Modern Dame is taking the beach party indoors for an elegant twist to a Fourth of July bash. The traditional red, white and blue palette is still present but it’s been transformed into gorgeous all white florals by Holly Flora, a table full of cobalt dinnerware and little moments of red woven into the delicious spread by Taste Of Pace and Cocktail Academy. Grab inspiration to pull off your own 4th of July dinner party with even more gorgeous imagery by Steve Steinhardt right here.
The bold blue and white striped rug perfectly complimented the white stars of varying sizes I hung from the ceiling to immediately draw in the eye in our spacious DTLA loft. Gorgeous, romantic white arrangements from Holly Flora dotted the table in brass vases, while the blue and white detailed dishes and vintage smokey blue and clear glassware from Dishwish worked together to create a subtle patriotic place setting. On each plate we placed a vegan raspberry tart from Bramble Bakeshop, really completing our red, white, and blue look.
The menu was expertly crafted by Pace Webb from Taste of Pace, a renowned celebrity chef and TV host who is known for her monthly underground, invite-only Supper Club, and drew on summer themes in a new and super delicious way. Guests munched on aged grilled cheddar cheese sandwiches, cherry tomato confit, shrimp and grits, BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato) sandwiches, and tarts with tomato, eggplant, squash, and homemade ricotta.
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July 4th is such a nostalgic time for so many. Most everyone has cherished memories of barbecues with friends and family, fireworks shows lighting up the night sky. So, when planning a July 4th-inspired day for friends, I knew I wanted to pay homage to all the things that make Independence Day so great – simplicity of celebration, time with loved ones, and lots of tasty food and drinks. It was important to me to create a fresh, unexpected twist through the use of a bold, but muted, palette that recalled the stars and stripes while also remaining chic and stylish. My goal was to achieve a timeless look for a time-honored tradition, and I think, I, along with my vendors, did just that with this grown-up July 4th themed luncheon.
As for the drinks, I left those up to Brandyn Tepper from Cocktail Academy. Showing his true skill and mastery, he created the most fun and patriotic drinks — the Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, and sparkling water, shown here bottled), Amber Waves (bourbon, lemon, strawberry, and honey, shown here in a mason jar), and From Sea to Shining Sea (bourbon, lime, blue curaçao, mint, and peychaud bitters).
This gorgeous, grown-up July 4th event wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my friends at Taste of Pace, Cocktail Academy, Holly Flora, Dishwish, Found Rentals, Steve Steinhart Photography, and Hudson Loft. A truly amazing team for a one-of-a-kind event!
Photography: Steve Steinhardt Photography | Floral Design: Holly Flora | Caterer: Taste Of Pace | Venue: Hudson Loft | Cocktails: Cocktail Academy | Dessert: Bramble Bakeshop | Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals | Host & Event Design: Modern Dame | Loft: Hudson Loft | Tabletop & Glassware Rentals: Dish Wish Events