Yummy 4th of July Recipes for Kids

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Yummy 4th of July Recipes for Kids

Break out the adorable red, white and blue outfits, sparklers, stars and stripes…because the 4th of July is right around the corner this week!  I love, love celebrating this holiday with my family, and have complied a round-up of fun 4th of July recipes for kids, sure to please even the littlest of eaters (and critics!) at your family BBQ.  Plus, you’ll have fun making these with your tiny chefs!

4th of July Breakfast Toast
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  4th of July Breakfast Toast

How cute is this??  A great, pretty healthy way to start off your holiday…and sure to impress your kiddos.

Firecracker Popcorn
Idea and image found on http://thenerdswife.com

Firecracker Popcorn

A yummy, easy, festive snack – yes, please!

4th of July Fruit Kabobs
Idea and image found on http://thefrugalgirls.com

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There are SO many creative ways you can make fruit kabobs, but I thought this one was pretty cool. I especially love the addition of the star marshmallows – yum!

Watermelon Pops
Idea and image found on http://catchmyparty.com 

Watermelon Pops

This is seriously the easiest recipe I found.  And you know what?  My kids will probably eat these with more enthusiasm, simply because they look like a popsicles.

4th of July Strawberries
Idea and image found on http://www.cutefoodforkids.com

4th of July Strawberries

Deliciousness. Period. My kids will probably eat 20 of these at a time!

American Flag Veggie Tray
Idea and image found on http://www.livinglocurto.com

American-Flag-Vegetable-Tray

I thought this was a really adorable way to serve your veggies.  And you can pick and choose your vegetables, depending on your family’s preferences (and flag color coordination, of course!).

Fruity Stars and Stripes Flag
Idea and image found on http://www.bettycrocker.com

Fruity Stars and Stripes Flag

My kids will pretty much eat anything with graham crackers.  And this is such a cute way to get them involved and help make 4th of July edible “flags.” Love it!

Wild Berry Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches
Idea and image found on http://www.partytipz.com

Wild Berry Frozen Yogurt Sandwiches

This is a (semi) healthier dessert option to serve your kids and party guests – and it looks delicious!  Frozen berry yogurt with red/white/blue sprinkles, sandwiched between graham crackers. YUM!

Red White and Blue Rice Krispie Treats
Idea and image found on http://mylitter.com

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Again, I have found SO many Rice Krispy treat recipes, and I thought this one looked super fun for the 4th of July. And such a cute (and easy!) treat to make with your kiddos!

MnM Sparklers
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Pretzel Sparklers

Not only a delicious dessert to serve, but how fabulous would these look, doubling as centerpieces?  So fun for a family 4th BBQ!

What are your favorite kid-friendly 4th of July recipes?  Please share below!
And happy 4th of July!  Enjoy a wonderful day with your families.

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Family Fun Fruit Flag

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In honor of the 4th tomorrow, I found this darling recipe for a patriotic fruit flag on Disney’s Family Fun website and had to share!

I am a big fan of healthy food options for group gatherings so that you can balance out the other goodies and junk!  That’s why I thought this was such a great idea.

Especially with the frilly toothpicks for easy serving for the kids.

If you haven’t already checked out the Family Fun site – you just HAVE to! Sooooo many cute ideas, recipes, crafts and more for the kiddos.

Have a wonderful SAFE 4th of July everyone!  Taking the 4th and 5th off of posting, be back on Friday!

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4th of July Theme Birthday Party Ideas

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My little one turned two on July 2nd so what better way to celebrate than with a 4th of July themed birthday party!  I happen to LOVE the 4th of July and red, white and blue so I was in patriotic heaven planning this soiree!

We hosted a breakfast birthday party for the first time, which was really fun, cheap and easy.  And, as a bonus, there was no waiting around all day for the party to start! By the time the girls got up and at ’em, the guests started to arrive.

Our breakfast birthday party included pajamas, donuts and a bounce house from Orange County Jumpers which was the main attraction.

This was not an over-the-top party by any means, but I wanted to share some of the things we did because I love looking at party ideas for inspiration.

THE INVITATION

I did email invites through Paperless Post, which is an online invite service that “delivers” invitations to your email in an envelope that you actually click to open. It’s really very cute and different. We chose a 4th of July theme of course, and being that it was the start of the 4th of July weekend, I used this 2-year-old birthday invitation wording:

Let’s kick off the weekend of
red, white & blue and
celebrate Morgan turning two!

Roll out of bed, wear your jammies
and join us for a backyard breakfast
bounce house party!

Saturday, July 2nd
9:30am – 11:30am

THE ENTERTAINMENT

The main entertainment was the Castle 3-in-1 Bounce and Slide from Orange County Jumpers. I have found that for the little ones, there is NOTHING more fun than a bounce house!  And if you have the room, the Orange County Jumper bouncers with the attached slide are the BEST!  The kids LOVE having that slide feature!

I think this company is one of the best bounce house rental companies in Orange County. They are courteous, reasonable, prompt, professional, and get this, when they inflate the bouncer on delivery, they sanitize the entire interior. Mama like.

THE FOOD

The menu included:

* Sprinkled donut holes
* Bagels & cream cheese with sliced tomatoes & lemon pepper
* Hash brown and egg casserole
* Quiche Lorraine compliments of my mother-in-law
* Mini-muffins from Sensitive Sweets for Morgan’s food allergies (no milk or eggs for her!)
* Fruit salad (strawberries & blueberries) to match the theme

The donut holes had patriotic sprinkles that I pre-ordered from Oh, Those Donuts and displayed in $1 red, white and blue star containers from the Dollar Tree.  I ordered 72 and should have gotten more.  They went fast! The vanilla frosted ones went before the chocolate, so if I ordered again, I would do 3/4 white frosting & 1/4 chocolate and order a LOT more. You can ask if they can do sprinkles to match your color theme too.

I am picky about having my bagels toasted, so we put a toaster oven outside on the food table so people could toast their own to their liking and it worked really well! See picture below, far right.



The hash brown casserole was another thing that went fast, I should have made two because the kids also gobbled it up.

And it is quite handy to have a friend that owns a bakery for kids and people with food allergies and sensitivities, because I was able to order special mini-muffins from Sensitive Sweets in Fountain Valley that were egg-free, milk-free, gluten-free and soy-free and DELICIOUS!

I think Morgan had 6.

And you gotta love a patriotic fruit salad!

THE BEVERAGES

I did juice boxes for the kids and a coffee and champagne cocktail bar for the adults.  At the Dollar Tree I found to-go coffee cups with lids that worked great for the coffee, plus easy clean-up, and displayed the Coffee Mate creamer (my favorite) along with milk on ice in an acrylic bin.

For the champagne cocktails, I put the champagne and 7-Up on ice, and then bought orange juice and mango nectar from Trader Joe’s for the mixers.

When I entertain, I love labeling items so people know what is what, so I printed out patriotic labels on white business card templates from Staples which are the perfect size for labels (and place cards if you ever need them!) Go to dafont.com to download fun, free new fonts!

THE DECOR

I bought some red, white and blue stars from Party City and hung them from our patio pergola with fishing line.  I also adore paper lanterns, so I hung a handful of those as well.

For the tables, I continued my obsession with tissue paper flowers in pots and realized they can be made for more than just fiestas! I took red, white and blue tissue paper and made little bursts of our themed-color to place throughout. For my how to make a tissue paper flower centerpiece click HERE! SO CHEAP!

THE CAKE

Again, I was so lucky to have Melanie Hohman of Sensitive Sweets bless us with her talent and make us this AMAZING cake! It almost looked too pretty to eat! And being food allergy friendly, I love that I have a custom bakery to call upon when I have a special occasion for my little one!

THE FAVORS

I found $.99 red and blue hula hoops at the $.99 Store which worked out beautifully because the kids played with them at the party, and then got to take them home.

All in all, we had the best time celebrating our Sweet little firecracker, which by the way I found cute 4th of July pajamas at Old Navy that said “Daddy’s little sparkler.”  SO CUTE!  Thanks for reading about my ideas!

Hey mamas!

Have you thrown a themed birthday party you would like to share? Over-the-top or simple or somewhere in between? I love to share these theme ideas, so please email me at jennifer {at} tinyoranges.com if you have something you would like to share!

{Disclosure: Orange County Jumpers & Sensitive Sweets are Tiny Oranges Partners.}

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PosePrints Stationery

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I met PosePrints back at the SV Moms event in February and I was one of the lucky raffle winners that won a gift certificate!  Since I have my baby’s first birthday coming up in a few weeks {seriously, how did THAT happen?} I decided to use PosePrints to do a cute little invite for her!

Her birthday is July 2nd so I thought a 4th of July birthday theme was only appropriate!  And they had the CUTEST design! I was sooo excited!

Their site is so amazingly cute.  You create your OWN caricature to put on your stationery.  So, you customize the hair color, eyes, outfit, accessories, etc. etc.   Just go on their site and play around with it for fun!

So I did my little caricature, but then I had a question about fonts to see if there were more options. They emailed right back with more options.   Then, I asked if I could do the single barrette in red, and they totally could!  They were able to customize and had the most AMAZING customer service.

Here is my little invite…

And a recent picture of my ALMOST 1 year old!   The look in her eyes in this picture totally reminded me of the caricature!

I love fun finds & unique ideas!  I think you will love this company too…

www.poseprints.com

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