Friday, June 20 was the first "official" day of summer and all the swimming pools and picnics are in full swing! Speaking of picnics, the July 4th weekend is just 11 days away and that's definitely one of the biggest weekends of the summer for a party with family and friends. We always have the Fourth of July party at our house and I love planning and getting everything together for it. It's probably one of my favorite holidays because there is always so much to do. Picnics, parades and fireworks are just a few things to look forward to on July 4th. If you're planning on throwing a party you should start planning now so that you're not pulling your hair out trying to get everything done at the last minute. If you're planning on having it outside then put some colorful flower pots around to give your yard a little color. My kids love to decorate the yard with those small plastic flags and anything they can get their hands on that's red, white and blue. Since it is the middle of summer and usually pretty hot by now, make sure you have plenty of shade for your friends and family to enjoy (sitting outside sweating up a storm is not very enjoyable). If you don't have an awning or covered deck just put some umbrella tables around the yard. I always borrow a couple from my family and neighbors! A great way to show your patriotc spirit is to get one of our great costumes from Halloween Express. From Uncle Sam and The Statue of Liberty costumes to plastic flags and aprons, we have everything you need to make your Fourth of July celebration a weekend to remember. Like a lot of neighborhoods, ours always has a big firework display that evening. It's a perfect ending to a great Fourth of July party with family and friends!