DIY Independence Day Party: How To

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Happy Independence Day everyone! Well, almost. With July 4th quickly approaching, we’re all getting ready for some good food and awesome fireworks. So if you’re planning a last minute party for friends or family, we’ve got some simple and budget-friendly party ideas just for you!

 

While decorations may not be the most important item on your list of party planning to-dos, many can be made from things you already have around the house, making them practically free! Architectureartdesigns has forty awesome decoration ideas for your home, whether you’re planning a party or just want to show off your American pride!

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As we all know, some holiday party foods can be quite expensive. Fortunately, Independence Day is one of those holidays where BBQ or the classic hamburgers and hotdogs makes the perfect party meal. Get the grill master of the house to cook up some great food, and set up a quick table with all of the fixin’s. For some easy side dishes, check out epicurious.com. Below we have a simple recipe for some awesome Gazpacho Salsa from Jill Silverman Hough, a great compliment to any 4th of July party.

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Featuring recipe databases, message boards, and a variety of culinary-themed articles, Epicurious is the perfect website for food enthusiasts. Owned by Condé Nast Publications, Epicurious’ recipes are chosen from professional chefs, home cooks, and back issues of the Condé Nast magazines. For more information, visit: epicurious.com.

 

Gazpacho Salsa

Yield: 5 cups

Ingredients: 

6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar or red wine vinegar
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
1 1/2 tablespoons coarse kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 medium tomatoes, cored, seeded, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
3 Tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley

Directions: 

Whisk oil, vinegar, garlic, paprika, coarse salt, and pepper in large bowl. Add all remaining ingredients and toss to coat. DO AHEAD: Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Toss to blend before serving.

 

Are you looking for the perfect summertime drink that also makes the perfect Independence Day party beverage? Rollingout.com has compiled the five top cocktails for the 4th of July! Featuring beautiful reds, whites, and blues, any of these top five drinks is sure to be a hit with all of your guests.

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Obviously you’ll need some entertainment for the kids, especially if you have several younger children running about. When the sparklers run out, surfnetkids has some simple 4th of July party games that are perfect for all ages from the youngest children to adults.

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Send your guests home in style with one of our seeded star favors! Get the set of red, white, and blue (pictured below) as the perfect Independence Day party compliment. Our seeded favors are eco-friendly, and they actually sprout and grow! Get yours here.

 

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Mother’s Day: How To

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It’s that time of year again. The time when we remember all of the crazy things we put our mothers through and try to spend one day making it up to them.

Below you will find several ways to make your moms feel special this Mother’s Day, from breakfast in bed to the gift they’ll keep as a reminder of how much you care.

Breakfast in bed is one of the most practiced Mother’s Day traditions. It’s easy to do, and it gives Mom a break from making breakfast! Babycenter.com has 8 simple breakfast in bed ideas for Mom on her special day.

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Kami Bigler lives with her family in Utah and runs the blog NoBiggie and blogs for the Baby Center blog. For more information about Kami or Baby Center, visit: babycenter.com.

 

Okay, so you’ve made Mom a great breakfast. What’s next? The card obviously! But what should you write in it? For those of you, like me, who spend hours searching for the perfect rhyme or quote that will tell your mom exactly how wonderful she is, check out greetingcardmessages.com They have 21 great sayings for Mother’s Day cards.

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Greeting Card Messages is a website dedicated to helping people write greeting cards for any occasion. From Baby Showers and Christenings to Bridal Showers and Engagement parties, Greeting Card Messages has the perfect saying for you. For more information, visit: greetingcardmessages.com.

 

 

Now that you’ve made Mom breakfast and given her the perfect card, what are you going to do for her special day? MothersDayCentral has several great ideas for planning a day with Mom she’s sure to love.

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The last thing on our list for Mom is a fantastic gift. At Nature Favors, we have fun gifts for Mom, especially for those that love gardening! The best thing about our seeded heart gifts is that Mom can watch them bloom for days after, a reminder of the special day the two of you spent together!