The 4th of July is my favorite holiday besides Christmas! I love the energy of the warm, dark night as people laugh and talk all over the neighborhood at 10pm. How cool is that? Every time I hear the fireworks boom, it reminds me of what we celebrate: AMERICA. The confident and commanding sound of the fireworks symbolize the greatness of the land we call home. And the colors that light up the party in the sky unite us all as we celebrate with loyalty our freedoms, compassion, and innovative spirits. We are America: home of the free and land of the brave. I hope we extend that patriotic swell in our heart to our future little generations. The heart of the people determine the future of our country.
Happy Birthday USA
To celebrate July 4th, we had a FRESH backporch BBQ. It was such a kickback and chill day. I spent the morning cooking and doing party prep while the boys and Chris did yard work. That afternoon, we savored a lot of lazy moments. Chris played guitar on the back porch. We had such a fun night together in our backyard. Dakotah even made a ball toss contest with prizes! (annnnd, I won! lol) We played poker and the boys did some bb gun target shooting.
We simply couldn't ask for more...
Fresh, bright white with bold patriotic colors:
(bunting from Grandin Road)
Whenever we are all doing something outside in the summertime,
I like to keep a basket, pail, or bag of skin lifesavers easily accessible.
We brought in a hot dog cart to serve up some classic goodness:
(cart from Pottery Barn for all the inquiring minds!) ;)
And I have used these chalkboard signs
that I made a couple years ago countless time now!
I double love my pendant banner from last year!
Getting our grill on...
I found a way to make AMAZINGly beautiful layered drinks
and this will change my
party-lovin life FOREVER.
I will now be doing this
Here's the down low:
The highest sugar content goes in first as the bottom layer.
Fill up your glasses completely with ice
Have fun with this one!
Sobe Pina Colada for the white,
Gatorade Fruit Punch for the red, and G2 Blueberry Pomegranate for the blue.
For appetizers, I made some dangerous loaded baked potato dip
and served with chip varieties.
To add in some healthy STUFF, I made homemade, crispy
Sweet Potato Fries.
I found these adorable fry holders at World Market
and simply pushed some pretty star stickers on them.
I highly recommend this recipe! They were the perfect texture.
(I modified the recipe by adding grated parmasan to the recipe and some Italian seasonings.)
I made a healthier version of corndogs for the littles.
I don't have a recipe for these YET
because I mixed and matched 3 different recipes!
I added extra long ribbon to create
for my little people.
The kids table:
Each plate had a color matched bag of animal crackers.
GOTTA have berries...
I've been experimenting with some healthier baked goods.
This is another recipe from the Babycakes cookbook.
I'm sure kids think that parents don't always make sense.
We teach our kids to never, ever, ever play with fire...
then 4th of July comes along...
I regret buying these fireworks for SO many reasons,
but that's another whole story...
GUYS + EXPLOSIVES = HAPPINESS
Our family firework show was held in my parent's backyard, not ours....
but the dinner and festive day shown here was our backyard.
I also made some CLASSIC mini pies that I will share in an upcoming post SOON!
Here's a peek a boo at them...
Because nothing beats an ALL AMERICAN
berry pie! Check back soon for the details on this
backporch pie shop.
“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty.”
-John F Kennedy
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