Happy Monday! I’m already thinking about the upcoming weekend because it’s a holiday weekend and that means two things. It’s a weekend full of parties and BBQ food (i.e. pig out weekend) and it’s a three day weekend! There is nothing that sucks about that.
I’ve put together some of my favorite food, fashion, and decor ideas for the July 4th celebration. I hope you guys enjoy!
BBQ Food and Drinks:
Cocktails are always fun at a party, but I especially love this Strawberry Daiquiri. Daiquiris are the perfect kind of drink to keep cool and the color coordinates with a red, white and blue theme (if you’re into doing themed parties).
Most BBQs have the typical hot dog and hamburger menu going on. This Quinoa Salad is a simple an awesome side dish that would go well with any grilled food.
For dessert, a sheet cake is an easy way to go, like this Banana Cake. It’s one of my favorite cakes I’ve ever made and it serves bunches.
Pies are a popular dessert at BBQs and this Blueberry Pie is the best blueberry pie I’ve ever had. I’ve made it several times. Note to self, take new pictures when I make it next time because the originals are… well, let’s just say I’ve come a long way since the original post. If you don’t feel up to making a pie, then this Giant Blueberry Hand Pie is a fabulous alternative. Technically speaking it’s not actually easier to make, but it is easier to serve. Although if you’re hosting or going to a BBQ that will have a lot of people then you may want to make two or five of these.
What to Wear on the 4th of July:
I think an all white outfit is so summery and chic. Plus it’s an outfit that anyone can pull together under any budget. I just bought these white shorts that can be paired with a white t-shirt or tank top. Add a pop of red or blue with fun shoes or a clutch to really get into the holiday spirit. (My husband points out that white clothing and BBQ sauce may be a bad combo.)
If you want to go super casual, wear jeans or jean shorts with a light weight button down chambray top and neutral espadrilles. I bought these denim roll up shorts from Banana Republic and this blue and white pinstripe shirt from Cotton:On last year and I still love and wear them all the time. Espadrilles are a huge summer trend this year and I just bought these Marc Fisher espadrilles (which I’m completely obsessed with).
A simple shift dress is another great option because you can dress it down for a BBQ and dress it up for another occasion. I’ve been eyeing this shift dress. It’s super cute, comes in six colors and is less than $50!
How to decorate the home for 4th of July:
I like to keep the decor simple and use fresh flowers. It’s summer-y and pretty. (We are still getting the last few red roses of the year from our garden.) To add a little festive touch I’ll display red, white, and blue straws in cute cups in the kitchen. They’re inexpensive decor and it’s useful when it comes time to serving drinks. I bought the ones you see in the strawberry daiquiri from TJMaxx.
What are guys doing for 4th of July? Ciao!