It’s BBQ time, which means it’s time to get your neighborhood together. Time to eat lots of unhealthy food that reminds you of childhood and let the kids play outside. This year I invited our next door neighbors over for a little 4th of July play date. Here are some of my ideas and recipes that I hope will inspire you this 4th of July
I like to keep hosting simple. I used craft paper and classic red checkered table cloth that I always have around the house to set the kids space. I raided the dollar section in target and picked up a great 4th of July burlap banner and some star accents to add to the look. I maybe spent 15$ to create the look. I also got the kids up some American History Flashcards just for novelty. Our home has a rustic feel so I thought I would keep the same feeling for the 4th of July adult table. For the adult table I used a vintage American Flag scarf as a table runner and a vintage crate to put all the tableware in. I used a mason jar for silverware
Growing up in the midwest, BBQing is a way of life. You spend your weekends gathering friends and neighbors together to grill and drink beer. This year I stuck with the classic American BBQ. It is a simple meal to prepare. You can have everything prepared before your guests arrive and light up the grill when everyone is almost ready to eat. At the kids table I sat out carrots and cucumber and made a fruit plate to look like the American Flag. It was way easier than it looked and the kids ate every bite! The menu included Beef Sliders on Pretzel bread topped with pickles, classic hotdogs, my Moms Potato Salad recipe Potato Salad Recipe, corn on the cob and chips and dip. I made a Homemade Apple Pie for desert- click here for my recipe –Easy Apple Pie
While the adults ate and drank, the kids chowed down on their food, splashed around in a kiddy pool with their 4th of July Beach ball and did some arts and crafts! Keeping the kids busy is an important part of hosting. It allows your guests to relax when the kids have something to keep them out of trouble. I used left over craft paper for them to create their art project. I used cut toilet paper rolls to allow them to create a firework effect with red white and blue paint. This kept the 4 girls busy for most of the evening.
One important part of planning your holiday party is to not forget to talk to your children about what you are celebrating. I sat with my girls and talked about what the 4th of July is. We talked about how in 1776 the 13 colonies claimed their independence which would lead to us becoming the United States. We practiced singing the Star Spangled Banner together and I even broke out the Pledge of Allegiance for Mia, who wanted to learn more. (She couldn’t believe we actually had to stand every morning and say that in school)
It was a simple get together with great comfort food. We celebrated our independence, and enjoyed the warm summer night. It was a beautiful day in our neighborhood with our All-American babes-