Patriotic Weddings That Will Have You Swooning

Happy 4th of July! In honor of today’s holiday, we put together some of our favorite inspiration images for patriotic weddings. Whether you served in the armed forces or just love a good Americana event, a patriotic wedding may be for you! You color palette is pretty easy -- the classic red, white, and blue of course. Incorporate fun little American classics like mini Coca Cola bottle with blue ribbons tied around the bottlenecks. Sparklers are a must-have, too!

Last Minute Planning for 4th of July Activities

Image Source: Jeff Hunter

Image Source: Jeff Hunter

With the 4th of July right in front of us, we cannot wait to celebrate with our friends and family! Here are some last minute holiday activities and ideas to add onto your 4th of July agenda.

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Image Source: Pier 1

Fireworks are the most associated image with the 4th of July, so check to see if there are any local firework shows close to you! Some places even have firework shows the whole week after the 4th, so if you don’t have enough time on the big day, you’ll have another chance to go later or even hit multiple shows throughout the week.

Food is also a big part of this holiday. Whether you’re going to a party or hosting your own, there are so many food options to choose from! Some 4th of July classics are: hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad, s’mores, etc. You can also make some cute America themed dishes, such as parfaits with blueberries and strawberries, banana, blueberry, and strawberry fruit kabobs, or even dying frosting blue and red and using it atop vanilla cupcakes. Check out our full BBQ line up for some more inspiration!

Image Source: Sandlapper Cornhole

Image Source: Sandlapper Cornhole

In the height of summer, the weather is way too beautiful to be stuck inside. There are a ton of different yard games you can pick up at a local store. We’re huge fans of cornhole and ladder toss. You can always go old school and have a classic water balloon fight to help beat the heat.

No matter what you decide to fill your 4th of July with, we hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Make a Splash with Your 4th of July Decor

We’re just days away from one of the most patriotic days of the year! If you’re hosting this year, you’ll want to add a bit of patriotic flair to your decor. That’s where we come in. We’re here to share some of our favorite patriotic decor images to help inspire your decor designs, too!

Get Your Grub on with Some Patriotic Flair This 4th of July

We’re officially less than a week away from the Fourth of July! Time to start planning and prepping for your holiday BBQ. We’ve rounded up some fun and festive treats to really embrace the patriotic spirit of the holiday and leave your guests with a smile across their faces. Bring on the stars, stripes, red, white, and blue!

Appetizers

We’re big on having a good variety for your appetizers. A little something for everyone! We love dips, fruit, veggies, the works. These firework fruit kabobs are super cute. Add a little pop to your usual chips and dip by picking tri-colored chips or even custom cutting your pita chips into stars! Swap out traditional salsa for some fun and patriotic fruit salsa instead. Pretty much put anything in stars or firework shape and you’re good to go.

Main Dishes

The star of the show (no pun intended). Spice up your usual BBQ favorites with some simple tricks! For example, we love having star shaped cheese on our burgers. It’s really easy and just adds a fun little touch of whimsy to your usual burger. Create a fun little toppings bar for your burgers and dogs. We love the idea of having tri-colored potatoes as a side dish, too! If you’re not a BBQ person, try these fun star shaped pizzas instead.

Desserts

Dessert… our favorite! There are so many things you can do for a patriotic dessert. You can pretty much dip anything in frosting and add some sprinkles to make it match the theme. Oreos are an American classic, and we love this fun twist to add a pop of color and added flavor. Once again, kabobs work for anything! Give a healthy option with a fun fruit platter and a lighter option with some multi-colored rice krispies.

Drinks

Every party needs a signature drink! When it comes to the fourth, you have plenty of options for festive drinks. Whether you opt for a sparkling sangria or some firecracker jello shots, make sure you have a non-alcoholic option too. Even if it’s something as simple as

July 4th Cocktails

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Image Credit: Canvas Press

With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s time to get started on 4th of July party planning! No party is great without tasty cookouts, loud fireworks, and of course fun, patriotic cocktails!


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Image Credit: Noble Pig

  • 1 bottle Pinot Noir
  • 1 ½ cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup brandy
  • 1 orange, freshly squeezed
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 8 oz. raspberries
  • 6 oz. blackberries
  • 1 apple, sliced thin
 
  • In a large pitcher, add wine, cranberry juice, brandy, and orange juice.
  • Add blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and apple. Chill overnight.
  • Fill glasses with ice then add fruit from the pitcher. Pour liquid over the ice and fruit, garnish and enjoy!
  • 1 ½ oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 ½ oz. blue curacao
  • 1 oz. grenadine
  • Splash simple syrup
  • Fill a tall glass with ice, and slowly add the grenadine
  • Next, add blue curacao (slowly)
  • Add lemon juice, simple syrup and vodka to a shaker. Cover and shake until blended.
  • Pour mixture into glass on top of grenadine and curacao.
  • Garnish with fruit and enjoy!
Image Credit:  Budget Savvy Divas

Image Credit: Budget Savvy Divas

4th of July signature drink

Looking for something special to take your traditional Fourth of July BBQ to the next level? We have just the thing: our Fourth of July sangria! Add some festive fun to your table with this bright and fruity crowd pleaser.

1 bottle of your favorite white wine

½ cup of Triple Sec

Your Favorite Red, White, and Blue Fruits: Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Pineapple, etc.

For added flavor, throw in ¼ cup of berry flavored vodka or a ¼ cup of lemon juice

 

Combine everything in a large pitcher and let chill before serving. Keep it cool by adding some fruit ice cubes!