happy fourth of july!

We now have a chairs, a couch, a table, and cute jars to place candy in — so it was time to host a little party. Since most people were going to be out of town, or had evening plans, we decided on a small (but very patriotic) 4th of July brunch in Park Slope.

On the eve of the 4th, our Aunt Maureen (who is living in NYC for 3 months!) took us to dinner at Trinity Place in the Financial District. (We receive most of our essential vitamins and minerals when family visits, and it was delicious.)


Then, it was back to party planning and candy arrangements. IMG_4622

It’s always such a delightful, unexpected treat when you arrive at someone’s house and they have a little dish of chocolates on the coffee table or mints on the mantel. For some reason it just tastes so much better than if you were to buy it at the store. The ultimate dream, of course, is to have candy set out year round, but at our current budget we’ll gladly settle for festive holiday candy. At Economy Candy in the Lower East Side, we created these patriotic mixtures.


Our old roommate Rosie the Riveter Vic was our first guest and slept over the night before the 4th. And we reminded her of the downsides of living with us… Such as when we force her to take too many photos ’til she starts giving us attitude.IMG_4639

Katie made the little American bunting in college when “I had a lot of time on my hands.”  IMG_4648

No better way to display our affection for America than with formal photos in front of the mantle.  IMG_4665 IMG_4671 IMG_4680 IMG_4689 IMG_4690

Full menu:

  • rice krispie treats and chocolate covered pretzels
  • lentils, rice and carmalized onions (Julian’s dish, of course)
  • pasta salad
  • watermelon
  • pillsbury rolls (they received a make-over with food dye — but everyone avoided “the cancer rolls”)
  • baked beans
  • mashed potatoes – bit of a curve ball, that one
  • chips and salsa
  • hot dogs and chicken
  • patriotic popsicles and candy
  • mimosas and budweiser

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IMG_4715Yes, sometimes Katie shops at thrift stores. And picks up some real gems. IMG_4718 IMG_4721 IMG_4724 This is significant because not one guest is sitting on the floor. A real novelty for us.


A sad sparkler. Macy’s fireworks have Brooklyn beat.

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