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4th of July Fun in Retro Blue & Red

Fourth of July Celebration- Keeping It Simple

What turns the ordinary into extraordinary?  Surprisingly, it doesn’t require a lot of preparation and work to create an Instagram-moment 4th of July celebration out of a “chips and dips” one.  It takes just a few special touches.


Retro blue is my color this year, so I fell in love with this simple plastic tableware in retro red and blue from Target.  What a nice change from the traditional royal blue and red.

4th of July Table Decorations


Sure, you can make a rasberry-infused tea for a fabulous 4th of July beverage.  Or, you can pour Crystal Light in Pomegranate flavor over ice with a handful of fresh blueberries.

4th of July Punch

Crystal Light in Pomegranate flavor is quickly transformed into a festive beverage by adding blueberries.


love these plastic and silver tableware in retro blue and red from Target


Waiting for the fireworks to start is the perfect time to fire up the patio fire pit and roast some marshmallows for s’mores.

4th of July Smores

4th of July S’mores- now it’s a party!


Our new patio table from Sears offered the perfect setting for our festive 4th of July party scape.

4th of July Patio Table

Time to start the grill!

Our distinguished guests are ready to eat and have a good time.



4th of July Patio decorations

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


For a simple and gourmet Fourth of July barbeque menu, check out our “Serving Up Simple” menu:

4th of July Barbeque menu gourmet

Serving Up Simple and Gourmet Barbeque Menu with Grocery Shopping List!

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4th of July Backyard Inspirations with Sears

I decided that my backyard needed a lift before our Fourth of July celebrations.  With the holiday falling on a Wednesday this year, we’re making our festivities intimate with a simple family barbeque.

4th of July Patio Table


Our patio is home to an outdoor living set with couch, table and chairs, but I wanted to add a small dining table where we can sit, each and watch the fireworks while enjoying the plants and flowers in full bloom.


I assessed the area to determine the criteria for our perfect patio set.  I wanted a small round table with chairs to fit in with the outdoor couch set we have now.

My “before” backyard patio


Before heading out to the store, I went online to Sears Style Hub and shopped for my new patio table and chairs.  With many options, including sizes, shapes and styles, I quickly found the perfect set for us.  Ordering online was simple, and most importantly- free for any patio set over $299.  And, online ordering can be done from home or from the store if your local Sears does not carry your patio set in the store.

Sears Style Hub


I decided that a simple but elegant dark resin table and chairs matched perfectly.  The fact it was on sale was a nice bonus!  Once the table arrived, assembly was easy.  Then it was time to create my Fourth of July backyard “inspiration” with this year’s theme being intimate and simple.

Patio Set

A perfect fit! Time to start decorating for dinner.


To add to the Fourth of July celebration, Sears is having a sale on the Menlo 5-piece patio for half price with free shipping.  And, by using the Sears Shop Your Way Rewards program, you earn points towards discounts on future purchases.  That’s a sweet deal.

Menlo Sears Sale

Menlo 5-piece patio set on sale for $499 at Sears


Time to start the grill!


In keeping in mind my “intimate and simple” themed barbeque, I made this super easy- but festive punch.  I used Crystal Light in Pomegranate flavor and added fresh blueberries.

4th of July Punch

Crystal Light in Pomegranate flavor is quickly transformed into a festive beverage by adding blueberries.


Now it’s time for our distinguished guests to enjoy their Fourth of July barbeque.



4th of July Smores

Now it’s a party!


Whatever your plans are for Fourth of July, you can always use a little inspiration.  Whether inspiration comes with a new recipe, a trip or a backyard lift, I hope this Fourth of July is the best yet for you and your family!

And, Sears is having a sweepstakes for you to win a little inspiration in the way of  some outdoor grilling prizes in the Win BIG this Summer in the #GrillingIsHappiness Facebook sweepstakes (6/1 thru 7/7)!

Happy Fourth of July!


To find more styles and deals from Sears for your outdoor barbeque this Fourth of July, visit Sears on Facebook, Twitter or check out the Weekly Local Sears Ad.

You can also follow Sears Shop Your Way Rewards on Twitter.

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Cavatappi Pasta Salad

Pasta Salad Recipe

Cavatappi Pasta Salad

Cavatappi Pasta Salad


  • Cavatappi Pasta- 1 lb
  • Zucchini & Squash- 1 each, diced into half-chunks
  • Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Yellow Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Olive oil- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- 1 teaspoon
  • Parmesan cheese- 8 oz., shredded


  1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender
  2. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water, then rinse pasta under cool water
  3. Transfer cooled pasta to salad bowl
  4. Heat oven to Broil
  5. Place zucchini, squash and tomato slices onto baking sheet and season with salt
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to cover vegetables
  7. Cook until vegetable are tender and tomatoes begin to release juice, approximately 12 minutes
  8. Add vegetables with juice to pasta along with pasta water, then toss
  9. Top with Parmesan cheese


This pasta salad is paired perfectly with these recipes:

Flank Steak Recipe

Herb Marinated Flank Steak


Check out our complete barbeque menu with grocery shopping list and recipes:

barbeque menu

Complete Barbeque Menu








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