flags, food, fireworks . . .


and fun! Bring on the barbeques, pinics, and sit down soirees. A little red, white and blue can go a long way this holiday. Loving the below window-scape of blue bottles, red poppies and flag, crafty letters spelling out one’s pride, my fav red summertime beverage – watermelon lemonade with a few added patriotic accents, and a berry pie. Pick up a country theme replacing the table setting stripes for bandana squares and using the bandana food flags, which could also be made out of actual bandana fabric cut into small triangles. It’s time to celebrate…happy 4th everyone!


1. poppies in blue vases, Better Homes & Gardens, 2. USA letters, Better Homes & Gardens, 3. drink parasoles how-to, marthastewart.com, 4. flag cake stand, marthastewart.com,  5. celebratory setting, marthastewart.com, 6. food flags how-to, marthastewart.com, 7. pie photo by Susan Sugarman, artistrepinc.com

Watermelon Lemonade, recipe adapted from marthastewart.com


  • 2 lemons, quartered
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/2 medium seedless watermelon (about 9 pounds), rind removed, flesh cut into chunks
  • 1 cup vodka (optional)

Squeeze lemons into a large pitcher; add squeezed lemon quarters. Add sugar; mash with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved. In a blender, puree watermelon in batches until smooth; pour through a fine-mesh sieve into pitcher (you should have about 8 cups of juice). Stir to combine. (Refrigerate, covered, up to 3 days.) Add vodka, if using; serve over ice.

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