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Real Life Experiences of Hello Productions’ Intern: Simple Ways to Make Your Fourth of July Stand Out July 1, 2014

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Fourth of July is a fun time to have friends and family over to celebrate, cook out and watch fireworks! Need last minute decorations or a last minute dessert to take to a potluck? Our Hello Productions Intern, Kristine, has the answer for both!


DIY Fourth of July Banner


It’s almost that time, Fourth of July and many parties! I know for me each year I always try to think of different decorations I could make or contribute to a friend’s party. Here is an easy craft that won’t take too much time and won’t cost you a lot to make. It is a Rosette Banner and once you complete all the steps it will look great hung up around your other decorations.


Make sure to have the following:
– Paper: Newspaper adds a great old-fashioned look with the colors. You will also need crepe paper.
– Pipe cleaners: Try using metallic versions in silver, gold, and red. This will help the banner flow together.
– Ribbon: Red, White, and Blue
– Glue: Use a glue stick or 3M transfer tape.
– Printables: Use any typeface you want to have the letters have. Print or photocopy onto heavy paper.


1. Take the blue crepe paper and cut a strip 8 inches wide and 20 inches long.
2. Grab the newspaper and cut a narrower strip of paper then glue it on the center of the blue strip. Repeat this step but cut an even narrower strip of red crepe paper then glue it in place.
3. Fan-fold across the narrow width of the strip and fold in half lengthwise as well.
4. Open either side of the center fold you just made to create a circle and glue. Print “Happy Fourth” and cut out around the letters in a circle with pinking shears then glue onto rosettes.
5. Take the 8-inch pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Then use one of them to form a loop and slip through another to form another loop, and so on.
6. Once the chain is made, glue one of the pipe cleaners loop to the back of each rosette by first going through a chain loop and then gluing.


Once all those steps are completed, you have accomplished making your very own Fourth of July banner! It helps to look back at the picture while you are doing it so you can get a visual of what the final product will look like. I used this at the last Fourth of July party I attended and it was a hit! It doesn’t take much time out of your day and it feels good to find a cost effective decoration yourself.


Source: www.countryliving.com


Perfect Fourth of July Flag Cake


Having a Fourth of July party and not sure what to make? This flag cake will look just as good as it tastes. All you have to do is put aside an hour and fifteen minutes of your day to make this fan favorite holiday treat.


Cake Ingredients:
18 tablespoons (2 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
3 cups of sugar
6 extra-large eggs at room temperature
1 cup sour cream at room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 half-pints of blueberries
3 half-pints of raspberries

flag steps

Icing Ingredients:
1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 ½ pounds cream cheese at room temperature
1 pound confectioners’ sugar, sifted
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract


1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Butter and flour an 18 by 13 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.
3. Add the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy. Then add the eggs, two at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Stir until smooth.
4. Stir together the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined then pour into the pan.
5. Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean and afterwards cool to room temperature.
6. For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in the bowl until smooth. The pictures below show how to ice the sheet cake.


This is a fun and easy cake to make that will look great along with your decorations. You can serve it right from the pan or you can place it on a different plate. The flag cake is a go to for people who love to bake and are in need of a dessert to please everyone. Now get going and start making this patriotic cake for the party!


If you would like to read more about this recipe click the following link. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/flag-cake-recipe.html.


Kristen Elgin

Hello Productions Intern, 2014


Kristine Elgin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and relocated to Pittsburgh last August. She attended Oregon State University and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in New Media Communications.


She has always loved working events and is excited to continue learning under Colleen Geletko as her summer intern. Her favorite part about working events is seeing all the details come together and how happy everyone is with the outcome.


Last-Minute 4th of July Party Ideas June 30, 2012

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If you’re anything like me, you can’t believe how fast time flies now that you’re a grown-up.  This is particularly true when, in the midst of the hustle and bustle of life, you’ve overlooked a fast-approaching holiday- and suddenly the family announces that they’d all like to get together at your place!  If you’re trying hard to find some creative, last-minute touches to add to your 4th of July party, then look no further.  Good luck prepping and have a safe and happy Fourth!

Whether it’s going to be a backyard BBQ, pool party or just some classic yard games with the family, a great playlist humming in the background is essential.  Make life easy and download a preselected 4th of July playlist in seconds from iTunes.  Whether you’re looking for inspirational standards to accompany your fireworks or some classic, American rock, you’ll have no shortage of viable options available to you.

Take a look at these easy-to make pretzel “sparklers” that will double as favors for your guests:


Pretzel Sparklers

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
Yield: 12 Servings



  • 8 ounces white baking chocolate, chopped

  • 1 package (10 ounces) pretzel rods

  • Colored candy stars or sprinkles


In a microwave-safe bowl; melt chocolate at 70% power for 1 minute; stir. Microwave at additional 10- to 20- second intervals, stirring until smooth.
Dip each pretzel rod about halfway into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with stars. Place on waxed paper to dry. Yield: about 2 dozen.


Recipe courtesy of TasteofHome.com


Pinwheels are a classic summer staple, and look polished and thoughtful as part of a floral or non-floral centerpiece (they can also double as favors for the kiddos!)  Check out this DIY project that will look great at your party:

  1. Cut out a 6″ paper square.

  2. Draw an X from corner to corner; cut along the lines, stopping 1″ from the center.

  3. Gather every other corner to the center, stick a pushpin through them and into a straw in the back. Attach a pencil eraser to hold in place.

Get the Printable Design pattern here from Woman’s Day.



If you live in a neighborhood safe for bike riding, why not pick up a variety of streamers, stickers, pom-poms and balloons for the kids (even big ones!) to decorate their bikes and have a mini, neighborhood parade?


Check out more great Bike Parade Decorating ideas from It’s Overflowing.


Of course, classic yard games, even in smaller spaces, can really add a fun dimension to the get-together.  Make a quick stop in to your local chain retailer and pick up Ladder Ball, Cornhole (a variation of Bean Bag Toss), Washers or Horseshoes.  If the weather is hot and the kids are restless, but there’s no swimming pool in sight, simply set out the sprinkler and enjoy the belly laughs that follow!


Above all else, it is important that you and your guests have a safe holiday.

  1. Keep in mind that all fireworks pose a risk to you and your loved ones, as well as that many kinds are illegal in certain states.  If you want the dazzle without the risk, pick up a variety pack of sparklers at any local retailer and pass them out to mature guests as the evening grows dim.

  2. If you’re serving alcoholic beverages to guests over 21, monitor them for dehydration in hot weather and have plenty of water and other non-alcoholic choices available at all times.

  3. Food safety is a must!  The USDA stresses the importance of hygiene when handling raw meat, recommending washing your hands for 20 seconds in warm water before and after touching meat. Clean all surfaces that raw meat contacts and ensure all vegetables, fruits or other food products never come in contact with uncooked meat.   Ensure that you keep foods at safe temperatures after cooking in a warmer or the top rack of the grill. Leftovers should be contained and stored immediately. Food that has been sitting outside or unrefrigerated for a long period time should be disposed of (think anything with a dairy base or any meat products.)   No one wants to get the parting gift of food poisoning!


Hello Productions wishes you a safe and happy 4th of July holiday!
Lindsey @ lindseyb@helloproductions.com