4th of July Ideas [Independence Day]

4th of July Wreath from Naptime Crafting
4th of July Drink Stirrer from Martha Stewart
Patriotic Paper Chain from A Pumpkin and a Princess

Now that we have celebrated Memorial Day it feels like Summer is in full swing, which means we can start thinking about the 4th of July!! 

Here are links to the over 200 ideas I have in my archives of great 4th of July ideas

 Start planning your barbecue with these 4th of July Party Ideas and don't forget the patriotic desserts!

If you haven't started already, now is the perfect time to start putting up your 4th of July decorations!

With the extra time that Summer brings, you can keep your little ones busy with these 4th of July crafts for kids.  There are a few for mom too! 

And Independence Day wouldn't be complete without stars, stripes, and flags

5 Patriotic Pies [Flag Pies]

Stars and Stripes Pie from Woman's Day

There may be nothing more American than apple pie, but when it comes to the 4th of July, you need a patriotic dessert with a little more color...or at least some stars and stripes!  I also don't like apple pie, so that might be the real reason I love all of these fun 4th of July pies!  If you have some serious pie skills, you can try out this stars and stripes pie from Woman's Day.

My pie making skills are more along the lines of this flag pie from Sunset magazine.

I also feel confident I could pull of this patriotic pie from Cosmo Cookie.  Cookie cutters are a powerful thing!

My favorite idea might be this yummy 4th of July cream pie.  Cream pies are the easiest type of pie to pull off and my favorite to eat!   You can get the recipe for this one at The Secret Life of a Chefs Wife.

And if you have a few varying opinions on what type of pie you should bring to your 4th of July party, you can make these Star Spangled Mini Pies from Celebrations at Home and keep everyone happy.

Five 4th of July Ice Cream Desserts [Patriotic Treats]

Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches from Farm Girl Dabbles

There is no better treat for a hot 4th of July than some yummy ice cream and what better way to deliver it to your guests then in a fun patriotic ice cream sandwich.  Farm Girl Dabbles created these yummy ice cream sandwiches with red velvet shortbread cookie stars and cream cheese ice cream.  YUM! 

If you want to take advantage of the delicious, and patriotic, berries available during the summer months, check out these fun berry shortcake ice cream sandwiches from Southern Living.

I love this idea because you can take vanilla ice cream sandwiches right out of the box and dress them up!  

If you love the idea but want to use homemade ice cream like these delicious  red, white, and blue ice cream sandwiches from Taste and Tell:

 you can make your own sandwiches with this fun ice cream sandwich maker:

If you want to add a little spark to your 4th of July ice cream sandwiches, Apollinas will show you how to make these fun firework ice cream sandwiches.

And if you are looking for something patriotic and easy to put together, grab some red white and blue sprinkles and check out these 4th of July ice cream sandwich pops from Living Locurto.

5 Fun Limeade Recipes [Summer Drinks]

After seeing Amy's fun post on making your own limeade, I realized that we haven't had any limeade yet this summer, homemade or otherwise!  This whole moving thing is killing the summer buzz, so tomorrow we will be squeezing some fresh limes and enjoying some DIY limeade.  You can check out Amy's limeade recipe over at The Idea Room.

If you have already tackled regular limeade this summer, here are a few other flavors you might want to give a whirl.

You only need four ingredients for the yummy cherry limeade from Bakingdom.  And she shares her recipe in full batch or single glass.

The Neely's have a recipe for raspberry limeade over at Food Network.  With fresh raspberries in season, now is the perfect time to give this a try.

For a fun summer twist, Good Life Eats mixed two of my favorite things, limeade and watermelon, to make this sparkling watermelon limeade treat.

And if you are looking for something with a little less sugar, Richella shared her favorite recipe for diet limeade.   She uses a sparkling water instead of simple syrup to cut back on the calories in this fun drink.

We are putting all of these limeade recipes on the must try list for the summer!