america’s birthday

Fourth of July is the epitome of an Idaho Summer. The weather is generally incredibly hot and dry, and all local festivities capture the spirit of the Fourth. Krista plans to enjoy the local parade, BBQ crawl and enjoy a bit of the “wild west” with a night at the rodeo. Taylor is taking a bit of a break and heading over Trail Creek to the Copper Basin to celebrate the Fourth and a birthday, all while “glamping.”

Whether you are wearing your cowboy boots to a party or donning a sun hat to relax, there is something for everyone to enjoy on the Fourth. Here is our guide to the day, which includes some inspiration to perfect your day as well as what we are enjoying, planning and looking forward to during the long weekend!

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Nothing screams America’s birthday like the combination of red, white and blue. As much as we love the association of these colors, adding a bit of gold or silver really adds to the festivities. Below are just a few décor ideas to spruce up any party or BBQ you may be planning!

Touch of Gold – In our opinion, gold glitter or gold spray paint are necessities when prepping the décor for any party.  Our diy gold votives made from mason jars are incredibly multi-functional and will provide the perfect glow while watching the fireworks. Or consider a spray-painted “U S A” for your mantel or table!

gold votives

gold votives

spray-painted gold USA

spray-painted gold USA

American Flags – Need we say more? American Flags obviously serve as an ode to America and simple decoration but also provide a great backdrop for photos! When in doubt, ask Siri or Martha on how to properly fold a flag when the party is over.

Krista & Taylor celebrating America!

Krista & Taylor celebrating America!

Add some simple patriotism to a table with a blossom vase full of miniature American flags, which you can buy just about anywhere right now,

Add some simple patriotism to a table with a blossom vase full of miniature American flags, which you can buy just about anywhere right now.

Paper Sign – a homemade paper sign with a simple ‘Happy Fourth’ can add the needed personal touch to any party. Feel free to get creative with your saying such as ”merica’ or “land of the free.”

create a red, white and blue paper sign!

create a red, white and blue paper sign!

Flowers – Grab a bundle of flowers from your local florist or go on a nature walk to collect some red, white and blue!

"red, white & blue" flowers

“red, white & blue” flowers that Taylor gathered to add a bit of patriotism to her table!

Party Inspiration – Need a bit more inspiration? Our Going Gold – USA Olympic Party features everything American. Plus, Krista’s Not-So-Grown-Up Housewarming Party celebrates summer and all things related.

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After all, it is technically a birthday celebration, and you only get so many of those. We want to keep it simple to enjoy the day, so we are planning on BBQ burgers and brats, beers or cocktail of choice, potatoes and pie!

Potatoes – Maybe we are partial as we live in Idaho, but potatoes are a Fourth requirement. Freedom friespotato salad or Red, White & Blue Chips are all sure to be crowd pleasers.

freedom fries

freedom fries

potato salad (obviously no mayo)

potato salad (obviously no mayo)

red, white & blue chips!

red, white & blue chips!

Pies –  Nothing says America like (Rose) Apple Pie, or make a “Freedom Pie” by adding cutout stars to the top of your pie!

Rose Apple Pie

Rose Apple Pie

individual mason jar pies are great for late nights

individual mason jar pies are great for late nights

Freedom Pie! (post coming soon)

Taylor proudly displaying a “Freedom Pie”! (post coming soon)

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Headband – Want to avoid hat hair? A red, white and blue headband tops off any outfit choice. But obviously make sure to put on sunscreen to avoid any post-Fourth celebration regrets. If you are creative, make sure to check out Gina’s post on how to make a diy no sew hair turban (can we highlight the ‘no sew’ part?) or support ThreeBirdNest on Etsy with one of her bands with a vintage vibe.

check Gina out at curriouslycaffeinated.com

check Gina out at curriouslycaffeinated.com

ThreeBirdNest on Etsy

ThreeBirdNest on Etsy

Flask – A spirited flask will get you and your party through any epic day of celebration!

Krista found this at our local grocery store. Their merchandising at checkout is dangerous! How could you not buy this?!

Krista found this at our local grocery store. Their merchandising at checkout is dangerous! How could you not buy this?!

Pets – last but obviously not least, make sure to adorn your pets with a bit of spirit to hopefully ease any firework anxiety!

American Flag bowtie!

American Flag bowtie!

 krista and taylor

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