Friday, June 27, 2014

Giant Collection of 4th of July IDEAS

From the archives...a repost to help kick off your holiday!

 Christmas is always my favorite: cold cars, icy front porches, swollen schedules, stretched dollars...let me think....yes! It's still my favorite. :)  But the 4th of July sits pretty high in my eyes too!  Those carefree days of close sunshine, midsummer, kick back, easy entertaining, no boundaries, endless fun, cheering on the great United States of America! Mmmm, I surely love my country and love celebrating the 4th.

I have SO MANY past ideas to share on patriotic celebrations! I've collected a lil library of resources for 4th of July entertaining, food, decor, and projects. 

Let's get to it loves!  An All American Backyard BBQ with a recipe for AMAZING sweet potato fries, loaded baked potato dip, and homemade corndogs for the kids with long firecracker ribbons (just for extra fun!).


And BY FAR, the most pinned photo of my blog onto Pinterest...

Bring American tradition to your backyard 
if you're hosting 4th of July at your home sweet home 
with a "backyard mini pie shoppe" buffet! 

Because what's an All American celebration without pie?

There are a lot of creative, easy, and festive snacks for the littles! 
Click on each item for details:

If you want to be COOL and keep your celebration healthy, 
hand out a lot of fruit cones

Or, if you want to be not so cool, make some all out dessert...the REAL stuff! {wink} Pies, star cookies, mini pies, cones dipped in chocolate with patriotic sprinkles, and homemade twinkies.

I actually made these homemade twinkies for Titus' Magic Birthday party, but they work for the 4th too!

These raspberry ice cream squares were also served at the Magic Party, but would make an excellent 4th of July treat! 

Simply soften vanilla ice cream and fill a flexible ice cube tray.  Freeze.  When hard, pop out and top with a single size and perfect.

Another ice cream dessert are these super pretty abstract American Flags.

Most of you have seen the retro ice cream sundae bar before.  
But for the new visitors, here you go! 
Dessert buffets are fun for the little people.

And finally, a couple sweet projects to do with the kids:


Finally, here is a photo story of a big lake All-American bash
with homemade ice cream, watermelon, and fresh-squeezed lemonade:

If you want even MORE ideas, 
see another year's post summary of previous 4th of July celebrations here:

I will be sharing NEW 4th of July ideas in the next couple of weeks! 

I hope you're lovin your sunshine,

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