The Makings Of – The Perfect Fourth of July

My memories of the fourth of July are always filled with heat, barbecues, family and fireworks. But since I've left for college, the holiday has almost become just another day. Without a good fireworks show, lots of family, and good food, we've let our celebrations become a bit lazy. This year, though, we are going to make the most of it. Brunch with family, gourmet hot dog bars with friends, and maybe, if Aubryn doesn't object, a few fireworks.

Here are a few of my picks to help make the celebrations easier and the day more enjoyable.

INSPIRATION: Say Yes To Hoboken.

ONE: Giant Sparklers. By far my favorite fireworks.
TWO: Sparkly Hair Accessories. It's like fireworks in your hair. Except safe.
THREE: Polka Dot Chambray Top. Yes, I know that it's sold out (everywhere, apparently!) but until someone can show me a better one, I'm sticking with this one.
FOUR: Grill Combs. How great are these comb alternative to skewers? They make eating those kabobs SO much easier.
FIVE: Serving Tray. Ikea has mastered the art of making things simple + beautiful.
SIX: Portable Grill. This one is perfectly festive without going overboard. Plus, you can easily take it with you wherever you choose to celebrate.
SEVEN: Navy Shorts. Keep your outfit simple with staple pieces that you can wear all summer, rather than just the fourth day of July. Just like with every holiday, you can be festive without decking yourself out in holiday-specific apparel.
EIGHT: Dots + Stripes Napkins. Dots are close enough to stars, right? Just squint and you'll see it.
NINE: Red Sandals. Add a pop of festive color to your outfit and you're good to go.

What does your fourth look like? Any grand plans? Any good meals planned? Confession: food is always one of my favorite parts of any holiday. It's fine.

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