June 28, 2016

Fourth of July: Food & Fun

Our Fourth of July celebration starts with a family reunion, then we head out to our lake house for a cookout with family and friends. Just before dark, we load up the pontoon boat and head out across the lake to watch a beautiful firework show, which is amazing to watch on the water. 
We never forget the fact that we are able to celebrate this holiday with the freedom that we have as Americans, because of the men and women who have fought and who continue to fight for that very freedom, so to every service man and woman. Thank You for all of your sacrifices and to those who never made it home, we salute you!

The Food: 

Fresh Fruit & Pretzels

Corey at FamilyFreshMeals.com
has made this easy little dish for you to set out for your next Fourth of July get together, how cute is this? and it doesn't get any easier..oh wait, it does because, she even includes a printable recipe card! 

Patriotic Peppermint Patties

Heather from Mom on Timeout has shared with us this fabulously sweet treat that is colored up perfectly for the Fourth of July, These Patriotic Peppermint Patties are the perfect sweet treat or after dinner mints, 
she includes a printable recipe card as well! 

Red, White & Blue Fruit Salad
with Mint Honey-Lime Dressing 
Christin from Spicy Southern Kitchen shared this deliciously refreshing dish with us and includes a printable recipe card as well. This looks amazing, can't wait to try it!

Buzzed Cherry Bombs
What a fabulous idea to get a nice buzz on and the cherry infused vodka left over from making this is still a usable drink, so hey! it's a win. win! If you'd like this fabulous recipe, head on over http://frostingandasmile.com and get it. 
(Click on the picture for the direct link)

 Now For The Fun:

From Decorations to fun stuff for the kids to make and do, I have found a little something for everyone!

 Easy Patriotic Luminaries

Look at these cute patriotic Luminaries that Melissa from Keep Calm and Decorate shared with us. How cute are these?
  For complete instructions, click on the picture to be taken to the website to show you step by step how to make these patriotic luminaries!

 Patriotic Tin Cans
This is the easiest and most patriotic way to serve your fancy Summer silverware
 (aka: Plastic forks, spoons & knives)
Head on over to Stockpilingmoms.com to get the directions on these and say "hi" to Melissa and Shelley while you are there!

Sparkle & Shine

 Who doesn't love a little sparkle & shine on the Fourth of July, over at aliceandlois.com you will find this cute printable for you to place your sparklers in to  hand out to guest at your Fourth of July gathering! 
(Click on picture for direct link to the blog)

Fun for the Kiddos


Head on over to skip to my lou to find these great little patriotic ideas for the kiddos to make!
Keeps them busy having fun and they get to help with the decorating, it's a win.win!
(Click on the picture for these & more projects) 

I hope everyone has a safe 
& Happy Fourth of July Holiday!
~Brandy Jones

 **Please note: All of the links & pictures used in this blog post are not my own, these are just some wonderful blog posts/pictures that I wanted to share. I am in no way compensated by the blog owners of these featured post, if your picture or blog was featured on this post and you would like it removed, please send me an email at [brandy1976jones@gmail.com]**

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