Monday, June 30, 2014

Baby Boomer Old Fashioned July 4th Independence Day Party Ideas Updated for 2014


July 4th Floral Arrangement,
This is a #PGeveryday sponsored post

Since I was a kid growing up in the 1960s, July 4th has always been one of my favorite holidays. In fact, among the many beloved Baby Boomer memories this time of year stirs up are growing up in a small East Coast town where everyone knows your name, marching in my hometown's parade, going to the fireworks in my Dad's 57 Chevy, and BBQing and chasing fireflies in our backyard.

My small town's 4th of July Parade Circa 1961,
Big brother & I July 4th Parade Circa 1961,
Just seeing these photos make me pine for my idyllic youth. There's nothing like a small town parade. And don't my brother and I look cute in the Abraham Lincoln and Clara Barton costumes my mother made? I still remember that day as if it was yesterday, not only because of all the mommy love that went into my outfit but because I won first prize in that year's costume contest!

All reminiscing aside, I think the ultimate reason why Independence Day has been a perennial fave my entire life is that I feel so proud to be an American. Yeah, I'm one of those who feels sentimental everytime I say the Pledge of Allegiance or sing the Star Spangled Banner. 
My kids & cake I made for their birthday,
As you can see from the vintage family photo of my own children, I've passed that patriotic enthusiasm on to my four kids, who are now all teenagers. It's really something passed on from generation to generation -- holidays like the Fourth of July definitely deserve the ultimate celebration with family and friends. And this P&Geveryday post hits all the key points to make your own patriotic casual get together or party this year truly memorable and special.

P&Geveryday's Checklist includes Everything From Party Planning to Cleanup
  • Dreaming up your food and drink menu
  • Inspiration for All-American favorites for your table
  • Ideas for injecting a patriotic theme into food/drink recipes
  • What to think about when planning your table settings and centerpieces
  • Americana and simplicity rules a casual celebration
  • How to keep the party going after sundown, ie sparklers for both kids & adults
  • Cleanup made easy without the "Parties Over" let down
My big boy rides in the 4th of July Parade,

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Share your own July 4th party tips. How will you be celebrating this year? Alternately tell about your own favorite childhood memories of Independence Day. MBE's readers look forward to reading about your ideas and thoughts.

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