Wednesday, July 2, 2014

4th of July {Decor + Recipe}

Can you believe that it is already July?!

One of my favorite things about July (aside from it being summer break!) is 4th of July. We usually barbecue, go to the beach or the pool or run around in the sprinkler, decorate the house and turn all the food I can red + white + blue.

Last year, we started with these flag toasts for breakfast. This year, we are starting with something a little bit sweeter...or maybe ending with it, because it is definitely dessert! But on holidays, you can have dessert for breakfast, right? ;)

Some of my favorite summer treats involve fruit, pound cake and cool whip. But I wanted to make it a little more special with cookie cutters + food coloring. Because I will use any excuse to use cookie cutters + food coloring!

For this year, I decided to try out two different breakfasts desserts. My original idea was to make kabobs with the stars and strawberries, and cover them in Cool Whip. But then I thought star sandwiches would be so much more fun (and easier to eat!)

In the end, I'm glad I tried it both ways, because I loved the little sandwiches best, but AJ liked the kabobs better! So on Friday, I'll just make both. They were definitely easy enough for that!

And the food isn't the only thing I decorate...just after we got home from vacation in June, I decked the house out in patriotic colors. And the best part was that everything came from my stash or from our "waiting to be recycled" pile.

the stars and stripes papers were all in a summer pack that I've had for years, the polka dot papers were from a paper pack I bought last year | the stars were cut from an old moving box and painted or covered in paper | the firecrackers are empty breadcrumb containers | the flag "canvas" is an old cheerios box that's been painted + covered with scrapbook paper

Oh man, I really can't wait to celebrate on Friday - we are just hanging out at home, cooking, eating and playing in the sprinkler! What are your plans?

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Becky said...

Love the "breakfast"!! Great decorating too, love that you already had those items on hand! I cannot believe that is a cereal box!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

Yummy! These are so cute and look amazing!! I'm looking forward to Friday too...planning to go to our local parade then cooking, relaxing, eating and maybe going to the movies!!

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Those look so yummy!
And you just reminded me that I haven't decorated for fourth of July yet :-O

Tracy said...

Great decorating and fun treats :)
I did a sponge cake with strawberries and whip cream for Canada Day as our colours are Red and white ;)

Jules said...

Love all of your decorations!!!! The matel looks soooo festive and bonus for having everything on hand!!!

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