Summer entertaining should be easy, don’t you think? Read on for some fuss-free ideas to celebrate the 4th or any other summer festivities.
In Seattle at the peak of summer the sun won’t set until about 9PM. It is wonderful to have so much daylight! We try not to spend too much time indoors. It is the time to be in a lake, on a lake, on a beach, in the yard, dining alfresco- you get the picture. Especially on a holiday, we want to spend time with family and friends without a lot of fuss and prep. What are your easy party prep tips? I’ll share mine, and you can share yours later down in comments.
If you are joining from Renae’s site, Peacock Ridge Farm, thanks for visiting! Isn’t her yard game idea so fun? And make sure to see all the other great Fourth of July inspo at the end of my post.
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Fresh flowers- from your yard or the store!
I cut these roses from our yard and placed them in a enamel pitcher from IKEA. The little step stool is from an estate sale and the blue votive is an old Target purchase. Easy peasy lemon squeezy as my son says.
Color coordinating food!
This is the nobrainer, right? One year I made vanilla cupcakes and then used strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries as my decorations. You can easily add berries to store bought cupcakes to save even more time. One year I made skewers with red and blue berries mixed with marshmallows. They were a hit with the kids, but we had to help them around the sharp side of the skewer. Check out this yummy strawberry cupcake recipe that would be perfect for a Fourth of July barbeque! Side note- This platter broke beyond repair and I still miss it! Sigh.
Set up a buffet-style meal.
Set out everything and let guests help themselves. Placing items at varying heights is a fun way to add interest to your table. When I created my wedding registry, I chose red and white Fiestaware items so that I would have the ability to mix and match for holidays. We use the sets everyday, and then on holidays like Christmas, Memorial Day, or the Fourth of July, I can mix in platters and other serving items to create a festive look. There are more colorful foods too- the strawberry lemonade, popcorn, blueberries, and cherries for the red, white, and blue!
Want a super easy holiday meal? Make your event a potluck and ask friends and family to bring a side. You can provide the appetizers and mains, while guests bring the sides and dessert.
Set up activities for the kids.
This photo is from Fourth Of July a couple years ago. My little guy has grown so much since this was taken! Our neighborhood normally has a parade where two blocks near the community center are closed off. Everyone gathers in front of the community center to decorate bikes or scooters and then the kids can ride around the closed off streets. Neighbors come out to cheer on the kids and the kiddos can burn off energy. Sometimes the fire department brings a truck and the kids are allowed to climb in and around. It is a very sweet gathering. As you can see, my little guy didn’t add too much to his scooter. I think he was more interested in riding! This is an idea that can easily be done at home too. You can provide the decorations and guests can make sure to bring a “vehicle” for the kids.
More fun for the 4th!
Next up on the hop is Leslie, from Feet Under My Table and her planning tips! Check out all the other accounts below for more summer entertaining ideas.
Kippi at Home // House on Silverado // Sonya Burgess // Zucchini Sisters
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This Dear Casa // Feet Under My Table // Darling & Dapper Life // Olivia O’Hern
Plan a festive outfit that you will wear all summer.
I’m not sure about the weather where you are, but when in Southern California and now in Seattle, warm weather isn’t a guarantee on the Fourth. I love dresses because they are easy. Put it on and you’re mostly done, except for accessories and a jacket to throw on while watching fireworks. But if the weather is overcast and cold you need other options like a cute top to pair with jeans. In addition to the items pictured in the collage, I linked a few more cute things that you can click through.
Thanks for reading. I appreciate your visit to our casa! Are you excited for summer? I am so excited for warmer days and outdoor gatherings! Don’t forget to share your party planning tips in the comments section!
While we don’t celebrate 4th of July here, we have other celebrations. These are all things that would work for any celebration. I love it all.
I would love to see how you celebrate some holidays that are specific to NZ! Thanks for reading!
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You’re cupcake decorating idea really is a no brainer, although I didn’t think of it.
Ha ha isn’t that funny when that happens? Thanks for visiting!
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I love your fourth inspiration! and that sweet little guy! precious! Happy Friday, friend! It was great hopping with you! Pinned, too!
Thanks Leslie! Happy Friday & happy hopping!
the red , white & blue fruit topped cupcakes are adorable! such a great idea! thanks for sharing! I love to color coordinate my tablescape, serving pieces and food items . doesn’t always work but it is fun to try!
Thank you! The patriotic holidays are definitely easier to color coordinate in terms of food! Have a great weekend!
So many great ideas! Happy blog hopping with you. Hugs and blessings to you.
Thanks Renae! Fun to do this blog with you. Have a great weekend!
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Happy 4th of July! Your cute little guy is my favorite. Where did you purchase that gorgeous pitcher?
Happy 4th Kippi! Aw thank you. One of my sister-in-laws gifted us the pitcher years ago! I did see one on Ebay recently. I love that it has a lid & a built-in ice holder. Xoxo
Super cute, good ideas for Memorial Day too
Thank you! Yeah, definitely good for Memorial Day celebrations ❤
I am so much looking forward to celebrating Memorial Day, Flag Day, and 4th of July. I enjoyed your patriotic ideas!
Memorial Day snuck up on me this year! I’ll just use some 4th ideas for whatever we end up doing 😊 Thanks so much Paula. Happy you stopped by!
Such great ideas! I love having an activity ready for small kiddos and decorating their “vehicle” of choice is perfect! Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂
Thanks Allison! It’s always fun to see how kids get into the spirit! Thanks for stopping by & have a great weekend!
Love all of your ideas for fun, festive, and easy summer celebrations! Happy to be hopping with you!
Thanks so much for stopping by! It’s been fun to hop with you!
Loving this! You know I have never done any decorating for the Holiday, but I may need to start after reading your post. You got me thinking now!
Thank you so much! Really? I guess I mostly do it when we host. Your garden would look really cute with some decorations!
I can’t wait to celebrate Memorial day and the 4th. This year all holidays will be celebrated even bigger then usual and that’s big for me because I go big always. Missing this time with family and friends has been so hard.
Nothing like seeing a little one on a scooter. Great post.
I’m hoping our community activities will return this year. Hope you have so much celebrating this summer!
Thanks for stopping by 😊
Love your beautiful and patriotic table! Such great ideas! Pinned to my July 4th Celebrations board!
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Thank you so much for visiting! Hope you have a Happy 4th!
I love your simple ideas for celebrating for the fourth or any holiday really. So happy to be hopping with you.
Thanks so much Sonya! Glad to hop with you!
Great tips for the holiday! Pinned for later.
Thanks so much Libbie! Have a great week!
The table setting is so cute, I just love the flowers! Those cupcakes may be something I will do this holiday. Can’t wait to spend time with friends.
Thank you! I’m so excited for summer gatherings. Have a great day!
Great post! You have me dreaming of summer celebrations. Thanks!
Thank you! I am so excited for summer!! Have a great day!
This all looks so fun! It would be amazing to have nice weather on the 4th! We still spend the evening outside, but it is crazy HOT!!!
Thanks for reading! We need to blend our temperatures- our cold with your hot – to get the perfect weather 😆
Yes, I agree that summer entertaining should be easy! I love the cute buffet table that you set up. The IKEA pitcher with flowers, a blue candle and the estate sale stool are simple yet festive. Making a party a pot luck is another great way to keep things low key. I love the cupcakes decorated with berries. What a fun (and tasty) way to bring out the red white and blue! It was fun hopping with you, Marie 🙂
Thank you so much Rebecca! I love shopping my house and finding ways to decorate with items I already have. Hope you have a Happy 4th!
Such great patriotic ideas! Love decorating with fruit instead of colored icings or sprinkles. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Olivia! I try to be healthy when possible 😆 Have a happy weekend!
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