Casual & Patriotic Cookout

After my return from frolicking around Reynolds Plantation, I hosted my family for a fun, kid-friendly cookout to continue our patriotic celebrations.  My older sister and I agree that the fourth of July is one of our favorite holidays.  Personally I don't miss the gifts, imaginary figures and costumes.  Independence Day is something that every American can celebrate and all it calls for is a great cookout and some fireworks.  And for those of you who are true fireworks fanatics, Atlanta's very own Lenox Mall hosts the largest fireworks display in the Southeast, a tradition from the 1960's! So go ahead and start planning a trip down South to "Hotlanta" for July 4, 2011.

As you can see from my photos, I finally got my flag displayed after struggling with the rope for an hour last week.  Where are the boy scouts when you need them?  I found some kid-friendly tumblers at Target along with the beach cruiser napkins.  After dinner we let the kids light sparklers and throw Pop-Its, which was tons of fun!  My sisters and I were always forbidden with playing with any type of fireworks growing up, so this year, at the young age of 33, I threw my first fistful of Pop-Its and I must admit, it was liberating.

Our menu consisted of BBQ Chicken, grilled Corn with Chili Powder and Lime, Potatoes Au gratin, a garden fresh Caprese Salad, Cherries, Cupcakes & of course Apple Pie.  We also had some iced cold beer and  patriotic Vodka Martinis made with Rose's Blue Raspberry Cocktail Infusions and a splash of Grenadine.


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend with family and friends.  I know I did.  Tomorrow I plan on visiting my local Publix stores to snatch up the remaining Pop-its.  They may come in handy during the Christmas season when someone takes my parking spot at the mall.

Your Southern Peach

2 comments:

  1. Your gorgeous photos sum up why the 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays! Did it break your heart to cut into that beautiful apple pie??!! Love it!

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  2. Thanks Jeanie! The apple pie was delicious so I didn't feel bad at all. Gotta have it with some vanilla ice cream on the side too.

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