Birthday Parties

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. 

America party decorations

I bought a bunch of the mini American flags in the Dollar Spot at Target and used them around the living room. Quick, simple.

Sofa table Patriotic vignette
America party decorations - Living Room

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. 

Patriotic Mantle
4th of July Mantle

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. 

Dining room July 4th decorations

I used a foam block and a few wooden letters hot glued to bamboo skewers for the centerpiece. Again festive, but simple. 

Patriotic July 4th centerpiece

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!

Party Like it's 1776

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!

American flag cake

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.

America party decorations - garage

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.

July 4th grilling

Whew. I’m tired just thinking about all of the craziness of the weekend. It was an amazing time!


  1. Jess @ Little House. Big Heart.

    Ahh! That looks like so much fun! I love the flag cake!

    And Haven… TWO DAYS!! I’m having a mini panic attack of excitement and unpreparedness!

  2. looks like you guys had a blast. im coming next year.

  3. I love True American! SUCH a fun game. Did you guys include the Ellis Island addition?

    One, two, three, four, JFK!

    Molten lava floors… I could keep going…

  4. I’ve been swearing off sugar and carbs for awhile and I don’t care if it’s a fuzzy cell pic – that cake is calling my name! Glad you had a happy 4th!

  5. This party looks like it was a BLAST! I love the simple decor and way to go with that cake ;)

  6. i can’t wait to get my ‘murica on! you looked fabulous and i think the party like it’s 1776 is my favorite touch!

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