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Fourth of July Fun

I love America and I love decorating for and celebrating the Fourth of July with friends each year. It really launches summer for me. For this table, a table topper square was constructed from a sparkling fireworks fabric to highlight a Fourth of July theme.
Easy-To-Make Fourth of July Cherry Pie: Fill a prepared pie shell with Comstock Cherry Pie Filling. With a second pie shell, cut out star shapes in varying sizes. Place them all over the top leaving room for the red cherries to show. Sprinkle the stars with red colored sugar and bake the pie according to directions. A decorative fireworks pick was inserted to add the finishing touch.
A luncheon table was set for family members utilizing royal blue bandanas purchased at Michael's for under $2.00 each. Melamine star plates were purchased from Target. American flags can be purchased at any party supply store or Michael's. The rattan stars and Margarita glasses used for ice cream and cooked peaches were purchased from Pier 1. Patriotic napkins can be purchased at your grocery store, party store, or department stores like Target. Colored votives were purchased at Michael's. Azalea plant was purchased very inexpensively.

Decorative glass vases are very popular now and these added the perfect touch I wanted for drama. American flags and fireworks sprays were added to show some pizazz.
Vanilla ice cream and baked peaches topped with cinnamon were served in Margarita glasses and adorned with an American flag pick.

For this party, along with the dessert, barbecue ribs were served with Best Foods Mayonnaise's recipe of Classic Potato Salad. My mom's barbecue baked beans, (yum!), baked corn on the cob, (so great because it doesn't get soggy!) Bake in a casserole dish for 30 minutes at 325 degrees. Add whatever spices you like. Everyone always comments about how good it tastes this way. Additionally, watermelon slices were served with blueberries and ice. A simple three ingredient Cole slaw was served. Purchase two bags of green and purple cabbage mixed with shredded carrots; add a mixture of 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup sugar. Chill and serve. Sooooooo good!

Here's my mom's recipe for barbecue beans:

Jeannette's Baked Beans

Place 2 large cans of B & M Baked beans in a bowl.
Add 1/2 chopped onion
1 Teaspoon Mustard
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 1/2 Cups Hot & Spicy Ketchup
2 to 3 handfuls of brown sugar.

Place the mixed ingredients in a buttered 13 X 9 inch casserole dish and cover with foil.
Bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 45 minutes.

I'd love to hear your comments on how you celebrate the Fourth of July.


  1. Fireworks at Canyon Lake are fired from an island in the lake.Our pontoon is on a dock just across from the island so we have a ringside seat.We bring ,a few friends and family, an ice chest to the boat and sit on our pontoon to watch.From our back deck we also have a wonderful view of the fireworks some people prefer to stay on our deck.We then get back to the house and have to decorate for the holiday,you have given some great ideas.

  2. I go wherever the grandkids go if they are staying in town! I love to take pictures so I always bring my camera so we can all visit the fun times over and over again!
    I love your beautiful, decorative settings! Makes everything more festive!

  3. Sue, after seeing your deck and the view you have either place would be great for a star spangled view of the fireworks. I hope you enjoy the day and evening with your family and friends. Maybe you will get to see your brand new grandson too!

  4. Thanks for your kind words Simone! I know what you mean about the grandkids! I wished I could see all of mine on this holiday. I know they are doing something fun. That family packs more adventure into life that any people I have every known. Makes me want to be more adventurous too. I am going to get a visit from the girls soon. I am really looking forward to that. Pictures too!

  5. It's a tradition the have a 4th of July brunch with family and friends in the front while we wait for Tustin Meadows small neighborhood parade at 11 am. Kids can decorate their bike or ? and ride join in. Then there is carnival in the park at noon. I love the 4th and to decorate for it. Debbie you did a beautiful job with your table setting. Cindy

  6. Cindy! What a great tradition! That sounds like a lot of grandparent fun! Do you view fireworks anywhere?