Sunday, June 8, 2014

A Glorious Fourth




When the wind comes sweeping down the plains in Oklahoma around the Fourth of July, it's likely to carry the smoke and echoes of fireworks.  At our home, we get a permit and shoot off fireworks every year! 




As the years have gone by, our celebration has gotten bigger. Neighbors and friends have joined in with us. We wanted to do a kid's themed fireworks party this year to capture the fun and excitement of this important celebration on their level.  Two of our favorite kiddos, Claire and Jack came to get in on the fun.


                                          


         We loved the idea of them having a watermelon 
sparkler fireworks stand. If they keep themselves busy with that, then the big boys can take care of the fireworks. These amazing photos were taken by our own Gypsy Canon. Rhonda is such a great help to us!




We were very excited  to find a local resource for cookies and cakes to put in our stand.  All Things Cake provided scrumptious watermelon sugar cookies that tasted every bit as good as they looked. The kiddos couldn't wait to dig in!



The beautiful custom Cake Pop Stand came from ClayaGoGo.  The colors matched our party theme perfectly.  It is so special to have a piece of pottery created just for me!!  



The red and white fondant lollipops came from Edible Details. She does amazing fondant work. You will be seeing more of her things in our parties in the future. She does beautiful work! The blue candy is Martha Washington Balls. Those are usually reserved for Christmas, but we thought why not make some with some blue chocolate and roll them in sprinkles. It was a very nice addition...and hey...how can something named Washington be wrong for the 4th of July?





We got our printables from our friends at Anders Ruff.  We used these for tags on the gift bags, water bottle labels, flags for the watermelon stars and covers for the matchbooks. They have great ideas for the 4th of July and this year is no different! We always love their new ideas!







The custom kid's outfits came from GreatStitch.  The ruffled twirl skirt, personalized shirts, bows, vest and "Uncle Sam pants" helped the kids get into the party spirit. We had a great time with our lovely neighbors getting ready for the 4th of July!




John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail about the Fourth of July and the signing of the Declaration of Independence in which he said, "I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.  It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one of this continent to the other." 

 Here at GreatStitch, we're doing out part to celebrate our dear country! So don't let the 4th pass without having some watermelon or brownies or whatever your favorite family thing to do is. Let's pass on our traditions and tell the stories. It matters.


The Good Stuff

Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photography: Gypsy Canon
Party Outfits: GreatStitch
Party Printables: AndersRuff
Watermelon Cookies: All Things Cake
Red and White Lollipops: Edible Details
Cake Pop Stand: Clay A GoGo
Fireworks: SkyLine Fireworks