Some people see July 4th as an opportunity to celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. For me, it’s an excuse for a family celebration! We don’t have any local extended family, so sometimes it’s just my husband and me with our kids. We will have a “party.” I like this to be pretty effortless, but still festive. I’ll make pretzel dogs, potatoes and of course, we will have watermelon. There’s nothing like a classic menu. There are some fantastic patriotic recipes on Pinterest! If you have a hankerin’ to make one of those giant cakes that looks like layers of the American flag when you cut into it, I say go for it! And please send me a photo.
Normally I will pick up small flags at the dollar store and stick them in the flower pots and sometimes at each place setting also. I love to let the kids do some of their own decorating by drawing pictures of what the Fourth of July means to them. I’ll lay their drawings around on the table. They love that! We don’t stop at the decor. We all wear our red, white and blue to the party. Jeans and a white t-shirt will do; no need for fancy. If you don’t have any red, cut out some shapes in red construction paper and pin them to your clothes. Anyone can do that! One year we all made paper hats with newspaper and markers and wore them through dinner. They all remember that as being a lot of fun. Last year I used red lipstick to draw stars on their cheeks. My 22-year-old son was especially fond of that idea.
We have decorated their bikes and had our own street parade. You can use playing cards all taped together in shapes then taped to the bike. They are red or blue…easy peasy! We stop at a fireworks stand and pick up sparklers. When the sun goes down we sing patriotic songs and dance around making streaks of light in the dark. It’s better than Broadway.
Whatever you do, I hope you’ll celebrate the Fourth of July with your family in style!