Hi! This week I am sharing some ideas for celebrating the 4th of July. My plan is to use pieces I already have, things that are free or items that are available at the grocery store (as much as possible).
Setting up a beverage bar outside can encourage guests to stop and chit-chat, and having a special drink available gives them something to talk about. Watermelon Margaritas are the perfect warm weather refreshment. Fresh and delicious on a hot day. The recipe is towards the end of this post.
An old drawer that's been converted into a shelf holds the Margarita glasses.
The map of the US in the background is actually a piece of wrapping paper that I sewed on some fabric from Value Village (99 cents)!
This Land of the Free art is a free printable courtesy of I Heart Naptime. The paper straws are from an Etsy shop called Showers Bring Flowers. I noticed a big range in the price of paper straws when I was shopping around.
The vino wine glasses are from World Market from about five years ago. They might still carry them!
I already had the big beverage dispenser. I think it was from Targe' last year.
The Margarita glasses are regular canning jars dipped in lime juice and rimmed in sugar. That's what you pour the Watermelon Margaritas into.
Watermelon Margarita Recipe
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons sugar, 1 lime wedge, 3 1/2 cups cubed seeded watermelon (or seedless), 1/2 cup tequila. 2 tablespoons sugar, 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice, 1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur), lime wedges to garnish
1. Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer. Run the rims of 6 glasses with a lime wedge (or freshly squeezed lime juice). Spin each glass in sugar and set aside.
2. Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth. Fill each glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice. Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass. Garnish with lime wedges. Makes 6 servings.
Source: Sue Spitler, Cooking Light Magazine July 2010
The Margaritas are really good and they're only 105 calories a serving.
A bowl of fresh limes lets people garnish as they please.