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A #Pinterest Fourth of July

June 27, 2013 in I Adore What I Love

A #Pinterest Fourth of July

June 27, 2013 in I Adore What I Love >/div>

Last year on the Fourth of July, my husband just became my husband, we had recently gotten back from our unbelievable honeymoon, and in the midst of it all, we had just moved in together in the ChiCity!  Because I’m a traditionalist, we waited to move in with each other until after the wedding… which I wouldn’t have changed for the world!! And to be honest, it was probably the best decision we made for us at the time.  (No, this doesn’t mean I have anything against couples moving in together prior to marriage – I just didn’t have any desire to do that for myself). Anyways, I won’t sit here and tell you that I wasn’t overwhelmed occasionally with all these new endeavors taking over my life, because I was; but with that being said, those new things that I was stressing about were also the same things that I was living for at the moment.

Getting married, moving in with my best friend, and then taking the trip of a lifetime was beyond thrilling, exciting and above all, so much freaking fun!

Okay, maybe I’m being a little corny here but I really mean every word I’ve said.  In continuance, let’s just say that after moving into our new place and working so hard to make it look exactly how we pictured it to be, Isaiah and I decided last minute that we wanted to have a party!  We decided to combine the celebration of July 4th with our house-warming and we were excited to show off our new pad!  The next thing I knew we were calling all our friends to invite them over (unfortunately, there was no time for formal invites or memorable paperless posts to send out) and in the blink of an eye, we had a good amount of people who RSVPed that they’d be in attendance, despite the last-minute invites.  SUCCESS!Soooo moving on, about .25 seconds later I realized that I had less than 24 hours to put together a party and actually HOST this event… which meant that I would have to prepare appetizers, fun drinks, festive desserts and decorate the new apartment with the red, white, and blue theme of America’s Independance Day.  Eeeeeeeks.Well, I knew Isaiah would man the grill but if you know me at all, you know that prepping and putting together a party would usually take great joy in my life.  In this case, however, while considering the time restraints prior to our guests arriving, thinking about it made me ill.  Like, seriously ill!

So what’s a housewarming / Fourth of July savvy party hostess to do??  Turn to PINTEREST, of course! 
Duhhhhhh
Thus, with exactly one week prior to the big, festive, USA-loving celebration, I am sharing my all-time favorite 4th of July Pinterest ideas for you to get started working on now!  They’re actually pretty simple, and I used many of them last year at our last minute get together.  So whether you’re the party planner, the hostess-with-the-mostest, or will be attending the holiday shin dig as a guest, implementing these intelligible ideas are sure to make you the talk of the town. And aside from that, you can be sure of one thing: this isn’t just going to be your typical Fourth of July bbq… it’s going to be a damn-good (pinterest inspired) party that your friends will be talking about long after the festivities conclude!  #redwhite&blue
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Fourth of July Rice Crispy Treats
{via http://lilluna.com}


Fireworks Cookies {via http://www.marthastewart.com}

Red, White and Blueberry Trifle
{via http://www.skinnytaste.com}

The 4th Ice Cubes
{via http://twoshadesofpink.blogspot.com}
Fourth of July NAILS
Fruit Flag
(idea: sub cheese for bananas in place of the color white)