I’m trying not to squeal with excitement as I write to you this week. Aside from Christmas, July 4th is my favorite holiday. I mean, who doesn’t like a good birthday party? All the food, friends, festivities and fireworks make for a celebration that is unmistakably American and an undeniably good time.
The planner in me will never pass up the opportunity to host a good party, so we’re throwing a July 4th celebration in our neighborhood cul de sac this weekend. I’ve been a patriotic pinner for weeks now and thought it would be fun to share some of my best finds for the party with you.
BEAT THE HEAT
It’s going to be H.O.T. so I want to have a signature drink or two on-hand since that’s the first thing people will reach for when they arrive.
This year, I found a red, white and blue sangria recipe for the parentals and this tangy blue lemonade made with Jolly Rancher candies for the littles. And, yes, the sangria recipe has been tested and approved…several times. What kind of hostess would I be if I didn’t try it first?
I’m also making these fruity ice cubes to jazz up the other frosty beverages, adult or otherwise. I started freezing batches of them a few days ago to stock up because they are guaranteed to go fast.
PACK THE PARTY
We’re putting our party on wheels and taking it curbside with our little red wagon. Since we’ll be outdoors for the celebration, I’m packing all of our goodies, decorations and games in the kids’ wagon instead of making multiple trips in/out. It’s the ultimate July 4th multi-tasking tool — efficient, nostalgic and it serves as another decoration since the kids and I are outfitting the wagon itself in red, white and blue!
We’ve also asked the neighbors to decorate and bring their wagons. It adds to the scenery and eliminates cars lining the street where all the kids will be playing. Definitely keeping this find in the mommy files for future parties!
RED, WHITE & BLUE EVERYTHING
If you read my Summer Planning Begins post, you know that it’s always a good idea to have activities for the kids once you get them outdoors. This year, I made it my mission to find the ultimate game to keep them entertained and came up with this gem.
A bicycle decorating contest (the contest part was my idea)!
Just find your local dollar or craft store and purchase all the July 4th paper decorations, flags, etc. that you can fit in your basket. Gather the kiddos and give them a set time to decorate their bikes, then have a panel of judges award a winner. We’re even planning a neighborhood parade with the decorated wagons and bicycles.
So. Much. Fun. And perfect for a cul de sac party!
CAPTURE THE MOMENT
My family almost always coordinates our outfits for any occasion because I’m a photo snob and want to capture every special moment, and look good doing it. My husband has come to accept this and actually now embraces my photo fanaticism. Luckily, July 4th is one of the few times a year that literally EVERY PERSON is sporting their best theme wear so he has even less grounds for appeal.
Naturally, I want fresh inspiration for the pictures each year so we’ll be recreating this beauty at some point during the party!
Happy July 4th! Have fun celebrating and the mom in me also advises you to wear your sunscreen.