Our Annual 4th of July Party
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had an amazing 4th of July weekend! We had one adventure after another, starting with our big 4th of July party on Thursday night. I got off early on Thursday afternoon to head home and work on setting up the rest of our decorations. It was so much fun to go all out on the decor and provide a great party for our friends.
I started by decorating the staircase using red, white and blue streamers and a giant American flag I got for $3 on Amazon. I bought a bunch of the mini American flags in the Dollar Spot at Target and used them around the living room. Quick, simple, ‘murican. I used some extra fabric from my fabric stash and painted a little patriotic banner to hang under the mantle. I also used some extra mesh and a paper fan from the Dollar Store along with my teal frame, a bottle and pail I had one hand to decorate the mantle. Also, I painted and beefed up the mantle with some crown moulding, I’ll share more about this later this week. The dining room was decorated with a few paper fans and more of the leftover mesh. I like to keep the table simple so there’s room for the food. Just imagine this table full of food, because it was. I used a foam block and a few wooden letters hot glued to bamboo skewers for the centerpiece. Again festive, but simple. Also, aren’t these napkins awesome?! I picked them up for less than $4 at Pier 1 Imports. 1776 was kind of a theme for the party, we even played a 1776 version of True American. Check that out here! I also tried my hand at making an American flag cake like the ones from Pinterest, and it was a success! I didn’t get to take a real picture of the cake since we cut it open in the middle of the party, but I got a fuzzy cell phone picture! The decorations I was probably the proudest of though was the garage. I hung red, white, and blue streamers from end to end along with a few festive paper globes and lanterns, plus another large flag and a few festive tablecloths. Not pictured is the ice luge that we bought, it had shooting stars on the side, perfect for the theme. Also don’t you just love Jesse’s outfit? Yep, it was a costume party. This party had to be one of my favorites that we’ve ever thrown. I don’t know if it was the costumes or the games or just the fact over 30 people showed up, but it was just epic. You’re all invited next time! After the party on Thursday, we spent most of the day on our butts in front of the tv on Friday for a well-needed break. I did have to get up and do a bunch of cleaning, but that waited until after 3 pm haha. Jesse did do a little grilling that evening and I made homemade mac and cheese, but that was as productive as it got. On Saturday we slept in, again, and I spent the day cleaning and starting to get ready for Haven. I knew I was going to want to go shopping but decided instead to work with what I had. I think I may have enough clothes to get me through 4 days. 😉 On Sunday, we spent most of the day out on our friend’s boat (which I didn’t get any pictures of, we were too busy swimming and tubing) and then ended the day with a cookout with another set of friends and a game of Battle of the Sexes.
Whew. I’m tired just thinking about all of the craziness of the weekend. It was an amazing time and now I’m ready to finish getting my house together and head to Haven! How was your 4th? I hope you had a blast too!