From Memorial Day to the 4th of July to Labor Day, there are lots of reasons to celebrate in red, white and blue in the summer – and a patriotic picnic would be so much fun for any of them! This picnic party was styled by Kylie of Made By A Princess, who entered (and won!) a party styling contest for Everyday Party Magazine. The challenge: to use my new Vintage Picnic Printables Kit, along with a budget of $150, to create a beautiful and creative event. Kylie’s great ideas took home the prize, and she says, “One of the best things about this party? It is completely doable and re-createable!” Read on for loads of inspiration…

A Patriotic Picnic! Styled by Made By A Princess with a printable kit from Chickabug A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

Denim fabric and red and white gingham from the clearance table at a local fabric store was used to line the picnic basket centerpiece and to make napkins. The napkin rings were made with blue ticking fabric tape and stars cut using a Silhouette Cameo.

Red white and blue Jello jars! The labels are from a printable kit from Chickabug

The red, white and blue layered Jello was made with two pudding flavors: vanilla for the kids and cheesecake for the adults. The circle designs used to make labels are included in the printables kit!

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

To make the placemats, Kylie printed the blue ticking paper on cardstock and trimmed it with red and navy ricrac as an accent. The chair backs are made from dish towels found at Dollar Tree (which is an awesome idea!).

Bunting for the 4th of July

The no-sew bunting was made by cutting out triangles and hot gluing them to double sided bias tape.

A Patriotic Picnic! Styled by Made By A Princess with a printable kit from Chickabug

The table skirt and awning are made from denim that was washed and dried to give it a frayed edge look.

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun! A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun! A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun! A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

Kylie says, “I found silver stars and red, white, and blue tissue fans at Party City that I thought would be perfect in the tree. I borrowed mason jars from Pat of ZPerfect Party and wrapped the tops with blue and white twine and hung in the trees with daffodils and pinwheels I made. The pinwheels were really easy to make!  I attached them to some paper straws and used silver star brads to affix.”

Mason jars with pinwheels and daffodils A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

Kylie says, “I had some wooden forks and spoons in my party collection. I love sparkle and glitter so I just had to add a little bling to my table by glittering the forks and spoons. I started collecting cans awhile back so I printed blue ticking paper and wrapped it around the cans.”

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun! A Patriotic Picnic! Styled by Made By A Princess with a printable kit from Chickabug A Patriotic Picnic! Styled by Made By A Princess with a printable kit from Chickabug

Aluminum drink cups were dressed up using fabric tape from PaperSource, ribbon, and a button. The paper straws are from Crafts by Jilly and the drink flags come with the Chickabug printables set.

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun! A Patriotic Picnic! Styled by Made By A Princess with a printable kit from Chickabug A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun! Patriotic picnic

Star bowls are from the Dollar Tree (with a little glitter accent added on the rim). The drink labels are included in the printables set.

Glitter-dipped wooden spoons A Patriotic Picnic! Styled by Made By A Princess with a printable kit from Chickabug

The picnic menu included watermelon and tomato salad, parmesan star pizza bites out of pizza dough, star grilled cheese sandwiches, and red, white, and blue Jello served in mason jars.

"Firework wands" 4th of July centerpiece - styled by Made By A Princess

These “firework wands” are a great idea for a centerpiece, and for kids! Kylie says, “I called them firework wands because the silver ribbon I used make them sparkle. I bought dowels, fishing swivels, and split rings at Walmart and hooks at Home Depot.  These were fairly easy to make, just time consuming. The kids loved them!”

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

Most of the supplies from the kids’ blanket came from Dollar Tree, including the red buckets, blue sippy cups, blue shred, bubbles, crayons, and square white plates.

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

The stars and names on the buckets were made with vinyl from Joanns and a Silhouette Cameo.

4th of July bubble favors - styled by Made By A Princess

Bubbles from the Dollar Tree were dressed up with a homemade pipe cleaner wand, twine from Crafts By Jilly, and bubble labels that were made using printable red and white star paper.

A Patriotic Picnic for the 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day... so fun!

Beautiful work, Kylie!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Party styling – Kylie of Made By A Princess
Photography – Tricia Breidenthal Photography
Paper straws and twine – Crafts by Jilly
Printables – Chickabug

Vintage Picnic Printables Kit from Chickabug - 29 Pages of patriotic printables, perfect for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or any summer party or picnic!

The printables kit used for this party is now available for sale in my shop!
It’s 29 pages of super-fabulous printables! The kit includes party circles, cupcake wrappers,
straw flags, drink labels, favor tags, a popcorn box, favor tags,
patterned papers, and more! {Click here to shop}


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  1. 1
    Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 6:06 pm
    sheryl fischbach says:
    great ideas
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      Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 3:11 pm
      Heather says:
      Agreed! ; )
  2. 2
    Friday, May 17th, 2013 at 6:43 pm
    OnlinesBestDeals.com says:
    Great setup and those jars of layered jello looks delicious! I'm sure this party idea will really inspire a lot people. This is a perfect example on how we should celebrate America. Heather gets a high five from me for this post!