My mom was right and 4th of July to-dos

by Kim on July 3, 2013

The older I get, the more I can relate to things my parents used to do or say.

Like, anytime anyone came over to our house, my mom would always go on a cleaning frenzy (which we kids always got roped into joining), while I’d be all, “Grandma is NOT going to notice that the second floor bathroom is clean—she probably won’t even step foot on the second floor!”

Today, of course, I do the exact same thing. And I finally get it: it doesn’t matter who’s coming over or what floors they may or may not access—we just needed to clean anyway.

I also used to make fun of my mom for going way overboard on party planning. There were always so many little touches I didn’t think anyone would notice, and it all just seemed like a lot of work for very little payoff.

But I’m starting to understand that, too. Who cares about utility, and who cares what the guests think—it’s just so dang fun.

So I’ve been putzing around the internet, thinking about this little holiday we have coming up, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few of the highly-unnecessary yet so-dang-fun party accessories I’ve seen.

Fourth of July

Fruit Pops


Watercolor straw flag DIY

(The link includes the flag printable.)


Berry cream pies in jars


What would we do without strawberries and blueberries on the 4th? Seriously, if those two fruits didn’t exist, no one would have any clue what to eat on this day. Just take any old food, berry it up, and bam—FESTIVE!

Handprint flag shirt

(This wasn’t actually DIY-ed on the blog—it just looks like it could be.)


These are the times when I look at my son and say, “Why are you so young? Be older!”

Rice krispie treat sparklers


Live Writer (the program I use to blog) doesn’t think “krispie” is a word. That needs to change.

Red, white, and blueberry trifle

With angel food cake! I always forget about that stuff.


Rocket dogs


The name alone sold me.

Cookie cutter fruit salad


Toss in some white chocolate chips and it will blow your guests’ MINDS.

Are you making anything fun for the 4th?

It’ll be quiet on the blog tomorrow (we’re heading out of town for a long weekend), but stop back Friday for another post about ChiRunning—this time, from the makers of ChiRunning themselves! Not something you want to miss.

Happy 4th!


{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Presley @ Run Pretty July 3, 2013 at 11:36 am

I’m making Jell-O shots. I’m not trying to be funny… I really am. There is still a huge chunk of college left in this ol’ mom brain.
Presley @ Run Pretty recently posted…This Girl is on FireMy Profile


Kim July 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Nothing in the world wrong with Jell-o shots! I hope you never let go of the college chunk. :)


Mindy @ Road Runner Girl July 3, 2013 at 9:55 am

LOVE all these cute 4th of July ideas! I want to make a flag shirt…with a mickey head instead of the handprint! But that’s just because I’m a disney freak! ;-)
Mindy @ Road Runner Girl recently posted…A Glorious Long Run!My Profile


Kim July 3, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Good idea! My son’s obsessed with Mickey and would probably vote for the head over the hand too. :)


Katie @ running4cupcakes July 3, 2013 at 8:20 am

I totally agree with you – the older I get, the more I understand all the “crazy” stuff my Mom used to do! And I agree that krispie is totally a word! Have a good long weekend. I have to work so we are just sticking close to home and hanging out.


Kim July 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thank you for agreeing with me on krispie. :) Hope you have a wonderful weekend too Katie!


Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: