Plan a Fun July Fourth Kids Party Within Budget
This Independence Day, how about throwing a kid-friendly Fourth of July party, right before the sun goes down and the fireworks begin. We've got some good old-fashioned ideas for fun and food that delicious yet inexpensive.
Set up the lawn chairs and the sprinkler and invite the neighbors over for an afternoon of games. Toddlers will enjoy making these rain/noise-makers out of paper towel rolls, while kids ages 4 and up will find it very easy to make these patriotic pinwheels. Let everyone join in a Fourth of July chalk drawing contest.
Ready for something sweet? Cupcakes are making a comeback. Why? Everybody loves them. For adults, they bring back memories of a more innocent time, and for children, they create new happy memories. And what could be finer than patriotic cupcakes? Martha Stewart offers some showy ones. Taste of Home's concoction of red velvet cake, ice-cream and frozen whipped cream topping is hard to pass up. And for a cupcake that is beautiful inside and out, try realmomkitchen.com's recipeusing a boxed cake mix for ease.
When night falls, if you're using sparklers, don't forget to browse these tips first for a quick refresher on safety from the National Council on Fireworks Safety. Happy Independence Day!