One of the high points of summer is the Fourth of July, celebrated with barbeques, picnics and fireworks. After a day of eating, swimming, flying kites and playing every game known to man, fireworks put a relaxing finish to a busy day by lighting up the sky with cascades of sparkles. “Ooh!” and “aah!” accompany every display, with young and old equally enthralled by the show. Fireworks are always enchanting whether at the beach, a professional fireworks spectacular or in your own yard.
Make your garage “party central” for the Fourth of July
Outdoor entertaining can take many forms, depending on where you live:
- Pool party if you have a pool
- Backyard patio gathering, including a BBQ, fire pit and seating
- Front yard picnicking if you don’t have a backyard
- Garage party extending out onto the driveway and yard
If the thought of opening up your garage causes embarrassment because the neighbors can see all the chaos and clutter, you probably wouldn’t think of using your garage for entertaining. Imagine, though, how nice it would be to have usable space in the garage to set up tables and chairs so you could have a Fourth of July party where you could keep an eye on the kids playing out front and still enjoy the proximity of food and drink throughout the day. Then when it gets dark, adults can settle into their chairs and kids can stretch out on beach towels in the grass and watch the fireworks without having to “relocate” the party.
Tailored Living® can design custom garage storage cabinets to fit around any appliances like a refrigerator, water heater or washer and dryer to capture valuable vertical storage space. This frees up the garage floor for other uses like a home gym, media center, man cave or open space for setting up tables and chairs for summertime casual dining.
- A cleared-out, organized garage means you can park the cars and still have sufficient garage storage.
- When you need the space for entertaining or summertime games, just back out the cars and you have room for whatever you want to do.
- Create additional play space to get the kids out of the house, making more breathing room for everyone with game tables or a media center in the garage.
Fun food for the Fourth
A big part of any holiday gathering is the food. Have you ever seen the transformation from lovely hostess to crazed maniac when the food, drink or ice runs out? There will be:
- Recriminations -- YOU didn’t buy enough
- Panic --Where are the car keys!
- Groveling --So, so sorry; we’ll go get more
One way to never worry about the food when entertaining is to have a fully-stocked pantry and kitchen. A custom pantry design from Tailored Living helps you organize all your stores so you know what you have on hand and what you need. An organized pantry for the way you live and entertain will eliminate stress every time company comes over. You can define areas for kids’ snacks, lunchtime foods, water bottles, favorite sodas and juices, canned goods, dry staples like pasta, flour and sugar, “company” treats such as specialty chocolates and gourmet nuts, and custom wine racks to keep your best vintages on hand for any occasion. You can even store all the paper products and serving dishes you’ll need for every holiday event.
Here is a fast and fun food for kids and adults (popsugar.com) that is the perfect accompaniment to salads, baked beans and chips. This recipe makes 16 Firecracker hot dogs, so adjust according to your crowd:
One can refrigerated bread stick dough
16 hot dogs and wooden skewers
Thick slices of Colby cheese and a star cookie cutter
Preheat oven to 3500. Skewer each hot dog with 1-1/2” of the stick out the top. Wrap bread dough around each hot dog, place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake hot dogs for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cut cheese stars and place them at the top when cool enough to handle. Serve with mustard, ketchup, relish, onions, ranch dressing … whatever pleases your palate.
Safe handling of fireworks to protect your family
Not every city allows consumer fireworks, but if you are allowed to shoot them off, it usually turns into a neighborhood event with everyone setting off fireworks in their driveways or in the street as soon as it gets dark. You keep an eye on them, they keep an eye on you and, hopefully, no one gets hurt as you celebrate Independence Day. Here are some safety rules for handling fireworks, courtesy of the International Association of Fire Fighters, to ensure that a trip to the emergency room is not part of your Fourth of July celebration.
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Have a happy, safe and sane Fourth of July!
“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” — Erma Bombeck, author