June 28, 2017

Fun & Easy Ideas for a July 4th Celebration

July 4th is a day worth celebrating and it's a great time to throw an impromptu summer party for all your favorite people. Whether you're planning to live it up with larger than life July 4th festivities or maybe just host a small summer soiree, our nation's Independence Day is a perfect opportunity to throw a party.

If you've been around this blog before, you know I like simple projects, recipes and party ideas. Why make things harder than they have to be?

Here are three fun and simple ways to celebrate the 4th of July in style!

Drink it up: Star Spangled Stunners

Every good party must have a signature drink. It doesn't need to be alcoholic, but if you want to make things a bit more spirited, I won't try to stop you. 

Obviously our color scheme is red, white and blue. With all the wonderful fruit in season right now, this makes it easy to create some delicious concoctions. 

Start with some fresh fruit...raspberries and blueberries are good options. Freeze them in a tray of ice. Then, when they are nice and frozen, plop them into a glass of coconut water (I used Bai). 

You can also add some rum for a bit more spirit. 

I know it seems pretty basic, but sometimes it's the most basic things that really are best. Delicious and easy! 

Jazz Up Plain Coleslaw with Tasty Toppings

Coleslaw is sort of the proverbial red haired step child of the summer barbecue. It's not nearly as exciting as mac and cheese and it's not nearly delicious as potato salad. 

But nobody puts coleslaw in the a corner, at least not on my watch. Here are three ways to take ordinary shredded cabbage and take it to the next level. 

Shredded Cabbage + Blue Cheese + Grape Tomatoes 
Cabbage + Sliced Almonds + Mandarin Oranges + Soy Ginger Dressing
Shredded Cabbage + Coleslaw Dressing + Hot Sauce 

Create a DIY S'mores Station - 

There's nothing quite like s'mores to take you straight back to the magic of childhood summers. Maybe it's the fact that s'mores are kind of messy or perhaps it's just how everyone comes together to enjoy them but they are a great option for an impromptu summer soiree. 

I saw this great DIY S'mores Bar (via Party City) and decided to create my own! 

I was also inspired by the fabulous blog, Love and Zest...check out her S'mores creation below! It's nearly too pretty to eat. 

Love and Zest 
I hope this inspires you to get creative with your 4th of July celebration and make it really special. 

Happy Birthday America!