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july 4th party by found vintage rentals

by Grace Bonney

The holiday weekend is almost here and I’m so excited to head home to Virginia for family, food and fireworks. I love seeing how different families and friends celebrate for July 4th, so I’m happy to kick off today with photos from a great July 4th party thrown by Jeni Maus of Found Vintage Rentals. Every year Jeni and her family throw a July 4th party from their 1926 English Tudor home, which has a perfect view of the town’s firework show a few blocks over.

Instead of traditional red, white and blue, Jeni decided to put her spin on things and focus on a navy blue, magenta and teal color palette, accented with vintage furniture and decorations from her collection. In addition to the decor, Jeni hired a taco truck to feed her guests and Marie Dannettelle of Sweets Indeed to create sweet treats for the party. Marie was kind enough to share a recipe with us today for the Strawberry Filled Donuts she served at the party, so join me after the jump for more party pictures and a great summer party recipe…[All photos by Studio EMP Photography] xo, grace

*You can download the popcorn bag graphics and signage Jeni used right here, and pick up the July 4th mini skewers right here.

11 More party images and the Strawberry filled donut recipe after the jump…

Strawberry Filling Recipe

4 cups of strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tbsp. cornstarch
Crush 2 cups of strawberries, add 3/4 cup water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2 minutes. Strain berries and save the juice. Combine sugar, cornstarch, honey and maple syrup into the same pan (with the strawberries). Bring to a boil and add the juice back in. Stir until thick and remove from heat. Add the other 2 cups of strawberries whole or cut in half. Serve warm or let cool and serve cold.
Cut donuts in half and add filling. Use a small tongue depressor or thick toothpick to hold the donut together. Enjoy!!

You can use glazed donuts from any donut shop or bake your own! An easy recipe for first time donut makers can be found at Allrecipes.com here: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/fluffy-cake-doughnuts/detail.aspx

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