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In my book, the Fourth of July gives Christmas a serious run for its money in the "Favorite Holiday Ever Contest." The simplicity, celebration, and community of summer is all wrapped up in one holiday, where we all get together to grill salty meat; wear red, white, and blue; fire off colorful bursts of light in the sky; and, of course, celebrate the freedom we have in our country.
If you're also planning on celebrating your union, here are 13 ideas to create a simple and gorgeous Fourth of July celebration!
GOLD GLITTER STAR CUPCAKE TOPPERS
Adorable! If you're not much of a baker, you can easily cheat by purchasing some cupcakes from your grocery store, topping them off with some raspberries and blueberries, then stick one of these
(50 for $7.39 on
. Voila! You have a perfectly patriotic dessert for all of your guests.
Photo via Craftionary
RED GINGHAM TODDLER DRESS
Just stop. Stop. I cannot bear the adorableness of this. If you have a flower girl, stick her in this adorable gingham dress and give her a crate like this one to throw out petals. It doesn't get any more summer than that! AND, you're in luck! I found a dress almost identical to this beauty
! Amazon FTW.
Photo by Jessica Roberts via 100 Layer Cakelet
LET LOVE LIGHT THE WAY SPARKLERS
Sparklers are a good idea any time of year (as long as they're done safely!), but they're a perfect way to close off a patriotic wedding. Doll up the sparklers with a few of these custom tags for a special touch!
Let all of your guests know when the festivities will end with a bang. This beautiful sign will do just the trick!
RED, WHITE, & BLUE DRINKING STRAWS
Although paper straws aren't the most practical way to sip a drink, they sure do make for beautiful photos. Stick them in a mason jar, fill it up with lemonade, and you have a gorgeously sastifying drink! Here are similar straws you can purchase from Amazon .
Photo by Elodie Ciriani via Wedding Chicks
SPARKLER SAVE THE DATE
Get your guests excited about celebrating both you and our country with a sparkler sparkler save the date! I love the simplicity of this beautiful piece and envelopes are included, too!
FLAG HAMBURGER TOPPERS
Of course, you don't have to use hamburgers to show off your patriotic pride, but why not? Mini burgers are a fun dinner option for a casual, outdoor wedding. After your burgers are complete, stick 'em with these flag toothpicks and you're ready to go!
Photo via Always Perfect Catering.
I unfortunately don't have a source for where you can buy these beauties (although if you know, please tell me!), but I included them because they're just too pretty not to look at, am I right?!
I love this gorgeous photo. When you're finished wiht the photo, you can hang it up on a barn outside or in the reception venue to keep the celebrations going. If you want to imitate the pic, here's a vintage flag you can use!
Photo by Al Gawlik Photography via PopSugar
BLUE & GOLD CUSTOM NAPKINS
I so wish custom napkins was a thing when I planned my wedding. I know it's a small thing, but it adds such a classy touch! Especially if you're hosting an outdoor soiree with messy food. These gold foil napkins are gorgeous for a patriotic wedding.