Tuesday, July 6, 2010

July 4th

One of our family traditions has become a patio party for friends on or near July 4th. This year we decided to have a backyard BBQ, or perhaps I should say a backyard "cookout", on July 3rd. We have plenty of room on our patio, so we invited lots of friends. We had 27 attend. We grilled burgers and dogs, and baked a pork roast. Our friends brought various side dishes.The patio from above, before our guests arrived. I didn't get any photos after guests arrived; I was too busy!

The welcome wall pocket on the front porch.

Heather found a cute vintage patriotic print for the table by the front door. She also made all the pleated fan shapes we used in our centerpieces. To trim them, she created folded stars and added more vintage prints and star garland. They turned out so cute!

I made the red, white and blue table runners for our party last year.

River rocks and clear glass marbles anchor the fans. Heather glued the fans to painted paint stirring sticks.

Thrifted votive holders tied with polka dot ribbons.

I made patriotic cupcakes using an old jello cake recipe. When I discovered I didn't have white cake mix, I used coconut cake with raspberry jello. They were very good, except to the coconut-haters in the family.


NewKidontheBlogg said...

Love those decorations. I suppose those banquet tables are used for yard sales as well? Are you, hubby and David back in those bedrooms now?

A.D. said...

New Kid: the two longest banquet tables in the picture we borrowed from our church, as well as 14 of the chairs. The far left banquet table is ours, and yes, we use it for garage sales. The far right table is our patio table.

Everyone is back home in their own bedroom now!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Everything about your party looks fun! I love the title and concept of your blog. My first visit here, and I will be back. xo Joan@ thepottingshed-anythinggoeshere.blogspot.com/