Happy Independence Day! Today is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our nation's birthday in true 4th July style. It's a day to appreciate political freedom, and a day to proud of everything that America has to offer. It's appreciated with lots of parties, food and general good times, with endless ways to celebrate this iconic day.
Some traditional American activities include hot dog and watermelon eating competitions (watching them or taking part - take your pick!), but you'll probably find yourself leaning towards watching the magnificent firework displays, or getting involved in a good old game of baseball.
If you're in need of some 4th July celebration inspiration today, then we've got you covered with some themed ideas:
Patriotic Cocktails If you would much prefer a go at playing host and watching the lit up sky from your own garden, then patriotic cocktail making is a must! Gather your friends and family together, nibble on some traditional American snacks, and introduce your guests to some red, blue and white tipples. A popular one is the traditional 'Stars and Stripes' drink, which is created by combining Domaine de Canton liqueur, Aperol and Grapefruit Beer (or use Ginger Beer if you can't find this!). Add in a shot of Blue Curaco to give it that bold blue finish. Muddle together with ice to water it down, or have it straight up for an extra kick.
Independence Day BBQAlthough there will be so many American Smokehouses' serving up the best sizzling foods, why not attempt to bring some smokin' southern influences to your own garden? Arm yourself with a meat shrine to impress all your guests - from chicken wings, smoked briskets and extra large hot dog sausages. On the fruit side, gather together an abundance of patriotic colored fruits, such as blueberries and strawberries, served in white bowls. The beauty of running your own American themed BBQ is that you can decorate your garden with pretty flags, ensuring color scheme straws are popped into all the drinks, with a playlist of our American music heroes blasting from the speakers. Perfect!
Themed PicnicFor a quieter, more civilized celebration, why not head off to the local park with your partner (or children) and tuck into an old-fashioned picnic? Some outdoor dining favorites can include filling a basket - or food bags if you don't have one - with fried chicken, potato salads, lemonade, mini burgers and a home-baked apple pie. Lay out your brightest and boldest American flag blanket, and find a spot which ideally has some lovely local views. There's nothing quite so satisfying as spending the 4th July with good company, good food, and appreciating your hometown.
Bake OffRoll out the red, white and blue patriotic and festive desserts. There's no time like Independence Day to indulge in delicious sweet treats, and its the perfect celebration to get a little more creative with your baking. Whether you decide to indulge in a 4th July BBQ, picnic or party, a themed cake will really be the icing on the cake (no pun intended!). From flag sponge cakes and cupcakes to strawberry pies and American triffles, the dessert table will be the one everyone is excitedly heading to!
Now that you have a few celebratory ideas, get ready to rock that patriotic vibe with some beauty tips and products to see you through the day. Channel your inner Miss America with some festive beauty treasures, keeping that Americana spirit alive from noon til' night...