To many people, Independence Day kicks off the official start to long summer nights and vacations by the beach. It’s the time for friends, families and communities to come together as a nation and despite problems, differences and disagreements, celebrate their solidarity as a country. It’s a time to break out the red, white and blue from your closet and wear them with pride. A time for flag-themed desserts and grilled dinners on the BBQ. It’s pretty much a celebratory time of year and with that celebratory feeling, we thought we’d share some ideas so you can prepare for your big celebration next week.
It’s practically a necessity to get out a grill and cook something delicious this weekend… And if you don’t crack out an American flag themed pie or cake, you might as well not even try and celebrate. Martha Stewart undoubtedly has amazing Independence Day parties (although we’re still waiting for our invite) and thus we looked to her for inspiration and she did not let us down having, of course, a pretty patriotic tart recipe.
This is the time of year to break out the red, white and blue – in a refined and casual manner. Even if your closet is stocked with neutrals, it’s a holiday you can easily embrace because it’s a casual one, I can see nothing more suitable as a base than a white t-shirt and pair of blue jeans. Then add a pop of red somewhere in your accessories – or a bold red lip – and you will be ready to celebrate from the afternoon BBQ to the twilight fireworks.
And we are seriously in love with the new Timex collection which has come out with obvious attention to the company’s American roots and focusing on the red, white and blue. Is it not as patriotic of a collection as you’ve ever seen?
We are especially fond of the white classic slim profile watch, which Christine was recently able to test drive for Timex.
The Timex watches are an American classic. Christine paired hers with simple, sparkly accessories to pop against her red, white, and blue ensemble.
If you’re in a city or town with a fireworks celebration, there are very few things in life I love more than a fireworks display on a warm summer evening, so go check one of those out. If you’re somewhere more remote or unable to make it to the display, I’ve always had good outcome with a few sparklers – safely used, of course – at home. You can find all kinds of sparkers nowadays, from jumbo celebration ones at Shop Ruche to inexpensive ones in the form of numbers. The talented people over at The Idea Room even have a free printable you can use to jazz up the boxes you can cheaply buy at Target or Wal-Mart.
I’ve always thought the pictures people managed to take with sparkers were pretty great – and with tons of Pinterest tutorials now available (like this one from Studio Tran) on how to do it, would be a fun way to capture the memories of your evening.
What are your plans for July 4th?