4th of July Party Ideas!

Quickie Garland

08-fourth-of-july-garland-fslTo make your own 4th of July party garland on the cheap, try this trick from Fun Home Things, who cut red, white, and blue plastic tablecloths into strips, and tied them to a set of string lights.

Independence Punch


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A drinkable 4th of July flag! Big Bear’s Wife mixed up a patriotic beverage using cranberry juice, blue Gatorade Frost, Diet 7-Up, and ice cubes for a refreshing party cooler.

Flag Canopy


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Create a classy canopy and mood lighting for your 4th of July party with this genius idea from Style Me Pretty. Tie red, white, and blue paper streamers onto big-bulb outdoor lights, and hang above a picnic table or a grassy dance space.

Muffin Tin Art Caddy


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Vaccuming in High Heels & Pearls created this quick DIY with a muffin tin and some red, white, and blue buttons, beads, and other odds and ends. For a 4th of July party activity, leave it out on a backyard table for kids to string necklaces and bracelets.

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Make snow cones that won’t melt—these beauties are actually Bakerella cupcakes in disguise. A glittery tri-color frosting tops a layered three-color cake that you (and your party guests) have got to see to believe.

Firework Rings

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Make fun fireworks accessories with the kids using this tutorial from Fantastic Fun and Learning. Twist together sparkly tinsel stems (or patriotic-color pipe cleaners) to create cute rings.

Cool Soda Bar

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Desserts on the 4th of July can be used as party decorations with this sweet soda bar idea from Let’s Dish. Group red, blue, and clear soda bottles on a table with small bowls of striped straws, cherries, sprinkles. After the grill is off, bring out ice cream and let guests make their own ice-cream floats.

Have a safe 4th of July weekend! 

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The Jefferson Park Neighborhood

Jefferson Park was created during the early 20th century on the site of a disused landfill. It was named after Thomas Jefferson in order to compete with Washington Park, which had recently been named. Jefferson Park, and the surrounding neighborhood of the same name, overlook downtown Denver from its situation in the area known as Northwest Denver. Stationed on a bluff above the city, the park has excellent views over the city, particularly the Central Platte Valley.

Excellent transport links connect Jefferson Park to the downtown area and the rest of the city. With downtown Denver and highlands Square within easy reach, there are plenty of nearby opportunities for entertainment, dining, and shopping.

The main commercial area within the Jefferson Park neighborhood is Federal Boulevard, which offers a good selection of stores and restaurants. A diverse range of architectural styles can be found in Jefferson Park, due to the gradual way in which the neighborhood has been built up.

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Jefferson Park Neighborhood
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Map of Jefferson Park 

Parks

Jefferson Park

Hallack Park

Gates Crescent Park

 

Area Information

To Downtown………… 10 min

To 16th Street Mall… 10 min

To I-25………….………… 5 min

Grocery Store………. King Soopers

 

Walk Score: 78   Bike Score: 82

The Golden Triangle Neighborhood

The Golden Triangle is still undergoing many transformations. The Denver Art Museum’s new wing was completed in fall of 2006, further developing the neighborhood’s art scene, which includes various art galleries and the Curious Theatre Company. The neighborhood is bustling with vibrant businesses.

The Golden Triangle is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Denver, with many single family Victorian homes and bungalows built in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Between 1904 and 1919, Denver Mayor Robert Speer completed his ambitious plan for the Civic Center area, adding many civic institutions and a neoclassic park to the north of the neighborhood. He placed a leafy concrete urban canyon around Cherry Creek, creating Speer Boulevard, the neighborhood’s western and southern border. After World War II, the Golden Triangle became a business support area for the central business district. New condominium and loft developments came into the neighborhood, and many of the old supply stores and garages were transformed into restaurants, art galleries, and small offices.

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The Golden Triangle, Denver Art Museum
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Map of the Golden Triangle Neighborhood

Parks

Sunken Gardens Park

Civic Center Park

Area Information

To Downtown………… 8 min

To 16th Street Mall… 8 min

To I-25………….………… 10 min

Grocery Store………. Tony’s Market

 

Walk Score: 91   Bike Score: 96

Cherry Creek Arts Festival

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival that is a world-class and award-winning celebration that last for three days, every year in the Summer. The festival celebrates artist all from all around the State of Colorado and the United States. It includes visual arts, culinary arts, and performing arts. This event is completely free to attend to and the attendance is usually around 350,000 every year. This year the Cherry Creek Arts Festival is July 2nd through July 4th. It’s a family friendly event and is just one of the many things Colorado has to offer to it’s residents.

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The Berkeley Neighborhood

The neighborhood of Berkeley lies in the center of Denver, in the area known as Northwest Denver. Berkeley Park has seen some rapid development in recent years, with many new businesses opening up in the area, and an influx of new residents drawn in by the beauty of the park and the charm of the neighborhood. The area is home to a good selection of restaurants, spas, and boutique stores, many of which are found along Tennyson Avenue.

There is a particularly high concentration of art galleries in the Berkeley area. This is a very artistic community and there always seems to be something going on, whether it is an evening of live music or a night of experimental theater. Tennyson Street is the center of the Berkeley community, and it has given its name to the Tennyson Street Cultural Association, which is responsible for many interesting event in the neighborhood. The Association organizes the First Friday Art Walk and runs the Oriental Theater, which hosts comedy, music, and movies. Many of the homes in the Berkeley area are in the style locally known as the Denver Square, although there are a range of different buildings from lofts to townhouses, to family homes.

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Tennyson Street
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Map of Berkeley

Parks

Berkeley Lake Park

Rocky Mountain Lake Park

Area Information

To Downtown………… 24 min

To Cherry Creek Mall… 42 min

To I-70………….………… 5 min

Grocery Store………. King Soopers & Sprouts

Walk Score: 87   Bike Score: 73