DIY Party Cup Garland

Hello there I’m Topsy Turvy readers!  It’s Mel again from So Festive!  The thing I love about Summer is all of the outdoor entertaining. And today I’m going to show you how you can spruce up your outdoor entertaining space with a DIY Party Cup Garland.


What You Need:

-a string of mini outdoor lights

-mini red plastic party cups

-exacto knife or other sharp knife

red party cup

How to make your Party Cup Garland: 

Using an exacto knife, cut a small x on the bottom of the plastic cup. Then carefully push the lightbulb through the hole until it snaps into place.

outdoor lighting garland

Repeat until you have covered all of the lights.

outdoor garland

Hang outside for your next party! What’s great about this lighting is it’s cute during the hours it is light, but doubles as lights when it’s dark.


Are you hosting a 4th of July BBQ? This DIY Party Cup Garland would be the perfect decor for your BBQ. Speaking of BBQ, if you want an alternative to traditional hot dogs and hamburgers, you’ve got to try this amazing Rosemary Ranch Chicken. It’s our very favorite grill recipe! Let me know what you think. I promise you’ll love it!

Get even more 4th of July ideas here. See you again next month!


Fourth of July Dessert Party Favors


Hey everyone! It’s Mel again from So Festive! Can you believe that the Fourth of July is just one month away? I’m sure happy that June is here, but since the Fourth of July is probably  my all-time favorite holiday, I just had to share something patriotic today.

Will you be hosting a BBQ? Or would you like a fun Fourth of July gift idea? I’m combining my favorite holiday with one of the most popular summer treats. Let me introduce you to the Patriotic Smores!

Fourth of July dessert smores are really quite easy to put together.


What you need:

1. Homemade Graham Crackers (recipe is over on SoFestive! today) shaped into stars

2. Starmallows aka star-shaped marshmallows (can be purchased at your local grocery store)

3. Your favorite chocolate

4. Skewers, striped bags, and the Smore Fun printables

The How-to:

Let’s twist up the good ole’ Smores and have them Fourth of July style! Simply put them all into a striped bag, fold the top over, and staple the Smore Fun printable on top.


Let your party guests take them home or have a bonfire right in your own backyard.


If you love the 4th of July, check out these other festive ideas from So Festive!

patriotic-cupcakes 4th-of-july-banner flag-waffle

Easy Patriotic Cupcakes | 15-Minute Patriotic Banner | Festive Flag Waffles

Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags


Hi, it’s Natalie from Katarina’s Paperie stopping by today.  Can you believe we just celebrated Memorial Day?  It seemed so early this year - I feel like I’m just recovering from Easter.

One of my favorite parts about summer is the patriotic celebrations.  I love all of the red, white and blue that seems to surface between the months of June and August.  From beautiful patriotic desserts to festive Fourth of July decorations, it’s such a happy time to celebrate how proud I am to be an American.


So, when thinking about the perfect printable to share with you this month, I created one that was especially patriotic and perfect for all of your upcoming celebrations, picnics and fireworks displays – Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags.  What I love about party flags is that they are a great way to add some color to even the smallest get together.


Although my favorite use is to add them to paper straws, there are many fun ways to use these patriotic party flags at your celebration.   You could attach these Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags to toothpicks for picnic appetizers, cupcake toppers for your holiday desserts or even pencil flags for the kids’ favors.

Assembling your party flags to paper straws is so simple too.  Simply print out the free printable patriotic party flags on medium cardstock.  Cut out the straw flags with scissors or a paper cutter.  Add a small piece of double sided tape or glue dot onto the back.  Attach onto your paper straw.  Seal the end with another small piece of tape or glue dot.  Check out our shop’s blog for even more detailed assembly directions.

Download your free printable patriotic party flags here:

Free Printable Fourth of July Party Flags

Need more free patriotic printables?  We have an entire free printable Fourth of July collection on our blog as well as some amazing patriotic party ideas.  Here is a sneak peak from our party last year:


You can download your own free printable Fourth of July party here:

Free Printable Fourth of July Party


Red, White and Blue fireworks inspired cupcakes

I usually work with fondant, but there are times when frosting is a better fit!  I love my grass tip, so when the kids and I decided to make cupcakes for our treat of the week it seemed the perfect time to try out these cupcakes (I’d seen a picture of something like this YEARS ago and always wanted to try it!)


We ended up with a few different combinations, and the kids really went to town for theirs!
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