Turn out this Fourth of July feast in a flash.
plate of wrapped silverware

We always want to throw a party for the Fourth of July, but never like working hard on a hot summer day. So don't! Fire up the grill and put together a meal using ingredients you have on hand (check our Every Day essentials list) plus a few last-minute groceries.



flowers in blue cans

tips + how-tos

How to Set the Scene

1. Gather old blue cans or vases -- or pick up an assortment at a craft store -- and fill with white and red flowers.

2. Use navy-blue and red bandanas as table runners or liners for breadbaskets.

3. Using a star-shaped hole punch (available at craft stores), cut stars out of strips of heavy white paper and tape around red napkins.