Last Minute Easy and Quick 4th of July Recipes, Kids Crafts and Decor

4th of July weekend is here! Bring on the fireworks, BBQs and relaxation. If you haven’t planned anything yet but are looking for some last minute 4th of July ideas, you’ve come to the right place. These recipes, kids crafts and decor can be done on 4th of July! These kids activities are perfect to create during your 4th of July party.

4th of July Kids Activities:

Firework Confetti Sticks

Fireworks Ring

Firecracker Straw Art

Easy Firecracker Pinatas

4th of July Paper Lanterns

4th of July Scavenger Hunt

Quick and Easy 4th of July Foods:

4th of July Snack Mix

Cranberry Poprocks Mocktail 

4th of July Berry Trifle

Patriotic Ice Cream Sodas

Star Shaped Watermelon Treats

Last Minute 4th of July Chocolate Treats

4th of July Pudding Pops

Chocolate Dipped Banana Split

Quick and Easy 4th of July Decor

Flag Pole Skewers

Red White and Blue Flag Mason Jars

Flag Tealight Mason Jars

Free 4th of July Printable

Flag Toothpick Wreath

Sparkle Stir Sticks For Your Drinks

Free 4th of July Cupcake Topper Printables

I hope you enjoyed these last minute Fourth of July ideas! If you are looking for more, check out my Pinterest board below!
Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board 4th of July on Pinterest.

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Need a quick Easter display? Try this DIY Easter Wreath!

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

 I haven’t done much decorating this Easter, I just ran out of time. I did want to create something festive yet easy I could have in the entry way. I actually hadn’t created a Spring wreath so I decided to make one for Easter using jute twine along with Easter eggs and peeps.


  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Jute twine
  • Easter eggs (plastic)
  • Peeps
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue


  • Wrap the jute twine around the wreath. See my tips on wrapping this here:
  • After about a few inches, pull tight and hot glue the twine into place.
  • Once the wreath is fully wrapped, stick toothpicks in the wreath. 6 on the bottom, 3 on the top.
  • Take the Easter Eggs and poke the other side of the eggs into the wreath on the bottom.
  • Take the peeps and poke the top toothpicks into them.

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

Looking for more fun with Peeps?

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board Peeps on Pinterest.

I’ve recently seen an abundance of fun Star Wars Valentine’s that I personally love. So I searched the net for some fun printable and DIY valentine’s that #CleverVader would approve of and that you can print or create right at home!

Clink on the link to find out how to print them or make them yourselves!

Printable Star Wars Character Valentine’s from Alecia’s Photography

Cool Heart Wars Printable Valentine’s from Culdesac Cool

Yoda Best Printable Valentine’s from Design Wash Rinse Repeat

Star Wars Character Light Saber (Glow Stick) Printable Valentine’s from Purple Patch Parties

DIY Star Wars Valentine’s w/ Your Own Photos (tutorial) from Desert Chica Ramblings 

Printable Yoda, Obi-Wan and Darth Vader Lego Character Valentine’s from KiKi’s Craft Corner

Printable Star Wars (and other manly Valentine’s) from the Dating Divas 

Cute Star Wars Toys Printable Valentine’s from Freshly Completed

Star Wars Candy Bag Valentine’s Printables that include candy photos from Meck Mom

Star Wars Light Saber (Glow Stick) Printable from Brassy Apple

Starbucks and ModernMom sent me some of their fabulous Holiday Blend coffee and 2 cute mugs. No compensation was received and all opinions and photos are my own. 

Well, Christmas has come and gone. I love this holiday more than any other and I wish it would last just a little longer. But despite my wishes, it comes so quickly then BAM! I’m left with a messy house, fatigue and decor I’ve got to take down and pack away. I just feel like I have a holiday hangover, not in the literal sense but you know, just exhaustion from the holidays.

Family, gifts, chaos and love. Just a few of my favorite things about the holidays!

It’s not often I have time to just sit and reflect but with the kids being on holiday break and it being a calmer time with work, I’ve been able to do just that recently. Just some time with me, myself and well a good cup of coffee. It’s no secret that I love coffee, especially Starbucks. During the non holiday time you’ll find me there at least once a week, working from my laptop. I was pretty excited when ModernMom reached out to me and asked if I wanted to incorporate Starbucks bagged coffee into my holiday. Yes! In fact, I actually did a lot of my holiday shopping at Starbucks! They had great deals and I scored coffee and gift cards for a great price (not to mention some goodies for myself). I’ve actually been enjoying their holiday blends all year round. I’ll even purchase pumpkin spice and peppermint syrups to enjoy the holiday flavors all year round.

But back to me and my reflections. I know people like to make resolutions as they reflect on the previous year. For me that’s nice but if I have learned anything, you never can predict what life will throw at you and then those resolutions are soon forgotten. So instead of resolutions, I am making a commitment to myself. Slow down. I’m the type of person that has 10 different projects going on at once. I’ll walk into one room to clean then find myself in another cleaning with the other one unfinished. I have found that this has given me anxiety and I need to help control it.

So if I have to come up with one word for 2014 it’s going to be ONE.

Do one thing for myself.

Tackle everything one project at a time.

Make one new recipe.

Read one book.

Do one thing just for fun.

Plan one trip.

Call one person to just say hello.

I won’t limit myself to doing one thing a day or a week or a month but more just remembering to do one. One thing that will make me happy. One thing at a time so I don’t lose my sanity.

Pssst, found this planner in the Dollar Spot at Target!

I’m also committing to writing in a planner. I find that if I write things down, I feel less anxious. I’ll be adding my “ones” to my daily planner to help me & my sanity.

What do you do for your me time? What are your visions for 2014?

If you are like me and you have older kids who take everything of yours or maybe your life is chaotic during the holidays, you may misplace things like scissors, tape etc for Christmas wrapping. At least I do. Then I find myself running all over the house trying to wrap up last minute gifts.

In order to help myself stay organized this holiday season, I created a DIY Christmas Wrap station. I organized pretty much everything I would need for wrapping gifts on one board! This is also great because I can easily move it from different rooms if I need to.

It all started with a corkboard bulletin board I bought for $10. Pay no mind to the blanket, it’s cold in my office =)

I started by covering all the edges with washi tape. I then took twine and started putting the rolls of wrapping paper on the board. I held the twine with push pins in the back. I then started adding everything else I needed like washi, ribbons and curling ribbon. I even tied a wrapping paper slicer on.

The nice thing about hanging it with push pins is that it is easily removable for when I need it or I can leave it there!

Just so you know, no patterned washi tape works well for making gift tags out of!

Hanging the sharpies all on one this way allows me to grab one when I need it. I can leave the cap on the twine or take the whole pen off!

How do you keep organized during the holidays?

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