How to Throw a 4th of July Party According to Taylor Swift

Or maybe we need a tutorial on how to get on her party guest list, huh?
ART Trixie Ison

Independence Day weekend, which they celebrate on the 4th of July, just happened in the US. We've been busy stalking all our favorite celebrities' Instagram and Snapchat accounts all weeekend. But we've decided that if we want to get on someone's 4th of July party guest list, we choose Taylor Swift. Girl throws parties like no other. Don't believe us? Just check out the awesome snaps from her patriotic weekend with her friends and loved ones. Squad goals, y'all.

 Step 1  Set the mood.

Of course you need to start a party with something fun like this barkada pic that just screams "Fourth of July!" And it helps to have people like Gigi Hadid, Martha Hunt, Empire's Serayah, and the HAIM sisters. NBD. P.S. This picture can also be captioned Stars and Stripes. Are we right or are we right? :P

 Step 2  Make sure there's food.

You can totally just order in if you want, but nothing says comfort than food you actually made yourself! Plus, you can always get your friends to help you out, too.


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 Step 3  Take a group pic.

Remember the awesome occasion by immortalizing the moment in a photo. You can whip out your selfie stick, GoPro, or a camera on self-timer to make sure that everyone is in the shot!

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 Step 4  Make room for dessert.

What's a party without cake? Add sparklers for a more festive effect.

READTaylor Swift, Ellie Goulding, Selena Gomez, and Haim Had a Tea Party for Women's Day

 Step 5  Be silly with your bae.


Parties are meant to be fun! Let loose, goof around, and don't be afraid to just have a blast.

 Step 6  Make sure everyone else has fun, too.

It's not just important that you have fun, you should also make sure your guests are having a great time, too.

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 Step 7  Dress for the occasion.

Tay's bestie Ed made sure to come in red. LOL! To match the flag, maybe? Either way, we approve of your sartorial choice, Mr. Sheeran. You keep doing you.

 Step 8  Go matchy!

Having your friends sleep over so you can take the festivities well into the night? Be totally cheesy in twinsies onesies. Don't forget to take a photo to remember your #OOTN!

READTaylor Swift Definitely Had A Better 4th of July Than Most People

Got a party coming up? What theme are you planning on doing? Let's dish party ideas below or tweet us @candymagdotcom and we can be #FOMO together—unless you got invited to Tay's 4th of July shindig and you didn't tell us.









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When she's not busy online, she's in the kitchen on a mission to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

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Katherine Go 2 days ago

Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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