Monday, July 2, 2012

Mom's Guide to... July 4th!

Independence Day is this week, which means patriotic fun! Break out the red, white and blue for the mid-week holiday. I love the display above -- lemonade, daisies, flags and strawberries. Doesn't get much prettier and simpler and cozier than that.

For Memorial Day, I had a post on poppies and a few other patriotic links. For the 4th of July, I've also compiled a few links to inspire and educate.

Of course, we must start out with a kid-friendly craft. I love this handprint/footprint flag. Stick it in a frame for an annual decoration. It's so cute and what a great memory of your little ones. Be sure to write the year on it somewhere.

For more framed decor, this free printable subway art is perfect to add to your 4th of July display. Print it out and stick it in dollar store frame. (If the dollar store frame doesn't match your decor, hit with a coat of spray paint!)

And speaking of printables, here's an adorable 4th of July Bingo Game printable. Or how about a set of Conversation Starter Cards and Jokes? Both are great for a holiday picnic. Print out and put in a basket on the kids table.

Family Fun has a wealth of Fourth of July ideas, from crafts and recipes to activities and printables.

Learning about the holiday doesn't have to be boring: Who remembers this nostalgic Schoolhouse Rock video:

Don't forget to make your treats patriotic on the 4th!! Red, white and blue food is must for the holiday. With strawberries and blueberries abundant, it's easy to whip up a patriotic plate of fresh fruit, or top a simple cake with white frosting or Cool Whip, then add a berry display on top.

Betty Crocker's Firecracker cake, above, is perfect for the 4th of July. You can also turn the cake into a cupcake version by layering the three colors of batter in cupcake liners. Top with white frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles.

And one of my favorite blog's, Frugal Upstate, has a great post on how make a red, white and blue ice cream cake.

Finally, keep it safe: Check out this fireworks safety article before you launch any rockets or light any sparklers.

Have a great Fourth of July!

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