It’s that time of year again! Time for a weekend full of beach or poolside fun, backyard BBQs, friends and family, and fireworks.
If you read my Pack the Party post from last July 4th, you already know that I LOVE hosting and planning Independence Day celebrations. It’s truly my Christmas in July.
Well, this year I’m sharing what I like to call my “Guide to July 4th” with you. From looks for the whole family, festive eats and decor for the party, and even a few kid-approved party activities that will keep your crew entertained — I’ve got your holiday covered!
Fun Family Looks
I usually save the fashion plugs for last but these patriotic finds from Tanger were too hot to handle, so they’re first on my list this year.
And it doesn’t get much cuter than patriotic apparel from Old Navy Outlet for the kiddos.
Make-ahead dishes and desserts are the name of the game in my household, especially on busy holiday weekends. Here are a couple of my festive favorites.
Patriotic Popcorn — So delicious and E.A.S.Y.
It’s definitely a crowd pleaser and also works great if you’re headed out the door at dusk to catch the fireworks at your local park.
Individual 7-Layer Dip Cups — Perfect, portable portions. And no double-dipping!
Patriotic Party Prep
If you’re hosting the party this year, a few great pieces here and there are all you need to really make a statement. Fun servingware, functional tablescapes and themed banners are great “no-stress” options for any indoor/outdoor party.
A Little Entertainment
Whether at the pool or in the backyard, keeping the kids entertained so the adults can mingle is key to an enjoyable time for all. I’ve found that simple is best when it comes to kids’ activities and a little DIY Pinspiration can go a long way!
Here are a few of my recent faves for summertime fun:
- Water gun refill stations (squirt guns and red/white/blue buckets)
- Water balloon races
- Capture the flag (using miniature American flags)
- Life-sized ring toss (using pool noodles to make the pieces)
Follow along on Pinterest for more ideas!
Happy Birthday, America and Happy 4th, Mommas!