Friday Favorites–4th of July

I remember the bicentennial celebration in 1976.  I was a little kid and the whole thing was just so exciting.  We spent the evening at the home of one of my aunts, where the town’s fireworks display over the high school football field was only a few blocks away.  We watched from the back yard and I was in complete awe.  I remember thinking I couldn’t wait until the next one, when our country would turn 300.  Well, if I live to be really old I might see that, but in the meantime I still enjoy celebrating our fine country’s big day.

Where I live, it isn’t usually very hot on the 4th of July, especially by evening.  However, if you’re in one of those areas that’s already cooking by now, these Festive Fans from Spoonful might come in handy.


After spending my week working with duct tape, I had to include this Patriotic Duck Tape Parade Stick from Crafts by Amanda.


These 4th of July Tin Can Windsocks from Random Thoughts of a Supermom are a great way to get the kids involved in the holiday decorating.


I’m going to admit it, right here for all the world to see…I love a good hotdog.  This Hot Dog Bar from Pocket Change Gourmet is my kind of 4th of July food.


Independence Day is always better if you have something fun to wear.  Check out these No Sew Flag Shirts from Our Good Life.


I will never get tired of Mason jars.  If you’re waiting for that to happen, I’m sorry.  I try to contain it, but there’s only so much a girl can hold in.  I love, love, love these Red, White and Blue Mason Jars from It All Started With Paint.  Thank you for letting me get that out.


I want to have a 4th of July party and I want it to look EXACTLY like this one from Bird’s Party Blog.  All the things.  Exactly.


These 3D paper stars have been around for a while, but click through for a great tip for keeping them from flattening from Doodlebug Designs.


I have a bit of a beef with red velvet cake.  It’s not that I don’t like it, because oh do I, but it’s just chocolate cake with red food coloring.  Why does it always have to be red?  This Red, White and Blue Velvet Cake from Cake or Death is a fun spin on the traditional color.


I could picture this Burlap Flag Pillow from Simply Kierste on my front porch long after Independence Day has passed.


Have a safe and happy 4th!