4th of July Party Picks and Tips from the Pottery Barn Design Team

4th of July Party Picks and Tips from the Pottery Barn Design Team

Need inspiration for this weekend? We asked our design team to tell us what they’d need to throw the perfect 4th of July Party. Read on to hear about four of their dream parties and their top entertaining picks!


“Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, because it’s all about casual entertaining. One of my favorite things to do is to load the pickup and head to the Oakland Hills for a view of the sunset and all of the fireworks from all different parts of the Bay Area.

“We’ll start by taking Palmetto Stacking Chairs off the back porch, and then load our folding Moroccan Tray Table (this will hold drinks and plates when we’re sitting down). We’ll head to Market Hall for our meal and drink supplies to store in what I’m calling the “entertaining station” — our Outdoor Party Bucket and Table (1). I’ll use our Rope Melamine with a Star Melamine Serving Set (2) for some stars and stripes.

“If it’s a big group, we can ask others to bring their own folding chairs and throw an American Flag Tablecloth (3) over a big folding table. I’ll also grab Hyannis Lanterns (4) from my backyard to light up the table when the sun goes down.

“If everyone pitches in, this can be set up and broken down very quickly. It takes little effort to take in the sights and celebrate the holiday in style!”


“I’ll host a rooftop party in the city. There are no fireworks allowed, but we’ll bring sparklers and write our names in the summer night sky. I’ll break out my Round Market Umbrella and load it with Cafe String Lights (1) and all of my leftover Christmas lights — and hang them up casually.

“I’ll keep my Galvanized Party Bucket (4) outdoors, filled with Tecates and Jarritos. A side table stocked with Clamato, sea salt, Tapatio and sliced limes and lemons will help turn those basic canned beers into delightful micheladas — served in Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Highball glasses (2).

“I’ll bring a few of Glass Hurricanes (3) upstairs and layer them with red, white and blue corn tortilla chips, flanked by a serving bowl of my slow cooked pulled pork and freshly made (ahem, purchased) salsa for nachos.”


“I heard through the grapevine that a barge will be anchored off of Ocean Beach this year … with nothing but a few matches and POUNDS of fireworks. I’ll be there — who’s coming with me?

“I’d start my party at noon with some Kai Infinity Pool Floats (1) and mimosas. The trick will be balancing cups in the high tide! Afterwards, we’ll have more sparkling cocktails on shore with our Galvanized Metal Wagon Party Bucket (4) (it’s a struggle to get to this picnic — but well worth it in the end!)

“Everyone will be soaking up the sun on our Color Block Beach Towels (3), with snacks that we carried over on our Beachcomber collections and served on Beaded Melamine (2). At dusk, we’ll light our spot on the beach with Flameless Outdoor Candles.”


“I’d take over a picnic table in the park, and throw a couple of red striped Bonnie Indoor/Outdoor rugs (4) over them. They’re great, because you can hose them down after everyone spills their sauces.

“I’d use Vintage Wood Paddle Serving Sets to serve my salads and the Blonde Wood Pedestals (3) to display my favorite fried chicken and Mexican corn — slathered in sour cream, butter, queso fresco, lime and salt.

“A small Tuscan Planter filled with ice can hold beer and other refreshments, while Red LED Firework Branches (1) stuck in sand in our Grill Caddy (2) add festive light.”

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