If you're planning an upcoming 4th of July party, then you probably already have items listed like hot dogs, chips, soda, and burgers on your grocery list. There's something about a festive cake (especially one that's bright shades of red, white, and blue) that makes a get-together feel like a real party. Sure, everyone loves 4th of July appetizers and main dishes served hot off the grill, but it's the cake that makes the event feel like something extra special.
Before you get too stressed out by the prospect of selecting your 4th of July recipes and 4th of July activities for the big day, here are some party ideas that can help you throw a freedom-loving event that is sure to impress. If you really want to cut down on costs, get your guests to pitch in and provide some food or entertainment. Red, white, and blue is an all-star color combo from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
If we were to compile a list of our favorite sounds of summer, the crunch of ice pouring into a cooler on a hot summer day would rank right up there alongside the chirp of crickets and the squeak of a screen door. To help you perfect your own summer soundtrack, we've rounded up—okay, gotten downright obsessive about—the best coolers on the market, in every category under the hot summer sun. Don't miss our picks for the best inflatable pools, outdoor rocking chairs, and citronella candles.
Think you know Independence Day? Furthermore, in a letter to his wife Abigail, John Adams predicted July 2 would mark the day of American's independence, but July 4 ended up becoming the official day of celebration. In his book Thomas Jefferson, author David Saville Muzzey, PhD wrote that news of the Declaration of Independence caused colonist to riot against King George III. On the night of July 4, citizens of Philadelphia ripped King George III's coat of arms from the State House door and threw it into a bonfire.
Say happy birthday to America with one of these fun things to do. Whether you're in your backyard or at a campsite, use the 4th of July holiday to get outside and make s'mores, tell ghost stories around a fire, or wake up early for a sunrise hike. This could also be a great opportunity to visit some of America's most prized possessions: its National Parks.
Country Living teamed up with North Carolina–based Victoria and Marcus Ford to update their 1970s Dutch Colonial–style home, one DIY-filled endeavor at a time. This installment: beautifying the backyard!
When most Americans think of the 4th of July, they'll probably conjure up images of fireworks, hot dogs, and red-white-and-blue t-shirts. Many 4th of July recipes are easy to make ahead or can be cooked outside (it is the ultimate backyard cookout holiday, after all). Ultimately, no one is going into a 4th of July party expecting the most elaborate, complicated recipes.
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Summer is here, and nothing tops off a fabulous afternoon at the pool or a tasty barbecue with all of your friends like a frozen treat. If we’re being honest, we’re happy enough with a simple ice pop, but when you really want to go above and beyond, take a page out of Martha Stewart’s […]
When you’re craving a sweet, salty, caffeinated dessert, stock your fridge with Costco‘s indulgent and increasingly popular Emmi Caramel Macchiato Desserts. For $9.99, this Italy-based product comes with six premium, layered desserts that taste super-sweet and delicious. And the best part? They come packaged in six reusable glasses. @costcobuys TOP 5 WEEKLY COSTCO BUYS! 😍🙌🏼 […]
Before you dig into burger recipes, great grilling recipes and hot dogs, kick off your holiday family barbecue with these easy, fun 4th of July appetizers. Follow these easy recipes full of summer's freshest produce — zucchini, corn, watermelon and more — to make a flavor-packed party spread that's just as colorful as it is delicious. Whether your family prefers to keep it classic (shall we say, all-American?) with pigs in a blanket and grilled veggies, or go fancy with homemade (and best) dips, start your Independence Day menu with these crowd-pleasing party starters.
Enter: outdoor speakers. With the holidays coming, there is no better time to invest in one of the best outdoor speakers to level up your space and turn your home into an audiophile’s oasis. Outdoor speakers are a huge upgrade in quality, consistency, and design to your go-to portable speaker.
Burgers and hot dogs might be the stars of most backyard barbecues, but don’t overlook sides!
We’ve all been there. You need a last-minute dessert for a party and you’re absolutely stumped on what to make. If you’re anything like us, you enjoy convenience. Our go-to for fast and easy meals is Giada De Laurentiis. She makes some seriously awesome desserts like her no-bake raspberry tiramisu, no-bake chocolate almond butter cookies, […]
These unique cakes put a creative spin on the traditional birthday treat.
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The warm weather is finally here and we want to be outside as much as possible. That’s why we think having an outdoor oasis in the comfort of your backyard is ideal. It’s a way to get the kids off the games, relax without having to go anywhere, and makes being at home feel that […]
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