I may be jetlagged and still missing my suitcase from my trip back from my Hawaii Honeymoon, but my Husband and I couldn't help ourselves from throwing a last minute 4th of July Party. Thankfully, we both love to play host, and belive there’s no better place to cool off than our own backyard swimming pool.
Patrick and I have a revolving door — neighbors are family, family are friends, and dogs are people (well at least I think so)! After years of planning parties, I’ve gotten a few things down to a rhythm. Today, I’m sharing a few tips with you so you can celebrate America’s birthday in a fun, festive and stress-free way too!
I love a good DIY project, and this year I decided to try easy. Most of my decor included inexpensive holiday buys or previously ownedserving pieces.
- Three aluminum flag tubs for koozies, boom-chicka-pop, and hot dog & hamburger buns
- Three star shaped plastic bowls for chips, pretzels, and pita chips
- Three ceramic star dishes for smaller appetizers; guacamole, salsa, hummus, etc...
- Two disposable festive tablecloths (if you have two tables)
- A few assortment of Red, White, and Blue Flowers for table centerpieces. I use mason jars and pitchers as vases.
- Cutlery (Clear is fine)
- Paper Products: I do buy festive paper products for parties- they give an extra flare to parties
- Plastic cups- both Solo cups and wine glasses
*Make sure you have enough of the basics; toilet paper, water, trash bags, tissues, feminine products. If you prestock the bathrooms, you won't have to worry about what guests might need; in fact, you could even add a little advil in your cupboard just in case.*
FOURTH OF JULY SPECIALTY DRINK
...because what would a 4th of July party be without a little summer sipper?
In a large drink dispenser combine 2 bottles (750 ml) of White Wine, One Bottle of Champagne, 4 Cups of Coconut Water, 1 Cup of Malibu Rum, 1/2 Cup of Bourbon, 1.4 Cup of Triple Sec, 1 Cup of Blueberries, 1 Cup of Raspberries, 1 Cup of Blackberries, and the juice from one Lemon
Refrigerate Overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours
Garnish with a Strawberry Wedge and Serve
Add a little healthy touch to your backyard barbecue with this Heart-Healthy Strawberry Chicken Salad! It’s one of my favorites! If you add blueberries to the sald, you’ll have a little red, white and blue on top from the berries and goat cheese! See the full recipe in this blog post.
I love sending our guests home with a little something, especially if it’s festive and homemade. I shared a glimpse into my favorite summer memories in last week’s blog post— including a recipe for DIY Bug Repellant! Mini spray bottles combnied with cute 4th-of-July-themed labels make a prefect party favor.
What’s your favorite way to celebrate the 4th? Let me know in the comments, and enjoy the candid photos!