We've been having 4th of July parties the last few years and have slowly started to accumulate decorations. We have a cardboard painting of Obama in a gilt frame, an American flag that can be used as a tablecloth, mini flags, a straw skimmer hat with red, white, and blue ribbon trim, a stars and stripes bow tie. I know, I know. This is how these things start.
Tomorrow we will be having our inaugural game of badminton. Badminton season is something I look forward to all year and once we have the net set up it's hard to ever say goodbye--we've been known to play into darkening dusk on late September days. We use the Jaques of London Pro Badminton Set. It helps to have the nicest equipment possible so that you can pretend you are playing lawn tennis in A Room With A View.
I'll be listening to some Janice--it doesn't get more American than that in my book. Suuummmmeeerrtime. And the livin' is easy...
Last year I bought a cobalt blue Tucker dress which will be my 4th of July dress forevermore. I wore it with my red velvet Repetto BB's. These ones aren't velvet but I wouldn't kick them out of bed for eating crackers.
And I'm finding myself inordinately attracted to this jacket which would be the perfect 4th of July layer for when the sun goes down. Don't you want to let off fireworks in that?
As far as food, we'll be grillin' and chillin'. Last year I made La Tartine Gourmande's potato salad because I had a lot of radishes from the garden. It's one of my favorite recipes.
And I'll be serving a new cocktail I devised for Bell and Star called Pink Fizz Elderflower Cocktail. I've included the recipe below. How do you like to celebrate the 4th? Whatever you do, I hope you have a great one!
Pink Fizz Elderflower Cocktail
1 shot English gin
1 shot St Germain
1 dash of pink elderflower cordial
Method: Shake ingredients with ice, strain into ice-filled glass, and top with soda water
Garnish: Lemon zest twist or sprig of elderflower