DIY Patriotic Cake

I had saved this post for the 4th of July and then forgot I had saved it but since our patriotism has extended past the 4th due to the Olympics, it is still relevant!

Celebrate your patriotism with this simple yet eye-catching cake design from Catch My Party. Even if your country’s colors are not red, white and blue, just swap out the ribbon colors to coordinate with your country’s colors.

Football season is also coming up so this could be used to celebrate game day for professional, high school and collegiate sports. Head on over to Catch My Party for the full tutorial!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! Today I want to share with you a 4th of July themed party we attended Friday night to celebrate the end of our good friend Chris’ first year of residency! His lovely wife, Amanda, handmade the decor and desserts all by herself! From hanging firecrackers and glowing paper lanterns to handmade bunting and pinwheels, you’ll want to take notes on this DIY party!

The sign over the window stands for “Peace out Post Graduate Year 1!”
Amanda made the garland around her door using a tutorial from Martha Stewart.
Caramel and butter popcorn, coconut and vanilla cupcakes and red, white and blue berries!
Sweet peach tea with real Texas peaches…yum!
It says “Thanks 4th Coming!” Get it?!

Thank you for sharing your patriotic DIY ideas Amanda!

May we all take a moment to today to remember how blessed we are to live in a country that respects our freedom. We often take for granted the luxuries this country provides and today is our reminder to give thanks and celebrate. May you all have the opportunity today to enjoy a parade, homemade ice cream, fireworks (and perhaps a little Lee Greenwood). Happy birthday America!!!

Patriotic Travel Theme Photo Shoot

This photo shoot makes me want to sing “I’m proud to be an American!” at the top of my lungs. I actually did sing it at the top of my lungs in my head while I was creating this post. I couldn’t help myself. I love me some Lee Greenwood.  This photo shoot is great inspiration for a patriotic wedding, a military wedding or just to celebrate America on the 4th of July! The milkshake and coke float table looks incredibly enticing and I love the way they individually scooped the ice cream to make assembly much easier. Good plan.
It’s a passport sign in book…very clever!
The red and white latte bowls can be found at Anthropologie. They help add a perfect blend of reds, whites and blues on the table.
Pure patriotic bliss.
Coordination and Design: Scheme Events
Floral Design: Layers of Lovely
Wedding Gown: Amsale 
Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo + Dessy
Hair/Makeup: Your Beauty Call

Vintage 4th of July BBQ and Shortcake Buffet

Build your own shortcake, patriotic pinwheels and free printables…need I say more? This backyard BBQ by Celebrations at Home screams land of the free and home of the brave just in time for 4th of July weekend!

The decor is what first caught my eye. The red, white and blue pinwheels are just about the most adorable thing I’ve ever seen. Pinwheels are so in right now and I love ’em. And how creative is the fruit display for the build-your-own-shortcake buffet? It reminds me of the farmers market which reminds me of summer…mission accomplished.

Chris found the fruit stand at Hobby Lobby and the old fashioned candy and Cracker Jacks at Cracker Barrel (a great resource if you’re ever looking for vintage candy and props).
Generally these types of cones are used for popcorn but I am a big fan of these color appropriate potato chips instead!

Vintage straws are also in right now and they look perfect tied to the soda bottles. I also love how she incorporated the wooden peg puzzle that Cracker Barrel also has on their tables. I used to love playing that game as a kid but it’s a great game for adults too and a fun activity to play at the table!

The printables for this party as well as more images and information about the products used can be found at Celebrations at Home on this post and this one! Thank you for the 4th of July inspiration, Chris!