Should you be lucky enough to score a Fourth of July party invite somewhere in the vicinity of fireworks–or better yet, a whole weekend at a beach house (can you tell I’m dreaming of this?)–we’ve got a host of star-themed hostess gifts that are perfect. A little different. And definitely not cheesy.

That smell? That’s a blend of good etiquette and freedom, baby. –Liz

Star Tea Towel Set by Anna Joyce Stars and dots are just a little more original and practical than stars and stripes, aren’t they? ($28, BRIKA)

Constellation spoon | Cool Mom Picks

Custom Constellation Spoon This may be one the coolest things ever–a vintage spoon custom-stamped with a favorite constellation. Send in a picture and she’ll replicate it by hand. ($17, Jessica N Designs)

Starfish beach baskets | Cool Mom Picks

Starfish Beach Baskets If you’re heading somewhere beachy, this pair of basketweave bins with real starfish adorniing the side is absolutely wonderful. Really elegant, and who can’t use more places to put things away? ($64, Coastal Seasons)

Rainbow star garland | Cool Mom Picks

Rainbow Star Garland It doesn’t have to be red white and blue–this rainbow star garland makes me feel like celebrating something just by looking at it. ($26, Bottz Studios)


Star letterpress cards | Cool Mom Picks

Star Letterpress Cards Stationery is always an easy go-to hostess gift, and I think this set of 4 cards is a sweet, affordable, and yeah, patriotic gesture. ($10, Pheasant Press)

Wooden counting stars Waldorf toy | Cool Mom Picks

Wooden Toy Stars If you have a child to buy for, speakng from experience, a flag is only fun for so long. Instead, check out these handmade Waldorf style wooden stars to inspire counting, sorting, and imagination. ($18 at Mama May I)