Favorites for the 4th of July

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4th of July Guide

Bring on the 4th of July magic. Whether you are entertaining, attending a party, or simply relaxing, we are excited to share a list of some of our favorite 4th of July finds to honor this patriotic holiday.

4th of July Safety:

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To stay safe this 4th of July, and throughout the summer, we love SafetyTat, a company that helps families keep track of kids in crowded places this summer. SafetyTat has a new line of summer/beach themed safety temporary tattoos that read “If lost please call” with a place to include your phone number. Easy to apply SafetyTats are water/sweat proof and made with latex-free adhesive that is hypoallergenic and can last up to three days on a child’s arm or hand while splashing in the ocean or pool.

4th of July Fashions and Accessories:

Stella and Dot

For fashions, we love accessorizing with Stella and Dot with some of our favorites being the Coral Cay Necklace, Capri Cotton Wrap and Keep It In The Bag.

New York Necklace

From Atlanta to Alaska, Las Vegas to Louisiana, Kris Nations Jewelry is showing American pride across the nation with their City and State Pride necklaces! Whether you are a die-hard Texas sports fan or a 3rd generation Angeleno, there are plenty of reasons to be proud of your American home. Kris Nations’ Pride collection is made in the USA from recycled brass with sterling silver or 14k gold overlay and retail for $48. Rock your city pride solo or pair it with one of the popular State Pride pendants for a layered patriotic look.

Limited Edition Old Glory Fort Knocks Sunglasses

For sunnies, we love the Limited Edition Old Glory Fort Knocks Sunglasses from Knockaround. These patriotic sunglasses feature matte red frames, silver hardware, and polarized Moonshine lenses. Each pair comes with an American flag temporary tattoo, a custom Knockaround sticker, and a hand-numbered edition card. A standard soft blue case is also included with the set, to make sure your precious new shades are kept safe. They are available now at Knockaround.com for $30.00.

Coolibar

Coolibar outfits are a must-have for the whole family since every piece is UPF 50+, which blocks 98 percent of harmful UV rays. From shirts to dresses to swimwear to sun hats and more, we love the Coastline Cover Up Dress that makes for a perfect addition to someone’s closet thanks to the silky, smooth and wrinkle-free fabric. This versatile cover-up can be worn after the beach or even with heels and accessories to be dressed up at night.

Rustic Cuff

Another accessories favorite is the cute patriotic cuffs from Rustic Cuff. This includes the LIMITED EDITION RC "76" SILVER POOLSIDELIMITED EDITION RC "76" GOLD POOLSIDE and the fun FIRECRACKER TRIO.

Party Goods:

Susty Party

For party goods, we love Susty Party, makers of sustainable and stylish disposable tableware, wants to remind you to respect earth and party on! Some of our favorites are the Susty Party Red Party Pack, an adorably chic red and white checkered set will provide a picnic feel and outfit your party in a true-to-season look. Not planning an outdoor soiree just yet? Mix and match this set with the Blue Party Pack for the perfect Americana themed Fourth of July celebration! Another favorite is to set the tone for your first official pool party of the season with colorful, eco-friendly, disposable party tableware. Use pink paper straws for your lemonade and cocktails to add a pop of color, while dressing up the table with a fun and flirty bioplastic party tablecloth in yellow! All of these items are compostable and recyclable, so you can rest easy knowing you partied with a purpose.

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For the kids, we love the fun line from Cool Gear International, a global leader in housewares and hydration products, with their line of cups featuring new American flag designs. Ideal for outdoor entertaining. This includes the brand’s iconic reusable chillers, mason jars, and coolgearcans. Cool Gear International’s American Flag collection is all BPA-free and double insulated to keep beverages cold when the temperatures go up during long summer days.

Recipe Ideas:

FamilyFun

Celebrate the 4th of July this year with tasty red, white, and blue treats from FamilyFunmagazine! If sweet and salty is your snack of choice, try the festive pretzel sparklers. If you need to add some color to your beverage, use the USA ice cubes to add some flair! Check out some of their recent recipes for fun 4th of July snacks.

Sweet & salty sparklers
Layered with white chocolate and studded with sprinkles and M&M’s, our pretzel treats add flare to any party spread. Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper. Melt 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a medium, heat-safe bowl according to the package directions. Use a spoon to drizzle 1 pretzel rod at a time with chocolate (you’ll have enough chocolate to make a dozen), then lay the rod on the prepared sheet and scatter it with red and blue sprinkles and M&M’s. Chill the pretzels in the refrigerator until the chocolate sets, about 15 minutes.

Red, white, and cool cubes
Tricolored spritzers offer a refreshing way to celebrate the Fourth. Make several trays of ice cubes with beverages colored red, white, and blue (we used cranberry juice, water, and Powerade Mountain Berry Blast). To serve, place the cubes in separate buckets and let guests make their own drinks with plain seltzer.

Freeze Pop Sabers:
Feel the force of ice-cold refreshment—and keep hands unfrozen—with these felt cozies. For each, cut a 3- by 4-inch rectangle from gray felt. Fold it over a freeze pop and use fabric glue to seal the side and bottom edges. Clamp the fabric closed with binder clips or clothespins, if needed. Slip the felt off the pop. Glue on stripes and dots of black and colored felt. When your pop is frozen and the glue is dry, you’re ready to battle the heat!

Freedom at the Grill Package #69.99

Another way to entertain this 4th of July is by serving Omaha Steaks and their new line of signature burgers called the “Burger Blast." The new Omaha Steaks line includes fresh interpretations of classic burgers and innovative new burger offerings including brisket burgers, pork and bacon burgers, lamb burgers, veggie burgers and salmon burgers. More new burgers including turkey and bison are coming soon. The expansion of the Omaha Steaks burger line comes in response to customer requests for additional burger options. For the 4th of July, you can get the Freedom of the Grill package, which includes 2 (5 oz.) Filet Mignons, 2 (5 oz.) Top Sirloins, 8 (4 oz.) Gourmet Bratwurst, 4 (4 oz.) Boneless Pork Chops, 4 (4 oz.) Omaha Steaks Burgers and 4 (3 oz.) Gourmet Jumbo Franks that make cooking and shopping a breeze this 4th of July.

For drink recipes, we love the ideas from UV Vodka featuring the following recipes.

Blue Bombsicle

CHERRY BOMB
1 part UV Cherry
3 parts cola

Directions: Serve over ice in a highball glass.

INDEPENDENCE COLADA
1.5 oz UV Vodka
1 oz Pina Colada mix
1 oz pineapple juice
Juice from one orange wedge

Directions: Shake with ice and pour into glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge

BLUE BOMBSICLE
1 part UV Blue
3 parts lemonade*

Directions: Serve over ice in a highball glass.

Drinks:

Wine for 4th of July

As for drinks, we recommend bringing or sharing a bottle of Noble Vines and their portfolio of six wine varietals that make for delicious wine pairings. This includes favorites like the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 Chardonnay. The Cabernet Sauvignon offers a unique profile of flavors such as black cherry, ripe currant, herbs and roasted coffee that would be delicious with a pork loin, baked chicken or steak; while the Chardonnay features a blend of aromas such as delicious apple, apricot, pineapple and melon that pairs well with cheeses, fowl and baked yams.

Watermelon Drink

For non-alcoholic drinks, we love WTRMLN WTR, a 100% cold pressed watermelon juice that is packed with flavor. I recently tried these juices, and I loved how it contained NO fake sugars and sweeteners as it is simply watermelon flesh and rind. A drink you will love to give to your kids, WTRMLN WTR has no water added as well as a line that is vegan and gluten-free. It is also packed with vitamins, antioxidants and only 12g sugar and high in Citrulline - boosting muscle recovery. They also have a WTRMLN WTR (Watermelon Lemon) that is created with the same no - nonsense palate whetting ingredients as its predecessor, those being with the addition of organic lemon in the mix. Brimming with benefits for the skin and body, a little lemon can go a long wait in your daily diet. This high alkaline beverage will instantly balance your pH levels, fighting off harmful bacteria so you can trade in those sick days for vacation time.

Food:

Frozen Lassi Yogurt from Monsieur Sing

Our latest frozen treat obession is with Frozen Yogurt from Monsieur Singh, a combination of probiotic yogurt, healing herbs and spices. An upgrade from traditional frozen yogurt, Monsieur Singh includes Lassi, an herb that is popular in India to improve digestive wellness, boost immunity and energize the mind and body. We recently tried these enjoyed and healthy treats that are from 100% natural and real ingredients. Frozen Lassi is not only gluten free but also low in fat and sugar. I recently tested out the line of Mango and Honey Lemon. I loved the tart of the Honey Lemon that also includes probiotic yogurt, pure honey, lemon zest and crushed Indian mint and the Mango Lassi was a hit with the kids who loved the sweetness from the probiotic yogurt, juicy alphonso Indian mango, mint, and ginger. A great treat to serve at any 4th of July Party, Monsieur Singh can be found at Smorgasburg, at Foragers (Brooklyn and Chelsea), and at Whole Foods locations throughout the city including Brooklyn, Tribeca, Upper West Side, Chelsea, Union Square, and Bowery with more locations to come.

Ruby Rockets

Another favorite for kids is the sweet treats from Ruby Rockets, an all-natural fruit and veggie ice pops. This includes a line refreshing ice pops that only have 4 grams of sugar and 35 calories. My girls love the line, and I love how it offers them a sweet treat that is 70% organic fruits and vegetables. This includes healthy probiotics without having any added sweeteners, artificial flavorings, colorings, fillers, or stabilizers. They are also gluten-free, dairy-free and non-GMO - offering delicious flavors like Rock-It Red, Orbit Orange, and Galaxy Green that is bound to beat the summer heat and for 4th of July fun.

Our Specialty Cookies

For simple and tasty sweet treats, we love Our Specialty and their line of nut-free frosted cookies. For entertaining, they have a Nut-Free Frosted Sugar Cookie Party Platter, which allow you to serve a sweet treat without worrying about whether the food contains any allergens. They also have a fun and patriotic selection of cookies featuring blue frosting and sprinkles.

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