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This post was originally written for Memorial Day last year. It has been a busy, crazy time for my girls and I the past few weeks, so I didn't get to repost this for you in time for Memorial Day this year. We all spent that weekend much differently than we did last year, but we did take the time to remember the meaning of this holiday. Since it will only be a few weeks until July 4th, this post is still appropriate and I hope that you can use some of the ideas and inspiration that I shared.
Memorial Day and Independence Day are special to me. There are many veterans in my family and one of my Uncles gave the ultimate sacrifice as he trained to help keep our land free. It nearly broke my Dad's heart for him to lose his brother and he kept the newspaper clipping in his wallet for the rest of his life. My Dad served in WWII and rarely spoke of his experiences there.
While traveling with my husband lately, he talked to me about his time in Viet Nam, recalling some frightening moments there and I am so grateful that his life was preserved. I am so grateful for the freedoms that we have that have been bought with a tremendous price throughout history and for those who continue to sacrifice so much to serve and defend in this world of turmoil.
It does seem odd that we celebrate such a sober holiday as Memorial Day with backyard barbecues and swim parties. But, it is because of those who fought and died for our freedom that we are able to do the things we do the way we do them. We can travel from state to state without hindrance. We can buy the food that we want to eat. We can celebrate the way we want to celebrate and observe our religious customs in any way we choose to do so. This is not the case in many places in the world. What a glorious blessing it is to live in this free country.
To prepare for a Patriotic Celebration, with swimming, grilling and family, I headed to Dollar Tree to pick up most of what I needed. I was so excited about the things I found there to help get everyone ready for the patriotic holidays. Here are the things that I brought home with me!
, One of the things that caught my eye right away was, of course, the sparkly beaded ribbon. (You can see it in the photo above.) They had it in red, white & blue! I knew I had to do something with it! If you buy a supply of it on line, there are 32 rolls of ribbon in a case. I picked up 3 rolls at the Dollar Tree in my neighborhood. I decided that I would make a printable with a saying that I love to put on display in our tablescape. Here is what I did, click on the pictures:
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Our family likes to celebrate with a barbecue and for dessert, some ice cream is in order! Look at the ideas I got from walking into Dollar Tree!
I love the battery powered star light strands that I put on the tiered server! You can't beat the price. If you want to order a case, there are 24 in a case!
If you have a large family, you can order all of your supplies online and have them delivered for free to your local store. Just go to the Dollar Tree website to check it out.
These ideas would be great for July 4th as well! Here is a slide show with some images just to give you an idea of what I did. I will expand on this at the family party.
The end result of an ice cream sundae was so delicious! It looked good and tasted good! I think that the end result speaks for itself!
I think the ice cream bar is going to be a hit, with a little help from Dollar Tree!
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Hope you are having a cool summer so far!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!