Are you having a cookout this July 4th weekend? Why not stand out from the pack and WOW your friends and family by incorporating a few of Ricky Eisen’s insider decorating tips?!
To give your table a decorated look, layer the table cloths. Mix colors, textures and sizes. especially like tablecloths which have fringes. Mix and match lanterns to give further complexity to the table. If you are using a wooden table, don’t cover it entirely. Let some of the wood show.
Although fresh flowers are always a great addition to any buffet, for a more cost effective alternative use fresh fruit such as pineapple, melon and plums. Find a tree bark as the anchor to the center of the table, add twigs and leafy branches from the garden and you can have a great centerpiece, most of which can be eaten later. Or simply choose one fruit to display in a clear vase or bowl and use it at a later time to make juice with.
If your party is out doors, a fun addition to the Fourth of July decor are sparkling candles which are available at most paper supply stores. Use votive candles and protect the flames with paper bags (available at every supermarket.) These makeshift lanterns can mark the pathways from the street to the party, decorate the buffet and add light to a darkened spot.
Mix It Up
Extra long wooden skewers are ideal for larger gatherings. Earlier in the day (if you have enough refrigeration space you can do this the day before,) skewer shrimp, chicken, beef, sausage, hot dogs and vegetables which you’ve cut into two bite portions, marinate and grill as needed. It will take less time to grill and your guests will not need eating implements.