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Star-Shaped Foods for 4th of July

Hey friends, I received an overwhelming response to my White Wine Sangria with Star-Shaped Pineapple recipe so I decided to give you a few more playful ways to let your STAR shine in your foods. All these ideas add that personal twist to your 4th of July festivities and a unique touch that leaves yours guests thinking your the next Martha Stewart :)

Do you remember the star-shaped tortilla chips I talked about for your Oscar party? They also work great for 4th of July.

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Festive Fruit Ice Cubes! I am all about the cocktail, so spark it up and add a little kick to your spirits this season. It’s simple, pick up an ice cube tray in the shape of stars, I got mine at Cost Plus, then get creative. Different fruit juices add the color and fresh fruit and herbs accent clear water for an infused taste. Also looks festive in a jug of water or in a non-alcoholic drink. My FAVE is mint stars in my mojito. Yum.

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Star-Shaped Watermelon on a Stick. It’s so simple, but adds that extra creative touch. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter and cut out the stars out of watermelon. Pick up popsicle sticks from any grocery store and  attach to the watermelon.

Fun Tip: Display in a watermelon that has been cut in half!

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Display in a bowl of fruit

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or use to garnish a cocktail

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What’s more American than Jello? See it wiggle, see it jiggle…Here’s a fun idea the kids will love.

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Please remember to…

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How to Personalize your 4th of July

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I love to personalize a party and 4th of July is around the corner, so what better way to get your party started then to put your own magic touch on your festivities, right? It’s all in the details and the sparkly touches that makes a party unique and memorable. Here are a few tips I shared this morning on Action News Now and taught Alex Backus how to get her party on. Thanks Alex for your continued support, you know I think you are DARLING!

1.  Flag Pallet- This is a super easy and fun project to do with the family, a great way to personalize your party. My daughter, Makenzi and I worked on this project together. Shipping pallets are imperfect, so there is no such thing as perfection.  In fact, the more imperfect it is, the more vintage it feels. Shipping pallets are readily available at any company that regularly receives large shipments, they are often advertised for free on places like Craig’s List. Here’s how we did it.

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First, we measured with a ruler the area we wanted to be blue.

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We sprayed the penciled area in navy blue, then rotated the rest of the pallets in red and white to create the look of the American flag,

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After we let the paint dry, we downloaded a star stencil online and began stenciling the stars on the navy blue.

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Viola! The finished product!

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2. 4th of July White Wine Sangria. TO DIE FOR! I love that it is made from my fave, white wine! It’s mine kind of patriotic punch.  Accent with fun items from both The Summer and Stars & Stripes Trunk.

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Here’s how to make it: Best White Wine Sangria you’ll ever have!

Combine Strawberries, blueberries and cookie cutter star-shaped pineapple, 2 bottles of white wine, 1/2 cup triple-sec, 1/2 cup of berry flavored vodka, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of simple syrup in a 3 Qt. pitcher, stir, chill and serve!

3.  Be creative with the Kid Toys! These fun windmills have a patriotic touch when placed in a nautical vase and a scoop of sand. Like I said, It’s all in the details my friends.

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4. Personalize with the Chalkboard. Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE my chalkboard. It’s the best way to make your party SHINE with your personality. Here’s a little of me shining on my chalkboard!

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5.  If you are feeling a little crunched for time, pick up The Stars & Stripes Trunk and everything will ship to your door ready to celebrate a festive holiday.

For more fun tips, be sure to watch “How to Personalize your 4th of July” on Action News Now.

HAPPY. HAPPY to all my friends. Much love to a safe and UNIQUE 4th of July.

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How to Hang a Starfish on a Wall

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Starfish make me SMILE! They are a great way to bring the relaxing vibe of the beach into your home. It makes for a fun summer time accent, but how the heck do you hang them on the wall? Well, Here’s my quick tutorial on how to easily hang starfish.

1.  Pick up some starfish, any size or shape works. I  like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, they usually carry this time of year as starfish is a  trendy summer accent.  You can also find them in the Summer Trunk, which is starfish inspired! Think odd numbers, I like to hang things in 3 or 5’s.

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2  Next, you’ll need a picture frame hanger.  They are around $2 a pack and can be picked up at a craft or hardware store. Here’s what they look like.

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3. Next pull out your handy dandy glue gun

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4.  Decide which direction you would like to hang your starfish and flip it over to the backside to attach the picture hanger.

5.  Use your hot glue gun to drop a dot of glue on one of the fingers of the starfish (make sure this is the direction you would like to hang your starfish) Walk away to let the glue dry, only takes a few minutes. Go pour yourself a Mai Tai  while you are waiting to get ready for your ocean oasis.

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6.  You are now ready to hang your starfish. Position the starfish where you would like on the wall, hammer in a little tack nail and hang from the picture hook. Voila, instant vacation!

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I’ve been inspired by the starfish this week, so here’s a little of my weekly “Happy Talk.”

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Style Your Home with Beach Decor

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The Summer Trunk has just been released from Season in a Trunk.  This summer I was inspired by starfish and the nautical color of navy. I love the playfulness of starfish and the feeling of casual living on the beach. If you can’t visit the beach this summer, you might as well bring it to you! I am all about outdoor living that is comfy and has some unique touches. The pieces have to be versatile to fit into my everyday life, so I designed something that can be used indoors, outdoors, on a covered porch, poolside, or anywhere you need a little summer time accent.

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First up the inspiration behind the whole trunk, the starfish pillow. 18 inches of soft feather down, this pillow is 100% cotton and adds the touch of the beach indoors or on a covered porch. I put mine on my front porch to welcome my guests and immediately make them feel the causal vibe of summer.

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I had to include some actual starfish, these are so fun!   They hang great on a wall, nestled into your decor or placed on a tray.  3 8-10″ starfish come in each trunk.

I love how the starfish are packaged in netting, a great gift.

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An outdoor pitcher is a must for summer time entertaining. This one is unique and is great quality.  I like to fill mine up with orange infused water for hot summer days. Tie the fringed navy napkin around the handle of the pitcher for a nautical accent.

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The metal serving tray is the most versatile piece in the summer trunk. Obviously it makes a great serving tray, but check out all my ideas on how else you can use the scallop-edged accent.

As a table charger

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As a planter for succulents

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Wanna learn more ways to decorate with beach decor? Check out my video and learn how.

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The Summer Trunk can be purchased at Season in a Trunk.  It comes artfully packaged and delivered to your door for $85, plus I would like to gift you FREE SHIPPING, your welcome :)  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

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