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We’ve lived in Connecticut for two years now and if there’s one thing that I love about suburban life, it’s that I finally have enough room to entertain. I love throwing a party for my friends and family. It’s a chance for me to show my creative side, while also enjoying spending time with those that are closest to us.

Our first summer here, we held a small Fourth of July party in our home. While we had everything planned for outside it rained. We did the same for the next summer. It rained. This year the weather outlook says sunshine!

Our town has annual fireworks on the beach (which I love,) so our party is held either the day before or day after. We have plenty of food and drinks and outdoor games for all.

If you’re throwing a Fourth of July party this weekend or heading over to a friends house and need to bring a side-dish, I’ve got you covered!

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One of my favorite things to do is set up the main table. Everyone at a party always loves to hang around the food, so I usually make this table the focal point. Add a tablecloth, some cutlery in a mason jar, and cups. Pick different colors and designs to make everything stand out. I purchased all of these July 4 paper goods from Shop Swee tLulu (always my go-to.)

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I went to the local craft store and bought these wooden crates, purchased the bags from Shop Sweet Lulu and filled with popcorn and chips. They were super easy for people to quickly grab and eat while enjoying conversation.

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I love these fruit crates (again from Shop Sweet Lulu) that I used for crackers. A simple way to hold the snacks rather than using bowls.

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My local Trader Joes had sun flowers that are the perfect flower for summer and patriotic events. They were so simple to add as decor to the tables and around our backyard.

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These were probably my favorite of the entire party and were such a hit with everyone. The night before the party, I filled mason jars with fruits and filled with water. In the morning all of the water was infused with delicious fruits. I put in a bucket of ice and guests could grab and enjoy. Some flavors I did were: strawberries and blueberries, raspberries and lime, lemon and cucumber, mint, raspberries and blueberries.

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This watermelon pizza was gone in seconds. So good and I’ll definteily be making it again this year. Even the kids enjoyed it! Find the recipe here.

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My sister came up with this idea for the corn when we had no idea where to put it. I had a wooden crate from the craft store, but styrofoam inside, put the corn on skewers in the styrofoamand then topped with arugula to look like the corn is in a field. It was almost too pretty to eat! Almost. 

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We had a hotdog bar for everyone and toppings galore. Guests could assemble their own hot dogs with so many options to choose from!

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Desserts included cupcakes, cookies, strawberry shortcake in a jar (cut up pound cake, strawberries, and whipped cream,) and of course pie!

Hope you all have a safe and Happy July 4th!!

 

 

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