Posts Tagged ‘Fourth of July’


Holiday Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

With the upcoming 4th of July long holiday weekend, we haven’t decided whether we will making a road trip out of town or staying at home and hosting a backyard party. If we do decide to stay in town, we will host a patriotic-themed celebration with a charming outdoor gathering for a relaxed dinner and serve easy, portable food like a grilled hot dogs.  I envision creating a tablescape channeling the deep blue sea and displaying a flower arrangement with red ranunculus, perhaps.

If you’re looking for cooking inspiration, keep reading for a round-up of my fourth of July summer menu idea.


‘Hot Dog Toppings’

via The Modern Proper

Holiday Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Crank up the grill and make your own DIY hot dog station! Having your guests customize their own hot dog is a great way to get everyone in on the food prep and having a little fun with their food. With all these savory hot dog topping ideas, you can’t go wrong.


‘Tropical Hot Dog Bar’

via The View From Great Island


For a sweeter flavor, these tropical hot dog toppings are equally satisfying! Place hot dogs in a fun basket or have your guests create their own hot dog toppings with individualized hot dog holders. Organize condiments on a tiered stand or in mason jars atop a bowl of ice.


‘Baked Garlic Parmesan Potato Fries’ recipe

via Creme de la Crumb


Take ordinary french fries to the next level! Display these crispy, robust oven-baked garlic parmesan potato fries in mini galvanized bucket pails for each guest to easily grab and place on their plate.


‘Strawberry Moscow Mule’ recipe

via Spicy Southern Kitchen


Add a punch of flavor to your cocktail with a simple summer infusion like this refreshing strawberry moscow mule recipe. You can create a large batch for your guests or make one cup at a time and display on a tray for them to self serve.


‘Raspberry Gratin’ Dessert recipe

via Williams-Sonoma

Holiday Entertaining: FOURTH OF JULY MENU IDEA

Finish the night with sparklers and a berry delicious dessert! While I could have chosen a more traditional dessert like a cherry pie, I decided with a heavy-filling entree – a lighter dessert like this raspberry gratin, would be ideal.

Take the fun outside and enjoy this fourth of July! Happy Summer!!

*featured image by Crate and Barrel

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Inspired by the patriotic colors of red, white and blue, I created this mood board that includes a few last minute 4th of July ideas to celebrate with this holiday – which will make your backyard party even more festive!

Fourth of July Inspiration {Red, White, and Blue}

images sources:

{left}: Stars & Stripes Boyfriend Tee | Colored Pinwheel Decorations 

{right}: Blueberry Strawberry & Jicama Salsa via Two Peas & Their Pod  | Fruity Ice Drinks via  | Firecracker Red, White & Blue Popcorn

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Fourth of July backyard gathering

Fourth of July backyard gathering

Fourth of July backyard gathering

Fourth of July backyard gatheirng

Raise the flag, fire up the grill, and host your guests in red, white and blue. I think it’s safe to say that most of us will be outdoors this weekend celebrating the 4th and besides watching the fireworks, another favorite thing to do with family and friends at the end of the night is having everyone light up sparklers.

I created a cute and festive DIY sparkler holder that you can use as part of your table decor or you can simply place a sparkler at each table setting with my printable “Let the sparks fly” tag, as shown in the pictures above. This will allow your guests to take one sparkler at the end of the night to celebrate.

To create my easy tabletop sparkler holder, I used the following items:

  • Silver Pails (found at Target in the $1 section)
  • Decorative White Sand (found at local craft store)
  • Red, White, and Blue Balloons and Ribbon (you can find at any party store)
  • American Flag (also found at Target in the $1 section)
  • Sparklers 
  • Single Flower Stem (optional)
  • “Let the sparks fly tonight!” Printable

To assemble your sparkler tabletop holder, simply fill your bucket(s) with sand, attach a red, white and blue balloon to the handle of the bucket, stick several sparklers in the sand, add a white bloom (because why not, right?), and added my “Let the sparks fly tonight! Happy 4th of July” tags.

You can click the link below, download and print my sparkler tags for your personal use.  Just to note, if you’re downloading the PDF file from a Mac computer, the fonts do change (sucks, I know). When printing, be sure to use a heavier/thicker paper and if you have a paper cutter/trimmer, cut to size.

PRINTABLE: Fourth of July_Let the sparks fly_Design by Occasion

Oh, if you happen to wonder what type of beverage are inside of the mason jars, we muddled fresh strawberries and added frozen limeade, water and ice. It was quite refreshing!

-Photos + Printable via Rose Angel Lopez

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Happy 4th of July

We had plans for a cookout today and of course it will be a wash out because of rain heading our way. Oh well, at least we can post pone it to another day. Wishing everyone a weekend of sunshine and relaxation with family and friends. Have a safe 4th!

Enjoy a few of my favorite finds from around the web…

Such a beautiful something blue styled shoot!

Love these Brass Bordered Stone Jars.

This Coconut Water Lemonade recipe sounds good.

A creative way to make an American Sparkling Soda!

-Photo by Rose Angel Lopez

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With the 4th just day’s away, I’m kicking off today’s post with a little inspiration for you of my holiday tablescape. I styled the table with the classic colors of red, white & blue, and kept it traditional with stripes and stars!

Fourth of July Tablescape Inspiration

Fourth of July Tablescape Inspiration

I’m hoping for not a cloud in the sky or rain in the forecast this Friday and Saturday. Weather permitting, we plan on firing up the grill for some traditional 4th of July foods like flavorful and juicy hamburgers with all the fixings, hotdogs, seasoned corn-on-the-cob, baked beans and fresh cut herbed-french fries. I’m hungry already! How will you be celebrating?

Photos & Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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