We had a pretty freakin’ awesome 4th of July this year. Good food, good friends, good times.
I think the prep work was almost as much fun as the actual day. I, of course, set up a Pinterest board to get ideas. Because I’m addicted.
We made trips to Michael’s and Walmart to get a few decorations and supplies. We were starting from scratch since we’ve never decorated for the 4th at all. Little Man and I made the rest of the decorations, including this awesome free subway art, this cute hat (which he decided to wear instead of put on a paper plate), and a paper chain inspired by this pin. We stuck flags in pots and vases and called it good.
We made a trial run of this drink the night before. I’m glad we did, because we couldn’t get it to work well at all. The drinks kept mixing together. Instead, we decided to use the fruit punch and gatorade to make ice in cute shapes using my IKEA star and heart ice molds. We also made ice with strawberries and blueberries. They were really cool, especially when put in Sprite. We also had fresh basil lemonade. I’ll blog the recipe soon.
For appetizers, Jason made the cucumber boats that he’d made for our Super Bowl festivities. He also made the fabulous bread bowl. (Both are recipes he found on Pinterest btw). I made an old favorite, Marsha’s sausage balls.
We kept it super simple with the rest of the food, just hot dogs and chips. I did plan cute things for dessert. I was inspired by this fruit flag to put fruit on skewers. I knew we wouldn’t need enough to make a whole flag, so I had LM make a few and Jason stuck them artistically in glasses. Yay teamwork! I saw these strawberries, and decided to make my own version using white chocolate and blue food coloring. They weren’t the pretties chocolate covered strawberries ever, but it was a cute idea.
Our friends Antoine and Heidi came over for the day. We’ve been doing that for a few years now, and we always have a nice time talking and watching movies. We ate and watched Real Steal.
Later that evening we headed out to the intracoastal to watch the fireworks over the water. We went to the old neighborhood, which always has great views of the West Palm and Lake Worth fireworks. We found a perfect spot and really enjoyed ourselves taking pictures and watching the show. It was a great night.
And thanks to Jason for taking and instagram-ing most of the pics.