3 Ds of Patriotic Party Planning

Pulse recently collaborated with For, Like Ever! Event Styling, an event styling company located in St. Louis, Missouri, to learn how to throw the most swoon-worthy patriotic soiree. Make sure to check out all the talented collaborators’ websites who helped make this shoot happen!

Hey there! Ashley & Ashleigh here from For Like, Ever Event Styling! to give you some inside tips on how to add some spark to your patriotic party this Independence Day!

With summer off to an unofficial start, we can’t help but want to host a ton of fun parties, BBQs,and get-togethers of every kind! Anything to keep us outside, enjoying the beautiful weather and soaking up that sun! We have to say though, of all the awesome summer celebrations there are,Fourth of July tops the list. There’s something about the tradition and patriotism that fills the summer air as Independence Day approaches and it just can’t be beat.

It can be overwhelming to think through how to throw the perfect party for the Fourth especially once you hop on Pinterest and are inundated with inspiration. Our advice is to keep things simple, but always add beautiful details. The details we think are most important for a summer party happen to be 3 Ds: decor, dessert, and drinks. Here are our top decor, dessert and drink picks for a fabulously fun Fourth that’s picture perfect!

First: Choose your vibe, then add props. What kind of theme or feeling are you going for? What props or decor pieces will achieve that? For a backyard BBQ, we like using props that are useful so you’ll see that trend throughout our picks for this party.


Picnic Chic


If you’re having a backyard BBQ, you can’t go wrong with a picnic style vibe. It’s that traditional feel like takes you back to being a kid with a picnic basket and it just feels American! Glam it up a bit with some glitter or sparkles and set the scene for some great photos.



Sparklers, sparklers, sparklers – they’re fun no matter how old you are! Grab some sparklers, put them in a jar and make them a simple decor piece. If you’re setting the table for your party, add them to each place setting as a decor piece that doubles as a party favor, or make them the table centerpiece. No matter when you place them, make sure you light them by the end of the night and take pictures!



We love adding cute signs to our party scenes! They make great decor pieces, but also great photo props.



That blue sign is actually a tray from the dollar spot at Target. Yep. We added America the Beautiful on the back side with a paint pen. Now it’s a sign, a photo prop, AND a tray. 🙂


Festive cakes



We’ve yet to see a sparkler cake we didn’t totally swoon over. Incorporating fireworks, confetti, and your color scheme into your cakes to adds so much to your party decor, but they double as a menu item!

Mini pies


How stinkin’ cute are these mini pies?! They’re baked in the lids of mason jars and it is officially our new favorite dessert idea! Your guests will think they’re adorable for one, but also they’re great because you can set them out anywhere so they’re a great addition to a summer party.




Over the past few years, specialty cookies have really increased in popularity and we dig it. Not to mention they double as decor + party favors! We LOVE these designs by Jeanette at Nettie Betty’s Bakery! Arrows and feathers were perfect for our scene. They even had some sparkle on them. More photo props!


Nothing beats a delicious and refreshing summer drink! These are our cocktail picks for a patriotic party.

Salted Watermelon Tequila


Because watermelon is definitely a summer must. This recipe requires the most work, but you can substitute items made from scratch for pre-made ingredients.

Recipe makes 2 quarts:

4 1/2 cups watermelon juice (you can make this with watermelon and a strainer or buy watermelon juice)

2 3/4 cups 100% agave silver tequila (to taste)

1/4 cup lime juice

1/4 cup orange juice

1/8 cup honey + 1/8 cup warm water (mixed together)

Salt the rim

Garnish with watermelon

Serve over ice

Vodka Mint Lemonade


Lemonade is such a classic summer beverage – one that most everyone loves! It’s easy to make especially for a crowd so we took that and kicked it up a notch for this cocktail. Just adding mint and vodka for a nice summertime feeling cocktail.

Recipe makes 1 gallon or 4 quarts:

16 cups lemonade

3 cups vodka (to tast)

Muddled mint leaves

Garnish with limes and mint

Serve over ice

Summer Brew


A definite crowd pleaser! It combines your typical beer drinkers with your guests that want something a bit fruitier and it’s nice and refreshing.

Recipe makes close to 1 gallon or 4 quarts:

4 (12 oz) beers (doesn’t matter what kind – it shouldn’t affect the taste much)

4 (12 oz) cans of lemonade concentrate

24 oz of Vodka (fill empty concentrate can twice – to taste)

lemon wheels for garnish

Ice is optional


We loved working with Pulse to put this shoot together! Huge thanks to all of the wonderfully talented people we collaborated with!

Hair + Makeup: Caity Margaret Beauty

Desserts: Nettie Betty’s Bakery

Photography: Rachel Closson

Photography: Dylan Murphy

Cheers to a fabulous summer, a happy Fourth of July, and an incredible celebration!


Ashley & Ashleigh

For Like, Ever! Event Styling


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