Rosanna Bowles' Entertaining Tips for Fourth of July Parties

America has a birthday that's just around the corner, and it's time to think about how we're going to celebrate. Here are some tips to help create a delightful and delicious 4th of July gathering (9 Photos)

Rosanna Bowles on Jul 2, 2012 at 10:05AM

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Rosanna Bowles' Entertaining Tips for Fourth of July Parties

Note: Photos by John Granen, for "Coming Home," published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang

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Setting the Table

Always have a set of 12 white dinner plates and 12 white napkins. This is one of my little secrets.  Doing this allows you to mix and match salad plates to create hundreds of possible tablescapes depending on the occasion.  For Independence Day, choose a patriotic-looking or an Americana-style salad plate. If you don’t have one, find red or blue -- after all, you’ve already got the white in your dinner plates!

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