• Jennifer Barlow

DIY 4th of July!

While Independence Day celebrations may look a little different this year, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the ~razzle dazzle~. Here’s some of my favorite DIY tips to make your own great 4th of July bash.

First things first, you have to create that classic backyard party atmosphere. So break out the construction paper and make your own pennant banners! You can even put your kids in charge of decorating (keeping them occupied and out of your hair is a bonus). They can make their own designs on each of the pennants, so everyone can lend a hand.

Want to take it to the next level? Check out the Cricut. This is my absolute favorite crafting tool, and it’s come in handy for more than just backyard decoration. You can even add your own designs from your computer and it will cut everything out for you.

While the little ones are playing Picasso, treat yourself to a little adult libation with this Keurig Home Bar. Pop in one of the numerous drink pod options and let your new robot bartender do the rest. It even has a carbon dioxide tank to make those oh-so-delicious bubbly drinks. And who doesn’t love a good margarita at a summer party?

You can’t have a backyard BBQ without...well, the BBQ. But since you’re probably only cooking for a small group this year, maybe you don’t want to go all out on a top chef level grill set up. I just discovered this tiny wonder and let me tell you, it’s a game changer. Looks like a cooler right? Well it’s actually a super portable charcoal grill! And it comes with a cutting board and food storage space. Like I said, game changer.

Speaking of games, how about some friendly competition? Check out two of our most popular backyard games: cornhole and ladder golf.

Get the whole family in on the fun and create some makeshift trophies for the winners (anyone remember the Geller Cup from Friends?) Maybe it will become a whole new 4th of July tradition!

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