Monday, July 5, 2010

Happy Fourth!

 I hope you had a great Fourth of July!  Celebrate the birth of our nation and rejoice in the liberties and freedom we have here in America.  
I can't think of a better reason for a summer barbeque each year than that. 


Each year our small town hosts a patriotic parade and firework display over the lake at dusk.  We host a family barbeque and swim before heading out the door with picnic blanket in hand to find the perfect spot   

 I like to doll up the farmhouse with some patriotic decor in time for the party but
it will all be left up until labor day to enjoy throughout the summer.  Here's a few photo's of patriotisim around our home and barbeque.

Mantel decor.... 


These lanterns were made from glass jars, I tied a gingham ribbon onto the hanger, a white candle inside lights up the night when the festivities continue into the evening.
Several are hung all the way down the trellis that covers our back deck.  When they're all lit they give off a dim glow, just enough light to see but not enough to attract bugs.

 The tables were all set with patriotic accents for the party. 
A vintage cake holder is put to use safeguarding the sweets.

A big bowl of watermelon quenches our thirst in the summer heat. 
What barbeque would be complete without some juicy watermelon? 

A fresh baked Strawberry pie....

An old crate makes transporting out the barbeque necessities easy.  My kiddos have hotdogs and burgers with their we go through alot  of it each summer.  I made a mason jar dispenser to hold large amounts.  I looks nicer and cleans up easier too.

The drink station is set up outside to avoid cleaning up any spills
when those little hands refill their cups.

My lil guy was also as festive as can be in his flag bathing suit....
picking me some daisies no less. 

So what did you do for July fourth this year?  Do you have any traditions, recipes you would like to share? 

Take care,


  1. Your Header is Very Nice! and your pics are adorable and perfect! July 4 is my favorite Holiday! I hope you'll stop by my new "Wordpress" site. It will be ready by July 10, 2010.

  2. You looked like you had a picture-perfect Fourth! :) Lovely!

  3. Hi Dee! LOVE your red, white, and blue cake carrier!.. We had a great 4th of July!!.. VERY WARM, but being invited to a pool party/picnic made the day a very nice and much more refreshing one! We stuffed ourselves with so much food, and then the hostess INSISTED we eat dessert!! Oh my gosh!!.. I didn't think I was going to be able to MOVE, to go home by the end of the day!.. Happy 4th of July Weekend to you! Hope you're still enjoying it throughout today! ~tina

  4. Sounds as if it was a delightful 4th! Add fammily & friends, and it's picture-perfect!

  5. WONDERFUL Americana decorating! I keep all mine up until Labor Day too :)


  6. It looks wonderful Dee! I love the lanterns with the little lights and ribbon around them.

  7. Hi Dee, Love all your patriotic decor and your little one is toooo cute also!I decorated my mantle with gingham ribbon red and white candles , coke bottles from daughters grad ceremony with red letters class of 2010 and your Pie Fixes Everything sign I ordered ,it made the whole display so great. I love the red basket you filled and the containers for liquid and cake.Thanks for all your great ideas and your patriotic theme photos to use as inspiration. Happy Fourth, take care ~Emelia~

  8. I absolutely love your decor ideas, they look wonderful. And the Campfire Marshmallow tin brings back Mom has one just like it.

    I love to celebrate our nations birthday, it's one of my favorite holidays and I love to decorate for it. We had a BBQ yesterday with steak, baked beans, potato salad, deviled eggs, lemonade, sweet tea, pineapple upside down cake, apple pie, cherry pie, and star shaped shortbread cookies. I had a red and white gingham tablecloth on our dessert table and a dark blue with small white stars tablecloth on the buffet table.

  9. lovely photos! I especially liked the wooden crate with the flag napkins. Do you mind talking about HOW you made the ketchup dispenser? Did you simply cut a hole in the lid of a mason jar and insert pump workings from another bottle? If so, that's really cool! If there's more to it than that--would you let us know? I'm really curious!

  10. Great decoration my friend, we had a huge church cookout Saturday, and of course Sunday was the Lord's day and we try to do nothing but worship and love him on this day, today, whew tired out and resting for all our activities lately, hugs and blessings Barbara

  11. I am new to you blog and just loving your farmhouse. I am going through to see what I have missed. :)


  12. I just found you and am sure glad I did. I love your decorations for the 4th, especially the hanging jars and that flag centerpiece. So festive and patriotic. Very pretty.

  13. Dee, love all your patriotic decor.. inside and out! And your new header, and well... just everything here ♥ You had some great tips tucked in this post too! Belated Happy 4th to you and yours :) -Tammy

  14. Beauty as usual at your place!!!!!! With all the rain at our farm things kind of fell apart. WE did get to see the parade in our little town, IN THE RAIN, but we wore rain ponchos to keep us somewhat dry. They couldn't have fireworks because of the rain, so we have to wait until this weekend. Like my girls said, "it just didn't seem like the 4th this year!" We did have a picnic under our little farmer's market tent. That was fun, because it was raining! Smile
    Beautiful Dee,
    Blessings, Linda

  15. HI Dee,
    I love all your red, white and Blue decorations. You really know how to throw a party. Your wall paper is so pretty I really like it! Have a great week.
    Hugs, Elizabeth

  16. I just love your header. I was born in a small town and raised in a big city. Recently moved back to the country!! I just love the country and everything about it. I love your blog. Adorable and so cute!!! I am your newest follower. I stumbled upon your blog while doing a Wednesday follow. Cant wait to read more! Love your pics. Please visit my new blog at!

  17. Hello Dee! Love your fabulous blog! Can you share with me how your header was done? I love it. Also love all your July 4th decor, great job.
    Sandy from

  18. Goodness me, I LOVE everything you've shared here! What a nice visit after being away w/sick Mac... I see we think a LOT alike and have many of the same accessories - even the darling wee boys in matching swimsuits! My family n friends tease me about saving old jars AND tying gingham on EVERYTHING, haha. I don't have such an adorable vintage cake holder tho - want one! Also love your ketchup pump! Oops, too many exclamations, too much excitement. Sorry to get carried away. Thanks for the beauty and inspiration. I'm energized and ready to tackle more projects.


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