If you're having an afternoon Fourth of July get-together, lighting probably won't be a big priority in your decorating plans. But if you're planning a dinnertime or evening bash, you'll need illumination to keep the festive mood alive. Too-bright lighting is an obvious no-no -- it'll compete with views of fireworks and put a damper on that festive mood -- but it would also be a shame if your guests end up fumbling around in the dark (and also not being able to appreciate the amazing work you did on your table decor!). Luckily, there are plenty of lighting options that you can customize in Fourth of July style.
String lights and white paper globe lanterns are summer party staples, and for good reason; they give off soft light and look beautiful hanging in trees or along a deck railing. Pull out your trusty ribbon, scrapbook paper and star stickers to dress up globe lanterns, or create a string of hanging votives in tiny wire baskets.
Of course, no Fourth of July party would be complete without sparklers, so be sure to have plenty on hand. We'll stop short of advising you on fireworks, but keep it safe and legal, whatever you do. And be sure you have a fire extinguisher on hand.
After the tables are dressed and the lights are aglow, it's time to move on the final details.