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Monday, July 1, 2013

Sizzling 4th of July Ideas

You may have heard that there is a major heart wave occurring in Phoenix. Over the weekend it was 118-120 degrees. I had to go outside to try and fix my sprinkler system and thought my eyeballs were going to melt right out of their sockets. The heat wave is scheduled to continue throughout the week and I have house guests arriving on Thursday so I have been looking for fun and festive ideas for the 4th that were oh so cool.

This happy bunting from Country Living remains a favorite.

happy fourth of july sign

A fun and fast centerpiece idea is to make paper lollies. I am heading to the Dollar Store to see what type of patriotic candies I can find.

It is illegal to set of firework in Phoenix (due to dryness/fire hazard issues) but these sweet  Firecracker Favors would be welcome.

Bathroom paper rolls have never looked better! I love that these stars are completely recyclable.

Just think of the scraps of ribbon and paper you could use for these rockin rockets!

I might make this darling bunting for the mantle.

Let Freedom Ring Banner from WhipperBerry

Mr. Décor is so good about hanging up our flag for holidays. But for those who may not have a flag or have kids at home that need a simple and fun craft project try this wonderful wind sock. Complete instructions are available at Multiples and More.

A cute game for kids can be found HERE.

For those who get to participate in a parade make sure you clip on these clothespin pinwheels.

kids_summer03_pinwheel.jpg

I saved my Sunday paper and have plans to make some party hats.

4th of july craft hats

You can also make these napkin holders.

napkin holder

I found boxes of sparklers at Wal Mart to create this look.

4th of July Napkin Ring

Other adorable place settings include these darling printable party circles.

patriotic cupcake toppers

You can quickly transform clear votives and vases with scrapbook paper and double sided tape.

4th of July Flowers and Candles

My friend Yvonne is a master at a creative festive tablescapes. I love the geraniums and flags.

4th of July

Make sure you check out this entire picnic at HWTM.

Happy Birthday America 4th of July Picnic

A few food ideas I love~ fruity and festive toast.

How about some patriotic pancakes?

festive pancakes for 4th of July

Right now I can’t get enough water. I love the idea of making it festive with berries and pretty paper straws. The secret to floating blueberries is to freeze them.

Sweets for the sweet. I like this low calorie jello parfaits.

Patriotic Jell-O Parfaits | Babble

Cake in a jar? Yes please!!!

Red, White, and Blue Cake in a Jar | Babble

For a party gift I love these simple red licorice flags.

Licorice Flag Favors for the 4th of July

I created an uplifting patriotic playlist that you can enjoy all week.

How are you celebrating the fourth?

Laura

15 comments :

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

We are staying home on the 4th ... too hot for us to go out! I know you can relate :) I loveeeeeeeee all the festive goodies!!

martinealison said...

Bonjour,
Rester à la maison avec de merveilleuses occupations...
Gros bisous et merci pour vos belles photos.

openid said...

Laura,
I've been watching the temperatures soar in AZ and thinking of you. {Stay safe!} I love the bunting from Country Living as well as the firecrackers and party hats!
Your Friend,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Laura!

I have been praying for the Prescott Hotshots and their families.

Take care!
~Lynne
withLove!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Great suggestions and ideas. I love all of your pictures. Hope you have a super 4th. Hugs, Marty

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

What lovely ideas - and so cool to have them all in one place with the links to them :) Have a wonderful week Laura, and stay out of the heat as much as possible! I sort of envy you just a bit cause I think your heat is humidity free? When it gets to 90 and above around here it's like being in a sauna cause the humidity is almost as high!

Karen Albert said...

So much creativity Laura and I happen to know that you can recreate any of these ideas.

Yvonne's tables for outdoor entertaining are even incredible!

So sorry about the heat, Stay hydrated and rest when you need to!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Designer Series!

khess136 said...

Fabulous ideas, Laura! Thank you for sharing, and it gives hope that this brutal heat wave will soon be over...our desert floor is boiling!
xoxo
Karen

Jen said...

What great ideas!! We are little behind getting our 4th together this year, so this really get's the inspiration flowing!

Thinking of you guys and sending up prayers for relief from the heat and definitely the fires!! I know it is all weighing heavy on your mind.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

We have friends that are visiting Las Vegas at the moment and are experiencing this heart wave! Phew!
All lovely and fun ideas for July 4th!

French Basketeer.com said...

Lots of great ideas! I'm setting the table for the Fourth tomorrow~!

K Quinn said...

Love all this. Thank you for all the great ideas. My daughter will be ecstatic.

Vel Criste said...

Wish I had the time to make some of these but we'll be out of town for the 4th, thanks for the round-up Laura! Happy 4th!!!

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

Oh My gosh, does Bruce look young or what? Love the compilation of great patriotic décor and treats! Hope you have a nice one and manage to stay (somewhat) cool!

Kathleen

Debbie said...

So many wonderful ideas!!! I think my favorite of all was the blueberries frozen in the star shaped ice. Now, THAT is clever.

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