Our city had their big 4th of July celebration this past weekend (weird I know, but they do it so they don’t have to compete with everyone next weekend) and to celebrate we had a 4th of July BBQ with our family.
I love 4th of July! I love the fireworks, the red, white & blue, sparklers and BBQs, it’s the perfect combination for a celebration!
Last year I used the free printables from Tweedle Dee Designsand even with all the new stuff out I still loved the design! I needed a few new cupcake toppers and water bottle labels, but everything else was leftover from last year.
I set the table with my fabulous 4th of July find from last year. While shopping at Market Street after the 4th I found these plates for $0.50 each, score! I bought everything they had which gave me a setting for 6. I used my new favorite party drink vessel and wrapped them the water bottle labels.
This was a backyard BBQ so the food was simple.
We had orzo pasta salad with asparagus and artichokes served in individual mason jars. I found this recipe a while back on this blogand I make it all the time now, love it!
Reuben Cubans (from the June issue of Everyday with Rachel Ray). They were so yummy!
Corn on the cobb
Patriotic fruit kabobs
and for dessert chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes
I made some party favors for the kids and I have to say this was one of my favorite things. I love how my jelly bean firecrackers turned out! I used bags from the G.T. Bag company and filled them with red, white and blue jelly beans. I took picks from the dollar spot at Target and poked them through the top of the bag to make them look like firecrackers.
A 4th of July party isn’t complete unless you have fireworks. I took sparkles and tied them with ribbon and then I packaged snap pop things into small bags and added a cute topper from the Tweedle Dee printable collection.
After dinner we went to watch the firework show. It was a great display and the perfect end to an already fabulous day!
I am sharing my party here: