1 This patriotic rendition of the flag is made up of little vanilla cupcakes. They're iced with a simple vanilla frosting made with confectioners sugar, butter, tinted with food coloring and presented on the Red Melamine Handled Serving Tray from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macys. http://goo.gl/1islHq
2 Here I am setting up for the segment with long-time MSO producer, Judy Morris.
3 We created a beach scene on the plaza. The American flag beach towel is from the Martha Stewart Collection at Macy's. http://goo.gl/AJ1sLz The tiki torches are embedded in galvanized buckets filled with gravel and are striped with red electrical tape to give a festive, patriotic feel.
4 This is an overview of set with festive ideas from Martha Stewart Living.
5 This is an edible patriotic fruit centerpiece adorned with white hydrangea blossoms.
6 These are bibb lettuce leaf cups filled with sliced mango and hearts of palm and dressed with a lime vinaigrette.
7 We had delicious Red Zinger iced tea garnished with mint leaves and served in my Clear Acrylic Hobnail glasses from the Martha Stewart Collection, available at Macys. http://goo.gl/mH26qg
8 To keep children happy and occupied, I set up a crafting station where they can decorate simple flip-flops with patriotic embellishments.
9 Another beach scene with patriotic pin wheels
10 The enthusiastic audience looked on.
11 Today show hosts
12 Here I am taking pictures for my blog.
13 I was wearing my team USA soccer jacket.
14 On Wednesday on Today, I showed how to host a last minute Fourth of July bash. I shared a great burger technique and how to grill multiple hot dogs by placing them on two long skewers.
15 I showed Matt Lauer how to form a burger patty, making an indentation in the middle for even cooking.
16 We discussed a watermelon punch and beer margaritas, which Matt confessed he wasn't fond of.
17 These two lucky audience members won the chance to come onto the set and sample the delicious food. They had such a good time!
18 Hoda and I came to eat with them.
19 We incorporated a lot of bandana fabric into this set. We used bamboo utensils with bandana napkins wrapped with red twine.
20 I offered the audience grilled cantaloupe wrapped with prosciutto.
21 Those who tasted, it loved it!
22 On the way out, I bumped into Nick Cannon, the host of 'America's Got Talent.' He's told me that he's hosting the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks this year.