Fourth Of July Party Ideas
Today we’re doing things a little different. Today it’s all about the party! Fourth of July that is!
There’s something extra special about festivities that happen around the Fourth of July. This season we’re dreaming of an outdoor get-together that’s simple to pull together. Stars and stripes? Obviously. Red, white, and blue palette? No doubt. Easy, stress-free, and kid-friendly? You betcha!
We’re going to share with you some great ideas from our family BBQ par-tay in case you want to plan your own party.
The day was full of our favorite American foods and all kinds of red, white and blue. We started out with the appetizers, American flag pizza and Red, White and blue chips. Totally American.
Always important to have you Patriotic decor out and about… We had flag themed plates, napkins and toothpicks. There were also the American flag mason jars that we made (which can be found here) and wine bottle decor..(Tutorial Coming soon!)
What’s a fourth of July party with out a little sangria, right? We made sangria with fruit cut out into a star. We used a star shaped cookie cuter. A sure total hit! #Protip Definitely set-up a beverage center,this way you can enjoy the party and your guests can help themselves
When it comes to the food RED>>> WHITE>>> & BLUE is always the fun and ultimate way to go.
Our friends and family all got into the theme and helped out with the food making too. We had pasta salad, veggies, salad, fruit and cake.
Receipes can be found below:
Pasta Salad: Note we did modify it a bit, but still so good! Also, deffinitly made too much pasta that day, you can never get the amount right?!
RED WHITE & BLUE SALAD OMG this was so good, the dressing was amazing!
Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs: Modified this a bit… basically if you haven’t used Flavor God Seasonings yet, you are missing out! Google it and you can thank me later!!! (No pictures) sorry
We had a lot of fun and you definitely want to have activities for the kids. My sister-inlaw does not mess around she brought a bouncy house for the kids.
While the kids played, the adults played CORNHOLE, or as we like to call it BAGO! Tomato TOM-ATO
Outside Jimmy hooked-up out door speakers, this way our guests could enjoy the outdoors with some good music, good drinks and great company.
To SUM it all up:
- Prep ahead of time when ever you can, this will help out the day of
- Ask friends and family to help out with the food, your not a super hero and I guarantee they want to help out too
- This is a DIY page and whats a DIY page without a project- make center pieces that are easy and fun like our wine bottle center pieces (it gives you a reason to have a glass of wine lol)
- REMEMBER to relax and enjoy the ones who are around you
Young Couple Old Home want to wish you a Happy and Safe 4th of July!
DIY Glitter Vase:
Here is another easy craft idea for a great DIY glitter vase! This is perfect for gifting a simple bouquet of flowers, or even as a fun new way to store your wine corks! We just love a good craft session with a glass of wine.
- Glass Vase (I got mine at the dollar store!)
- Painters Tape
- Crystal Clear Sealer
- Glitter in the color of your choice
- Rhinestones (optional)
- Mod Podge
- Foam brush
Take your masking tape and carefully tape even lines around your glass. Vary the height of the lines of visual interest. You don’t have to do lines if you don’t want to – feel free to mix it up by putting polka dots, triangles, zig-zags, you name it! Any design can work on this easy craft idea! Just keep in mind that whatever the tape is covering will be clear glass!
With your foam brush lightly lather the vase with Mod Podge. Next, take the glitter and sprinkle all over the vase where you placed the glue. #ProTip, we used a paper plate while doing this step, by doing so, it was much easier to clean-up. Also, you can easily place the excess glitter back in the container!
To provide additional shine, use Krylon Crystal Clear.
Step 4: Optional***
You can add rhinestones to the flower petals to add that extra bit of glam to your flowers.
Simple and easy just the way we like it!
Dollar Store Glam Project:
Looking for a cheap, yet a great project that is perfect for glamming up any girls room? Or in our case, the dressing room. Currently, all of the walls are very bare and this project helped to fix that problem!
Also, take advantage of the below Michael’s 20% coupon code that can be used up until February 27th.
- Fake Roses $3.00 (3 bushes)
- Picture Frame (I used 10 x 12 wood frame) $1.00
- 1 Scrapbook paper of your choice (already had) 59 cents
- Krylon Shimmer Metallic Spray Paint Silver Shimmer, 11.5-Ounce (already had) $12.98
- Rhinestones (optional) Darice Rhinestones Stickers, Crystal 3mm from Michael’s (already had) $2.49
- Surebonder GM-160 Mini High Temperature Glue Gun, 10-watt $4.35 (already had)
- Take the white insert paper that comes with the picture frame, you will use this as your template for sizing your scrapbook paper
- Tape your picture frame with painters tape and spray paint your frame with light even coats. Make sure to keep the can about 12 inches away from the frame when spraying. Wait about 10 – 15 minutes for each coat. Our frame took about three coats
- While the frame is drys, look to set up your roses and place them in a heart shape on your scrapbook paper. You will need to find the middle of your paper, this way you can make sure your heart is properly centered. Once you are happy with the shape and size of the heart, you’re ready for the next step… gluing #PROTIP print out a heart from the computer of the size you want and use that as your template
- Use your hot glue gun and glue all of the roses. Remember less is always more!
- Glue your rose heart picture to the glass of the finished picture frame
- Optional** Add rhinestones to the roses for added sparkle
How TO Spray Paint Door Knobs:
We had glass knobs with this hideous brass hard wear on all the doors in this house and as we began painting the doors in black it did not look right. We loved the knobs so to save them we decided to spray paint them with Rustoleum Spray Paint with Primer can be found at home depot and Amazon.
- Rustoleum Spray Paint with Primer
- Sanding Sponges
- Painter’s blue tape* Optional
- Cardboard Boxes or Posterboard
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Philips Head Screwdriver
- Heat Gun * Optional (we used this because of the rust that was on it)
1. Remove the circular closet door handles. Use needle nose pliers to grip the edge of circle lip.
2. Using your Phillips head screwdriver, remove the door handle. Most doors have exposed screws on the inside (room side) of the door.
3. Don’t forget to remove the strike plate from the wall. For us this was hard to remove as there were years of door paint, making it very difficult to remove.
4. Sand all of your hardware. Don’t skip this step!!! Don’t worry – this doesn’t take as long as you would think. You just need to mark up the surface enough to ensure spray paint has something to grip too and doesn’t just slide across the surface of the handles (go lightly and you also do not want to ruin the hardware).
5. We used the painters blue tape to protect our glass knobs. This way the spray paint wouldn’t ruin it. This is definitely only needed if you are trying to protect something. Otherwise, go right to the next step
6. Prep for painting. We used the many cardboard boxes we had on hand. Also, you can use poster boards for spray painting.
7. Take outside to well-ventilated area and spray! spray! spray! The big thing to call out is you want to lightly and evenly spray each piece. Light coats (less is more kind of thing).I wound up going through 2 cans and about 8 layers. (15 minutes each layer)
8. Allow to dry for about an hour and then check for touch ups.
9. Once all sprayed, exercise a heavy dose of patience. Attempting to put the hardware back on your doors prior to being fully dry can cause the paint to scratch, dent or stick together. Just think of this like waiting for your nails to dry after you’ve painted them – disaster if you don’t wait long enough.
10. When all your pieces are dry, put your house back together!
How To Paint Bathroom Cabinets
So Jimmy and I remodeled majority of our home; however, the main bathroom was on hold. Granted it’s not the worst bathroom, basically, it’s livable. The bathroom has a stand-up shower and we do not have kids right now so it works. Once we know the stork is coming we will remodel and install a tub. I’m envisioning a spa-like bathroom ;). So until then we had to repaint the oak bathroom cabinets.
1. Gather your supplies
Again, I’m your average DIY girl without all of the fancy paint equipment, so it’s simple brushes and rollers. Nothing crazy here!
2. Remove all doors and hardware
Oh, and go ahead and remove the stuff from under the cabinets as well. We assume that’s obvious, right? In our case, we were installing new hardware.
3. Sand everything
In our case, we gave our perfect condition oak cabinets a light sand.
4. Tape it off
The plan was to have the inside trim taped up, as we did not want to paint the insides of the cabinets. As you can see in the above picture.
I skipped this step because in my paint I bought a paint and primer all in one.
6. Sand any drips or rough spots
If you do happen to go the primer and then paint route, remember to lightly sand any drips or rougher spots from the primer. Sand very lightly, because you don’t want to take the primer off.
Ok, now that all the prep is done, it’s time to paint. This paint is pretty runny, because it’s self-leveling, which is good. So, you want to paint with very thin coats. Be sure to check back for drops frequently.
You’ll want to paint as much as possible with the roller because that gives the best finish, but the brush works too in the cracks, corners, and crevices.
Like I said, let the paint settle for a couple of minutes and then look back over it for paint pooled in the corners or drips underneath the edges. The paint will still be wet enough to clean up those areas and will still level and dry flat.