It’s a hot weekend here to celebrate the 4th of July, but an anticipated short afternoon rain may cool us off for the fireworks tonight. It is expected to be in the mid-70s later. We haven’t decided if we will go downtown to the Music on Main concert before the show like we did last year, or watch what we can see from our veranda. The fireworks are farther away from our home, but we can see 7-8 different shows going at once across the valley. Pretty cool. My Sweet Babboo will be cooking some brats on the grill, and I just had to change the table to a holiday theme.
I got out the melamine dishes that are all patriotic inspired, with white star plates and patriotic salad bowls.
The centerpiece is the tray I usually use for grilling on patriotic holidays, with a red pot of silk flowers topped with some streamers. The tray is flanked by little star sprays from the dollar store. I got them years ago, and they have certainly worked well across all the patriotic holidays for a long time.
The place settings have red napkins held with clear rings. The star plates sit on red chargers with everyday flatware and drink glasses. Individual salt and pepper shakers complete the settings.
The bowls have different designs. One has a blue stripe with white stars.
The other salad bowls have red stripes with patriotic words like Liberty and Freedom.
I did trim my hydrangeas, and cut a bunch of flowers for the little crate. I fill the slots with mason jars half full of water, then add as many flowers as it will hold. I set it on the dining table on top of my Patriotic Table Runner. See that post for the tutorial.
Here’s the other side! Full of blue hydrangeas.
Oliver is back, and apparently has forgiven me for the long absence. Days with no peanut butter sandwiches must have been a terrible thing to endure. Doesn’t look like he’s missed many meals, though. His holiday feast may include the crunchy peanut butter.
Need some ideas for your holiday feast? It wouldn’t be a holiday without deviled eggs, so I’ll have to make some of my Perfect Deviled Eggs for us to enjoy. That recipe has variations and ratios, and is the last deviled egg recipe you will ever need. I won the third place ribbon at the Mountain State Fair in 2018 with this variation with shrimp!
You probably already know what your main course will be today. Whether that is burgers or brats, steaks, fish or chicken, you’ll need some side dish ideas. Grilling veggies with your protein of choice makes a great accompaniment to just about anything. See my post Summer Grilled Vegetables.
Or maybe you need a cold salad to take to a picnic. My Asian Broccoli Salad with cabbage and chow mein noodles is always a hit with pot lucks.
Using some of that delicious summer corn is perfect in my Cauliflower and Corn Casserole.
If you have tomatoes from the garden, there is no better time to make Carole’s Tomato Pie. If you drain the tomatoes all day, you can make it this evening. Or it could be a wonderful meatless main dish for tomorrow night.
Maybe you need a quick and delicious wrap for a picnic. My Ham Apple Wraps just might fit the bill. I have some ham in the freezer that I will defrost today to make these this week.
Dessert is often strawberries on pound cake topped with whipped topping. Easy and fast. Sometimes we do blueberries, too.
It would be fun to give some handmade cards with the dessert if you are having friends over, just to let them know they are special. For this embossing technique, I stamped a strawberry Summer Cupcake on white card stock and used red glittery powder to emboss, then colored it. See the full technique plus another idea for a food theme card on the post Stamping Cards With a Food Theme.
Whatever your plans, with friends or family, or just you and your Sweet Babboo, have a safe and happy Independence Day!!