Throw an all-American party


July 03, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

You're giving a Fourth of July party tomorrow. With food and drink. Friends and family. Fun and fireworks. It'll be a great party, if you can get it together in time. There's still some decorating to do and a few things left to buy. So, to help, we've come up with a few adorable, decorative and functional products you still might be needing for your little shindig. All products should be available in shops and stores today.

Sip and stir your drink with these whimsical Starburst Straws ($2 for a pack of 12) from Pier 1 Imports. The 9-inch plastic straws come in four colors -- red, blue, yellow and green -- and each feature a multicolored metallic foil starburst at the top. Perfect for fancying up holiday drinks. Pier 1 Imports, open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, is located at 1809 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville (410-653-0441), and at 1 E. Joppa Road in Towson (410-296-4112).

Indeed, your guests will be seeing stars and plenty of fireworks at your party. And that's just on the tea towels. The new light-blue cotton Vintage Firecracker Dishtowels (right, $7.95 each), made by Tag and available at Hometown Girl, 1001 W. 36th St., Hampden, are hand-stitched with embroidered and appliqued detail. Adorable sewn red, white and blue stars and red firecrackers decorate each washable towel. And, surely, as host, you'll want to look stylishly patriotic, so consider one of three garish (but irresistible) styles of Uncle Sam cotton hats (above, $18.95 each). They say more than just red! white! blue! They say much about you as a jolly host. Other cutesy items include a large red ceramic salad bowl and wooden blue salad hands ($24.95 each). Store is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Call 410-662-4438.

Pledge allegiance to these Star / Stripe Dishes ($3.50 each) from Crate & Barrel. Set out snacks or party favors in this patriotic blue serving dish with a large, white, center star and red-and-white-striped serving dish, both made of glazed earthenware. Also, adorn that all-American hamburger and hot dog with ketchup, mustard or mayo from the all-American Condiment Set (right, $14.95). Three modern earthenware bowls -- in red, white and blue -- nest in an oblong white tray and serve up sauces, snacks or, of course, condiments. Matching spoons come with each microwave-safe bowl. Crate & Barrel stores, open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, are located at the Towson Town Center, 825 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson (410-296-8282), and at Montgomery Mall, 7101 Democracy Blvd., Bethesda (301-365-2600).

For a last-minute decoration that's a snap to put up and makes a big, bold impression, consider fastening a holiday-colored nylon, cotton or poly-cotton fan up under your windows or along railings. Hanging fans are available at Flags Etc Gifts, 10291 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. Guests can't miss your house with these fans (also known as buntings) out front. They come in various sizes -- most popular is 3 feet by 6 feet ($40) -- and feature bright stripes of red, white and blue in a semi-circle pattern. Also in the store, find miniature flags to hand out to guests for waving, decorative banners, magnetic ribbons, decals and more. Store is open noon to 5 p.m. today. Call 410-461-3355.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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