I carefully planned and gathered my materials in the days leading up to the fourth.
And then because of circumstances beyond anyones control, our plans changed. We would still be picnicing at a park-- just not one with a beach (no biggie) and we would be under much more of a time crunch (hmmm...) Well-- I already had all of my "supplies" packed up and ready to go so... I did it anyway.
Things went off pretty well (although at a more stressful pace than I would've liked) and without a hitch. Well almost....
|at least the skinned knee was at the end of our day just as we were packing up|
Fourth of July-- crazy momma style!
We just had your (easy to transport) picnic basics-- hot dogs, turkey burgers, chips, lettuce salad, pasta salad ...
Recognize some of my great finds from my last bargain hunting adventure?
And remember these?
My original plan was to hang them from the trees so they could blow in the breeze, but there the trees weren't in the right spot (again-- what's wrong with mother nature not having trees where I want them) so I strung them up like a banner instead.
How cute are these pinwheel cupcake toppers? I used this tutorial except I used thumb tacks instead of straight pins because that's what I had on hand. Use what ya' got! Took about 20 minutes-- so cute! (and don't worry-- I glued the thumbtacks in so that no children could stab themselves on sharp objects)
TIP: Another little trick (seen above). I just cover my "lacy" cake stand with different coordinating ribbon for each party- like I did here.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out in the end.