Saturday, June 30, 2012

Bring on the Fireworks... Or Not

There are a ton of options in Chicagoland for viewing fireworks over Independence Day celebrations. To view them all, check out the list hubster put together here.

But there are also several suburbs cancelling or postponing their shows as a result of the dry weather & heat, and fears of fires {and rightly so}! So be sure to check your locations closer to the date to make sure it's still on.

We're still finalizing all of our plans, but it's a little weird this year. With July 4th landing on a Wednesday, it means my mom & stepdad's typical trip up here over the holiday will now occur just after the holiday, over the following weekend. Bummer. We're planning on fireworks, more house stuff, and probably BBQ'ing with friends. Good times, for sure, and we're trying to soak it up as we wrap up these final house projects before our guests arrive!

I was considering giving some treats a whirl, like these found on Pinterest...

...but then I realized I'm exhausted just looking at all of those. They're amazing - and maybe next year.

If you're planning a party or get-together, remember you don't have to do it perfectly. I highly recommend you check out my friend Mary's e-book Plan a Fabulous Party {without losing your mind}! I also recommend that you check out her more specific 4th of July tips over at (in)courage. Mary is amazing and a truly delightful, godly, witty, giving-up-on-perfect blogging friend!! She's a bit of an entertainment junkie like me, has terrific taste, and writes in the way I wish I could! Love her, seriously go check out her tips!!!

And to wrap things up, what would a true 4th of July post be like for me if I didn't post more personal pictures... I mean, really. It's like a requirement for me. So here are some pics from last year as we waited for the fireworks:

It won't quite be the same this year, but we will definitely do our best to make the most of it anyway! Hope you're able to find some good ways to enjoy your time!

And remember, plan a nice party, not a perfect one!!


Rachel Jones said...

Ooh fun party ideas - not that I will be up to making them either, but they sure are pretty to look at!!!
Happy 4th and hope you get to see some good firework shows!

Mary @ Giving Up On Perfect said...

Rochelle! You are so sweet!! Thank you for all your kind words (and links!).

And, I have to tell you that I'm totally going to do that flag fruit plate in the Pinterest picture you shared because it looks WAY easier than the fruit kebabs I did last year! So - thank you for THAT, as well!