Guest Post: 4th of July Menu & Table Decor from MacSuzie.Com

Guest Post: 4th of July Menu & Table Decor from MacSuzie.Com

A big thank you to Jenni for having me as a guest poster today on A Well Crafted Party! After a little hiatus from my own blog, her invite was just the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track and get some MacSuzie mojo going! It felt really good to be in the kitchen and at my craft table working on this menu and table decor.

MacSuzie 4th of July Menu // featured on A Well Crafted Party

I hope you all enjoy the summer recipes I’ve put together for you – great as a menu altogether for the 4th of July, or any of them on their own as additions to your gatherings throughout summer. Many items can be prepared ahead of time (or require barely any prep at all!) so you won’t toil away the afternoon in the in the kitchen. Plus, the table decor is very simple and won’t cost you an arm and a leg :)

Bomb Pop Cocktail featured on A Well Crafted Party

Start yourself off right with a fun and festive summer cocktail reminiscent of the ice cream man jingling down the street.

This Bomb Pop Cocktail has all the flavors of the original – cherry, lime and blue raspberry, with a grown up twist.

rocket pop cocktail // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

For the kiddos, a real Bomb Pop is a fun way to keep lemonade or soda pop cold :)

Grill out (or in, if your 4th gets rained out, as mine always seems to!) with this flavor packed Homemade Veggie Burger with Blue Cheese & BBQ Sauce that will impress even the staunchest of carnivores.

Veggie Burgers with Blue Cheese // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

Lately, my favorite way to eat these is topped with a slice of blue cheese plus some pickled onions and BBQ sauce – so good!

On the side, the smell of these Tin Foil “Camping” Potatoes will make it hard to decide what you want to take a bite of first.

MacSuzie's Tin Foil Camping Potatoes // Featured on A Well Crafted Party

Packed with onions and garlic in a pocket of foil, it doesn’t get any easier. Ok, maybe it does… See below for my roasted corn!

It wouldn’t be summer without an ear of In-Husk Roasted Sweet Corn – just like the county fair vendors :)

In Husk Roasted Corn featured on A Well Crafted Party

You won’t believe how easy it is to cook corn on the grill or in the oven – no husking required! Hahaha, guess you’ll have to find something else to keep the kids (or husband!) busy. :)

End the meal on a fruity note with my Mini Red, White & Blueberry Strawberry Shortcakes!

Red, White, & Blue Shortcakes from MacSuzie featured on A Well Crafted Party


Smaller than the usual shortcake, you don’t have to choose between the two toppings – have one of each! (both with a giant dollop of homemade whipped cream of course!)

Table Decor:

To break up the traditional (and sometimes boring) red, white and blue, I decided to add in a touch of light turquoise here and there. I pulled in a few of turquoise Fiesta serving pieces I already had, plus my trusty vintage ball jar, some bandanas and scraps of paper and fabric and ended up with a beautiful table. You can do the same – just use what you have on hand and get creative!


To start, I used bandanas as place mats.

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor // featured on A Well Crafted Party


MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party


Some coordinating ribbon dresses up a plain jar or old vase without much effort.


MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party
Keep all your toppings on top of your burger with these adorable picks!

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party


Just a few scraps of paper and some stickers make boring old skewers into fun decorations. Use them on your burgers as I have, or put the flags on toothpicks and use for fruit or cupcakes.


MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party

Lastly, ditch the paper napkins and use some clean bandanas instead!

MacSuzie's 4th of July Table Decor featured on A Well Crafted Party


Quickly folded into a pocket and dressed up with some fabric scraps and ribbon, these bandana napkins are festive AND won’t blow off the table. :

Thanks for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful holiday and summer!



Seriously, how cute is this party!? A huge thank you to Lindsey of for brining us this awesome 4th of July party! I can’t wait to try these recipes and entertaining tips for the upcoming holiday and throughout the Summer. By the way… if you’ve been wondering about the name MacSuzie here is how Lindsey describes it on her site: “A dash of ‘MacGyver’ plus a sprinkle of ‘Suzie Homemaker’ – all tied up with a bow! 

Guest Post: Why I Care About Sun Safety with Laura Farrar

Guest Post: Why I Care About Sun Safety with Laura Farrar

As a fair and freckly skinned individual descending from a family of red-heads, I have always been aware that the sun and I aren’t the greatest of friends. I’m the girl that will wear nothing less than SPF 30 and will consistently re-apply sun cream throughout the day and annoyingly remind others to do the same.

But last summer, my awareness of just how dangerous sun damage can be to a human became even more heightened. Unfortunately my lovely Dad was diagnosed with and subsequently died from a malignant melanoma, the most fatal of skin cancers.

I knew about skin cancer of course. I knew to wear sun cream, I knew that you should check moles and I knew that skin cancer could be removed. What I thought I knew about skin cancer, was what I knew about Basal Cell Carcinoma, a common skin cancer that is terrifying for those who are diagnosed but can be treated if caught in good time. I didn’t understand malignant melanoma and I didn’t know that it was deadly. Not only was I upset about how ignorant I had been about the disease in general, I was upset about how ignorant everyone seems to be about the disease.

I was surprised by how little research has been done into any type of skin cancer and the lack of treatment choice that there appeared to be for my Dad and the type of skin cancer he had. Having so many friends and relations with fair skin, our family wanted to do what we could to make sure that this changes for the future. We raised money in memory of Dad for The British Skin Foundation’s Skin Cancer Appeal, which directly supports research into this ‘Cinderella’ (or poor relation) cancer. It is the only UK charity to do so. (I’m pleased to see that in the US there is more than one charity supporting skin cancer research.) Since supporting and following the British Skin Foundation, I have far more appreciation for their cause. They are getting some good exposure across the national media, but they rely on others, like my family, to help them spread the word too.

Sun safety is more than just putting on sun cream. It’s about raising awareness of the dangers that can come with exposure to too much sun. If we all know how to act, what to do and how to protect ourselves from the heat, perhaps cases of skin cancer will be reduced and the more support there will be for finding a cure.


lauraThank you to Laura Farrar for sharing her story of why sun safety is important to her and her family. This post is a part of an ongoing series here on A Well Crafted Party in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness. I’d highly recommend checking out Laura’s great blog Farrars Further Afield for updates on her fabulous adventures including her home updates and recipes.

Connect with Laura on Instagram and congratulate her on her brand new baby!

If you would like to be featured in this series please email me the reason you care about sun safety to jenni[at]awellcraftedparty[dot]com!


Guest Blogger Beaux and Belles: How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Photographer

Guest Blogger Beaux and Belles: How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Photographer

I’d like to introduce to you Brittany from Beaux and Belles— she is A Well Crafted Sponsor and has taken the opportunity to guest post here on the blog. If you haven’t been over to Beaux and Belles, but you love parties, then you should hop on over. Brittany features events, party trends, and tons of inspiration. Today she is sharing her tips on choosing the perfect wedding photographer.


Photo via Pixabay

Determining which photographer to choose for your wedding or event can seem like a very daunting task. With these questions, you will be prepared and well-equipped to make the right decision!

Ask the Photographer about his/her experience and style…

  1. What do you do to make your images unique?

  2. Why are you an events photographer?

  3. What is your photographic approach/style?

  4. Are you full-time or do you hold another job as well?

  5. Do you have a portfolio I can review and may I have a list of references?

  6. Have you ever photographed my venue before? If not, will you do a site inspection before?

  7. Have you ever worked with my other vendors?

  8. Can I provide you with a “must-have pics” list or inspiration board?

  9. Do I feel a connection with this photographer? Am I comfortable?

  10. Does the photographer listen well and address my wishes?

Ask the Photographer about his/her contract and pricing…

  1. Do you have my date(s) available?

  2. How far in advance do I need to book with you?

  3. Can I see a sample contract?

  4. What travel fees do you charge if my venue is out of your area?

  5. Are you photographing any other events on the same day?

  6. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay longer? Do you charge extra?

  7. What packages do you offer and can I customize it?

  8. How much is the deposit? Do you offer a payment plan?

  9. Do you have liability insurance?

  10. What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Ask the Photographer about his/her day-of procedure…

  1. What time will you arrive and for how long will you shoot?

  2. What do you suggest as a timeline for the day?

  3. How many photographers will be at my wedding and who are they?

  4. How many pictures will you take?

  5. Do you bring an assistant to the event?

  6. How will you be dressed? (Should be professional.)

  7. What information do you need from me before the event day?


Ask the Photographer about his/her after-event procedure…

  1. How extensively do you edit images for the final album?

  2. What does the final product look like? (album, digital CD, etc.)

  3. How long after the event will I receive the photos?

  4. How long are online copies available for viewing/ordering?

Photo via Pixabay

Photo via Pixabay

I hope you found this post helpful in your search for the perfect photographer. The most important thing is to find a photographer that is professional and that you are comfortable working with. And don’t worry about bombarding the photographer with these questions – most photographers have a lot of information in brochures and on their website that can help you find the answers to each of these questions before you even set up an appointment!

About the Author: Brittany Ryan is the founder and editor of the event planning blog, Beaux and Belles: An Event Planning Blog. It is an inspiration and reference site for all things related to event management and entertaining. At Beaux & Belles, you can find everything from tabletop settings for the home to stunning layouts and visual displays for the weddings and corporate events. On a more personal note, Brittany uses this space as her creative outlet to document her journey towards becoming a certified Event Planner. Brittany currently caters to the DFW community. With every event, Brittany’s aim is to plan something that is meaningful, memorable, classy, and fun! In her spare time, Brittany enjoys fine dining, traveling, a glass of red wine, and creating fond memories with loved ones.


A big thank you to Brittany for sponsoring A Well Crafted Party and sharing her tips!If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of A Well Crafted Party then hop on over to my ad page to see what I have to offer!

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