Belle Cose’s Guide to a Stylish Fourth


If you are planning to entertain this Fourth of July holiday, let Belle Cose take your party from plastic party cups and paper plates to something more stylish. Here are their picks for amping up your holiday.


1: Use these beautiful hand-painted stainless steel mugs for serving your speciality cocktails. Available in six different colors, each feature vibrant flowers over their backgrounds, no one will mistake their glass for someone else’s.

2: Dress your little one in this sunny, blue and white dress for the festivities. With a comfy, relaxed fit, it is perfect for running around the grass and watching fireworks.

3: A few steps up from a plastic tub, this iconic 1950s pick-up truck is a fully insulated beverage cooler. The working wheels allow you to maneuver the truck around to guests when it is time to refill drinks. Think Outside Pick Up Truck Cooler

4 and 6: Yes, paper plates are easy, but not quite as stylish and earth-friendly as these melamine ones, which are washable and reusable. Made to look like traditional white paper plates, find them with ants marching down the side or in a festive blue and white gingham. 180 Degrees Melamine Plates

5: Stumped on what to make? Turn to this cookbook, which is all about the magic of gathering around a campfire and sharing a meal with friends. The book includes a mix of dishes to make ahead and meals to cook on-site.

7: While everyone may be outside for the holiday, don’t forget about the kitchen and powder room. These lemon-scented candles are creatively made to resemble the real fruit. They are also fun to spread out on a picnic table.

8: This handpainted floral drink dispenser is the perfect vessel for your Fourth of July specialty cocktail. Mix it up, and then let your guests comment on your pretty pitcher.


About Author

Also originally from the South, Cara Rank discovered cooking was a creative outlet that helped her relax after long days writing magazine and newspaper articles during the past eight years in Jackson. Really, she just missed Southern food. A lot. During a 12-year career as a journalist, Cara has won numerous awards for her work and has written about everything from rodeo queens to Dolly Parton tomatoes. She spends her weekends making jars of pickles and jam and amazing dinners for friends. She loves shishito peppers, Chicago-style hot dogs and elderflower-spiked cocktails.

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