Adding red, white and blue in a few unexpected ways can really bring in a more festive feel to your 4th of July celebration. Red, white and blue ribbons to hang lanterns is a great idea (notice these ribbons are polka dot). You could also hang paper stars in different sizes from the ribbons or paper lanterns. Varying the height and size of the stars or lanterns could also add more visual interest. Jamali Garden has sest of 4 white mini lanterns for $15. We see a lot of stars and stripes for the 4th, so adding in polka dots is a fun alternative. There are a few different ways you can achieve the above polka dot backdrop. To get this taut look you can get a large piece of foam core and cover it with fabric (pulling it tight and stapling it to the back). Take a look at your local photography set shop, they sometimes have large backgrounds that you can use too. You could also use drapery for a softer look.
For containers on the table, simply wrap glass cylinders, like you see above, with wrapping paper to keep things festive and colorful. Wrapping paper or oragami paper can also be used as simple and easy napkin holders.
Banners and pinwheels are available at most craft stores or you can make your own. Martha Stewart crafts has easy how-to directions.
Speaking of paper, I found this great red and white gingham table runner paper from Kitchen Papers (see below). It comes on a roll like wrapping paper and you just have to cut it to your desired size! Can’t wait to use it. And last but not least, candy is always a great way to add fun and color to your party. I always use candywarehouse.com or economycandy.com. You can search by color to make your shopping very easy.
Credits: Feature table with cake is via Six Different Ways. Paper napkin rings and pinwheels via Martha Stewart.