Fun Fourth of July for the Family

Show:  The Today Show
Date:  July 3, 2012
Guest:  Robyn Moreno

So you have only a day left to get ready for your 4th of July bash.  Lifestyle expert Robyn Moreno was on the Today show with some festive ideas (crafts, games and food) to set the mood when entertaining for Independence Day.  Her rules are to keep it fun and simple.  You shouldn’t have to work too hard.  Make sure you have something for everyone.

The first item Robyn showed was a fireworks mural, so you can enjoy the pyrotechnics, even if you are somewhere where they aren’t allowed, or if you have little kids and don’t think it is safe.  So this custom mural could work in a pinch, it comes with adhesive so you can stick it to the side of the house or on your garage.  Robyn’s idea was to take pictures in front of it.  So it makes a cute and reusable decoration.  Check out muralsyourway.com.

Fireworks Mural

Screenshot of Mural

Next, she showed some hanging decorations that she found at Party City.  She found banners, balloons, hanging lights, etc.  She noted that most times when you go shopping this late, you can often find stuff for half off (of course, you risk the stores being cleaned out though!).

Next were some old fashioned crafts for the kids, like the cute pinwheels from mysweetmuffin.com.  So summery.  Kids can make and play with them (great for small hands), you can use them later for decorations.

pinwheelcraft

Pinwheels

I really like this next craft,  animal balloons!   Who doesn’t love balloons?  This fun kit comes with 6 balloons, and the kids can construct animal faces, like the tiger and pig shown here.  There is also a red, white & blue set as well.

balloons

Animal Balloon Kit

Another retro craft is rockets.  So Robyn said she found a company called Kiwi Craft which will send you a different box of crafts every month, like the paper rockets. kiwicraft.com

For games,  there was a bean bag toss game.  A game everyone can play.Robyn says in Texas they call it corn hole-ing.  Weird  🙂   The game shown below is from hayneedle.com

 

Bean Bag Toss

Next up is Hula Hoops and Stilts.  The stilts shown were ergonomic ones from a company called Walk-A-Roo. You can get Walkaroo Stiltson on Amazon.  The hula hoop has lights on it, so you can keep hooping into the night. The WeGlow International Light Up Hula Hoop
looks pretty small, so may be better suited for younger kids.

I think this one looks like a better pick:

For food,  Robyn had a cute suggestion, a Hot Dog Bar.  With labelled condiments and different toppings, everyone can make it themselves.

hot dog bar

Hot Dog Bar

And for drinks, use a red Radio Flyer wagon as a cooler.

 

 

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You can also watch this video on 4th of July crafts for kids:

 

DIY Floral Arrangements from Matthew Robbins on the Today Show

Show:  The Today Show
Date:  May 24, 2012
Guest:  Matthew Robbins

 

Floral trends for summer, ready for summer events you are planning. Celebrity Event Designer Matthew Robbins was on the May 24 episode of the Today show with some creative examples of tabletop flower arrangements you can make at home, without having to fork out lots of cash at the florist.

One of Robbins’ tips to make flowers more practical, and not just something you have for special occasions, is to play around with them in your home.  Its a great way to play around with colours, without having to commit!   He also says its a good way to celebrate the season.  I totally agree, I always get some tulips or daffodils in spring, and love rich coloured bouquets in fall.

Colour-Blocking

The first trend he talks about is colour blocking.  He pairs strong coloured groups of flowers, in a strong coloured container.

Foliage Focused

The next is the focus on foliage, as opposed to flowers.  Lots of mixing up of ferns, succulents, berries and seedpods. His suggestion was to use white boxes or brown paper bags (covering jar holders) to add a touch of ‘rustic whimsy’.  You can embellish them with ribbons, stamps, or decorate/wrapping paper.

Farm to Table

His last trend to share was farm to table.  This is for people concerned with local resources and sustainability  (being green!).  So just like people should look for fruits and veggies sourced locally, you can also try to do this with your flowers.  So choose flowers in season. I loved the urns they used in this section.

 


Matthew Robbins’ book is called Inspired Weddings: Designing Your Big Day with Favorite Objects and Family Treasures