I’ll be the first to admit that the moment I enter a party store, I kind of lose my mind. SO MUCH STIMULI! Nearly irresistible stimuli, too. In a matter of minutes, my cart might be filled to the brim with seemingly “necessary” decorations, my original game plan (and budget) tossed right out the window. But there’s a way around this and it starts with a “D”.
The 4th of July is just days away, but we still have time to get our patriotic craft on. I scoured the internets for some Curbly-worthy projects and narrowed it down to these five.
PatriBot 3000 is what I’m calling this quirky Fourth of July centerpiece. With a belly full of cookies and a head full of forks, he’ll be the star of the festivities (after the fireworks, of course)! Ready to make a DIY robot of your own? Great. Let’s get this freedom party started!
Mr. PatriBot would be a great craft to work on with the kids because, c’mon, what kid doesn’t love a robot? They (and you!) Continue Reading
Lollipops: A word that brings smiles to the faces of young and old everywhere. Which is why these patriotic paper lollies are the perfect centerpiece for a 4th of July table…and they’re super simple to make too. Here’s your list of materials:
- 12″ x 12″ sheets of patriotic paper
- a scissors & ruler, cutting mat & craft knife or a flat bed paper cutter, etc.
- glue dots or double-stick tape & hot glue and gun
- embellishments to make center medallions
- BBQ skewers
- glass cylanders (vases)
- red, white, and blue candies
The Fourth of July is right around the corner. I can almost smell the sulfur in the air! Although The Fourth wouldn’t be The Fourth without fireworks, it also wouldn’t be The Fourth without some festive libations. Awhile back I posted a few red, white and blue boozy recipes, including non-alcoholic options for each. I thought it was time to add to our patriotic, bar tending arsenal. A search of the internet came up with some doozies. Continue Reading
Darren Rowse of DPS fame tells us the ins and outs of taking spectacular fireworks display pics. Here’s the rundown:
- Tripod–use it!
- Remote release–get one!
- Framing your shot–do it!
- Focal length–wider is generally better!
- Aperture–think small range!
- Shutter speed–bulb mode is best if you got it!
- Manual mode–take charge!
- Experiment–and keep track of the outcome!
To make Darren’s suggestions actually make sense, visit this page on DPS.
Any Happy 4th to all my fellow Yanks! Continue Reading
Let’s face it, the Fourth of July is less about independence than fireworks, food and adult refreshments. For the sake of my digits, I’ll leave the pyrotechnics to the professionals, and as I’m a vegetarian, you’d be better served getting barbecue advice from a meat eater, but as a kid who played ‘Bar’ with her older brothers and sisters, I feel somewhat qualified to pass on a few drink recipes.
Combine and serve in a rocks glass over ice:
- 1 part UV Blue Raspberry-flavored vodka
- 2 parts sour mix
- 1 part tonic water
(For a non-alcoholic version, substitute raspberry-flavored fruit juice for vodka.) Continue Reading