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.
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!)
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.
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!
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!
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!”
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.
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!