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Our 9th Annual 4th of July Party

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

This year we teamed up with Mike’s Hard Lemonade for our best 4th of July party yet!  With more than 60 people in attendance, there was no shortage of friends, family, and fun.  Read on to see some party favorites carried over from last year, new ideas that were quite the hit, and a recap of our great, all-American weekend.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

The G&D backyard, all decked out for 4th of July.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Our lower deck and patio.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

This year’s kids’ table featured glow bracelets, red, white & blue star necklaces, and a patriotic tattoo station.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Our patio.

Rolls of plastic tablecloth stapled to deck beams are a cheap and easy way to add color and drama to your outdoor party! | www.allthingsgd.com

I used rolls of plastic tablecloth stapled to our deck beams for a cheap and easy way to add more color to our outdoor space.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

A view of the fire pit and build-your-own s’mores area in the background.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Plenty of refreshing Mike’s LITE Hard Lemonade to go around!

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

DIY Patriotic Denim Bunting tied to our kitchen pendants.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Mike’s LITE Hard Lemonade & DIY Patriotic Painted Glass Vases.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Our 4th of July BBQ Sandwiches are a hit every year!

New this year – yogurt pops!  I chopped up some mixed berries (blueberries, strawberries and raspberries hand-picked by Kate) in our food processor, mixed them with yogurt and – just like Mike’s LITE Hard Lemonade – sweetened them with honey instead of sugar, for an all-natural, healthy, LITEhack alternative.  I poured the yogurt mix into paper Dixie cups, inserted lollipop sticks, and froze them overnight.  To enjoy, guest simply ripped off the paper cover and they and a delicious, healthy yogurt pop!  (Check out my Mike’s Hard Lemonade LITEhacks post for even more great recipe ideas!)

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Homemade Yogurt Pops – sweetened with honey for a delicious and healthy #LITEhack treat.

My Mike’s LITE Hard Lemonade “LITE-aritas” – a 3 ingredient, lower calorie alternative to a traditional margarita – were a huge hit at this year’s party!  I wasn’t about to let our LITE-aritas get watered down, so I also made LITE-arita ice cubes to keep our mix cool and refreshing.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Mike’s LITE Hard Lemonade “LITE-arita” and LITE-arita ice cubes – the perfect addition to this year’s 4th of July party!

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

The kids have always enjoyed a slip & slide in our backyard, and this year G took it to the next level with this huge, DIY slip & slide, made from industrial plastic – so much fun!

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Another view of G’s oversized, DIY slip & slide.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

There was no shortage of smiles, laughs, and cheers from the kids as they enjoyed the slip & slide – it was definitely a hit!

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Our daughter Kate – age 4 1/2

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

My sweet, fun girl!

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays for more reasons than one!  Fifteen years ago, G and I had our very first date on the 4th of July.  Exactly three years after that – on 4th of July weekend – he proposed.  (Had we been thinking we should’ve kept the streak rolling and gotten married on 4th of July, too!)  We love being able to celebrate our nation’s birthday (and the start of our relationship) in such a wonderful way – surrounded by lots of laughs and loved ones!

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

15 years ago on this day, Greg and Dusty became G&D. Happy anniversary, baby!

G purchased paper lanterns for our guests to light and release.  This was our first time doing this and it was a huge hit with all the kids and families.  Each family made a wish before they released their lantern, which was really neat, and I heard several excited little ones exclaim, “This is just like Rupunzel’s movie!”

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

G along with Anthony and Carter, getting the first lantern lit and ready to release.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Each family made a wish before releasing their lantern into the night sky.

Every year I say I’m going to get pictures of the fireworks from our yard, and every year I forgot – but not this year!  Our neighborhood fireworks ended up being the night before our party, so this time I wasn’t too busy or distracted to catch them.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Our city’s fireworks show, as seen from our backyard.

All Things G&D 9th Annual 4th of July Party - lots of decorations, food, and DIY party ideas! | www.allthingsgd.com

Our neighbor’s fireworks show, as seen from our front porch.

Thank you so much for checking out our 4th of July party recap and sharing in the fun! I hope you all had a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!

Dusty Rogers
Hi, I'm Dusty! Blogger, Mother, Maker, Decorator & Drinker of the Wine here at All Things G&D. Thank you so much for stopping by! I don't have a curfew, and hopefully neither do you, so let's hang out for as long as you'd like.
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Comments

  1. Love how you are allowed to celebreate this day. Over here in Germany we certainly have nothing like it. Just our stupid old war-guilt (despite my parents being kids back then)…

  2. My kind of party! I love Mike’s Hard Lemonade! The lanterns look like fun, too. It looks like it was a great party! Hope to meet you at Haven and sit in on your session!

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