fourth festive

Independence Day is such a great holiday! I love the nationwide sense of pride, the traditions (bring on the fireworks!), and also the fact that you can basically do anything to celebrate and as long as you sport red, white and blue, you’re set! For me, the fourth was always special because my family would spend it at our lake house, visiting with relatives and family friends and doing a bunch of small-town America traditions: loud parades, town-wide picnics and cookouts, spending the day on the lake with a drink, and at night a big firework show viewed from the high school baseball field.

This summer I was lucky enough to already be at my lake house alongside a few of my cousins! And though I was sad my parents and sister couldn’t be here, the day was still pretty special. Here are the details of my Fourth of July:

what I wore:

One of the best parts of this holiday is dressing the part! Raise your hand if you wore Old Navy shirts every year when you were little. Here’s what I wore for the festivities. I’m by no means a fashion expert, but for me this more “grown up” outfit captured the holiday without going too overboard.

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 top (on sale!) // shorts // bag (similar here) // NARS “dragon girl” lip pencil // essie “really red”

what I ate:

Everyone can probably guess that my favorite part of any holiday is the festive food! I knew I would be too busy to set up a whole elaborate barbeque, so I decided to make four easy treats that I could enjoy over the course of the day.

IceCubesFirst up, red white and blue ice cubes! A cute and healthy way to stay festive while hydrating.

Jello ShotNext was a red-white-and blue Jell-O shot! Really yummy, but next time it needs even more booze! (You can see some of the cabin decorations I put up earlier in the week!)

popsicleCooling down with a healthy popsicle! It’s just blueberry and strawberry puree + yogurt. Also how perfect are the star molds for the occasion?!

IndependenceCakeDessert was a vanilla cake with a little red white and blue décor. All from scratch!

what I did:

I had a fun + relaxing day! I skipped the parade because the crowds were a little too much for me this year. But I got to play with my little cousins all day, played in a neighbor’s bocce ball tournament (lost, duh) while catching up with some old friends, sat on the deck drinking, and saw the firework show (changed into jeans to avoid bug bites + brought coffee because it was wayyy past my bedtime).

Hope you all had an equally wonderful day! God bless America!