Preamble to a 4th of July Party

I love the 4th of July!In the past we’ve been in parades riding our vintage bicycles and even cruised the main drag in a purple Prowler.

We’ve clapped rhythmically to Sousa marches at the Hollywood Bowl.

We’ve watched the spectacular Rose Bowl fireworks from a turn-of-the-century Pasadena villa eating more than our fair share of homemade ice cream.

But having a party at home is my favorite thing to do and this week I’m doing a lot of the prep work before my usual last minute rush.

When we were in Boston a couple weeks ago I fell in love with this shop’s window and the stationery inside.

Shop on Charles Street, Beacon Hill, Boston4th of july decoration in a boston store window beacon hill

It took every ounce of strength I had not to buy the star tiara!
I was also inspired by all the printable invitations to have a party.

I found these blank cards that said ‘party’ to me so I printed them on my printer with a saying that gives our family a giggle …

4th of july party invitation Benjamin Franklin is quoted ~
“We must all hang together or assuredly, we shall all hang separately”.

When son1 first heard this as a middle schooler he thought the word ‘hang’ meant to hang out and be sociable, then he learned what context this word was used but we always thought this was rather funny. Ben must have seemed pretty cool and way ahead of his time and of course, he was.

One of the party favors I’ll be giving to each lady patriot attending will be personalized note cards. If they look familiar it’s because I featured them last week in my post about the Boatman Geller tent sale. I used my own printer. Easy! I’ve decided to order the lobster cards too. Whimsy and elegance should make a nice little package.
4th of july party invitation

I’ll wrap up a dozen personalized cards in a cello bag and tie it with fabulously festive ribbon and a tag . 🙂

I can’t wait to show you next time what I found around town for the party.
Beside it being really fun to share with you, it helps me to get organized too!

Have wonderful Tuesday!
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  1. So pretty love 4th of July decorations….I can’t wait to get back to mine in storage! I miss the red, white and blue.

  2. That quote is hilarious, especially the way your son understood it! I’m definitely using that one for an upcoming party we have each summer in our backyard, at the end of July. Thanks!

  3. So fun! I love love love the invitation. You totally needed that star tiara!

  4. You know I love a good party so I cant wait to see everything you come up with!

  5. Lovely ideas and so very clever. You have inspired me!

  6. This all looks fab. The party will be amazing. I can’t believe you passed on the star tiara. Lol.

    Stopping by from SITS.

  7. What a fantastic time you have instored for your guests!!! Can’t wait to see more pictures. HHL

  8. Love your invitations and what a fabulous quote! I’m working on a July 4th party too. May I borrow your idea 🙂


  9. So cute! I can’t wait to see the rest of your plans; I know it will be a fabulous party!

  10. Hi there! I’ve just been playing catch up on my computer the last 2 days. I must say, I’ve had a wonderful break from it. I’m sure you did also in Boston. I absolutely love those party invitations! And I want to come to your party too! Sam Adams, too funny 🙂
    Are you planning a trip to Paris? I’ll e-mail you soon with answers to your questions. Have a wonderful day, and Happy Summer!!