4th of July DIY

by Mindy Lockard on July 3, 2014

My favorite part about 4th of July is the traditions we have made as a family. The early morning pancake breakfast, decorating bikes for our small town parade, swimming in the lake followed by dinner and fireworks with friends. When it comes to bringing people together we have a few tricks up our sleeve to help your children get involved in the preparation and your guests to feel at home. The more prep, the less the stress…

DIY Drinks allow your guests to get involved right away and let’s be honest… nothing puts a guest at ease like a little something in their hand.


Sweets To-Go! This fun make ahead treat will ensure that as a host you aren’t busy in the kitchen while the fireworks are bursting overhead! These little desserts can be assembled the morning of, refrigerated and ready for your guest to just grab and go! Or easy to pack-up and take to your favorite firework location!


  • small canning jars
  • favorite shortcake
  • organic berries
  • whipped cream
  • ribbon
  • cupcake wrapper
  • labels


Tightly layer the shortcake, berries and whipped cream in the jars. Next, seal the jar with the canning lid and center the cupcake wrapper over the top. Screw on the canning ring over the top and tie with a ribbon. We also love to add a chalkboard sticker to let our guests know what they are enjoying!

Table Setting & Conversation Starter wrapped into one! My girls love making these and I love having them ready when guests arrive. Simple and festive.


  • bandana
  • utensils
  • ribbon
  • gold star
  • pen
  • Google fun US history facts for Q&A

For step-by-step visit The Gracious Girl’s The Design Network channel!

Or watch our recent KING 5 New Day segment!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mariette's Back to Basics 07.04.14 at 2:40 am

Dearest Mindy,
Lovely tips for those that take to places for meeting with friends.
Wishing you and yours a Happy 4th of July!

Mindy Lockard 07.15.14 at 9:23 pm

Always a pleasure Marietta! We had a wonderful fourth and I hope it was the same for you.

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