I knew right away I wanted to do a star spangled BBQ for the 4th of July. I also wanted to pay tribute to the brave soldiers that have fought for our country because so many members of my family have served in our military and I’m so proud of all of them.
The last time I was at a vintage flea market, I was able to pick up an old ironing board, a large flag-inspired scarf and a hand embroidered “Drinks” banner, all of which made up my drink station. Adults drank tea, lemonade and punch in mason jar glasses and the kids used their patriotic-colored cups. Water bottles with custom labels and some all-American cola in the vintage bottles finished off the drinks.
For food, I put together a gourmet burger bar offering Angus and turkey burgers with a choice of different toppings and condiments. We served up some cheddar brats and hot dogs for the kids and I made my mom’s famous homemade macaroni salad. I put together a fruit salad using only red & blue fruit and pre-portioned some out for the kids into snack cups. Baked beans were served in small mason jars with their lids decorated for the occasion and individual servings of barbecue chips were set out in bags to make them easy to grab-and-go.
I decided to host the BBQ at a local park because I wanted lots of room for all the kids to run and play. I took full advantage of all that space and put together tons of activities. We had patriotic stickers and bubbles to keep the little ones busy, a tin can toss, sack races, wagon rides, tug of war and a pretty awesome tic-tac-toe lawn game. I brought our tree swing from home and hung it next to the sitting area for anyone who needed a break from all the fun. If that wasn’t enough, all the kids gathered up for a pie eating contest and took down some mini pies in record time.
Speaking of pie, there is nothing more American to me than pie on the 4th of July — apple pie to be exact. I even made a cherry pie to match. Those set the feel for my “Sweet Land of Liberty” dessert table. As fun as it was making the pie, I decided to leave the rest up to the professionals. Taylor with Berries & Blush Cake Studio put together some fun pinwheel cupcakes, patriotic pretzels, pyramid chocolates and some awesome chocolate-covered cookies. Christina with Creative Little Cookie whipped up some amazing star spangled cookies including the Statue of Liberty herself. I decorated the table with a vintage handkerchief banner I found on Etsy and then pulled in some more personal touches. The flag on the table was given to my husband by his grandfather who served in the military when he was his age and the dog tags came from my brother who also served our country for 21 years. I picked up a bag of white, red and black beans from the grocery store and layered them into a jar to add to the vintage feel. Everything was delicious!
I had so much fun putting together this star spangled BBQ. I want to say a special thank you to my dad, brother and cousin for allowing me to use a small piece of their military history. I loved being able to bring in such personal touches. Happy Birthday America!!
Kids tableware: www.re-play.com
Specialty Dessert: www.taylorcakecreations.com
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