One of my favorite parts of the summer is here. I love celebrating America with family and friends every summer. While we don’t have a regular trip planned or a tradition for fireworks, we always celebrate. This week we kicked things off with lots of crafts, treats and patriotic attire. This weekend, we’re hosting friends and AG is pretty pumped about fireworks. This will be her first year staying up for them….if she makes it that late.
Since it’s Friday…I’m sharing five of my favorites for this week, patriotic themed of course!
One of our favorite patriotic crafts is making fireworks out of a cut up toilet paper roll. It’s such an easy craft that your littles will absolutely love. All you do is cut the ends of a toilet paper roll. You want long thin pieces to create a firework. After the roll is cut, bend the pieces outward so that your child can push it down flat onto the paper. From there, all your little one has to do is dip it in the paint and press it on the paper. We used red, white and blue paint for our picture.
This is the finished product. Isn’t it neat?!
My all American girl! She insisted on wearing her patriotic shades with all of her patriotic outfits this week. And she rocked them! I’m so glad the Olympics are this year, she’ll be able to get lots of wear out of her outfits cheering for America next month!
Snacks! I love any reason to get all festive with snacks for the kids. Holidays are just the best. Today, we made these flag graham crackers. I spread vanilla icing on a graham cracker and used strawberries and blueberries to make the flag. Took me 10 minutes to make. One child refused to eat them because she didn’t like blueberries and the other devoured it in 5 minutes.
I mentioned we’re having friends over this weekend. While I love hosting parties, I don’t love spending all day cleaning and prepping. I always go for semi-homemade and easy prep recipes when it comes to entertaining. This weekend, I’ll be whipping up a Ranch and Bacon Suddenly Pasta Salad as one of our cookout sides.
There are a variety of different salads to choose from, you’re sure to find one your guests will love! Throughout the month of July, you can get $.75 off of the purchase of three suddenly salads dishes at Publix. You can find the coupon here.
What weekend is complete without a cocktail? I think I’ll be making these lemonade cocktails for our friends this weekend. What do you think? They look delicious, don’t they?!?
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