Dose of Good Repurposing: Turn your Fundamentals into a Fancy Fourth Soiree

Happy 4th Friends! If you missed my segment on today’s Atlanta & Company, check it out here with tips, tools, info and links to some of my favorite finds and folks for your Fancy Fourth Soiree!

ECOVITE: I repurposed a burlap flag banner from my Memorial Day fete into an invite easily hung on your neighbor’s door. Cut the flags from the banner into individual pieces then print your party details on scrap paper, glue or double stick tape to the backside of the banner and voila…

Conscious CUISINE: Atlanta caterer + cafe, Sun in my Belly, has been a fantastic partner for us over the years of events. Executive Chef/Owner Alison Lueker’s seasonal, locally-focused approach to their menus always produces the most deliciously fresh bites. Featured on today’s segment – their local peach and tomato gazpacho soup sips with orange crema; Asian Tuna tartare with avocado and mango served on cucumber coins and their mini buttermilk panna cotta with blue berry and raspberry compote. I definitely suggest a stop by their cafe for your everyday fix and if you’re planning a soiree soon, definitely check them out at www.suninmybelly.com. *I’ll post the recipes shortly.

ORGANIC LIBATIONS: My friend and this year’s winner of ABC’s The Taste, Chef Gabe Kennedy, whips up these delicious strawberry and elderflower popsicles which are served in a glass of brut champagne. Slowly simmer fresh strawberries in some St. Germain and sparkling rose wine. Blend a little more than half and folded in the rest of the chunky strawberries and some blueberries for texture. Finish the pops with lime juice, zest and some water before popping them in the freezer for at least 4 hours and serving in a glass of brut champagne. I also made mini ice cubes which work really well if you’re sticking with traditional champagne flutes. www.gabekennedy.com

TABLE SETTINGS: Repurpose your everyday white table cloths from your linen closet, add a red runner, blue + white placemats and use china or glass platters that can be washed and not thrown out. You can even use your everyday Pyrex containers as handy holders of fun trinkets for your guests, bowls of nuts, popcorn, et al. Pyrex is celebrating their 100 year anniversary so even has decorate red, white and blue containers that are great for celebrations and also packing up the leftovers.

ACCENTS: Keep empty champagne/wine bottles of various colors and turn them into beautiful vessels for your tablescapes with fair trade flowers.  Pepper your buffet or dining table with different elements and pops of colors – stars (used at your Memorial Day gathering), red votives (used for Christmas and Valentine’s Day), LED string lights, bottles in blue, red or clear that you can add fabric table or even drve multiple options), flower wire. Cut cans into petal shapes then use your scissors (or small hole punch if handy) to poke a tiny hold in each petal. Gather together, insert the bracket through all of the petals then close up the bracket and hot glue or tape the flower wire to the back of the petals. I like the juxtaposition of fresh flowers with the recycled ones…..adds dimension and interest.y erase tape you can write on – all fancy up your 4th soiree! We make recycled “flowers” and pin wheels from empty aluminum cans. You just need a sturdy pair of scissors, brackets (any craft store will have multiple options), flower wire. Cut cans into petal shapes then use your scissors (or small hole punch if handy) to poke a tiny hold in each petal. Gather together, insert the bracket through all of the petals then close up the bracket and hot glue or tape the flower wire to the back of the petals. I like the juxtaposition of fresh flowers with the recycled ones…..adds dimension and interest.

INNOVATIVE LEAVE BEHINDS (party favors): Encourage your guests to decorate their own glasses they can take home with red, white and blue ribbon tape, non-toxic glitter pens and markers. I set up a craft corner for this – put it next to your polaroid camera and guests will be flocking to snap a photo and adorn their glass. For your own personal keepsake, have guests post their polaroid to the place on the corkboard map they’re from. The one featured on the segment today is from Target. www.target.com

NO WASTE BEHIND: When you use reusable elements from your everyday pantry, you naturally eliminate a good portion of your party waste while also saving a ton of money.

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