July 4th is one of my favorite holidays, and I love hosting a good old-fashioned family barbecue with delicious summer food, and lots of red, white & blue Fourth of July Celebration Essentials.
July 4 is about the only holiday where I rely on disposable dinnerware. For my family, this summer holiday is more “picnic style”.
If it’s not sweltering hot, we like to eat outside and paper plates and napkins just work better for this. Plus, disposable dinnerware comes in so many cute patterns and styles that they become part of the decor.
Scroll through to see a few of my favorites below. I mean, the Corgi napkins and popsicle plates are adorable, don’t you think?
Fun & Games
Outdoor games are the way to go for July 4th. When my kids were young, they always loved to play with water balloons, run through the sprinkler, or play in a little wading pool.
Oh man, those are some great summer memories. ❤️
For adults, pull out your cornhole/bags game, ladder golf, or even croquet! Does anyone still play croquet anymore? I loved that one as a kid.
Oh, and don’t forget the glow sticks for when it gets dark. My mom always had a bag filled with treats and glow sticks to entertain the kids before the fireworks began.
You better believe I already have some purchased for our first July 4th holiday with Baby Evelynn this year.
Enjoy the Outdoors
Don’t forget the essentials for relaxing outdoors on July 4th. Comfy chairs, a practical pop-up table to hold the snacks, plus a beverage cooler and can koozies are definitely essentials for a hot summer holiday.
Finding ways to keep cool can also be part of the fun.
When I was a kid, we often made homemade ice cream for dessert on the Fourth of July. For the kids, helping prepare the ice cream and watching it churn is part of the entertainment.
Remember, it’s not just about the finished product, but about the memories that are being made. Even easier than homemade ice cream is homemade popsicles.
Check out these cute little red, white & blue molds that you can fill with anything from fruit juice to yogurt. Let the kids make their own for lots of fun memories.
Click on the pics below for more ideas to keep cool.
Fun little extras go a long way in making the day special and adding to those family memories. Decorations, patriotic outfits, temporary tattoos for the kids…
These are some of the things I remember the most from when I was a child, and when my own kids were small.
This year is our first chance to start building holiday memories for Evie and I’m loving every minute of it. ❤️🇺🇸
Do you have special Fourth of July traditions or ways to make memories with your family? I’d love to hear about them!
Happy Fourth of July,
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