4th of July

Our family usually travels to Fire Island to celebrate the 4th of July, but due to the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy we will be staying in LA this year. I’m a little sad about it because there are great traditions in Fire Island like the annual kid parade, followed by hot dogs on the ball field, and when it finally gets dark we all strain to see the fireworks across the bay. Mostly I just love seeing the cousins running around in a little pack from dawn ’til dark.

In an effort to bring a little of the festive nature to our home this summer, I’ve pulled some of my favorite 4th of July images.

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I LOVE sparklers and how cute are these matchboxes?! {www.babble.com}

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I also LOVE s’mores. I’m sure the colored marshmallows aren’t really that much worse for you than the plain ones! {www.momdot.com}

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These look yummy- and healthy too! {www.thewinthropchronicles.com}

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I am only going to drink through star straws on the 4th! {www.shopsweetlulu.com}

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Cute decoration {www.marthastewart.com}

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My most favorite thing of all- FIREWORKS! Maybe this year I can see them up close and not as tiny specks across a large body of water. Keeping my thoughts positive! {www.500px.com}

Make a Plan!

When I set out to throw a party I have to start with a plan. The plan really depends on what kind of event it is and how much is involved. A kid’s party can require a lot of thinking and prep work while a dinner party with friends is generally a lot less complicated. Regardless of the party, I still think it helps to put your ideas and punch list down on paper.

I’m hosting a little birthday party for a friend this weekend. Lucky for me it’s going to be a potluck, so I won’t be spending all day cooking for 10.

Here is what I’ve got for Sunday…

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{Credits: Inspiration image via pinterest, color palette by thesweetestoccasion.com, cake slice photo via maxieb.com}