You know the drill when it comes to summer’s most popular American holiday. Here are some suggestions for your 4th of July party decor, to tie into my festive red and white food display.

Your red and white menu is about to get patriotic. Add these cool, blue designer items to complete the full red, white and blue statement. This is essential if you are following my plan for creating a bold, sophisticated, and natural rendering for the celebration of the 4th of July. (Also wonderful whenever!)

Here are your key components: an outdoor speaker, designer cooling-off fan, an oversized tray, and paper napkins with presence.

[1] Libratone Speakers This is the way to take your music outdoors. LIBRATONE’s Zipp AirPlay speaker for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac/PC and Android devices offers absolute audio freedom wrapped in fine changeable Italian wool. It’s almost like a chic handbag, but does much more. The speaker plays for 4 to 6 hours on batteries. You can plug in to play music without the need for wi-fi. Indoor and outdoor speakers can be sync’d with iTunes with the app Whaale AirPlay Multiroom Speaker App. Comes in 7 exceptional colors, in addition to the true blue. $400.

[2] Dyson Cool Tower Fan I am such a FAN of this idea. To keep mosquitoes at bay, plus provide a cool element to your gathering, set up a fan outside. Forget chemicals, this really works. In this case, miraculously, this model will deliver a powerful breeze without whirling blades—so no worries about children (or tipsy adults) interfering with fan’s occupation. You must see it to believe it. I was challenged to stick my hand into the mechanism, and survived! Tower Fan in Iron/Blue $400.

hobnobmag 4th of July Party Decor Blue tray and napkins

[3] Golden Rabbit Enamelware are artisan-made spatterware trays with tough carbon-steel at their core and edges reinforced in stainless steel. The result is scratch-resistant and dishwasher-safe. The 20” tray comes in five colors. $60. Table Base, 26” high $242. Available on the website.

[4] Caskata Blue Lucy cocktail napkins are almost too pretty to use. Showcasing Lucy, the big blue octopus, they elicit a nautical, whimsical vibe. They’re made of triple-ply tissue, are 100% biodegradable $5.29 for a pack of 20. They also have dishes in the same pattern. Available online at