Can you believe July starts next week?! Though we are coming up on one of the hottest months in Texas, I am so ready for it to be here! I remember loving July as a kid because the neighborhood pool, beaches, and rivers were less crowded. I remember the cheaper Sonic slushes, no happy hour needed. And I remember our air conditioner always breaking that month. So that last one wasn’t so great, but a little or a lot of sweat never killed anyone, right?
Now that I’m older, I thank my lucky stars for a plethora of pools to crash in Denton, for adult slushes, and an air conditioner that has yet to break after 3 years of living in the Pearl House.
Speaking of the Pearl House and July, we have a tradition of throwing a huge 4th of July day party. Lots of friends, awesome homemade food, vodka watermelons, fireworks, the whole shebang. Because the 4th falls on a Thursday and we all have to work on a Friday, and the fact that my roomies are packing their lives up, we won’t be throwing one this year. It makes me sad. July will be bittersweet. At least I have memories on top of memories of Pearl House 4ths of July, birthdays, wine & craft nights, pets, tacky sweaters, and so much more.
Just because our house is not the designated party spot this year does not mean I’m not going to have myself a good time. Here are my some of my top ideas for this years 4th of July.
- Vanilla Bean Angel Food Cake. I found this recipe on the Free People Blog. Isn’t it so pretty? I purchased 12 Mexican vanilla beans on Amazon for the purpose of infusing sugar, but I think I found something else to try out! I’ve never made an angel food cake from scratch! Here’s to hoping I’m not too hungover to try this!
- Patriotic Cocktails. From good ol’ Lonestar & PBR to Alcoholic Arnold Palmers and a vodka melon (always a good idea), America’s birthday wouldn’t be a party without something ice cold to sip on. I like to stray away from all the Pinteresty patriotic drinks. Blue gatorade mixed with lemonade, mixed with red koolaid? Ugh that sounds disgusting. I like using fresh fruit and homemade simple syrups for my cocktails. Think red and blue berries. I want to try this sans the basil. Pomegranate, the lesser know patriotic fruit?
- Flower Crowns. Yeah this is one trend that has yet to die in my heart. As made popular by Lana del Rey, I try to sport one for any occasion. I have a go-to sunflower crown but would like to make an obnoxious one with red roses for next week. DIY project!
Do you have any special plans/traditions for the 4th of July? I wanna hear them!
Happy Friday! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!