If you believe in celebrating in style, and you look for excuses to throw a good party, having kids won’t stop that party planning perfectionist in you. At least that’s what I’ve learned. I’m THAT mom who offers to host a play date and then surprises everyone with a full-out professionally coordinated, themed event. This July 4th have a Fab Fourth! It’s is an easy time to decorate and really jump into a theme. After all, everyone has some form of red white and/or blue in their homes and closets! Here is some inspiration for you to host a Fab 4th of July party or play date indoors.
I encourage you to have a Fab Fourth with kids in the comfort of your own home! Simply stick to a strict color theme of red white and blue, use what you have and ask everyone to dress in theme. Here, in partnership with Mialandyn Events, we decorated her rental teepees with fringe and taped-on star cutouts. (Taping on additional decor is such an easy and clever way to temporarily transform a plain teepee to match any holiday or theme!) Next we added some matching fur blankets and patriotic pillows to complete the luxe look. We also added fun toddler toys and balloons inside which invited kids to explore and play.
Encourage a pretend picnic with gingham red picnic blanket laid out and kid-friendly finger foods like healthy snacks from Fresh Kids, blueberries in a star dish, star-shaped cake pops from Current Mood, sparkly red marshmallows and 3D chocolate covered Oreo cookies from Brooklyn Cake Pops! Red white and blue napkins, cake platter and star-shaped dishes help carry out the theme.
Ask play date guests (moms and kids alike) to dress head-to-toe in red white and blue and you’ll be surprised how they take to the fashion challenge. Having the kids match REALLY makes for some adorable shots and brings out the momarazzi in all of us!
I had so much fun styling all the kids for this shoot with pieces from their closets and my daughter’s combined.
Take the opportunity to talk to the toddlers about flags, stars and stripes and voila! You’ve had a patriotic play date!
If you liked this, click through for more inspiration on how to throw a patriotic picnic outdoors and check out the NYC instameet that we hosted last week with Mialandyn and Fresh Kids.
Special thanks goes out to all the partners for this shoot:
- Photography Ania Zimnoch
- Decor and production with Mialandyn
- Models: Winter, Maddie Lola,
- Cake Pops by Current Mood
- Chocolate covered Oreos and marshmallows by Brooklyn Cake Pops
- Fresh Kids