Last Minute Fourth of July Entertaining Tips

I'm heading to the beautiful Washington, D.C. to celebrate a patriotically perfect Fourth. But if you're in charge of your Sunday or Monday holiday gathering, have no fear -- my last-minute entertaining tips (featured today on StyleBlueprint) require neither a Party City haul nor messy DIY. Crostini3_Caramelized

Let the ingredients fulfill your patriotic color palette. Rather than stress over striped and polka-dotted red and blue serve-ware that only suffices for the one-day holiday, use white and wood palettes as a canvas for a bold menu of blue and burgundies. A pitcher of sangria, watermelon and feta bruschetta on a wood board, and a blueberry compote baked brie on marble make for show-stopping holiday hues.

Picture above -- Radish Goat Cheese Toasts

Pictured below -- Cherry Crostinis Crostini2_Caramelized

Celebrate your independence—from the kitchen. Save sautéing and simmering for another day. This Fourth of July is about no-mess menu planning! Provide room temperature-friendly bites, like a top-your-own crostini bar, cheese boards or mason jar stacked salads.

Pictured below -- Nautical Beach Picnic with Art in the Find