Australia has the advantage over America in several categories, namely COFFEE, brekkie, beaches, accent, farmer’s markets, lifestyle, maternity leave, paternity leave, holidaying, beer drinking, wine drinking, did I mention coffee? I love and miss Oz, but there are a few times of year I truly relish my citizenship, my homeland, my country and am glad to be back. One of those times is – you guessed it- 4th of July! While Autumn still remains my favorite season, I do love Summer, the highlight being the Fourth. I love the smell of fresh-cut grass and slow-cooked barbecue. I love the feeling of camaraderie across the country that is all too rare. I love being truly, wholly American, flags waving, potato salad marinating, watermelon dripping. Most of all, I love casual entertaining that ends long after the fireflies make their appearance.
To prepare the celebration, I’ve compiled my list of favorite party essentials for this time of year. Whether you like your corn-on-the-cob on a paper plate or fine china, I hope you find something that strikes your fancy and gets you extra excited to celebrate this glorious holiday.
Enjoy and have a happy, happy 4th of July!