The Fourth of July always reminds me of my childhood Summers in Kansas, my dad's home state.
I smile every time I think about it . . . tons of family, gallons and gallons of home-made ice cream, sunflowers, big family reunions, lightning bugs, endless CORN & wheat fields, fireworks, and hot temperatures.
My dad's family has some of the most beautiful people I have ever known.
I was so blessed to take my husband and four children back last year to share the special place where I spent my childhood Summers.
And you know what? . . . they were even more beautiful and loving than I remember as a child and teenager.
We won't be travelling to Kansas this Summer, but I thought it would be fun to dedicate this Fourth of July post . . . and all its beauty . . . to them.
I hope you enjoy!
For me, the Fourth of July is . . .
cupcake garland & sparklers
red, white & blue
Sunflowers & daisies
paper straws & mason jars
gumballs, sixlets, rock candy and BIG lollipops
Red, white and blue are traditional Fourth of July colors, so they're always a part of my decorations.
I thought I would add green as a compliment this year.
I think it's quite pretty . . . the soft colors remind me of a Summer picnic.
~ hand-made cupcake garland ~
I made these sparkler fireworks using paper straws and fringed silver glitter paper!
They were so easy and fun to make!
. . . and my kids love them too!
Sunflowers and daisies fill large white pitchers.
They always feel like Summer to me.
And the details . . .
small ice buckets at each table
July is usually HOT, so have plenty of ice for your guests!
lots of mason jars
filled with burlap napkins, a paper straw, and silverware
a Happy 4th of July sign!
I've become a HUGE fan of gumballs!
Kids love them, and they're fun to decorate with too!
Old-fashioned candies can make a charming addition to any party.
Red, white and blue gumballs and sixlets, ROCK CANDY, and BIG old-fashioned lollipops make an appearance here . . .
. . . and they can even make a good old-fashioned chocolate cake more festive!
Caramel popcorn corn-on-the-cob (with red, white & blue sprinkles) might be the cutest thing at this table though!
I thought I would display the caramel dessert with REAL corn-on-the-cob for extra charm.
Home-made ice cream is the #1 all-American fourth of July dessert, but I think Berry Shortcakes are a close runner up!
So I propose setting up a bountiful Very Berry Sour Cream Shortcake bar/station.
I smile big thinking of family & friends piling Sour Cream Shortcakes high with fresh whipped cream and berries. Yum!
I hope you enjoyed stopping by . . . and feel inspired to make your Fourth of July celebration extra special this year!
Happy Fourth of July!