Holidays That Make Us Smile: 4th of July

The 4th of July, my favorite holiday next to Halloween. Gone are the days of gathering with my friends on our beach cruisers in Newport Beach in the most ridiculous chaos one has ever witnessed. Yep, those days are a faint memory now that holidays are no longer about me but rather for building lasting memories for our kiddos.

Our family will be having a huge celebration of sorts this Friday, but not for the 4th. For our beloved relative that passed a month ago. So in the spirit of our family reunion celebrating this magnificent man who served our country, this country we love, here are some great ideas for your family and kids for the 4th of July.

So put on some Bruce Springsteen and John Cougar Mellancamp and let’s start with the most important thing: FOOD

Now, at ISP, we love wands, and of course our symbol is the star. So here are some great ways to make your produce fun Friday

Rice Crispy Treat Sparklers

stars sparklers

from decor8blog.com

4th Centerpiece from liagriffith.com

Of course now we need some beverages. There’s something here for everyone

fruit in ice

Freeze cranberrries, raspberries, & blueberries into square ice-cubes and serve in sparkling water. From momme.com

Non-alcoholic kids layered drink: in equal 1/3 portions: Cran-apple on bottom, SOBE Pina Colada flavored drink and last 1/3 blue Gatorade. Heaviest sugar content remains on bottom. Top off with fun 4th tinsel. From inkatrinaskitchen.com

4th margarita

Red White & Blue Margaritas Photo/recipe from gimmesomeoven.com

Red, White & Blue(berry) Margaritas

Frozen Strawberry Margarita Ingredients:
    • 2 cups (12 ounces) frozen strawberries
    • 1/2 cup tequila
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
    • extra ice, if needed
Frozen Blueberry Margarita Ingredients:
    • 1 cup (12 ounces) frozen blueberries
    • 1/2 cup tequila
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)
    • extra ice, if needed
Frozen Coconut Margarita Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (I recommend full-fat)
  • 1/2 cup silver tequila
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar (or honey)

Moving on, we have some fun things we found with the kids in mind. I don’t know about you but these s’mores are probably my favorite of the lot.

Marshmallows dipped in red and blue sugar. Photo from skinnymom.com

 

kids 4th bucket

Kids bucket with 4th of July treats and crafts. Photo from kamibuchanan.blogspot.com

I remember when I was about my twins age the best part of the 4th was always the neighborhood bike parade. Don’t forget to dress up the kids bikes donned with all the patriotic colors you can find to ride with their friends up and down the street

kids bike parade. Photo from Marthastewart.com

 Every 4th needs some fun outdoor games for the kids. Here are a few you can add to your 4th celebration this year

4th game ring toss

vintage 4th games. photo hwtm.com

4th games 1

4th game gunny

Gunny Sack races for kids. photo hwtm.com

4th game

Have a wonderful 4th of July enjoying time with your family and friends!