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Wishing You a Happy Day Filled with Watermelon and Fireworks!

We're wishing all of our U.S. readers the happiest 4th of July holiday. Whether you are headed to the beach or a family style BBQ in your own backyard, here's to hoping your festivities include lots of watermelon (and we mean lots), scrumptious cookouts, sunshine and all the fireworks too. Cheers from the SMP Living Crew xoxo...

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23 Striped Style Finds to Wear this Fourth of July

When it comes to Fourth of July fashion, I think we can all agree that looking like a flag is a no-go. But a hint of classic stripes? Not only do I love to don them on Independence Day, but they're a go-to on any given summer day. From cute suits...

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10 Things You Need for the Cutest Ever Fourth of July Picnic

July is my jam. I might be a little biased (hello, birthday month!), but really, who doesn't love July? It's filled with sunny beach days, family vacations and of course, Independence Day—my very favorite holiday. Not to mention, it's an opp for al fresco entertaining at it's best. This year, I'm loving the idea of a daytime picnic followed by sunset sparklers and a sweet scene like this one from ...

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The Ultimate 4th of July Playlist

Whether you've got plans to hit the beach or host BBQ in the backyard, the 4th of July is the perfect opportunity to hang out with friends & family. Nothing gets a party started quite like an epic playlist of #American hits, which is why we decided to create one for you! Check out our Spotify playlist below for the ultimate 4th of July playlist. The Ultimate 4th of July...

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The Ultimate All-American Menu for Your 4th of July Celebration

Whether you're out of town for the 4th of July festivities, or staying home for a little holiday staycation, it is officially time to kick off this Independence Day weekend, and we have the perfect weekend menu to  help you get started. Take a peek below at some of our favorite all-American cocktails, paired with some classic...

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Independence Day Beach Party

Heading to the beach for a mega 4th of July party? This toes-in-the-sand inspiration crafted by Virtuous Events and Two Birds Photography brings the essence of a bohemian picnic and a traditional independence day bbq together for one very cool...

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Red, White & Blue Treats for a Sweet 4th of July

Holidays are always an appropriate time for a little indulgence -- especially if the indulgences in question are both holiday-hued and as all-American as the 4th of July- and Americana-themed sweet treats in the slideshow below. Don't believe me? Take a peek and try to resist these desserts' sweet temptations this coming weekend.

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How To Spend the Fourth of July, Grown-up Style

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 ...

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The Prettiest Patriotic Cocktails for the 4th of July

For many, 4th of July means a three-day weekend, sand between toes, a celebration filled with family and friends, and a much-deserved ice-cold cocktail in hand. Still have to work on Friday? Not headed to the beach? Well you can still have your red, white or blue ...

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DIY 4th of July Confetti Cake

If you need a last minute holiday dessert, this sparkling cake is just the thing for the Fourth of July! There couldn’t be an easier way to dress up a store bought cake and make it party ready. Seriously, if you can use scissors, you’ve got this in the bag. Grab all the details below and get ready to celebrate the 4th with a...

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18 Patriotic Party Goods Worthy of a 4th of July Celebration

Summer is full of parties, but with parades, BBQs and fireworks, the 4th of July is Summer's ultimate celebration. So do it justice, and throw America a birthday party worth celebrating. You have the recipes...

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Party Food and DIYS for Your Fourth of July Bash

A red, white and blue color palette and sparklers are a given, watermelon = a total must. But what else should you be infusing into your upcoming Fourth of July bash? We've got a round up of simple DIY projects, scrumptious bites and out of this world cocktails that will kick your fourth into a whole new level of cool. Get ready to celebrate the U.S. of A. with 15 of our...

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Firework Cupcakes for the 4th of July

No matter how old you are, there is something so magical about fireworks lighting up the sky on the 4th of July. So why not try to take a little bit of that magic and sprinkle it on your desserts this year? These firework cupcakes from Real Simple are an oh-so-fun way to bring those fireworks down...

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Sparkler Inspired Decor for the 4th of July

One of the best things about the 4th of July is hosting a party filled with lovely red, white, and blue details. If you're at a loss of what touches to add to this year's get-together, look no further. This list of great sparkler-inspired decor is sure to get your wheels turning with fabulous ideas! Even more 4th of July inspo below!

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DIY Floral Centerpiece for Your 4th of July

If you're playing hostess this weekend for a 4th of July bash, you've likely got the weekend menu all set, iPod loaded up with our SMP-approved all-American playlist, and are gearing up for all the...

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Fancy Summer Picnic

The idea of a summer picnic always sounds like a great one, but often results in store bought pasta salad and mediocre sandwiches. That is, unless Dishing Magazine at the helm. Because when they are, magical things ensue. Food for days, cozy benches and Carrie Patterson behind the lens, to name a few. And if you're looking...

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What to Wear for the 4th of July

By now you're likely sipping on a red, white and blue bevy while soaking up the sun, just waiting for those fireworks to begin. But we couldn't let this day pass us by without a little nod to the 4th! And if you've yet to pick out your festive outfit, let's take a cue from BrittanyAlycia, ...

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Red, White, and Blue Cake

With the 4th of July just around the corner, I thought I would share my go-to holiday cake. Made from two basic white round cakes, it's super simple, and is sure to have your guests singing your praises this 4th of July! Feel free to take a few liberties with the decorations to suit your taste. Blackberries and raspberries also look and taste great!

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Sparkler Cakelettes

If there were ever a celebratory cake, this would be it. With slight alterations, it could be the perfect treat for any ol' holiday, but especially the 4th of July. These little red white and blue babies have secret pop rocks hidden inside, which is all sorts of awesome. We topped it off with a star shaped sparkler which adds to the fizzy, sparkly all around fun factor, making it the perfect way to enjoy the holiday! Photography:...

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Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs

We know it can be tempting to go buck nutty on the sweets table once holidays roll around. And if our collection of 4th of July recipes is any example, we totally and completely encourage it. That being said, it's never a bad idea to include a healthy option. Enter: star-shaped fruit kabobs. They can be put together in a snap, are a healthy alternative for kids and adults alike, and...

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