There's nothing like getting together with your closest friends and having some fun in the sun! We love to spontaneously plan picnics throughout the year - specially on gorgeous SF weather days. This year we hit up one of our fave spots close to the water. I couldn't resist and brought along a few things to dress up our little BBQ. It was casual and festive - just great food, sublime weather, and awesome company!

For gatherings like this, I like to plan out one or two "focal" gathering spots to dress up. This is a great way to add touches of decor without going all-out and over-the-top cheesy. Thoughtful little details here and there make a big statement, and you can always achieve this without spending a lot. Here are the five things I purchased (yes, I didn't even craft a thing) that gave a simple picnic a modern casual americana look:

1. Trader Joe's "Vintage Cola" - red, white, & blue - 'nuff said!
2. Reusable stripey straws from Dollar Tree
3. American flag banner from Cost Plus World Market
4. "Newsprint" food wrappers (for the burgers) from Cost Plus World Market
5. Pack of 3 flags from Target 

Everything else I already owned. It really boils down to how you style everything together. We all pitched in some home made goodies and had a no-fuss amazing lunch. I prefer gatherings like this over any fancy sit-down meal!

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July celebration!
Styling & photos by Therese