If you are in the Pacific Northwest, you are probably going through a dry spell and may not be able to do fireworks this weekend. This has been a wild year, hasn’t it?!? We will be making a day full of memories with the family and neighbors this year, keeping our grounds safe with no fireworks but full of playfulness.
Here are a few things in our line-up of festivities and fun we will be creating –
Tie -Dye –
If you have any white shirts or white tank tops, run to your local craft store (Michaels, Joann’s, Hobby Lobby) and pick up a tie-dye kit. There are full boxes with instructions and lots of colors to use. It will be sunny and you can dye them outside and lay them out so you can let them dry during the afternoon while you enjoy other activities.
Festive food platters –
Gathering to celebrate is what we do! And making it themed and festive makes it all the more fun to eat it. There are so many creative people that have posted different types of platters, charcueterie boards, desserts that have an American theme to them. We love ones that incorporate all sorts of food groups; fruit, vegetables, desserts. Yum! There are other ways to do fruit bowls or deserts and salads with red, white and blue, no limits this 4th!
Face Painting –
Amazon and your local craft store (call ahead) have great options for face painting and letting kids get creative for the day. You don’t need to be an artist to be the leader of the face painting station, just a kit with a stencil and a little patience. Everyone loves a little color and kids will go crazy for their face to be painted.
Outdoor movie –
There are a ton of options for outdoor movie set ups with the use of a white sheet. You can throw it together, we promise! You’ll need a sheet, somewhere flat or some rods or string to hold it tight, a projector and some speakers to make it come together. This is a great opportunity for entertaining your crew, just get it set up before dark to work out any last minute kinks. Here’s one option if you have time to run to Home Depot or Lowe’s!
Rock Painting –
This is a super easy activity to do with any age friend or family. Gather rocks, bring your paints and sparkles and get to painting. You could do something themed and festive related to the 4th of America or you could do super heroes, monsters, inspirational sayings, fruit or bugs!
Burger Bar –
All the fixens would be delicious for a BBQ with friends and family. Pre-make up the burger meat by adding seasoning and forming the burgers so they are ready to drop on to the grill with ease.
Patriotic Pina Colada
- 1 can coconut milk
- 1 can coconut cream
- 3-4 cups frozen pineapple (freeze fresh pineapple, or drain 2 cans diced pineapple and freeze, or use frozen pineapple from your grocery store’s freezer aisle)
- 1/2 cup rum
- Pineapple juice to taste
- Splash of Grenadine, for serving
- Splash of Blue curacao, for serving
- Firecracker popsicle, for serving
Blend all ingredients, minus grenadine and blue curacao, until combined.
Add ice to thicken and pineapple juice to taste.
Slowly add a splash of Grenadine and Blue Curacao to create red, white and blue layering effect (be careful to not add too fast or it will turn purple!)
Top with firecracker popsicle for garnish.
We hope you have a safe and fun 4th of July however you choose to celebrate!