Party Like it’s 1776

It’s been a little while since I’ve last posted- graduation and moving, and trying to find a job has kept me busy over the last month or so. But now I am finally getting a little down time as I get to head back to my hometown for the Fourth of July.  This holiday is a big deal back where I come from: art festivals on the town square, dances in the middle of the street, parades, and a weeklong celebration of the World’s Oldest Rodeo.

This weekend is also a time to hang out and spend time grilling/barbecuing with friends and family, and celebrating the freedom that this country is founded on. In honor of all of these parties that are going on, here is what I would use as inspiration.


Of course the decor is going to be red, white, and blue. The stars and stripes make great accents, and I love the use of mason jars as the containers for utensils (or as vases or drink cups). As the lights go down, fire up the firepit and twinkle lights for some ambience.

Make sure there is plenty of shade during the day, and blankets at night, because it can be a pretty severe shift, especially in Arizona.








Go for the classics on this one: burgers and hot dogs, but step up the game to wow all the guests. This cheese-stuffed bacon-wrapped dog will do the trick, as well as these spicy black bean burgers with guacamole, and a nice juicy classic burger  with a buttery grilled bun all make great impressions. Grilled/roasted veggies, twice-baked potatoes, grilled corn on the cob with cilantro butter, and juicy patriotic fruit salad compliment them all perfectly.

Drinks should be kept icy cold for a hot day outside: toss them into a nice bin full of ice to keep them chilly, easy to grab, and more sophisticated than an ice chest. Throw in some sodas, lemonade, and (for those of legal drinking age) beer and cocktails.

To end the night, go for some star shaped cookies with sprinkles or fruit, tarts with berries, or a s’mores dip by the fire.


black bean burger



4th of july cookies



it’s the Fourth of July, so celebrate! Get some sparklers and fireworks and (if it’s legal) light them up! Or go to one of the millions of displays across the country.


Happy Independence Day, and God Bless America!

samantha rae creative


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