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Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Getting Ready for the 4th of July

Here we are ~ it’s less than a week until July 4th and almost halfway through summer (tell me it isn’t true!). Do you think of 4th of July as the halfway point of summer? I always have since it’s sandwiched between Memorial Day ~ the end of school and beginning of summer ~ and Labor Day ~ the end of summer and beginning of school.

How are you getting ready for the 4th of July?

Over the weekend Sweet Shark and I got down our 4th of July decorations from 2015. That was the first time that I really decorated the house for this important holiday. We were having our first really official 4th of July party and I wanted the house to be festive, colorful, and patriotic.

How I prepared for last year’s party is  here, and you can see the actual completed party decorations and food and 4 recipes here.  Our meal was delicious and I hope you’ll use one or all of our recipes if you are having a party this year. You have plenty of time to shop and prep.

Even though we’re not having a party this year, I still wanted to decorate the house using last year’s decorations. I had wrapped everything carefully in plastic bags and plastic storage bins.  Not even a smidgen of dust!

The big pinwheel went by the front door

and my 5~year~old granddaughter did a great job of putting out our flags in the front flower beds.

American flags

American flags

I moved the banner that was in the entry way last year to the fireplace mantel in the living room.

4th of July Banner

I tied all the pinwheels to the chandelier in the breakfast room.

4th of July decorations

I placed the 2 arrangements that were table centerpieces last year on the coffee table and a side table in the living room.

Getting Ready for the 4th of July

4th of July decorations

Yesterday I stopped by the new Susie Cakes with my daughter and granddaughters for a little sweet snack and fell in love with these beautiful July 4th cakes. Wouldn’t these be fun cakes to serve for a party?

Susie Cakes

Susie Cakes

Now we can enjoy our red, white, and blue decorations for the rest of the week. I hope you enjoy this week leading up to fireworks and cookouts.

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  1. You are more than ready Carol and everything looks great! Did you use a combination of buttercream and fondant on the cake? Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Celebrate Your Story and have a fun and peaceful holiday.

    1. Those aren’t my cakes! There are from Susie Cakes, where I stopped in with my granddaughters to get cupcakes for a treat. I thought I put a link in my post. Check them out at

  2. This is all so festive! You did a great job and those cakes do look very tempting.

    Happy Thoughts of Home and have a wonderful weekend.