A Glam 4th of July Picnic + A DIY from Aaron Hartselle
July 3, 2013
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It's here, folks! July 4th is (basically) upon us and what better way to celebrate such a fantastic holiday than with a glamorous beach picnic. The always fabulous Aaron Hartselle has whipped up this amazing basket of goodies just for us, all of which will help each and every one of you take in this holiday in the finest of forms. (Ps - Bonus: he's also teaching us how to make that gold and white striped picnic blanket. I'm seeing many a picnic this summer with that bad boy in tow).
From Aaron...
The foundation:
-White and navy metallic striped basket
-A gold laquer tray
-DIY white & gold striped picnic blanket (see tutorial below)

What to serve:
-Mini champagne floats in disposable flutes: layers of frozen raspberries and vanilla ice cream topped off with your favourite mini champagne!

Add some razzle:
-Gold and white star straws
-Tensil Sparklers
-Gold dipped wooden spoons

Then some dazzle:
-A bouquet of sparklers
-And a bouquet of white peonies

The BEST part? You can ahieve the whole picnic look for under $150! And the picnic blanket? It's about as easy as it gets:

instructionsstep-1Lay your linen drop cloth flat over the plastic liner.

step-2Measure the stripes out in even increments across one edge and mark with a pencil. Repeat the same measurement on the opposite end of the drop cloth. I used 5" stripes for mine.

step-3Lay tape stripes across the drop cloth from edge point to edge point. Press tape firmly to fabric.

step-4Starting with the second stripe in, begin painting every other section with gold metallic paint.

step-5Let paint dry and repeat for the ultimate metallic sheen.

step-6Carefully remove the tape and enjoy!

Design & Styling: Aaron Hartselle Creative | Photography: Justin Sullivan | Get the Look Round-up: 1. Napkins from JCPenney | 2. Navy Pillow from Fab.com | 3. Champagne Flute from Alambika |  4. Chandon Champagne | 5. Gold Laquer Tray from West Elm | 6. Star Straws from Etsy | 7. Peony | 8. Navy & White Stripe Basket from Pier 1 | 9. Gold Poof from Ebay