There are few days of the year that I love as much as July 4th. Maybe it is because I typically spend it in Aspen, which happens to be one of my favorite places on earth, or maybe it is because it makes me feel incredibly proud to be American. Either way, it is such a special day and this year it was extra awesome because I finally got to host a party in the new house I have worked so hard to build over the past 3 years! I am excited to share my July 4th highlights with you which included the annual Aspen 4th of July Parade and my first party at the house.
Every year the Aspen 4th of July Parade kicks off at 11am on Main Street in Aspen. While I have seen other 4th of July parades, this one is by far my favorite because it is intimate and completely Americana. Locals and visitors alike all participate both in the parade and on the sidelines. Simply put, it is special. You see everything from local firetrucks honking their horns and spraying water to war veterans marching proudly. My personal favorite thing is the floats that represent various local establishments or charities. One example is the Ducky Derby float. The Ducky Derby is an Aspen fundraiser where every summer people purchase rubber duckies that float down the Roaring Fork River and the duck that crosses the finish line first leads to the owner winning a grand prize of $10k. It is incredibly fun! The Ducky Derby duck is an icon in Aspen, so seeing the float just makes me smile. So much candy was thrown our way and we certainly didn’t hold back eating it. We also got soaked by the firetrucks, but it was the best kind of childish fun.
Following the parade, I went back to the house to start setting up for the party I was hosting that evening. I think I was born to throw parties! I was extra excited about this one given it was my first party to host in my family’s new house that I worked so hard to build. Naturally, I wanted a red, white and blue theme, so I put up bunting on the glass railing on our outdoor patio, used summery picnic red and white china and made flower arrangements with red and blue flowers to serve as centerpieces. Additionally, I hired the local Chef JT as well as a few servers to offer guests drinks and hor d’oeuvres. Chef JT grilled steaks and vegetables, but also made some incredible side dishes like macaroni & cheese and green bean casserole.
Guests enjoyed themselves both indoors and outdoors, which I think is the key to having a successful summer bash. We ended the night inside by the fire with a few of the guests who were staying at our house continuing to drink rose and snacking on leftover brownies. It was the perfect way to end an amazing day.
*Fashion: Taye Romper by Club Monaco