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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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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