cute square red check plates. (happy dance)
I'm sure you have seen these Tissue Puff thing too, Pink. I just love how easy and cheap they are to make. I got the tissue from WalMart. And followed Martha's instuctions. (Click here for them) I cut my ends pointy not rounded so they looked like fireworks. They looked cute under my umbrella.
The rest of my photos from the holiday were of people who look kinda like me stuffing food into their mouths or power napping. Hmmm. Mental note to document other happenings on the 4th this year.