4th of July is coming. Who doesn’t love warm weather, tasty food, great company, parades and fireworks? As a kid it was the one day of the year where we got to stay out well past dark and enjoy a full day of fun and activities. I have so many happy memories of eating steamed crabs, swimming in my neighbor’s pool, catching fireflies and getting all decked out in red, white and blue.
As a mom I now enjoy the festivities of Independence Day with two children in tow. My son’s absolute favorite activity is the neighborhood Fourth of July parade. Members of the community meet at the top of a very large hill where they await the short walk to the elementary school. Older children arrive on bikes, scooters and skateboards, while younger ones arrive in little red wagons. Each is decorated with streamers, ribbons and big signs that read “USA.”
Every year the decorations become bolder and brighter. Not sure where to stock up on parade decorations? Try Walmart where you can find glitter stars, 4th of July inspired garland and lots of decorative, brightly colored banners.
Of course, children love to decorate themselves too.
Search for fun wearable decorations like these pinwheel headbands and fun party glasses both available from Target.
Looking for something that really stands out. Try this jumbo “USA” balloon kit from Target. Think it’s too big to decorate your bike or wagon? Try tying it to the front steps of your house for the whole neighborhood to see.
When the parade is over my family and I head to the backyard for a big family BBQ. There are two main choices when stocking up on basics like paper plates, cups, napkins and plastic ware. You can look for theme centric designs that include stars and stripes or look for basic colors that can be reused for multiple occasions. See the two examples below. I tend to look for basic colors, but mix and match them. So I’d choose white plastic ware, red plates and navy blue napkins. You get the same mix of festive colors but any leftover products can be used for another occasion. We inevitably end up with a few unused plates and other partyware. If the party isn’t too big use real white plates and simply dress them up with pretty navy blue cloth napkins tied with white ribbons.
Then fill the table with other festive party items like red, white and blue balloons, streamers, hand-made pinwheels and stars cut from construction paper and enjoy!