Food and Festivities for a Fun Fourth of July at Home

June 24, 2020
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With Fourth of July around the corner, it’s time to start planning for a super fun day! While this year’s celebration may look a little different than others, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate at home. From food to festivities, here are eight ways to make this summer holiday even more special.



Backyard Barbecue

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As America’s most popular holiday for grilling, the perfect way to celebrate Independence Day this year is with a backyard barbecue, of course! Homeowners in the Villages of Irvine can take full advantage of gourmet kitchens, open floor plans and inviting backyards to create a holiday to remember. Whether you’re enjoying traditional favorites like hamburgers or hot dogs, or grilling up steaks, the additions below make an excellent treat to complete your meal. 


Festive Fruit Skewers

Festive Fruit Skewers

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No barbecue is complete without some fruit! Trade in your usual fruit bowl for festive skewers instead. Once the watermelon is sliced, children can help use a star-shaped cookie cutter to create star-shaped watermelon. Next, simply slide the blueberries onto your skewers and you’ve got a nutritious snack and table topper, all in one. 


Red, White and Blue Shortcake 

Red, White and Blue Shortcake

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Save some of your blueberries from your “star spangled skewers” and use them for dessert: red, white and blue shortcake! All you’ll need is shortcake, strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream for a dessert that’s as easy to make as it is to eat. Local tip: grab sweet, ripe strawberries from Irvine’s Tanaka Farms with curbside pick-up available from 9:30am to 4pm!

Patriotic S’Mores 

Patriotic S'Mores

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A new spin on an old favorite, these patriotic s’mores will sweeten up for your Fourth of July. Not only are they fun to look at, they’re fun to make, too! First, cover the bottom of a square glass pan with squares of chocolate or chocolate chips. Next, comes the fun part: dip five marshmallows in water and roll them in blue sanding sugar, next repeat this process to make six red marshmallows, as well. Cut the colorful marshmallows and 8 white marshmallows in half, line them in the pan to make the flag and pop them in the oven at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Serve as a delicious dessert dip with graham crackers! 



Popsicle Stick Star Banner 

Popsicle Stick Star Banner

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Home-made decorations will make your backyard barbecue even more unique. Star-shaped banners are a simple craft that allows the whole family to become hands on in the decorating process. Have children color or paint wooden popsicle sticks red, white and blue. Arrange sticks into a star shape and glue the overlapping ends. Complete your banner by typing the stars together using twine or ribbon and string it along your picnic table, fence or wall. 


Activity Sheets 

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Make Fourth of July crafting a family affair with themed activity sheets. From word scrambles and word searches to coloring pages, there are plenty of activity sheets to download on Etsy that will keep the family entertained for hours in between snacking, playing games and soaking up the sunshine. You can even hang your masterpieces on the wall as festive decor!


Spark-Free Sparklers 

Craft Sparklers

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It’s not July 4th without some sparklers! Perfect for photo opportunities, these faux sparklers can add the spark you’re looking for. To make them, you’ll need construction paper, skewers or paper straws, glitter (optional) and glue. Cut your construction paper in half lengthwise, and then cut slits along the edges to create fringe. For extra shine, you can sprinkle glitter onto the edges of lightly glued fringe. Once this is done, roll the paper up tightly, add glue to the end and then insert the glued end into your straw or on your skewer. Separate the fringe and voila, you’ve got safe sparklers that are as perfect for your little ones as they are for your photobooth.


Dyed Rice Candleholders

Dyed Rice Candleholders

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When the sun starts to set, add a special glow to your night with DIY candle holders. All you’ll need is a glass or clear plastic  jar, cup or bowl, white rice, red and blue food coloring and tealight candles (real or plastic). Split rice into two different glass or metal bowls and add a few drops of red and blue food coloring into each bowl, then stir with a spoon to evenly distribute. Once you’ve reached the desired color, spread them on a baking sheet to dry for about 15-30 minutes. While the rice dries, you can add stars or sparkles to your jars. After they’ve finished drying, pour the red, white and blue rice into the jars and add tea lights. 


If you’re hoping to spend next year’s Fourth of July in your brand-new family home, we’re here to help. Contact us today to explore our wide range of neighborhoods, each within close proximity to parks, open space and more.



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