Boo loves to do food demonstrations at the fair. There is one in particular that requires you to decorate a table and create a menu for the entire day. You must prepare 1 item off that menu (which must be nutritionally balanced).
For the table-scape, Boo began with a red tablecloth I have used at Christmas time. The plates and cups were all purchased at the Dollar Store. The red pitcher was a Wal Mart find. Because the table stays up the entire week of fair she went with fake flowers, also purchased at the Dollar Store. The caddy (which held napkins and silverware) was a kit made at the local Home Depot clinic for kids and she painted it white with red stripes and blue stars.
Because we get very hot in the summer, dehydration is a concern in Smallville. The drink is Sprite which has no caffeine, which naturally dehydrates. The ice cubes are red and blue Gatorade. As they melt you are replacing your electrolytes.
Dessert consisted of strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream. Slice the tops off the berries and then slice the berries in half. Arrange 5 pieces in the shape of a star. Fill the center with whipped cream and sprinkle blueberries on top. Vanilla ice cream works as well if you want something cold.
As the hostess, Boo dressed the part with a shirt and hat bearing the flag.
I hope this inspires you to do something festive this year with the kids. Let them come up with their own ideas and you might be surprised at how creative they can be.