Record Breaking 4th of July Celebration
Hello all, I hope you are all having a fantastic summer vacation thus far. Thanks for join us for our record breaking 4th of July celebration!
This year I decided to keep it small and intimate with just a basic backyard gathering, instead of going all out with the traditional backyard BBQ and celebrations as we have done in the years past. Which is absolutely okay, some years you may not feel like doing the big old shindig and keeping your circle small, which is completely fine.While thinking about circles this year, I have found that I was inspired to do something fun with my old vinyl records. To create a unique tribute to America for the 4th of July, without it being overtly in your face Americana, as I have done in years past.I thought it was a super cute idea to use them as the chargers, under the plates. Then I was also able to convert a three tier serve dish by placing them in place of the ceramic plates, simply by using the hole already provided and the plate stand itself. As you can see the conversion was easy and effective for the overall theme, it would also be cute for a sock hop or 50’s themed party as well. Just make sure that your hordorvous are in serving cups so they do not ruin your vinyl records. You can also use ones that you do not find as precious, if you are worried about scratching the records. I am an “all or nothing” kind of gal, so when I made the themed music based menu with song titles for the menu items, I wanted my records to match, of course. So my Lemon Raspberry Pink Floyd’s had to be on a 33 record Pink Floyd album right? I mean anything else would just be half-assed, and we can not have that, LOL! That’s right collectors, I am officially putting dessert on a Pink Floyd album, now ask me about the autographed Rolling Stone & Steppenwolf albums I made into a chair in college for a furniture building class! True story, but I got an A!Here is a fun little look at the themed menu, you might even recognize a few of the songs. I honestly thought about naming the cocktail the, True Blue and serving it with my limited edition blue vinyl 45 record, which I do still have somewhere. Sadly I just could not lay my hands on it, LOL! Clearly I put it somewhere to keep it safe, but if I could only remember where that was… probably where all of my 45 records are located.
Another fun little project that is super simple and cost effect for your 4th of July is Bandana pillow cases. A pack of red and blue bandanas can not only double as napkins for your gathering, but you can also make easy pillow covers for your 18″ outdoor pillows. Just quickly sew together two bandanas on 3 sides, to make a pocket. You can use stick on velcro as a closure, punch holes and rough tie ribbon or just turn them upside down. You can even make them reversible by putting red on one side and blue on the back side.
Also make sure to purchase extra for your napkins as well. They make great napkins, and basket liners for breadbaskets too. A fun tip is that red bandanas double down for fall gatherings too, like chili cook offs, and tailgating parties. Especially if it is your favorite team’s color.
Don’t forget to chill with a fun summer cocktail, my Blue Raspberry Beret’ cocktail is a delightful frozen treat that will help you beat the summertime heat.
A Blue-Raspberry Beret’:
- 1 Cup Blue Raspberry Luigi’s Frozen Ice Cup, slightly melted then pour over:
- 2 oz Moscato
- 2 oz Homemade Lemonade (Recipe Here)
- Add Fresh Raspberries or Blackberries as Garnish, Tip- can be frozen for additional cold factor
For dessert we had a triple berry Miss American Pie Trifle. This is a simple semi-homemade dessert of macerated berries layered with whipped cream, over the top of a pre-made butter pound cake I purchased from our local bakery.