I first read about the idea of Backwards Dinner Night over at Keeper of the Home, and I knew my girls would love it. I didn’t tell them anything until right before dinner, when I told everyone to go turn their shirts backward because things were about to get a little crazy. 🙂
As you can see our plates were upside down, silverware turned sideways, and dinner started with dessert. I don’t usually serve several courses when it is just us, but it made this activity more fun. We had dessert, then the main course, then an appetizer. The girls had a blast, and us adults had fun too!
The fourth of July has come and gone, but I still want to write about how we spent our day. The fourth of July has always been a quintessential part of summer vacation for our family. I have so many memories of July 4th holidays spent with family and friends growing up, and now with my own family and the traditions we love.
We start our day with the parade our little town puts on…this year was the best we have seen yet. My oldest has even been in the parade a few times with her Girl Scout Troop. Here in Texas it is usually pretty darn HOT in July, but this year we had the best weather…it actually felt nice sitting outside.
After the parade we head home for a nice relaxing day. For dinner, my husband dusts off the grill. This year we went with a healthier version of the typical July 4th fare. Organic Applegate beef hot dogs on the grill, Ezekiel 4:9 whole grain pocket bread, raw sharp cheddar cheese, Garden of Eatin’ organic blue corn chips, locally made salsa, organic fruit salad (bananas, plums, peaches), and Maine Root root beer. What a treat!
At dusk we load up our lawn chairs, and head down the street to watch the fireworks show that our town puts on. This year was another good July 4th for my family, with many fun memories made, and I am grateful that we have the ability to enjoy celebrating our independence thanks to the brave men and women who fought for our freedom!
What did your family do to celebrate this fourth of July?
A couple weeks ago, to kick off the start of summer break, I invited a few of my girl’s friends over for a banana split breakfast. The girls came over in the morning wearing their pajamas, and I set up a “banana split” breakfast bar.
Instead of ice cream, we used cooked oatmeal for the base. Toppings included vanilla yogurt (in place of whip cream), sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, shredded coconut, and mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Yum!
I read about the idea over on Momables, and my girls and their friends had a great time with it…the “banana split” was delicious too!