Super easy, super cheap, do it yourself party decor. For starters, the materials that I didn't have I bought at the dollar store. The table cloth was $1, blue was the only festive color I could find aside from white so I went with it. Since the table was going to be blue, I bought red and white streamers, both $1. To create the streamer look above, hold one piece of red and one piece of white together. Tape them at the top with tape, I used washi tape that I had... blue painter's tape works too. Twist the paper slightly and then tape at the bottom.
The stars are equally as easy and fun. I have a stock pile of scrapbooking paper that I have accumulated over the years, so I dug in the pile and looked for red white and blue. I came close with dark pink and powder blue... I used white card stock that I also had on hand but you could also use computer paper or even the back side of your junk mail. On the opposite side of the paper I drew a star in pencil and then had the kiddos cut the stars out. These are also taped on with washi tape.
The yarn tassels were a bit more time consuming. I realize that most people don't have a yarn store in their basement like I do, but for this project, you don't need super nice yarn. I would buy the cheapest roughest yarn they make. If you planned far enough in advance, you could even pick these up at a yard sale or thrift store. I wrapped the yarn around a book enough times that it looked like the tassel was going to be full, slid off the yarn and I used the tail to wrap around the top and tied off. Clip the loops on the opposite end to form the tassel ends. Once the tassels were made, I strung them on a piece of twine, making sure each were secure by stringing the twine back through each tassel like this:
For this project I bought a foam loop also $1 from the dollar store. It is that typical green foam that they use in floral arranging, so I wrapped it with the red streamer. I bought 4 bags of suckers, not at the dollar store.... I looked, they didn't have any :-) I bought 2 bags of Tootsie Pops and 2 bags of DumDums and had the kids separate out all of the red white and blue suckers. Then I had then stick them in to the top of the foam circle. I made the sign, taped it to a paintbrush and stuck it into the foam too. The most expensive part of this was the suckers (I think total they were about $8) and if this is your contribution to the pot luck, I say that's pretty cheap!
I think that totals $4 for the decorations, plus $8 for the suckers. Not only was the food better this year and more coordinated, but with the decorations... it was much more festive. I think everyone had a great time, I know I did.
I hope everyone had a good and safe Independence Day! Until next time, Happy Using-up-all-the-left-over-sparklers!