I know I’ve said it before, but the 4th of July is my second favorite holiday (after Halloween). It’s not because I’m some sort of super patriot, or even because of the sparkly fireworks shows. It might be because it’s kind of like a summery laid-back Thanksgiving. No need for fancy table settings or a turkey; just burgers, brats and paper plates. Well, maybe some salads, ice cream, cold drinks and a watermelon, too! I love family and friends gathering at outdoor celebrations with lots of delicious food and everything imaginable in Red, White and Blue.
We do our best every year to come up with red, white and blue food ideas–but in addition to our food being in the holiday colors, we like to dress the part as well. This year we decided to do a little bit of tie dying so we could all be super festive.
We each choose a white shirt. We used shirts we had in our drawers…mine had a small stain on it that would be covered with the tie dye. Soph’s was from a pack of tank tops we had purchased for her to decorate. Alex dug up a white shirt from his elementary school that he refused to wear with the logo showing and the dye, plus wearing it inside out would make it acceptable.
We each picked a design that we liked from the kit’s instruction sheet and prepared our shirts and indicated. We folded the shirts and strategically wrapped them with the included rubber bands, hoping we’d get the desired result.
For this step we headed out to the patio. The kids each took one of the plastic gloves that was included in the kit and started applying the color dye to specific areas of their shirts. I did the same with mine but decided to go ahead without a plastic glove. My fingers were blue for about two days and my fingernails for about a week, but it came off eventually 😀
Anyway, once the dying was done, we put each shirt in a plastic bag and let it sit overnight.
The next day we excitedly unwrapped our individual masterpieces. We still had to rinse and wash them before we could show them off, but we had to see how our designs turned out. We were all pleased and you can see by our pic that they all turned out pretty cute.
Although the kids will be with their dad over the 4th this year, we’ll all be wearing our red, white and blue shirts on the holiday. We’ll remember the fun we had making our patriot shirts together, even though we’ll be apart for the holiday.