"The United States is the only country with a known birthday." -James G. Blaine
Happy Independence, freedom and all things America month!
Most of us are hosting or attending a parade, BBQ or pool party this holiday. Below are a few fun, crafty ways to kick your true-blue spirit into high gear (+ take you party to a new level.)
1. The Drinks
Okay, let's be real.. for full-on party success you need to have the bar ready to rock. This zippy spritzer is equal parts refreshing and pretty (what more could you want?) but be forewarned- it has a sneaky way of catching up to you.
Warning label: Before you start chugging, take all electronics out of your swim shorts!
Red, White and Blue(berry) Summer Spritzer
Blue pixie sticks
1 tbs grenadine
1 1/2 cups Sprite
1/2 cup kiwi strawberry juice
Light colored liquor (Tequila, Vodka, White Rum etc. your choice)
1. First start by rimming your glass. Open up 4-5 blue pixie sticks and pour them in a pile onto a plate. With clean hands, dip your finger into the grenadine bottle and rub the liquid around the rim of your glass. Turn the glass upside down and press into the plate of pixie stick dust. Repeat as desired.
2. Pour the kiwi strawberry juice, liquor of your choice and Sprite into the glass and stir (be careful of your sugared rim!) Once drink settles slowly pour the grenadine into the center of the drink. Let the liquid pool at the bottom and settle.
3. Add your fresh berries to the drink (tip- the slower you place them in the less it'll mix up the drink if you want to keep the separated look.) Add a straw and enjoy! 'Merica!
2. The Food
Now I'm sure your BBQ is in full swing with all of the fixins- hotdogs & hamburgers, baked beans & coleslaw, cherry pie & iced tea! But, I'd like to kick that red, white and blue patriotism into full swing with these dyed deviled eggs.
Patriotic Deviled Eggs
1-2 dozen eggs (depends on how many you'd like to make)
Red and blue food coloring
Salt, Pepper and Paprika
1. Prepare the deviled eggs the same way you normally would. Slice them in half, set the yolks in a separate bowl and prep your food coloring per the instructions on your package in 2 separate bowls. I used 1 tbs. of vinegar per 1/2 cup of boiling water added to a large bowl. Add 10-20 drops of food coloring (I used 20 drops.)
2. Put the halved hard-boiled eggs in the bowls of dye. Leave them in there for roughly 5 minutes or until dyed color is achieved. While the eggs are dying prepare your yolk. Add the mustard, mayo, salt and pepper, per your preference, to the bowl and mix well.
3. Remove the dyed halves from their bowl and lay flat on a plate covered in paper towels. Pat all side to absorb. Now add the filling to the center of the halves and sprinkle all with paprika. Serve immediately or refrigerate until the party!
3. The Decor
I could go on for hours (don't tempt me!) about decorating for a themed party, but I'll save that for another post. I want to give you a quick, useful and cute idea for a celebration corner at your party.
Pick up some bubbles, pop its and sparklers from the store and put into mason jars with Snap, Crackle, Pop! signs and you're guaranteed fun for the kids.. and adults!
In my previous 4th of July post I went into The Outfit (a piece so important it deserved its own blog post!) You can check that out HERE.
Happy 4th of July to all of my awesome readers!
I hope you have a safe, joyful and patriotic holiday!