Hey Replay readers it’s me again! When Replay asked me to put on a 4th of July party I was so excited because I’ve never hosted one before. We usually just go to a friend’s party or the community parade and then watch fireworks from the lake by our house. I knew right away I wanted to do a traditional red, white & blue BBQ and I wanted to pay tribute to the brave soldiers that have fought for our country. So many members of my family have served in our military fighting for their lives and I’m so proud of all of them.
Every month the college by us puts on a vintage flea market which I never miss. The last time I was there I was able to pick up an old ironing board, a large flag inspired scarf, and a hand embroidered “Drinks” banner all of which made up my drink station. Adults drank tea, lemonade, and punch in mason jar glasses and the kids used their patriotic colored Replay cups. Water bottles with custom labels and some All-American Pepsi Cola in the vintage bottles finished off the drinks.
For food, I put together a gourmet burger bar offering angus and turkey burgers with your choice of different toppings and condiments. We served up some cheddar brats and hot dogs for the kids and I made my mom’s famous homemade macaroni salad. I put together a fruit salad using only red & blue fruit and pre portioned some out for the kids into Replay snack cups. Baked beans were served in small mason jars with their lids decorated for the occasion and individual servings of bbq chips were set out in bags to make them easy to grab and go.
I decided to host the BBQ at a local park because I wanted lots of room for all the kids to run and play. I took full advantage of all that space and put together tons of activities for everyone to play. We had patriotic stickers and bubbles to keep the little ones busy, a tin can toss, sack races, wagon rides, tug of war and a pretty awesome tic-tac-toe lawn game. I brought our tree swing from home and hung it next to the sitting area for anyone who needed a break from all the fun. If that wasn’t enough all the kids gathered up for a pie eating contest and took down some mini pies in record time.
Speaking of pie there is nothing more American to me than pie on the 4th of July. Apple pie to be exact and honestly I’ve l never baked one before so I wanted to give it a go. It was delicious and I even made a cherry pie to match. Those set the feel for my “Sweet Land of Liberty” dessert table. As fun as it was making the pies, I decided to leave the rest up to the professionals. Taylor, with Berries & Blush Cake Studio, put together some fun pinwheel cupcakes, patriotic pretzels, pyramid chocolates, and some awesome chocolate covered oreos. Christina, with Creative Little Cookie, whipped up some amazing star spangled cookies including the Statue of Liberty herself.
I decorated the table with a vintage handkerchief banner I found on Etsy and then pulled in some more personal touches. The flag on the table was given to my husband by his grandfather who served in the military when he was his age and the dog tags came from my brother who also served our country for 21 years. I picked up a bag of white, red, and black beans from the grocery store and layered them into a jar to add to the vintage feel. Everything was delicious! I had so much fun putting together this star spangled BBQ.
I want to say a special thank you to my dad, brother, and cousin for allowing me to use a small piece of your military history. I loved being able to bring in such personal touches. Happy Birthday America!! If you want to know how I made the tic-tac-toe lawn game I put together a little tutorial for you:
- white rope
- ed & blue paint
- X & O letters
- tape measurer
- Measure and cut 4 lengths of rope each at 5 feet long. I found a 50 foot package of rope at Home Depot for around $15. This gave me enough rope for not only the tic-tac-toe game but for also the tug of war. Two games in one package.
- Tie a double knot in each end.
- Paint one side of your letters and let dry completely then flip and paint the other side. I used Rustoleum brand spray paint, but if you don’t want to spray you can also use acrylic craft paint. I found the letters cheapest at Walmart in the craft section for under $2 a piece and bought 5 of each. They measure 8″ tall.
- Lay out your tic tac toe board and go to town!
Styling- Sweet Jelly Parties
Specialty Desserts- Taylor Cake Creations
Cookies- Creative Little Cookie