Happy 241st Birthday, ‘Merica!
Hope you all had a fun (safe) Fourth of July! Man, I can’t believe the Fourth has just passed us by! I sound like a skipping record, I know, but…’time flies when you’re having fun’.
We threw the Fourth of July bash this year, again. I just love the Fourth, ya know. There is an electric vibe that I get on this holiday; something about the fireworks, all the family, the sunshine, the great food and drinks, all the colorful outfits and gear, relaxin’, the decorations…it all makes me happy.
This year my husband and I wanted to change it up a lil bit by not being slaves to the grill. Usually, we are grill side cooking (in the heat) while drinking (sweating) and talking to everyone, which we love, but last year we grilled sooooOOOooo much food that we felt like we missed out on our friends. We decided to do a lot ourselves again this year, but cater the two main dishes from Pit Stop BBQ. Which worked out pretty great because that helped me immensely with not being stuck cooking all day, but mamma mia!, we had so much food! haha Not that this is a bad thing.
Fourth of July Menu
- Raw Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Kale Salad
- Corn on the Cob (thanks Gabriella)
- Carrot Salad (thanks Trina)
- Cole Slaw
- Mac N Cheese
- Pulled Pork
- Beef Brisket
- Baked Beans
- Hot Dogs
- Potato Salad (thanks Mum!)
- Eggplant Parmigiana (thanks Mum!)
- Veggie Plate (thanks Aunt Helen)
- Roasted Zucchini and Summer Squash
- Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Onions
We did end up cooking; I made all the veggies, hot dogs, and mac n cheese in the oven in the late morning before the party. This was a big task with the time, but so worth it. Everything was hot on the sternos, cooked fresh, tasted great and looked delicious in their pans, and we were free to hang out!
There was a ton of drinks, like beer and wine.. oooh, I made a white sangria for the first time. YES, first time..for me sangria is red, and red only, but I was aiming for a fruity, dryer, refreshing drink. It actually came out great! I got drunk, I mean, it was delicious, and, I had to make two large batches of it as it disappeared fast. So I am taking that as a sign that my family and friends liked it, too.
My White Sangria Recipe (party sized)
- 2 ripe peaches, cubed
- a pint of raspberries
- a pint of blueberries
- three liters of dry white wine (I used a pinot grigio)
- 3/4 cup triple sec
- 32 oz peach flavored seltzer
So there you have the food and drinks portion of the party, which is uber important right? haha
We peppered our lawn with a tent, chairs, beach blankets, bocce, some other lawn games then at the end of the yard it was anchored by an inflatable waterslide, which was a huge hit. I have never seen the kids enjoy an inflatable we have gotten like this one before. It was a large slide that went into a good-sized pool at the bottom, so when the big kids weren’t in it the lil ones could hang out in the pool. I didn’t see a kid fight, cry or anything..which was grrreat! Everyone enjoyed that.
I did manage to get the kids together to take a group picture, which I love doing..and I also got them to take a LIVE video for my sister in Italy, through Fbook. It was super cute with them all screaming “HAPPY FOURTH!” and I know she loved it.
From the food to the drinks, to the kids playing so well, and the relaxing with family, it was a pretty great day.
Hope you all had a wonderful day too! xoxox