Celebrating the 4th of July on a Budget {featuring Nancy Pfeifer from A To Zebra Celebrations}

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Nancy Pfeifer from A To Zebra Celebrations

Nancy started blogging in late December 2009 to share her creative party ideas. She has two beautiful girls and has loved planning and styling every single party for them! A To Zebra Celebrations was born in the fall of 2009 after she organized a zebra party for her oldest daughter when she turned 4. She was honored, and humbled after many features on popular sites. People from all over started inquiring about the zebra party decorations she had created. Her passion for parties and entertaining started when she was a little girl. Her mom hosted the most amazing parties for her and her siblings. Her mom is a very creative entrepreneur and owns a super fun craft store in Mexico. Nancy says her mom is to blame for her crazy, and outrageous obsession for parties!

I am delighted to have Nancy here today sharing how to create a festive setting for the fourth; all done keeping a budget in mind.

Celebrating the Fourth of July on a Budget
Contributed by Nancy Pfeifer

Are you wanting to celebrate 4th of July in style, but on a small budget? I was excited to challenge myself and figure out how to style something that would “WOW” your guests regardless of how much you spent on the party. I think you’ll love these ideas!

I went around my house and gathered all the things I could use to set up my tables. I used a 6-ft table with a white tablecloth. You can find tablecloth at Target for $16.99. I use mine very often. I am not good at sewing, but I can make simple table runners and napkins as you see displayed on the tables. The blue and white stripes fabric is from Goodwill ($.99 cents for all of it). The red and stars table runners cost me about $20 in material, but you will have leftover material for other use.

Table set-up:
A cake, cupcakes or dessert does not need to be the focal point in the middle of the table. I used my white beverage jar to make it my centerpiece. I wrapped 2 cans of soup with stars scrapbook paper to set the little red jars on top.

The beverage jar is from Linens & Things. Do you remember that store? I’ve had the jar for over 8 years!

I decided not to buy desserts such as cookies, cupcakes, or cake pops because it can get very expensive. I bought summer fruit and it was way more affordable. Everyone loves fruit, right?!

I purchased 4 clear star dishes at the Dollar Tree ($4)
The candy scoops are from Walmart ($3) for a pack of 3
I bought a small amount of m&m’s ($5) from Sweeties Candy of Arizona

I bought red and white tootsie rolls ($3) from Sweeties Candy of Arizona
I bought 2 bags of “flag” mints at the Dollar Tree ($2)
The little flags are from Target 3 of them for $1
The red jars next to the white beverage jar are from Hobby Lobby. Clearance isle for $1.25 each

I bought one bag of “red vines” ($1) and wrapped them with flag ribbon I purchased at Hobby Lobby for 90% off last year. It helps to buy things after each holiday. You get the best deal. The patriotic boxes where the beverage jar and flowers are setting on are also from the 90% isle last year.

All the mason jars are from Goodwill. I spent $3.50 for all of them
The patriotic straws inside the jars are from the Dollar Tree ($1)

The roses in the mason jars are from the Dollar Tree.

I make my own pennant banners with scrapbook paper. If you don’t want to make your own, you can find them in my etsy shop.

Red grapes
Watermelon (cut into stars with a cookie cutter)
I made mini strawberry shortcakes in the clear glass jars
Total spent for fruit: $6.50 (everything was on sale)

The small serving white tray where all the fruit is set up is from Pier1 Imports.

Kids table:
I used my daughters’ old table from IKEA. I put a red Christmas tablecloth I bought at Walmart years ago. I made the little table runner with the stripes fabric from Goodwill.

I bought paper plates, napkins, and 4 apple juice boxes at the Dollar Tree. Total for this $4. The little pinwheels inside the red jar in the middle of the table are from Michael’s $1.20 with the 40% off coupon.

I wrapped each juice box with scrapbook paper.

I wrapped the red chairs with the “flag” ribbon from my 90% off purchase at Hobby Lobby last year.

All the little tags, signs, and party circles are downloaded from Paper & Pigtails. You can download them for FREE {here}

Total for this party was less than $80. However, I didn’t spend this much because I already had many things in hand. This total is for someone that practically has to get everything except the tables. If you are buying tables, then you will go over this amount. I suggest to borrow from friends/family if you need to. Walmart, Goodwill, Target and garage sales are the best places for white dishes.

Are you ready to throw a party? Go download your free printables {here}
Printables courtesy of Kori from Paper & Pigtails
Photography courtesy of Jamie Lynn Photography

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A to Zebra Celebrations is the place to find all your party needs and more. Nancy aims to inspiring others with gorgeous parties that can be done on a small budget. All her party ideas are easy to duplicate as Nancy shares all the details and how-to’s. It’s stress free party planning at its best! Nancy loves all things crafty, unique, and out of the ordinary and enjoys passing all the goodies along to her readers.

Nancy could never find the decorations she wanted to style her parties so she put her hands to work creating her own. After many requests inquiring about her party decor she opened the A to Zebra Creations Etsy shop in October 2009. A To Zebra Celebrations offers anything you may need for that special birthday, baptism, baby shower, holiday party, or any type of celebration. Nancy’s products are affordable, unique, classy, and most of all stylish.

Nancy’s designs have been featured on many popular lifestyle sites including
The TomKat Studio and Kara’s Party Ideas.

Thank you Nancy for sharing your creativity and inspiring us all.

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  1. WOW! This is exactly the kind of thing I needed to see. I have most of that stuff (Or that kind of thing) in my house as well. This will make parties so much easier!

  2. Adorable! I think I need a star cookie cutter!!

  3. I love all of this! What a creative frugal holiday!

  4. Wow! This looks fantastic. I love seeing that you used things you already had, and I love getting the deals like you got. Thanks for such a creative post!

  5. This is BY FAR the cutest 4th of july party decor I’ve ever seen. I am planning a 4th of july party for my kids’ b-day this year and am so glad you posted all of your great tips! Love it!


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