Patriotic Picnic— a simple yet fun barbeque to celebrate Independence Day!

Text by Ginni Jones | Photos by Anna Haley


With the help of event planner Angela Mazanti, At Home Memphis & Mid South designed the perfect patriotic picnic to celebrate the 4th of July.

What was the inspiration behind the event? The inspiration behind the event was celebrating the Fourth of July.

The Decor: The decor for this July Fourth picnic was extremely low key, no fuss and casual. Mazanti used lots of red, white and blue elements: from seersucker napkins, stars-and-stripes napkin rings and burlap flag placemats, to the soda-bottle bud vases with red and white flowers.

The Flowers: Mazanti kept the flowers simple so that the main focus of the party could be food, fun and family. She used Coke and Fanta soda bottles because of the red, white and blue color schemes on the logos and filled them with red gerbera daisies, red Alstroemeria and white tulips from the grocery store. “They added the perfect pop of color, texture and height to the table without being ‘overdone,’” says the designer..

 The Menu:  The menu was traditional American picnic food. The menu included cheeseburger sliders (catered by Owen Brennan’s), pigs in a blanket, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon, frosted sugar cookies and, of course, bomb pops!

Tips on hosting a Fourth of July picnic: Consider taking the party to a great picnic location like Shelby Farms. “The renovations that have taken place have really created a little gem for our city to enjoy. I don’t think most people realize how world-class our beautiful park is and how much there is to do there now—picnic pavilions, boating rentals, lakeside grassy areas, zip lines, top-of-the-line children’s playgrounds, horseback riding, etc. It is truly a treasure for our city and the perfect backdrop for your family’s next picnic!” says Mazanti.

Creating your own… To create your own Independence Day barbecue, start by packing a few fun and easy decorations. Either prepare your hot dogs and hamburgers at home and bring them or take advantage of one of the many grills available at Shelby Farms and barbecue them on site. Add your favorite sides and just enjoy your time with family and friends. Don’t overthink this party; keep it simple. Let the kids bring their bikes, skateboards or roller skates; don’t forget a blanket and lawn chairs and some great tunes. You will swear you went on vacation!