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06-25-2007, 07:59 AM #1
Creative 4th of July Fun
Creative 4th of July Fun
By Chris Dunmire
Independence Day isn?t just a movie starring Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, and Will Smith. It?s an American holiday occurring every year on July 4 commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 (that was when the original 13 colonies separated themselves from Great Britain, thereby declaring their independence!).
Most of the festivities surrounding the Fourth of July include summer picnics, parades, and glorious nighttime fireworks displays. It?s certainly one of the noisiest holidays, often marked by celebratory gun fire, non-stop firecracker popping, and occasional earth-shattering booms.
For some of us, this holiday needn?t be all about pretty pyrotechnics and war-mimicking thunder. It?s a great time to reflect on our freedoms and enjoy summertime barbeques, family, and togetherness. It also presents many opportunities to express ourselves through bold colors, celebratory projects, and party favor fun!
Whether you?re looking to engage your inner artist or crafter, party planner, or gourmet caterer, these creative ideas will make your next Fourth of July celebration more memorable and creative.
Colors and Symbols
Fourth of July is a patriotic holiday, so the colors and symbols from the American Flag rule. Stars, stripes, red, white, and blue should be the main themes running through your party decorations, picnic dishes, and crafty novelty gifts. Other colors may complement the basic three (greens, yellows, pinks), just be sure they are vibrant and bold!
Other popular symbols include the American Flag, Uncle Sam, Statue of Liberty, fireworks and colorful explosions, marching bands, parades, and batons. For more symbol and color ideas, keep your eyes open to advertising displays and slick ads leading up to the special day.
Arts, Crafts, Party Decorations
Kids will love contributing to your party decorations and having celebratory projects to do on their own. You can easily turn any ordinary craft project into a Fourth of July Celebration craft simply by incorporating the American Flag colors and symbols into a project.
Some craft (and gift) ideas for little hands can be made with construction paper, finger paints, wood cutouts, glue, crayons, sheets of foam (or foamie pieces), felt, polymer clay, or any other creative material. Fun projects ideas include: American Flags, patriotic pinwheels, colored beaded jewelry and decorations, hair ties and barrettes, Uncle Sam posters, tissue paper flowers, and coloring pages (see further down for a list of free project printables and craft resources).
Remember, think red, white and blue for your balloons, party streamers, napkins, cups, plates, and plasticware, and soon your party decor will be festive and complementary towards the day.
Festive Food Fun
Thanks to edible food dyes and ?canvas? foods such as whipped cream, cottage cheese, plain yogurt, vanilla cake, ice cream, and icings, you can easily add a few drops of red or blue to a dish (or an assortment of colored sprinkles) to make a patriotic dessert! Don?t forget that colored gelatins (like Jello ?), red ketchup (or catsup) and other zany condiments and foods pre-colored by manufacturers (blue corn chips, red Doritos ? chip, etc.) are also welcome additions to a patriotic feast!
Remember, with a few simple embellishments and by sticking with patriotic theme colors and symbols in your party decorations, craft projects, and picnic foods on July 4, there?s no wrong way to go about it. Above all, don?t forget to relax and enjoy your party, and at the end of the day look up at the sky and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display! ?I'm a Freak!
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