First of all, we purchased round flags (actually, lanterns) at the local dollar store and hung them from our pergola.
Next, we invited some dear friends who live in Jackson Heights, Queens out for a suburban getaway. This included the marvelous Maribel (3.5 years).
FYI, Maribel makes a mean mint iced tea. She harvested the mint from our “garden” and agreed wholeheartedly that the ice cubes she added herself made it quite refreshing, indeed.
We pre-partied with a few simple treats.
We table-scaped with patriotic abandon.
We prepared far too much salad, but enjoyed the “synchronized serving” performance by the diving bather spoons (from Pylones) gifted to me by my friend Susan several summers ago.
Then we moved onto the main event, which included burgers and veggies cooked to perfection by Rob on our brand new grill we ordered from Sears. (Thank you for the Thank You Points, Citicard. I’ll be even more appreciative if you lower that laughable APR.)