Red, White, and Food All Over: July 4th Essentials

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It’s almost here – one of my favorite holidays. A time for backyard barbecues, outdoor concerts, fireworks, and my annual girls trip to Kiawah. If I tried to express my excitement in words I would fail. Where are emojis on this Macbook keyboard when I need them?

If you’re looking for a few last minute additions to your festivities this weekend, here are a handful of festive items the ladies and I will be loving in South Carolina.


1. Pool Float

It was only a matter of time before they elevated something as simple as a pool float. And it makes for some swanky pics! My current favorites here and here.


2. Beach Towel

You’re either a towel or a chair person. I am a towel person. This will be my home for 5 days.


3. Bathing Suit

Short of a stars and stripe bikini, this is a fun, flirty, year round two piece.


4. Hoodie

We sit out at the beach long after the fireworks have ended so hoodies and sweatpants are a must.


5. Festive Entertaining Items (banner, bowlsnapkinscups and straws)

Half the weekend will be spent around the table so I make sure it’s decked out in the most patriotic fashion. These anchor ice cubes are going to work nicely with our Arnold Palmers and margaritas.


6. A game to play with friends

The best ingredient for any party is laughter and this game is perfect for that. Slightly more elevated than Cards Against Humanity but not one I’ll play with the little cousins around.


7. ‘Lipinski Potato Salad’

We never host a BBQ without it.



3 lbs of Red Bliss Potatoes

2 tbsp vinegar

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp pepper

2 tsp onion powder

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream


Boil potatoes until medium soft.  Cool potatoes and then slice thin.  Mix vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and onion powder together in a small bowl and pour over sliced potatoes. Combine mayo and sour cream in separate bowl and add half of the mixture to potatoes. Use spatula to mix. Refrigerate potatoes and the remaining sour cream and mayo mixture overnight and add the other half of the mixture before serving.



Xo, Tara

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