Happy 4th of July!

Hello World! Welcome to Running Erins, Racing Home. And Happy (Belated) 4th of July!

My name is Erin. I am an Army officer, engineer, former college athlete, and most importantly, a newlywed! My husband is also in the military, and we currently live at a base in rural–and I mean 4,000-people-in-our-town rural–Missouri while we spend a few more weeks in graduate school.

Despite the “smallness” here in Missouri, we do have a lot of great friends here. We’re in an Army “hub,” as I like to call them. It’s a major training base, so Soldiers get to start their careers here with basic training, and often come back for schools as they progress through the ranks.

In the nine months we’ve lived here, we’ve seen many friends come and go. This weekend was no different, when one of Hubby’s old bosses and his family (wife, 3 kids, and a dog) were passing through town and another friend from North Carolina moved in to the area. So, we decided to host a quick-and-easy get together. 
Picnic Spread

We didn’t bother going fancy–after all, of the 6 kids at our house, 5 were under the age of 4–but I still wanted to add a pop of functional holiday spirit to our spread. I found heavy-duty red Hefty plates for dinner, and added those cute printed plates for appetizers and desserts.

Blue Solo Cup

I also snagged some blue Solo cups. But since black marker + blue plastic cups = utter confusion, I also grabbed labels so that guests could label their drink.

Gerber Daisies

Finally, Hubby surprised me with these cute colored Gerber daisies! Thanks Hubs! By using festive serve ware, we were able to set up and clean up in a snap and still capture the holiday spirit.

We kept the food simple, and served grilled chicken, burgers, home-made potato salad, and baked beans. My friend Lily made some amazing blackberry crumble bars for dessert, and us ladies enjoyed this sangria, too!

We had a great time catching up with old friends! What did you do for the 4th of July?

-Erin

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