Suburban Soiree

4th of July

Movie Night: Yankee Doodle Dandy

4th of July, Movie NightAmy WileyComment

We’re throwing it allll the way back to 1942 for movie night in honor of the USA with Yankee Doodle Dandy.   It’s a delightful celebration of the red, white and blue... in black and white.  You'll find yourself singing along!


We love watching old movies as a family, especially musicals.  This one is full of dancing, beauty, laughs and many familiar songs.  


We kept the menu simple and American:  cheddar brats, potato salad, and chopped BBQ ranch salad.  This is an easy but delicious dinner dressed up to celebrate the 4th of July. 


Ice cream with patriotic flare made for the most festive dessert.


Gather your people for some dinner from the grill and a bit of American nostalgia.

I’m a Yankee Doodle Dandy
A Yankee Doodle, do or die
A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the Fourth of July

My Patriotic Porch

4th of JulyAmy WileyComment

Our wrap-around porch is our favorite "room" at our house in the warmer months.  It's where we eat, read, play and relax.  I love sprucing it up for the season and this year I went with a full patriotic theme.

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I picked up this rug for our front door and it adds such a fun touch.


Inexpensive flags add some flare to my flowerpots.


A dear friend made us this bench as a wedding gift.  Reversible flag pillows add a pop of summer color.


I added these pillows to our Cracker Barrel rocking chairs.


Our side porch is my personal favorite.  This is where I read (and sometimes nap) while my kids play outside.  A couple of the reversible pillows and a star pillow make it festive for the fourth.


I shared our outdoor table as part of my Three Patriotic Tablescapes for Summer.   We eat out here whenever possible.


Lastly, a few more flags bring cheer to my window boxes.


Thank you for stopping by my porch today!

Patriotic Parfaits

4th of JulyAmy WileyComment

My kids treat me like a rock star any time I make Jell-O so I couldn't resist coming up with a little red, white and blue treat.


This recipe is so simple, but requires a little patience.  It's best to make throughout the day so that it's ready by evening.  It makes a perfect little dessert for a summer night.

You need red jello, blue jello, and a packet of unflavored gelatin.


Mix up the blue jello according to the package's directions.  I find that mixing Jell-O in a quart-sized measuring cup makes it easy to measure and pour.  


Pour the jello into cups or jars, filling them about 1/3 of the way full.  I used mini mason jars and they worked well.  I did have a little extra blue jello.  Put these in the fridge for a couple of hours to set.  I use a cookie sheet to help me transfer all the jars in and out of the fridge.


For the white layer, put the packet of gelatin into a bowl with 1/3 cup of milk.  Then heat 2/3 cup of milk to a boil, remove from heat, and stir in 1/4 cup of sugar.  Add to the bowl with the gelatin and stir until combined.  Add a thin layer of the milk mixture to each parfait and return to the fridge for a couple more hours.


Mix up the red Jell-o and fill the jars up to just below the tops.


Return the parfaits to the fridge to cool until set.


Whip up some heavy whipping cream with a little powdered sugar to top off your parfaits.


Now for the most festive part... sprinkles!


These refreshing desserts are a great way to celebrate Indepenence Day with a sweet dose of red, white and blue.