Monday, June 30, 2014

4th of July Kids Picnic with Minted

4th of July Party Ideas

The 4th of July is such a defining moment of your summer as a kid. I always remember it as the bittersweet halfway point - only a month and a half left until school would start up again in August. The 4th is all the best parts of summer packed in one day - picnics, parades, fireworks - what could be better?

This year I partnered with Minted and my friends at Handmade Mood to create the ultimate 4th of July kids picnic complete with red punch, patriotic popsicles, and cannonballs into the pool!

4th of July Party Ideas

4th of July Party Ideas

To make the party extra special, we used Minted's Patriot Party decor line to decorate the food table and picnic area and had fun putting our own DIY spin on the items, such as using Minted's large table confetti to make a fireworks cake topper by cutting some notches in them and taping to a skewer!

4th of July Party Ideas

There were red, white, and blue treats galore!

4th of July Party Ideas

Head over to Handmade Mood to see all the details of the food table and simple ideas for your own 4th of July picnic like dressing up a simple paper plate with a patriotic sticker!

4th of July Party Ideas

Read on to see how we made a magical picnic area for the kids featuring DIY star lanterns using Minted's gorgeous large paper globes



How to Make Star Lanterns


We covered our white lanterns in stars using just a few simple materials. When combined with a few strands of delicate star garlands (sewn together by Candice of Handmade Mood) and the patriotic circle garland, the lanterns created a gorgeous effect under the trees.  

Star Paper Lanterns

Supplies for Star Lanterns



Star Paper Lanterns

How to Make Star Lanterns


1. Use your template to trace stars onto your kraft paper and cut out.

Star Paper Lanterns

2. Apply an even layer of Mod Podge to the back of a star using a foam brush.

Star Paper Lanterns

3. Smooth the star onto the lantern. You can stick your hand inside the lantern to make it easier to press the star down. Continue adding stars around the lantern and you're done!

Star Paper Lanterns

The stars from the lanterns were replicated in the picnic blanket underneath. Check out how to make your own picnic blanket out of a painter's drop cloth.

Star Picnic Blanket

Have a party coming up? Minted has gorgeous decor for every type of celebration and is offering our readers a 10% discount off of their party decor and invitations through 7/14/14! Just use the code PARTYWITHMINTED10 at checkout!

This post was sponsored by Minted. All content and opinions are my own. Picnic photos by Handmade Mood.

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