Festive Porch Party!

It’s crazy to think that 4th of July is a mere week away (where has this year gone)?  Growing up, this holiday was always one of my favorites, spending time on the lake with friends, BBQ, fireworks, and soaking up plenty of summer sun.  I truly cherish those special memories.

This past week my dad was in town and this made for the perfect time to create an impromptu, festive porch party!  It’s not everyday that we get family from out of town. Prior to dinner, I wanted to spend time catching up, so I opted to make a relaxed, simple party, using snacks I already had in the house. To add festivity, I decorated with colorful bowls,cups, and straws I found at Target and Home Goods/TJ Maxx.


I’m not sure what it is about the Pellegrino Sparkling Water, but those bottles just make a party feel fancy.  Of course the gentlemen had beverages, but this pregnant lady needed to feel included.  I found my drinking glasses at Home Goods and could not wait to use them.  Adding a quirky straw and lime was an easy touch to add color to the party.

4th party




Something salty, something sweet, can satisfy two cravings at once while waiting for the BBQ to finish. I don’t have a lot of 4th of July decor, so I added a few flags, colorful fruit, and my dad’s favorite, Twizzlers.  All of these simple touches were a perfect way to give that festive look, and I was able to use my recent finds.




Wishing you all a very happy and safe 4th of July!! Hope everyone gets out to see some amazing fireworks and enjoys time with your family and friends.

I wanted to share my favorite go to recipe, if you’re having a party or going to one.  It’s quick, easy and always a hit at every party!


  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 1/2 cup of Ranch Dressing
  • 1 cup of Rotisserie Chicken
  • 2 handfuls of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  1. Preheat Oven to 425
  2. Spread softened cream cheese in bottom of pie plate
  3. In a bowl mix Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce and Ranch together
  4. Add chicken to Wing Sauce and Ranch mixture
  5. Pour sauce/ chicken over cream cheese
  6. Sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese
  7. Bake for 20 minutes to melt cheese



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  1. Keli your party looks like so much fun. Wish I could have been there. Beautiful pictures!

  2. You have the perfect porch for such a party! Everything looks so beautiful. There’s only one thing missing in the photos–the people! 😉

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