The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays ( i say that about every holiday :) I think it started with the fact that I loved the little house on the prairie books and you know how important the fourth of july was to them! They got to get all spiffied up and head to town! Horse races, fireworks, and of course, the lemonade! Where I grew up in Ohio, we had the most spectacular fireworks and our family had a special spot. We went to an elementary school nearby the stadium where they shot off the fireworks and me and my friends would sit on top of the monkey bars to watch! Now that Im all grown up and have babies of my own, we get the privilege of living in America's Hometown, Hannibal, MO where the 4th of July means Tom Sawyer Days!
( www.hannibaljaycees.org/NTSD.html) check it out ya know you want to. Frog jumping contests, arts and crafts, the national fence painting competition, mud volleyball, parade, fireworks shot off lovers leap over the mississippi, to much to even mention. But for us, we just really like to go to the parade, then watch the fireworks in our families secret spot. It is the absolute best place, hardly anyone is ever there, and no i will never tell!!! I also love to throw 4th of July bbq's. I won't be able to this year because of health issues, but I already had all my ideas planned out so I thought I'd share them with you!! Something you should all know about me, I'm obsessed with event and party planning. Seriously. I have a folder with over 350 birthday party ideas so my kids will never have to worry about not knowing what to do for their birthdays.
So without any more chatter.... my plans for 4th of July if I wasnt sick :)
Firecracker Favors : got this from family fun magazine , i adore that magazine. Anyway, this was what I was going to use as the little going away treat for the kids to take home. Was thinking maybe a pool party/ outdoor bbq. But basically, you take the outer roll cover off of lifesavers pack, and wrap pretty patriotic scrapbook paper or colored tape or something around it, make it look all cute, then insert those cool foil party picks you get at fancy schmancy restraunts. Or hobby lobby, lol. so they look like little firecrackers, and surprise theres candy inside!!!!
Next cute thing, I think I got this from the walmart magazine all about you, or all you, can't remember what it's called, but want to give them their credit! You take white chocolate chips and melt them in the microwave, then dip the tops of ice cream cones ( waffle cones look the best) into the melted chocolate then roll it around in red, white, and blue sprinkles. Display them all pretty like, then serve ice cream cones! They look so cool!!!!!!!
For the grand finale, I always make a big angel food cake and decorate it with cool whip, blueberries and strawberries. Yup, simple I know but it tastes soooo summer like and good.
Don't forget to make your famous lemonade recipe ( you wouldnt think that I would forget the lemonade ? Did you not remember how much I love little house on the prairie?