5 Ways to Tie-Dye Your 4th of July Party

This year, put a twist on your patriotic party.
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Stars and stripes are a reliable theme for any patriotic summer party. But this year, why not put a twist (literally!) on your food and decor with a style that’s a little groovier?

Our pals at HGTV.com demonstrate this easy method for upgrading your summer tablescape. Solid placemats take a slow dip in red dye, which creates an instant ombre effect.

Pair your newly fancy placemats with some DIY blue and white napkins, inspired by traditional Japanese patterns. Think of this technique as tie-dye for grown-ups, as it allows for a more deliberate, repeating design.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell

Heather Ramsdell

This trilayered drink makes a statement with its stripes, but it looks just as lovely as the layers melt and swirl into one another.

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2012 Food Network

Ina Garten’s rustic dessert looks prim and proper when whole, but cutting into the berries, cream and meringue creates a bursting, rustic blend of patriotic hues.

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Photo by: Kate Mathis

Kate Mathis

Red and white frostings are combined to give this treat an air of bakery-style perfection, but the style is easy to re-create at home. Just fill a plastic zip-top bag with both colors of icing at once, and top with a candy-melt star as the final flourish.

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