Are you getting married in the next year? Your summer is CRAZY...and you need to slow down long enough to introduce your new fiancé to your family...STOP...I have an idea. Chances are that are you having some sort of celebration next weekend for the Fourth of July. Why not make it a dual party and celebrate your engagement at the same time. You already have the decorations...all you need is an invitation and a few more items to make it look more like an engagement party. Not only does it work well into your busy schedule but it's a cost saving idea for a party. I even came up with a list for you to help you get ready:
1. Invitation: In keeping with the red and blue theme of the Fourth of July, this cute invitation is perfect to celebrate your engagement. If you don't have time to mail invitations, then you can turn this cute invitation into a pdf and send via email or upload it to Paperless Post and send it that way. Check out the title - Come Watch Sparks Fly and Celebrate the Engagement of...you will understand later. Be sure to use an email address of phone number for RSVP's because you won't have time to receive them in the mail.
2. Menu: That's easy...what else would you have on the Fourth of July...hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill. If you want to arrange food ahead of time so noone has to cook, call your local bbq place and get take out from there.
3. Side Dishes: It's summertime, so this time of year you have to have a tray of fresh vegetables. I always include celery, carrots and either red or green bell peppers. Don't forget to add some ranch dip for the center. Potato salad is also a great side dish. I like mustard in mine but everyone has their own recipe. And of course, you have to chips.
4. Dessert: Staying with the blue and red colors, watermelon and blueberries make the perfect cool dish for summer. Blue and red cupcakes are holiday treat as well and are fun for the kids. With the heat though, be sure to wait until the last minute to put them out.
5. Drinks: I love lemonade this time of summer. It's so refreshing and just a little different. I always have soft drinks on hand though and these cute diet coke bottles are perfect for the party. Water bottles are a must this time of year as well. You have to stay hydrated. Of course, for those who want adult beverages, I suggest a metal buck with ice for your beer. It keeps it cold and it fits with your decorations.
6. Decorations: This is the easy part. I would keep with the blue and red theme. I happen to have a red metal shelf that I use outside as a bar top or for food. When I created the invitation, I created a customized logo for them that I also used on the envelope liner. Carry this throughout, incorporating stripes and stars to represent the flag. A banner with their names on it stringing from the bar is a perfect decoration. Mason jars are cheap and perfect for holding the lemonade. The only problem is that they all look the same. Cute labels with everyone's name on it are the perfect answer. All they need to do is pick their glass. And of course, red and white paper straws with cute flags make the perfect detail. And finally, use the logo, stripes and stars to make cute water bottle labels celebrating the bride and groom.
7. Favors: What would a Fourth of July celebration be without fireworks. Remember I told you in the beginning of this blog to pay attention to the heading of the invitation - Come Watch Sparks Fly and Celebrate the Engagement of, well check out these cute favors. Using the same cute cards that I created for the name tags but replacing them with our favorite saying and adding the bride and grooms name, they make the perfect gift tags for sparkler favors. If you cut an even straight line above and below the writing, you can slide the sparklers in to secure them.
Finally, when everything is finished, grab a burger, a cold one and sit back and watch the fireworks.
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