7.08.2014

Scenes from the 4th of July

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that the 4th of July is one of my FAVORITE days of the year.
We have a lot of tradition on how we celebrate 4th of July.
Our day starts out going to our friends house for their annual French Toast Breakfast.
It is so fun & their house is just a few blocks from our town parade.
We always take a 4th of July photo every year at their party on these steps :)
Our friends Ben & Kelly do this party right....all the French Toast you can eat, mimosas, a bounce house, a face painter & a balloon maker. Such a fun way to start off the 4th!
Then we headed down to our town parade:

 Gotta love a small town parade!
So.many. people!
Then it was time to head back to our house & get ready for our annual 4th of July Pool Party!
You know me, I love a dessert table!
Patriotic Dipped Strawberries:
Patriotic Fruit Puffs:
Patriotic Cookies:
Mini Cupcakes: 
 Appetizer table, including Corn Dip! {Recipe HERE}
7 layer Dip {Recipe HERE}
Amy made these amazing pesto flat bread bites:
And, of course, swimming...lots of swimming!
 I am a little obssessed with decorating my yard & house with flags for the party :)


The main event of the party....the food! 
Quinoa Salad:
Avacado Bacon Corn Tomato Salad...so good. I will be blogging this!
Colorful Cole Slaw:
Tortellini Pasta Salad {Recipe HERE}
Fruit Salad:
We had TONS of Tri Tip, and about 8 different kinds of sausages.
So much Sausage!!! This was Sundried Tomato Kale Sausage...delicious!
 And, of course for dessert...Jimmy's Homemade Ice Cream.
This year he made 3 flavors:
Oreo (My favorite!!)
 Peanut Butter Cup (SO good!!!)
 Coconut Banana:
YUM.
Usually our party ends around 8, but this year Kevin had a great idea to set up a movie on our front lawn with a projector for all the kids to watch. They wanted to watch Frozen (shocker!)
While the kids watched the movie, the adults played cornhole!
It was SUCH a great 4th of July, one of the best ones yet!
I hope you had a fun filled 4th!
Happy Birthday, America!

10 comments:

  1. This is like my dream Fourth of July! Swimming, food, more food, more swimming, a parade. I'll be there next year ;)

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  2. Such a cute party, Mel! Love all your festive Red, White and Blue! -Audra

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  3. Next year, I'm coming to stay with you over July 4th...get ready! :)

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  4. What fun! Best 4th of July recap I've read so far :)

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  5. What great traditions!! Love all the sausage. :) Yummm!

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  6. Love the 4th! It's right up there with Thanksgiving and Christmas for me. Ready for the next round of cornhole! :)

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  7. So festive! I am curious about your neighbors fabulous bunting and where they found it! (4th picture) I am looking for something similar for a baseball themed first birhtday party in a few months. I doubt the Giants would appreciate me stealing theirs during playoffs (pleasegodletusmaketheplayoffs) so I'm on a hunt for my own!

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