4th of July BBQ

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!


I pulled out our party decorations from our 4th of July party last year and added a few new additions, like our 2×2 firecrackers, the 4th of July word art, and firecracker favors.

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:

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind www.gigglesgalore.net. With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. WOW Fab party! I am sharing this on my FB page
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  2. I want to come to your BBQ's! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. I love how you were able to reuse most of the decorations from last year. Those candy bags really look great!

  4. What a fantastic 4th of July celebration, so glad you enjoyed our printables!

  5. As usual over the to! Love the fruit picks.

  6. I LOVE these bags. They would be perfect for my daughter's birthday party. What size did you order to do the firecracker treats?

  7. Holy cow, this looks amazing!

  8. This is the most amazing party Decor I have ever seen.

  9. I think your party is soooo cute!! I love it – and I love that you shared how to do everything! Thanks so much for linking up to Think Pink Sundays – I'm so glad you did!! I featured you today – http://www.flamingotoes.com/2011/07/crush-of-the-week-think-pink-features-12/

  10. I am here via Beverly's Flamingo toes…..one of my favortie girls.
    I love your sweet ideas. What a cute family you have.

  11. This is AWESOME! I love the brick backdrop and the old suitcase. I'm also a fan of those fun jellybean firecrackers. What a fun and PRETTY BBQ!

  12. Wow! What a set up

    I am having a Red, White and Blue Linky Party that I'd love for you to join in on by adding your link!

  13. Hi, Mariah! Happy 4th of July! Btw, I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

  14. Oh wow! I want to be invited to your party, LOL. I love it all.

  15. Wow, I love everything! I'd love to be invited to your bbq's! Thanks for sharing! Dropping in from Homemaker on a Dime and am now following you! Stop by sometime!

  16. so inspiring! what a fun BBQ, love the table setting, the old suitcases, the food ..oooh everything looks so wonderful! love it!!

    I'm blog hopping from homemakeronadime, your newest follower 🙂

    Susan at http://tea-diary.blogspot.com

  17. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!


  18. holy cow! can I come this year? that looks gorgeous!
    I came across this via pinterest – and noticed that you have a widget on the side that lets us connect to your pinterest, your fb and your twitter. Did you customize that or find it? I've been trying to find one premade to use…
    would love to know. thanks!

  19. Wow! What a great party. Those jelly bean favors are so cute! Looks like a fun time.

  20. Nice job! I added your post with a link to you of course, to my 4th of July Tips and Tricks blog post. Hope you get many visitors! Have a great 4th of July!

  21. Such a beautiful July 4th party!

  22. Love this!! I want to make the fruit kabobs but what is the star at the top made out of!? We are having a lot of kids over tomorrow and I think that would be perfect for them!

  23. Hi Mariah,
    I saw your picture of your patriotic fruit kabob and have a question. What is the star on top made of? Do you have a recipe for it?

  24. What food is the star at the top of the fruit kabobs??

  25. It is a puff pastry that I rolled out, brushed with a little bit of butter and sprinkled with sugar. I used a small star shaped cookie cutter to cut them out and then baked them according the directions on the puff pastry package. They are delicious! You could also add a star shaped marshmallow to the top if you are looking for something a little bit easier, we have done that before and those are always a hit too!


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