Will and I are going to be in Portland for my cousin’s wedding on July 4 this year so I decided to gather some talented friends and put together a festive backyard bash a couple weeks early. If you’re planning a patriotic get-together for the holiday weekend, I hope you’ll be inspired! From the calligraphy place cards and the pink and red florals to the fruit skewers and strawberry champagne, I was head over heels for every last detail. I had so much coordinating this shoot and hope to bring you tons more entertaining features in the months to come! Enjoy!

design darling fourth of july party

{The setting: a breezy summer day with striped director’s chairs out on the lawn}

design darling fourth of july party table setting

{On the table: brass candlesticks, raffia placemats, red tulips, and pink peonies}

fourth of july fruit skewers

{Fourth of July fruit skewers with strawberries, bananas, and blueberries on a blue and white platter}

 design darling fourth of july dress{Strawberry champagne on a nautical serving tray}

fourth of july jack rogers

{Nothing says summer like a new pair of Jack Rogers}

design darling fourth of july raspberry coupes

{Coupe glasses filled with raspberries for a pop of color and healthy snacking}

fourth of july watermelon stars usa platter

{Watermelon stars on a USA serving platter}



design darling matches

{Ahoy and ginger jar matches to light candles as the sun goes down}

calligraphy watercolor place cards

{Design is in the details: a watercolor stripe on calligraphy place cards}

design darling fourth of july party table{It wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without cherry hand pies — recipe coming soon!}

rachel pally striped cutout maxi dress

{One of my favorite dresses, three summers in a row}

fourth of july tablescape design darling

Tablescape styling: Anna Rayner

Calligraphy: Jennings Ross

Photography: Kelly Christine

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  1. So pretty! I, personally, liked seeing a fourth of July post BEFORE fourth of July — because it gives me time to incorporate the ideas!! When I see 4th of July posts after 4th, I’m then tasked with remembering July 4th inspiration for a whole year (which will never, ever happen). (Same goes for all other holidays. haha)

    I love the fruit skewers!

  2. Loved these ideas! You just helped me find the confidence I need to set a pretty table in my own backyard this 4th! Water or mountains not necessarily required! I’m going to take a shot at duplicating your party…and add margaritas! Love your blog. I’m inspired! Thanks.

  3. I love seeing some of my most talented dear friends working together! Everything turned out so perfectly gorgeous!

  4. I love the setting but would have liked to see more details of the ‘party’.

    I know that creating content like this is key to your brand and Design Darling the store, but this post fell flat. I truly love your blog & brand so I hope you don’t mind a bit of feedback.

    1. This didn’t feel like a real party, because 4th of July is such a specific date & it’s a bit odd to create a Fourth of July party mid-june. I think you could have still used the same decor/setting and called this a “Summer Al Fresco Evening”, or something along those lines.

    2. While I think staged ‘parties’ are fine for the purposes of blog content, you had a great opportunity here to showcase more than fruit and a drink. Do you have a favorite summer salad? Show us some pictures of it, and include the recipe! Maybe gazpacho shooters are more your thing… great, show us! Even an avocado toast bar would have been a fun touch… guests could customize it with their favorite toppings. Throwing together fruit & a signature cocktail doesn’t feel like a ‘real’ party- and while I know it was a staged photo shoot, I’m sure you were trying to mimic the feel of a real party.

    I think the best blog content feels natural and I can’t wait to see more posts like this in the future. You have done an amazing job growing Design Darling over the years. Cheers to your current and future success!

    1. Thank you! I appreciate your feedback and will incorporate it into future shoots. This is the first one we’ve done and I’m sure we’ll only get better from here! 🙂

      1. I’m so thankful that my comment didn’t offend you!! This just makes me like you even more 🙂 You are truly one of my favorite bloggers and I’m so happy to be able to follow your DD journey!

  5. Mackenzie, this is one of my favorite posts ever! Can’t wait to see more in the future! Also, is that your adorable house??

  6. This turned out SO good! I wish it wasn’t already 100 degrees here in Kansas City so I could put together something like this. We’re heading to the lake over the fourth and I’m thinking I’ll give the fruit skewers and strawberry champagne drinks a go 😉