This was a great party! We had about 20 guests. The party was partially catered by a local BBQ restaurant which allowed for everyone to enjoy the day and no one person spent the day cooking and prepping over a hot grill. I also had guest that asked if they could help (this happens all the time and people like to chip in if they can). I don’t normally request help but depending on the party and occasion, I do let people bring dishes. Since this was a 4th of July celebration I let people choose their favorite “All American” side, dessert to bring. Depending on your guest list and volunteers you may want to ask what they are bringing so that you don’t have too much of one side or platter. You know your guest best and what will work for your party. Having people help you will definitely take the stress off of you to prepare all the food yourself. If you are a foodie and enjoy the food prep than there is nothing wrong with thanking your guest for the offer and letting them know you have it all taken care of. Suggest just bringing a bottle of wine or soda… If they will not take “no” for an answer.
Later in the evening we all walked to the bridge to watch fireworks and we even had a few of our own (yes, they are legal here 😉 ) If you would like to see more of the set-up and decorations please check out my Embellish Life YouTube Channel and watch the video!
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Supplies for the decor where purchased at:
Hobby Lobby: http://www.hobbylobby.com/
Save on Crafts: http://www.save-on-crafts.com/
Pier 1: http://www.pier1.com/
Here is the recipe for the Watermelon Mojito:
It’s summer, try one, and I guarantee you’ll still be drinking them after Independence Day is over.
1 1/2 cups watermelon (cubes about 6 cubes)
5 mint leaves
1/2 oz lime juice
1.5-2 oz rum
1/2-3/4 oz simple syrup (I swap out the simple syrup and club soda for diet ginger ale)
Cut the watermelon into cubes and measure out 1 1/2 cups (to save time buy the pre-cut watermelon that you can find at most grocery stores in the produce section). Combine the watermelon, lime juice, mint leaves, and simple syrup (I leave this out) in a cocktail shaker. Thoroughly muddle the mixture until the watermelon is mostly liquid. (Here is where I change it up… I use a hand blender and if I am making a big batch for a party I put it into the blender. Once it is all smooth I put it through a strainer to collect most of the pulp. Now continue on) Add the rum and some ice cubes. Shake. Next, fill a glass most of the way up with crushed ice. Strain the watermelon mixture into the glass. Top with club soda (this is where I use the diet ginger ale)
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