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Hi I'm Kristen!

I’m Kristen, a Content Creator and Photographer, and a mom of a 9 year old & 6 year old.  I live in Houston, TX  with my husband who is my college sweetheart. I have a knack for product styling, crafting & DIYing, in addition to brand content creation and photography.  You can find me on Instagram @kristensellentin I have over 300k followers.   I am also on Pinterest, Facebook & TikTok, & LTK.  Come say hi!

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Creating Family Traditions for Independence Day

Independence Day is a wonderful way to foster a sense of unity and patriotism within your household. Whether your family is large or small, there are countless activities you can incorporate to make the day memorable. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Kick off your morning with Star-Spangled Cinnamon Rolls!

These delightful pastries are not only a treat for your taste buds but also a feast for the eyes. Perfect for a Fourth of July breakfast or any day you want to add a little celebration to your morning routine.

My children adore these star-spangled cinnamon rolls and eagerly anticipate them every 4th of July. I like to switch things up occasionally by adding frosting or simply sprinkles, depending on what the kids want that morning. Imagine the aroma of freshly baked cinnamon rolls wafting through your kitchen, bringing everyone to the table with smiles and eager appetites. Pair them with a steaming cup of coffee or a glass of cold milk, and you have a breakfast that starts your day with warmth, joy, and a touch of American pride.

Star-Spangled Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Pick up a pack of cinnamon rolls/frosting from the store. You have the option to make both the cinnamon rolls and frosting from scratch, but let’s be real – I prefer to spend the morning with my family, so I chose to go with store-bought. I attempted to hand-cut them into star shapes, but that didn’t go smoothly, so I resorted to using a reliable star-shaped cookie cutter.
  • I attempted to hand-cut them into star shapes, but that didn’t go smoothly, so I resorted to using a reliable star-shaped cookie cutter. Flatten a cinnamon roll using your hand, then use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Repeat this process with the remaining cinnamon rolls.
  • Bake at 400° for 10 minutes.
  • Prepare vibrant frosting (in red, white, or blue) while the cinnamon rolls are baking.
  • Let the cinnamon rolls cool before frosting them and adding patriotic sprinkles!
  • Enjoy!

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4th of July Charcuterie Boards

Throughout the years, I’ve developed a fondness for patriotic-themed charcuterie boards. It’s enjoyable to personalize and customize them based on your mood each year. Friends and family always look forward to seeing what new twist I’ll bring to the table, and it’s become a beloved tradition. These boards have a way of bringing people together, sparking conversations, and creating memories that last well beyond the holiday itself.

The Red, White & Blue Charcuterie Board

This charcuterie board offers a variety of delights – from fruits and veggies to dips, pretzels, popcorn, and the ever-popular deviled eggs. With such a delicious selection, it was a hit with everyone who indulged.

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The American Flag Charcuterie Board

Creating the American Flag Charcuterie Board was an enjoyable experience. Once I decided on the foods that could represent the flag’s colors, everything fell into place. The kids quickly devoured the board right after I took these pictures. Unfortunately, the adults didn’t get to savor it as much!

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The Firecracker Charcuterie Board

The Firecracker Board is a delightful treat! Star-shaped waffles, cookies, and cheese, all in red, white, and blue colors, truly bring this board to life. This platter is guaranteed to please the sweet-toothed guests at any gathering.

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So, whether you’re a charcuterie novice or a seasoned pro, don’t be afraid to experiment and let your creativity shine. After all, there’s no better way to celebrate than with good food and great company.

Red, White & Blue Salad and Dip

4th of July Caprese Salad

Make this delightful Caprese Salad at your 4th of July celebration. Serve this Caprese Salad alongside your favorite grilled dishes, and watch as it becomes the star of your summer spread. It’s so simple and easy to make.

4th of July Caprese Salad Recipe:

Mix together 1 cup of chopped tomatoes, 1 pint of blueberries, a generous amount of basil, 1/3 cup of olive oil, and 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. Finish by placing mozzarella cheese stars on top.

If you’re searching for another delicious salad suggestion, take a look at my Caprese Pasta Salad. It’s a crowd pleaser at family gatherings and captures all the summery vibes perfect for a 4th of July celebration.

Red White and Blueberry Salsa

This salsa is divine! Its flavor is unexpectedly delicious! The jicama complements the fruit perfectly. I enjoy serving it with lime and sea salt chips. It’s the perfect appetizer for a 4th of July gathering, bringing a burst of summer to the table.

*Oh my Stars pennant by @bycamimonet

Red, White and Blueberry Salsa Recipe:


  • 1 C. strawberries diced
  • 1 C. blueberries
  • 1 C. jicama peeled and diced
  • 1/4 C. red onion diced
  • 1/4 C. cilantro chopped
  • juice of 1 lime

Combine all ingredients together and salt to taste! Chill for 20 minutes before serving with your favorite tortilla chips. Enjoy!

4th of July Party Decor

Throwing a 4th of July Celebration is always a delight, filled with laughter, fireworks, and the aroma of delicious food wafting through the air. To make your celebration truly memorable, start by decorating your space with vibrant red, white, and blue banners, balloons, and table settings. I have come across numerous adorable table settings throughout the years and will share with you my absolute favorites.

Red, White and Brews Party

Red, White & Brews PARTY ❤️🤍💙

Some of the shops I adore have the most adorable 4th of July items I used for my Red, White and Brews party decor.

Plates / utensils / pennants : @bonjourfete

Signs / initial tags : @chalkdesignsbyme

Garlands : @pearlandjane

Table runner / cups / stir sticks : @camimonet

Disco balls : @amazon

Waffle maker : @bydash

Large pennant : @whimsicaldarlingsco

Fourth of July Tablescape

The table setting looked stunning at my parents’ beach house. They have the perfect wall to complement it! The charming cups, pennant, and table runner are all from @camimonet – her table runners always make a statement. The delightful tray is from @shopsweetlulu, the sign from @chalkdesignsbyme, and the cake dome from @bonjourfete. The beautiful backdrop is by @ohmydarlingpartyco, offering custom colors for any occasion. Stir sticks can be found at @againstthegrainhc, and the gold star garland is from @pearlandjane.

Stars and Stripes Tablescape

I love to style my Fourth of July table using all my cute finds from @shopsweetlulu.

My tips for a fun 4th table:
+ add a festive runner
+ layer plates & napkins
+ fresh flowers in clear vases with red & blue food coloring
+ add fun star shaped food!
+ give every guest a sparkler 🎇 for fun after the meal

I hope you discover something useful to incorporate into your upcoming 4th of July festivities. May your celebrations be filled with laughter, joy, and the warmth of togetherness. And don’t forget to set aside a moment to reflect on the history and values that this day represents, appreciating the freedoms and opportunities we cherish. Here’s to a memorable and heartwarming 4th of July!


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