Patriotic Parties

Wednesday, August 3, 2011
It is a month over due, but I thought I would share some pictures from our Fourth of July parties. It was a busy...but very fun weekend. Andrew was off on Monday, the 4th, but had to work the rest of the weekend...So that meant we had to get a little creative to get all the parties in in a short amount of time. Sunday night we spent out in Union Grove. We love to spend the 4th of July out there in the country where shooting off fireworks is completely legal. Monday morning we went to Lake Guntersville and then Monday afternoon/evening we hosted a 4th of July party at our house. Here are some photos of our party-filled 4th of July.

I decided to make an attempt at cake pops for the occasion. I used patriotic funfetti cake mix, vanilla frosting for the inside and white and milk dipping chocolate to coat. I think they turned out really cute...and yummy too! I am looking forward to playing with more flavor combinations.

I also found these super cute printable cupcake toppers from the Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Magazine's website here (Fourth of July Party Circles). I just printed them out and glued them on a colored paper background and then glued it on a lollipop stick.
I can't brag too much on the cupcakes...they were straight from a box...but still good.

Here are the cupcake toppers up close : )

Pretzel stick "sparklers." Just dipped large pretzel sticks in chocolate. Then dyed white chocolate red and blue and drizzled it over the top or added sprinkles.

One easy way to decorate a drink table is to take off water bottles' labels and wrap a strip of scrapbook paper around them. Seriously takes no time at all.

Table centerpiece. Can't tell in the picture but I just bought a flower pot, painted it blue and filled it with red and white flowers.

Ann made this amazing fruit bowl, inside a watermelon, and made super cute fruit kabobs.

I hear cutting watermelon into small shapes like stars is a bit difficult...but it turned out super cute anyway!

The 4th of July spread. Yummy!
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and salsa, pasta salad, grilled corn on the cob, deviled eggs, etc.

If you haven't been to Pier 1 recently, they have a really cute line of "tasting party" dishes out right these mini parfait cups.

I made these mini-dirt cups for the kids (and secretly for me) Just 5 minute jello pudding, crumbled up oreo cookies and gummy worms. : )

We went a little over board on the desserts...but they were all so good!
We had dirt cups, cake pops, sugar cookies, dipped pretzel sticks, chocolate covered strawberries, and red white and blue fruit parfaits.

Emily did an awesome job with the cookies (they turned out just like Martha Stewart's) and the patriotic strawberries.

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