Stars, Stripes & Sparklers ~ How To Throw the Ultimate 4th of July Party!

Baby you’re a firework!! 🎇

Next week (and probably this weekend too!) we’re all celebrating Independence Day! That means beachin’, BBQs, and fun in the sun as we all count our blessings and show gratitude for our country and each other. To celebrate, we put together the ultimate guide to throwing a festive 4th of July bash. We’ve got it all covered ~ gorgeous decor, cute outfits, and easy #TIUapproved recipes.

Now you’re ready to grab your girls and rock your red, white, & blue!!

Special thank you to all the fab babes who helped make the shoot so beautiful ~ our longtime friend and event producer Leila from Be Inspired PRJesi Haack Design, floral designer Carissa, Cassandra from Borrowed BLU for the gorgeous table tops, and For Your Party cocktail napkins!!
And thank you to our friend Jana Williams for the beautiful photography!

For the decor, we were going for a festive and laid-back yet elegant vibe. Of course we threw our bash at the beach, but you can recreate this look at a park or in your own backyard!
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Set the stage

 We chose wicker chairs because they’re super summer-y and easy to move around so guests can mingle. We mixed and matched blue and white throw pillows from our homes and picked up a couple at Target, Home Goods, and Bed, Bath, & Beyond. Throw pillows always give a party a comfy and cozy vibe so guests feel right at home!

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Flower power 

You know flower arrangements are kinda my obsession ;) 🌸 We worked with floral designer Carissa and chose lots of white blooms with some blue mixed in to go with our patriotic theme and greens to complement the natural look. This party has lots of alliums (they look like fireworks!), spirea, rice flowers, statice, eucalyptus, olive branches, blue thistle, and beach grasses.

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Add accents 

Use your silverware as a way to add more color to your table setting! We chose blue with gold accents for a festive vibe. You can also get creative with your napkin arrangement. We tucked a thistle bulb in the center of the napkin tie for a delicate little detail!

We also sprinkled cherries on the table and placed watermelon slices on each plate for a natural pop of red and some delish touches!

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Light it up

Candles always set the mood and add such a beautiful, sophisticated touch. If your event is outside, glass hurricanes are the perfect way to block the breeze and create the cutest look!

I also brought down my favorite blanket from my house! It’s a jean blanket made by Head Regal from Boulevard in Manhattan Beach!

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Cute custom details

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Customize your own cocktail napkins at For Your Party! These custom designed 4th of July paper napkins to give the table a bright red accent. 

Karena’s dress is from Greigh Goods, a boutique in Manhattan Beach! Her necklace was a gift (from yours truly ;) from Planet Blue!

My jeans are from Madewell and my top is Dress Decode from LF in Manhattan Beach!

A feast fit for the 4th! These are some of our fave festive recipes!

Red, White, & Blueberry Bites




Shredded coconut flakes

Strawberries, stems cut off


Yogurt of your choice

Powdered sugar

Skewer sticks

1. Drizzle honey over marshmallows and roll in shredded coconut, or get them already coated when you buy them!

2. Skewer away babe! For the dip ~ mix your favorite yogurt with shredded coconut and a pinch of powdered sugar!

Show Stop Pops


1 cup cubed watermelon

 1 cup raspberries

1 cup yogurt of choice

 1/4 cup coconut cream

 2 Tbsp. agave

2 cups coconut water

1 cup blueberries

1. In a food processor, blend cubed watermelon and raspberries. You can add a splash of coconut water if needed.

2. Pour into molds and fill 1/3 of popsicle. Freeze for 15 minutes.

3. Blend yogurt, coconut cream, and agave with 1/3 cup coconut water. Pour into Popsicle mold another third. Freeze for another 15 minutes.

4. Blend blueberries and 1 cup coconut water and pour to the top of your molds. Freeze for 1 hour! Take Popsicles out of freezer and run the outside under warm water for 10 seconds. Slip out Popsicles and serve!!! They’re also delicious in a glass of white wine ;)

Rosé Sangria

Pour a bottle of sparkling rosé into a pitcher filled with strawberries, blueberries and mint! We also used fruit infused ice cubes for color!

Have the best holiday babe!!🇺🇸


  1. This is by far the cutest setup ever and you girls look beautiful! Everything about this I absolutely love.

    1. WAIT NO WAY!!! Can we make a TIU jean?!! Haha! Love the Summer Jean so much! xxo

        1. So awesome! I bought a pair myself a few months ago they are beautiful!

  2. LOVE these recipes 💙❤️ Very family friendly for ALL the ages celebrating. I’ve been excited for this to come out since the little sneak peek. Have a beautiful holiday 🇺🇸

  3. All of this looks gorgeous! You two are so adorable and I’m thankful for the two of you and how real and honest you are with us. It’s refreshing. Lovely set up and the decor is fantastic. I love decor!! And the beach!

  4. You ladies are gorgeous inside and out! The decorations and food look amazing as well. Have a happy 4th of July! Can’t wait for the summer challenge to come out!!

  5. Yasss thank you! I’m throwing a party for the Fourth and live these ideas! I love these lifestyle and entertaining posts they are sooo helpful. I honestly think you should come out with a book about healthy and beautiful entertaining!!

  6. On the skewers is that rice krispie squares? I bet quinoa crisps would work great in place of the rice krispies!! Btw, deets on Karena’s dress??

  7. Made these last year for a party we went to and they were a big hit!. *Red, White, & Blueberry Bites* I would love to know where you got the silverware from for this shoot, I have to have it! Thank You

  8. OMG that top is sooooooooooooooooo amazing. And the whole setting as well. So relaxing, clean, fresh and elegant!

  9. LOVE denim for the 4th! Nothing says America like a pair of blue jeans… or blue jeans blanket! So cute, thanks for the inspiration as always beautifuls!

  10. Karena and katri a, I have been following you every single day since 2017, you are amazing, and an example of health and love. I wish you the best in life because you just do a lot for Us!
    Ttttttthhhhaaaannnnkkkk yyyyoooooouuuuuuu

  11. Okay, So I am super ready to get back into TIU and so excited to begin this week and I get to try these recipes for the party on Tuesday!

  12. Love eveything about it☺ beautiful coloros, flowers and ideas😊 i took some screenshots😂

  13. I am TOTALLY buying Karena’s dress for vacation!!!! Thanks for the inspiration, now to get to work getting toned enough to rock it also!!!!

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