I wanted to make this a short and sweet post for you since I know there will be dozens of blogs filled with photos from 4th of July celebrations this weekend.
I was going to say …
Here are the photos from our 4th of July.
And then just show you the pictures.
But then I thought …
You might have questions.
So there are things I need to share with you as you look through the post. Starting with…
What’s in the bucket?
But before I answer that, you have to understand the menu for the lunch.
(Because the bucket doesn’t make any sense without the menu.)
And you might have a question about why we had that menu…
Last year we had hamburgers for the 4th (much easier to prepare.) But this year we had a watermelon and an abundance of fresh corn that we needed to use, so I wanted something that would go with them. Barbequed ribs seemed a better choice than burgers. (Sorry for the fast fuzzy food photos…everyone was ready to eat.)
And you might have a question about that potato salad…
Our daughter made it with a recipe from here. (If you make it, cut the dressing part in half. It made waaay too much.)
Okay now that you understand the menu, I can go back to talking about the bucket.
Extra napkin, silverware, sparkler, flag, Wet Ones (for extra messy hands after barbequed ribs), and melted butter (for corn). I forgot to include the corn cob holders in the photograph below… darn it! They were in the bucket as well.
See, doesn’t it make more sense now that you understand the menu?
And the menu also explains why these sauces were on the table…
Okay, now here’s the entire table.
And I don’t think I have to explain any more…
because an ice cream bar is pretty self explanatory.
You can find the recipe from my post here….(just in case you were going to ask about that.)
No…you are not allowed to ask a question about the big jar.
(But I will tell you the red stand came from here, although I am only seeing it in ivory right now.)
Cherries, crushed oreos, M&M’s, and nut topping…
(If you were wondering what were all the toppings in the mason jars.)
Our daughter made the cupcakes with my mother-in-law using a recipe from Back in the Day Bakery.
The cupcake liners and toppers?
You can find them here.
(but mine came from the Williams-Sonoma outlet.)
And that was our 4th of July meal. The weather yesterday was absolutely gorgeous…temps in the eighties with low low humidity. If you live in the South, you probably know what a rare treat that was for July. We had the doors open to the porch the entire day.
In the evening we drove around to see fireworks then returned home to play with a few in our own yard. It was a fun 4th. An extra special treat was when Rhoda from Southern Hospitality included our home in her 4th of July post. Wasn’t that sweet of her?! So if you are visiting here from her lovely site, welcome!
I hope all of you have a great weekend and continue to celebrate our wonderful country. I plan to eat a few leftovers, do a little bit of painting, and answer a whole bunch of emails.
Enjoy your weekend!