Feeling Festive

The 4th of July is right around the corner - it really snuck up on me this year!  Independence day has always been one of my favorite holidays.  What's not to love about fireworks, outdoor parties and a good reason to make all kinds of delicious treats?  Growing up, we always went to my grandma and grandpa's house to celebrate with our entire family.  My cousins and uncles would usually go a little bonkers with the fireworks, which was usually pretty awesome to enjoy (if you block out that one year they did that one thing).  Since I've met my husband, we have had some fun 4th of July's together and I'm hoping this year will be another happy one.

Above are some festive ideas for hosting a celebratory party.  How cute are those little burger bite cookies!?  And the corn dog cookies?  I'd love to see the reaction of those who get to enjoy!

Not sure what to wear? Want to wear something a little festive but not end up looking like a block of cheese?  Here are some style tips of ways to look the part without embarrassing us all :)

4th of July

Aubin Wills scoop neck top, $70
Cacharel cuffed shorts, £117
American Eagle Outfitters stripe swimwear, $15
American Eagle Outfitters stripe bikini, $15
Kork-Ease leather shoes, $125
Vintage shawl, £280
Madewell oversized retro sunglasses, $134
Bow hat, $13
4th of July Tableware - Patriotic Party Themes - Party City
4th of July Tableware - Patriotic Party Themes - Party City

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2nd row 1, 2, 3


jillian :: cornflake dreams. June 29, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

YAH! defiantly having a big ole cheeseburger to celebrate the 4th! loooving those shorts you picked out! xoxo jillian:: cornflake dreams

marissa at the boot June 29, 2011 at 11:06 AM  

oh my gosh burger bite cookies? those couldn't be nay cuter! can't wait to have a big ole' hot dog and watch the fireworks!

Caterine June 29, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

Going all out for 4th of July is the best! We'll see how we do this year, those mini burgers got me in the mood already!


Gloria June 29, 2011 at 11:24 AM  

Ahhh so many great ideas here! Those corn dog cookies are absolutely hilarious :-)

Zoe - Style Foodie June 29, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

OMG those treats all look soo good, I feel a sugar coma coming on! I'm with Jillian defiantly having a burger and gotta catch the fireworks!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime June 29, 2011 at 11:34 AM  

Perfect patriotic post! I love all the stripes and the hotdog cookies(i think that's what they are?) are too cute!

iheartkiwi June 29, 2011 at 12:00 PM  

LOVE the 4th :)

I'm heading up to Napa for wine tasting with my girlfriends but I will be sporting my red, white and blue for sure.

Mandy Crandell June 29, 2011 at 12:13 PM  

I'll take the swimsuit and the burger cookies, please! :)


stephanie June 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

ooh, that swim suit is cute!

Preity Lama Tamang June 29, 2011 at 12:33 PM  

love the collage of outfit u created..ITs effin adorable!!

stephanie [the merry way] June 29, 2011 at 12:40 PM  

Love these - so festive, summer and fun! Can't wait to eat hotdogs and watch fireworks!

rebecca June 29, 2011 at 1:03 PM  

Those shorts adorable! Love shorts w/ pleats!

Natalie June 29, 2011 at 1:25 PM  

I can't believe it's already here either-- June flew by! I love your outfit you put together, I'll take those shorts! Adorable!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts June 29, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

what a fun collage.
The hot dog cookies are so creative- my monkeys love that- and I really like the outfit you picked out.
We're going to out of town which we are SO excited about.

Miss Makes-a-Lot June 29, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

ah! i want that whole outfit for this weekend :)

Susan June 29, 2011 at 3:42 PM  

Love all of those cookies! This is getting me very excited for the 4th! And thanks for the wardrobe tips (because sometimes I have been a little too decked out for my own good!)

Amber Blue Bird June 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM  

bbq love! I would totally rock this outfit, really love that hat

Tang June 29, 2011 at 7:39 PM  

I love that swimsuit even though I can't swim!

Anna Walker June 29, 2011 at 8:47 PM  

So festive! I love it! I have no idea what plans I have for the 4th...seriously! I don't! I hopefully will be going to the beach house up at the Central Coast of CA, and spending it there!


communikate. June 29, 2011 at 8:53 PM  

fun! this post just got me super excited for the holiday! i love it too!

Johanna June 29, 2011 at 10:06 PM  

Ok, those corn dog cookies...hysterical. No I want to wear something red, white and blue thanks to you! How Dr. Seuss of me!

Lauren June 29, 2011 at 10:34 PM  

love all those ideas - i am especially loving desserts on sticks right now :)

Tiffany from HOLIDAY June 29, 2011 at 10:47 PM  

so cute - all of it - the treats and the clothes and accessories. happy fourth!!!! and soon you will be surrounded by small town bunting :) xo

mapleandvine June 30, 2011 at 1:59 AM  

o wow loook how cute everything is :) loving all the food ideas. that mini burger is so sweet!!

bobbi June 30, 2011 at 4:23 AM  

I wixh I could wear that bikini, but I would look really terrible with strings on my hips!

classiq June 30, 2011 at 5:40 AM  

lovely finds! can't go wrong with stripes. :) Ada

theolivetree June 30, 2011 at 8:43 AM  

love those hotdogs and hamburgers...ok and the ice cream...cute fashion finds for the 4th!

M June 30, 2011 at 9:03 AM  

gah, i can't believe its july already! where did June go!!!!

Kimia Kline June 30, 2011 at 10:05 AM  

omg i LOVE those navy shorts. and im so sad ill be missing the 4th this year, ughh. india should get on board and celebrate, too! :)

Marissa July 1, 2011 at 7:33 PM  

The 4th of July completely snuck up on me, too, and it's one of my favorite holidays. Thanks for the red, white and blue inspiration!

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