The Right Party
Event designer Marcy Blum gets patriotic for your Fourth of July party.
MY IDEA WITH this party setup was to capture the essence of July Fourth in an easy, fun, multigenerational, pre-fireworks cocktail party. It’s less hassle and more fun than a sit-down dinner: Guests leave early, and the host family can still partake in fireworks or have a leisurely dinner. We created our theme around tables in red, white or blue—food and accoutrements included.
I designed the background banner, which, along with the miniflags on the toothpicks, was created for us by Bridget Williams of BDUB Productions (bdub-ny.com). They’re an homage to the Declaration of Independence, and each pennant is calligraphed with one word—LIBERTY, EQUALITY or FREEDOM.
The blue table has PEACE napkins and blue-crystal Heliodor candlesticks from Maison 24 (2424 Main St., Bridgehampton, 537-2488; maison24.com), a blue fondue set and blue mixing bowls from Hildreth’s, and blue potato chips and dip.
The white table features a picot cloth and stuffed eggs on a porcelain egg plate from Hildreth’s (51–55 Main St., Southampton, 283-2300; 109 Montauk Hwy., East Hampton, 329-8800; 15 W. Main St., Southampton, 259-8888; hildreths.com).
The red table has an assortment of salami and local grape tomatoes skewered with bocconcini; red-handled forks; tea towels as napkins; and a refreshing strawberry nonalcoholic punch in a glass pitcher.
PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC STRIFFLER, AT THE WATER MILL HOME OF JAY AND MARIANNA WATNICK