Throw a Simply Chic Fourth of July Party with Celebrity Event Planner Sharon Sacks

06/27/2014 at 05:30 PM ET
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Want to throw the best Fourth of July bash on the block? We thought so.

To help, we enlisted event planner extraordinaire (and the woman behind the lavish nuptials of Kim and Kayne) Sharon Sacks to help us pick the perfect party décor.

“The day is all about friendships, fun and old-fashioned patriotism, making it the perfect occasion for a festive summertime bash,” Sacks says. Whether treating your guests to a big backyard BBQ or a cozy picnic, the president and founder of LA-based Sacks Productions chooses to mix patriotic with practical. It’s a great way to “celebrate the amazing country that we call home,” she says.

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“Getting your guests in the spirit starts well before they enter your home,” says Sacks. “There is nothing like receiving a gorgeous invitation to get in the holiday mood!” Her pick: This red, white and blue Fort Henry invitation.

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“My Fourth of July gatherings are more intimate affairs,” Sacks says. “My aim is to create a warm, inviting atmosphere. I love outdoor picnics with gorgeous Americana-style blankets, like VHC Brands Old Glory Throw, where guests can lounge.”

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Want to make your lounging area even cozier? Sacks says adding pillows, like this plushy ode to Old Glory, “will make guests feel right at home.”

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Sacks suggests using a cool condiment set as a utensil holder or makeshift vase. This Galvanized Metal Star version adds a pop of patriotism. Her favorite flower to fill these buckets with: “gorgeous daisies.”

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“I think mason jars are the perfect glasses — they remind guests of their childhood lemonade stands,” Sacks says. Try these mini sippers, complete with cute, colorful straws. She recommends prefilling them with a signature “fresh and fruity” cocktail.

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Sacks stocks her July 4th party with all-American foods like hot dogs, burgers, potato salad and apple pie a la mode — and what better way to serve up these classic faves then on these star spangled paper plates?

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And, the ultimate way to pay tribute to the USA? “The most important element of the party is an American flag,” says Sacks. Sprinkle these traditional minis throughout your soiree.

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—Michelle Ward

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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When we do this, we close ourselves off to the parts of our lives that we need to experience most.

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I was pretty sad when I got to the Namco Bandai booth however and found out they only brought their fighting games to be played there, which I didn’t bother to try. PC games take you away from your real life miseries and give you complete peace of mind. You could give yourself some leisure time between classes or just within the break time, however are not in front of your TV.
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