The 4th of July is truly one of my favorite holidays. That and Thanksgiving. This year we spent the 4th of July at my parents' house in Virginia. With a lot of work, we prepped a nice little July 4th cookout for family members and neighbors, 25 of us in all. I was running a fever all day and spent part of it in bed but I managed to hang through the entire party. Thank goodness.... Here are some of my favorite details and moments:
I couldn't bear that my Snoopy 4th of July flag wouldn't be flown this year so, to remedy that, I brought it with me and hung it at my parents. I mean, honestly, who on Earth is more fabulous than Snoopy?
The neighbors' dog, Riley, crashed the party. Smile.
Kids enjoying Pop Its in the driveway.
When it comes to the 4th of July, I'm all about a traditional menu.....burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, macaroni salad, baked beans, deviled eggs, chips & dip, brownies, cupcakes. It won't be your most nutritious meal but it sure is good! And, it never fails, the deviled eggs and brownies are always the foods that completely disappear! Is that just a Southern thing?
My favorite part of all is that both of my 82-year-old grandmothers were at the party. My grandma Nellie (above) is always willing to dress up and have a good time! And my grandma Barbara (below) is indispensable when throwing a party. I borrowed so many platters and dishes and chairs, etc from her. She even called us early in the day to remind us to charge our camera batteries! Trust me that having her two blocks away when you're planning an event is a godsend.
I hope all of you had a fun, safe, happy 4th of July!
PS ~ Any World Cup fans out there? Did you watch the game on Tuesday? Sophie & I dressed up in our finest USA gear and went to a local, family-friendly bar and watched the entire game. We were there for four hours! To say that we were crushed the US lost would be an understatement. By the end of the game, Sophie was screaming at the TV along with everyone else. My man, Tim Howard.....WOW. He is a BEAST. I remembered this post I wrote about him back in 2010. I'd go crazy if he could play in one more World Cup!!! I remain his biggest fan!