lemonade with blueberries and star shaped watermelon american flag and paper straw with stars on it
Star Spangled Lemonade with Blueberries and Watermelon Stars
lemonade with blueberries and star shaped watermelon american flag and paper straw with stars on it

Lemonade with blueberries and watermelon makes this iconic summer drink even more fun and refreshing! The good news is that this lemonade is easy to make and packs a big festive punch with friends and family!

I like to kick off summer by serving it on Memorial Day and then bring it out again on Independence Day. You can always turn it into a cocktail if you like- but it is really good as it is! My kids would drink it by the gallon if I would let them!

This star-spangled lemonade is easy to make- or you can always substitute your favorite store-bought lemonade! Here is the recipe…

Star Spangled Lemonade

Ingredients~

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice

8 cups water

DIRECTIONS~

  1. COMBINE THE SUGAR AND WATER OVER HEAT TO DISSOLVE THE SUGAR.
  2. ADD LEMON JUICE
  3. CHILL AND ENJOY!

To make a Star Spangled Cocktail, simply add 2 oz. of vodka to an 6-8 oz. serving of lemonade.

To make watermelon stars, slice a piece of watermelon into a triangle slice. Use a mini cookie cutter in the shape of a star and cut out star shapes from watermelon slice.

Add fresh, washed blueberries.

Top with a miniature flag and a festive straw!

Serve on a tray with cocktail napkins and enjoy!

Cheers,

Lydia xo

red white and blue table setting with american flag
Setting the Table in Red White and Blue

Blue and white is a classic combination that is always a great go-to when designing a table scape or deciding on a party theme. I recently hosted a virtual “Blue and White Party” in my Instagram Stories in honor of healthcare workers. The sacrifices they make for us deserves so much more than I can ever give, but I wanted to show a small token of appreciation for what they do for each of us. Blue for their scrubs and white for their white coats just seemed fitting for this virtual celebration of our Health Heroes.

red white and blue table setting with american flag

My daughter loves blue, and so I showed her what I was doing~ and she suggested adding some red to mimic the red cross that was on the ship Comfort that came to help those affected in New York. I loved that idea and so we went with it. I also added red with solid red napkins styled with blue and white chinoiserie bead napkin rings. The napkin rings are by Designs by Laurel Leigh

red white blue table setting with boxwood clippings in silver cup on plate

One of my favorite parts of this table setting is the blue and white runner in the middle of the table. I love the pattern and also love that it is casual but looks fancy. The runner is made of paper and is from Hester and Cook.

red napkins with blue and white chinoiserie napkin rings with gold forks

This table scape feels almost like a picnic with the seagrass placemats and the casual plates. But, it also feels special which always makes your family and/or guests feel special. I kept it simple but still made it feel a little more exciting when you all gather around the table.

table setting side view with seagrass placemats white plates red and blue salad plates red napkins blue napkin rings and a bottle of champagne

Another of my favorite parts is the red ribbon design that we did on top of the runner. It was simple to create with a bolt of ribbon cut to fit the table. My daughter and I then cut two strips of ribbon to lay horizontally across the first ribbon. It created a red cross at each end of the table.

red cross made with red ribbon set on tablescape with red white and blue

I added in gold touches with flatware and drink coasters~ and even added in a little bit of silver with. mini mint julep cups. I am a sucker for my new mini julep cups. I grouped them in the middle of the table on top of a cupcake stand. I also added a few here and there around the table. I loved that they were sporadic.

mint julep cup with boxwood trimmings on red white blue plate on tablescape

I wasn’t sure I could pull of a table setting the way that I would like without any flowers- but I actually loved the way it all turned out in the end. It was a creative challenge that makes you think outside the norm- and makes you appreciate the convenience of beautiful flowers year-round.

red napkins with blue and white bead napkin rings and gold forks with boxwood leaves in silver cup

I decided to use American flags for the centerpiece- it felt very appropriate as our entire country (and world) works together to overcome this very strange moment in history.

table setting with red ribbon cross mini american flags and champagne

There’s nothing like saluting the healthcare heroes who are working so hard to help us each and every day. I am honored to be able to show my appreciation in this small way. They are thought of each day and prayed for each day! They each deserve so much ~ a virtual champagne toast to each and every one.

vueve cliquot champagne on red white blue table setting

With love and gratitude,

Lydia xo

*Fourth of July* Ice Cream Sandwiches

It is always fun to have an easy idea that still has a big impact- and homemade ice cream sandwiches are so, so easy with a great fun factor added, too!  These ice cream sandwiches are all dressed up for Independence Day, but you can choose what colors you would like and make them any way you like!

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{LOVELY LIBERTY} FOURTH OF JULY PARTY

I am happy to welcome Natalie Stern from Katarina’s Paperie/Confetti Diaries as a guest blogger!  She is sharing adorable ideas for a patriotic party and FREE printables!  Find the link for the free printables at the end of the post!  Thanks, Natalie!!

We are so excited to be back at The Party Wagon sharing our free printable patriotic party collection available in our shop, Katarina’s Paperie, now. Fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays. There’s something about styling a celebration using red, white and blue that makes me feel so happy. I love sharing this joy of summer with all of our friends and family. For this year’s patriotic collection, we combined classic stripes and polka dots to create a colorful and fun design that would be perfect for any barbecue, picnic or other patriotic themed party.

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PATRIOTIC PICNIC

There is nothing like celebrating patriotic, summer holidays!  From remembering and saluting our fallen soldiers on Memorial Day to celebrating Independence Day on the fourth of July, we proudly wave our red, white, and blue here in America.  This fabulous picnic by Kylie, of Made by a Princess, is no exception- and is full of ideas that would suit many summer picnic parties for any occasion.  Just adjust the ideas to fit your color scheme, and have yourself a picnic any time during the lovely days of summer!

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QUICK CRACKER CANDY FOR A CROWD- Recipe

When I was little, one of my sister’s friends made this candy for us, and it has been a part of the family recipe book ever since!  I don’t know the origin of the recipe… we call it “Karen’s Candy” – named after our friend that brought it to us.  It is so, so easy and so, so yummy!  My children and I just made it, and we added red white and blue sprinkles to make it festive for the Fourth of July.  With or without sprinkles, it is always a hit!  I always leave some without sprinkles for the adults~

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PATRIOTIC LUAU

Add a little extra pizzazz to your Fourth of July festivities with these fun ideas from Laura at Eye Candy Event Details!  Laura hosted a budget-friendly Luau Party that is perfect for any type of patriotic party- celebrate with military families, Memorial Day, Independence Day, or a patriotic birthday!  Grab your grass skirt and enjoy!

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TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME- Baseball Party

This red, white, and blue party is an All-American winner!  Sara, of The Homespun Hostess/Party Papers, put together a fun-filled birthday party for her son and knocked it out of the park!  With baseball being Sara’s son’s favorite sport, it was an easy choice to invite his baseball team to the park for a game- and Sara set up the party in the pavilion.  I love how detailed and stylish this party is while also keeping a laid-back vibe…perfect for a birthday boy and his baseball team!

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Simple Strawberry Cheesecake Bites

I really love the creative juices that always flow from Tikkido!  This EASY recipe turns strawberries into an extra-special treat and can be adapted to suit many celebrations!  I think these would be great for a 4th of July party this weekend- or ANY TIME you want a yummy treat!  Strawberry Party, Strawberry Shortcake Party, Summer/Spring Party or JUST BECAUSE!  Nikki, from Tikkido, shared this recipe at the Link Party, and I am thrilled to share them with you!  ENJOY!

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RED WHITE AND BLUE CHEVRON

School will be out soon, and it is time to start thinking about summer celebrations!  This patriotic party shared with us by Michele, of Sweet Threads Clothing, shows how fashionable and trendy red, white, and blue can be!  It is the perfect party to get you in the mood for summer, Independence Day, and celebrating with family and friends!  Read on for a chance to get a FREE banner (as seen on the front of this table)!

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ADD A SPARK TO INDEPENDENCE DAY

Adding a spark to your party for Independence Day can be fun, easy, and CUTE!

An ALL-AMERICAN COKE looks even more patriotic with bottle wrappers from Lauren McKinsey Designs~

I love all of the new items Lauren McKinsey Designs has added for this collection!

I used her cute banner to make straw decorations.  Just use a hole puncher to make a hole in the top and bottom of the paper and slide straw through holes.  This works equally well with paper straws from Hey Yo Yo or plastic striped straws found at the grocery store!

Of course, the ice cream cone wrappers liven up the cones in the simplest of ways~

Just print, cut, wrap, and secure with tape!  REALLY CUTE- REALLY EASY!

See the entire FOURTH OF JULY collection- you will find an endless supply of fun and inspiration…

My glass bottles are re-purposed Starbuck’s Frappuccino bottles- easy to find!

Independence Day banners can be made in different sizes when downloaded from Lauren McKinsey Designs…

She also has her adorable Hershey Kisses stickers available!

I think these would also be cute to let children use to decorate their own ice cream cone wrapper for a fun, quick activity while the ice cream is churning.

And I love the candy jar cut-outs- they also double as cup cake or pie toppers!

Print on sticker paper and make to-go boxes or treat boxes~

The collection has such a wide variety! 

The way printables work:  you simply purchase the file you would like to have sent to your email;  you print out your party pack and use in any way to decorate your party!  You will have gorgeous designs to use and as many as you like!

The Fourth of July Party Package is available at

https://laurenmckinsey.com/2011/06/think-cute-designs-products-celebrate-independence/

ENJOY YOUR CELEBRATION!!