As July Fourth approaches we like to come up with some new ideas of how to celebrate the freedom we have here in America in style. Since the day is all about freedom we would like to give you some quick, cute and easy ideas so as not to work too hard on a celebratory day!
Traditionally we celebrate with Red, White, and Blue the colors of our Flag and the colors that symbolize our Freedom. Start with spreading out a Gingham Cloth Checkered Tablecloth that’s either red and white or blue and white. For a nice contrast, put blue color tableware and cloth napkins on your red and white tablecloth or red plates, red silverware and red cloth napkins on your blue gingham tablecloth.
Decorate your table with DIY Candle Holders. Layer a glass jar with red, white, and blue rice (divide rice in three and then color some rice red and some blue with food coloring) and then insert a candle in the middle. For less of a hassle, layer your jar with kidney beans, (red) baby lima beans or navy beans (white) and black beans (for the blue) and insert a candle.
There are many patriotic desserts out there but what about dinner? Try a layered taco salad layered with tomato, cheese and black beans. You can also try layering a pasta dish with pasta and tomatoes or pasta sauce as the stripes.
Have any other dinner ideas? We’d love to hear from you on how you make your Fourth of July a really special one.
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Father’s Day originated in 1909 when a woman named Sonora Dodd came up with the idea. Mrs. Dodd’s father, William Jackson Smart, had raised her and her five siblings after their mother died in childbirth. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon at a church near her family’s home in eastern Washington State, Mrs. Dodd thought about the sacrifices her father had made for his children and the fine job he had done in raising them.
Because her father had been born in June, she decided to encourage the churches in her area to honor fathers in June. Through her efforts, the first Father’s Day was celebrated in Spokane, Washington, in June 1910.
Although Congress passed several resolutions over the years in support of Father’s Day, it did not become an official U.S. holiday until 1972, when then-President Nixon issued a proclamation declaring the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day in the United States.
There are all kinds of cute ideas to honor Dad on Father’s Day. There is a cute trophy that can be made from Styrofoam cups. A decoration with lots of little rocks spelling out “DAD ROCKS” by Crafts by Amanda is really cute too. Any card homemade or bought lets us tell Dad that we think of them and they mean a lot to us.
There is nothing like serving Dad a special lunch or dinner by spreading out a nice table cloth, setting up the table in his honor, and serving dad something he really loves.
DAD can reciprocate by being the best DAD. What children love is time and undivided attention. Special time spent bike riding or hiking together can be remembered for years to come. Think of something you both enjoy and make it a great day together.
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