Host the Best 4th of July Party

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.

Supplies needed: 

  • 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.*



...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!


Cam enjoying a Drumstick

Cam enjoying a Drumstick

Creating a safe space to toss sparklers

Creating a safe space to toss sparklers

Stella taking a swim

Stella taking a swim

Avery charming the camera with her sparklers

Avery charming the camera with her sparklers

Jax sunbathing at the Milyo pool in Roswell, GA

Jax sunbathing at the Milyo pool in Roswell, GA


Carly Grace Milyo

Born in New York City,  Carly Grace grew up in Atlanta and graduated from The Westminster Schools.  Carly received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development, and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Virginia Tech in 2012. During her college career, Carly began practicing yoga as an escape from her intense ACC Cheerleading training. The rigor and requirements Carly upheld as an ACC athlete combined with the social expectations and action packed schedule expected of an Alpha Phi left Carly depleted both physically and mentally.  Before Carly found yoga, she used running, partying with friends, and restricting her diet to maintain a sense of control in her life. It was Carly's true desire to find more purposeful and authentic friendships and to invest her time in cultivating her greater well-being and spirituality that lead her to yoga. 

The creativity and physical challenge of yoga captivated and inspired Carly. Yoga was the first thing Carly practiced where the perfect-ten mentality was not required; in fact, perfection is the antithesis of yoga principles.  After hanging up her poms poms and retiring from her ACC Cheerleading career, Carly quickly found herself  invested in the In Balance Yoga Community in Blacksburg, VA.  With encouragement and affirmation from Studio Owner, Becky Crigger, Carly set out for New York City to train with Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus Love Skool.

Yoga Alliance 200 E-RYT, Carly has studied and practiced with many influencers and teachers all over the United States.  Carly currently teaches Thunderbolt Power Yoga®;  a powerful alignment based vinyasa flow inspired by some of her greatest influencers including, Dana Trixie Flynn and Baron Baptiste.  Carly infuses creative ideas and sequencing into her classes. Her purpose as a teacher is to inspire people to move like themselves. Carly is committed to helping students be audaciously playful in both their practice and in their lives. 

You can catch Carly Grace teaching at her studio Thunderbolt Power Yoga, at off-site events such as the infamous FIT Yoga Series with Carly Grace at W Atl Buckhead, at music festivals, corporate conferences, and more!  Be sure to look out for Carly's quarterly Boombox Power Yoga® Class offered alongside a live DJ, accompanied by her pink boombox, and enhanced with a 16 inch disco ball. 

In the mean time, you can follow her adventures on instagram (@yoga__barbie) or give her a wave when you see her drive by in her infamous pink jeep!