4th of July Treats!

4th of july ideasAdd extra sparkle to your 4th of July by giving out some goodies to enjoy while watching the fireworks!



Every year we get together with family friends to celebrate the 4th of July. It’s such a great,
all-American day, with picnics, barbecues, rodeos, and of course, fireworks!  To make the evening even more special and keep the younger crowd busy while waiting for the fireworks to start, we like to send everyone off with a bag of goodies. Here are some ideas for making and filling your own bags 4th of July treats:

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Start with plain craft paper bags and decorate them with patriotic ribbons, stickers, markers or free 4th of July printables. (We found these at My Sister’s Suitcase.)

Add any combination of the following 4th of July party treats:

  • 4th of July favorsGlow in the dark necklaces (these are also great for keeping track of the people you came with once it gets dark!)
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Peanuts
  • Water or pop (Click here for some cute printable water bottle labels like the ones in the picture made by Tea Party Designs)
  • Candy (we chose big lollipops so they would last a while)
  • Bubble gum (you can often find red, white, and blue gumballs which look pretty if you put them into small cellophane bags tied with ribbon)
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  • Pinwheels
  • Bubbles

If you want to get more elaborate, you might consider making up tee shirts or ball caps to commemorate the day.

4th of July Party If you want even more great 4th of July party ideas and inspiration for 4th of July treats, take a look at the 4th of July party page on Creative Party Themes.



Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Cinco de Mayo recipes

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo by gathering your amigos for some great Mexican food and drinks. Here are a few easy and delicious Cinco de Mayo recipes for appetizers and margaritas with a twist!




Cheryl’s Awesome Guacamole

Of all the guacamole recipes I’ve tried, this one is definitely one of the best.

Combine:

  • 4 large avocados
  • 2-1 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 bunch of chopped cilantro
  • ½ -1 finely chopped serrano or jalepeno pepper (depending on how hot you like it)
  • 2 diced roma tomatoes
  • the juice of 1½ limes
  • sea salt and pepper to taste
  • cotija cheese (to garnish)

Smash avocado with a fork, mix in other ingrediants, squeeze fresh lime juice liberally, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle cheese on top to serve.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Ingredients :

  • ½ of a small onion
  • ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt

Instructions:
Finely chop one half of a small onion. Mince ¼ cup of cilantro leaves or parsley. In a mixing bowl, combine the onion, cilantro or parsley, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 pound of diced ripe tomatoes, 1 tablespoon of lime juice, and ¼ teaspoon of salt. Makes 2 ½cups.

Jose Cuervo Pomegranate Margaritas

(from the Jose Cuervo website)

  • 1.5 oz Jose Cuervo Especial Gold Tequila
  • 3 oz Jose Cuervo Lime Margarita Mix
  • 2 oz Pomegranate Juice
  • 1 Lime Wedge
  • 1 tbsp. Coarse Salt or Sugar (optional)

Directions:
Combine tequila, margarita mix, and pomegranate juice in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a chilled Margarita glass. Rim glass with salt or sugar if desired. Garnish with lime wedge. **Tip: Use red sugar on the rim of your glass for an extra festive Margarita.

fiesta theme partyFor more great Cinco de Mayo party ideas, be sure to visit the fiesta page on our website, Creative Party Themes.

Just add friends and you’re ready to fiesta!

Easter Table Decorations

Easter table decorations

Looking for some fun new ways to decorate your Easter table this year? We searched all around and gathered some of the cutest ideas for Easter table decorations out there to share with you. Have a joyous holiday!

Easter flower centerpiece

You can adapt this easy and colorful jellybean centerpiece by using whatever flowers or vases that you have on hand. Tulips, peonies, daffodils, or lilies can all be great choices. (Anchor flowers into a piece of damp green florist foam before surrounding them with candy.)

Easter bunny table centerpieceCourtesy of Good Housekeeping

Add long ears and smiling faces to plain white bags for an instantly adorable bunny centerpiece. The best thing about these bunnies is that after brunch they can serve double duty by holding all the treasures your kiddos collect on their Easter egg hunts!

butterfly wine markers make a great Easter table decorationCourtesy of Southern Living

These sweet silk butterflies can be purchased pre-made at your local craft store. Add one to each glass at your Easter table for a pretty burst of color.

How to Make a Folded Easter Bunny Napkin

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This whimsical folded bunny napkin can make each place setting at your table look special. Here are the steps to make it, or click here to go to youtube.com for an easy tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens.




St. Patrick’s Day Party Drinks

St. Patricks Day party drinks

This year St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday… just in time for the weekend. Now that’s what I’d call lucky! Here are some St. Patrick’s Day party drinks to help you celebrate from the morning to the wee hours. Sure and begorrah!

Irish Coffee Drinks

Traditional Irish Coffee:

  • Coffee
  • Bushmills Irish Whiskey
  • Baileys Irish Cream
  • Whipped cream on top (sprinkle with green sugar for some special flare!)

Variations you might try:

  • Swap the coffee for hot chocolate — yummy!
  • Make a frozen version of Irish coffee using mint coffee Irish Cream and adding some coffee ice cream
  • Make an Irish martini by swapping the Bushmills for vodka and drizzling in some caramel

Irish Beer Drinks

Black and TanSt. Patrick's Day party drinks

  • First fill your glass halfway with Harp Ale
  • Then slowly add Guinness Draught Stout by pouring it over the back of a spoon so it rolls down the inside of your glass and doesn’t mix with the ale

Black Velvet — Mix one half Guinness with one half champagne — so fancy!

Guinness Float — Add vanilla ice cream to a glass of Guinness for a drink and dessert all in one.

Fighting Irish — Add one shot of Bushmills to a glass of Harp Ale


 For more great St. Patrick’s Day party ideas be sure to check out our website, Creative Party Themes!