DIY Coke Lights

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DIY Coke Lights - www.cobornsblog.comIf you know me, then you know I love to go camping. Well, not camping in tents, we have a RV that we do our camping in! We park our camper and decorate it and make it festive and fun! So this year since everyone is having so much fun finding their names on a Coke Bottles I thought it would be fun to make some lights to decorate the camper with! Have fun!

What you will need

  • Plastic Coke Bottles
  • Indoor/Outdoor White Lights 100 Count
  • Wire Cutter
  • Flat Head Screwdriver

This is so easy!

DIY Coke Lights - www.cobornsblog.comI took the empty Coke bottles and rinsed them out with soap & water; rinsing them again with plain water and letting them air dry. I then cut a V in the side of the bottle cap and also the opposite side of the cap with another V. I did the same on the bottles, avoiding where there is extra plastic. After poking 10 lights into a bottle using a flat head screwdriver to push the lights down into the bottle, the cap is then snapped on making sure the stringed part of the lights go thru the V area. Two lights are used for spacing between each bottle.

I used a set of 100 lights and 8 bottles. I made a second set of lights and plugged into the first set. Two sets of lights fit on one side (10’) of my  pop up canopy tent. What an exciting & bright way to light up your summer fun! We are sure to be the hit of the RV Park this 4th!

4th of July Party Food

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Holly - Practial Party Planning - www.cobornsblog.comI hope you all read and enjoyed my “3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth” blog. This is part two! I’m going to share with you the most important part to any party… the food! To alleviate the stress and cost of my party I made mine a potluck. I love a good potluck because you always get to try new recipes and get new ideas. We supplied the Four Brothers burgers for the grill, paper products, chips, cookies and juice and our guests brought the rest.  Here’s how it went down!

Paper Products

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If you know me then you know I am very patriotic and a little type-A. So of course I had to have red, white and blue paper products. However, I did not buy the ones with the little American Flags on them. For two reasons, technically you are not supposed to eat on an American Flag and you are not supposed to dispose of an American Flag by throwing it in the garbage. So the patriot in me chose to just represent the fourth with the colors of the flag instead of using the actual flag. Also, you may not use all of the plates, napkins and cups you bought, but you don’t want to throw the rest away and the primary colors will match more party themes you have in the future vs. the American Flag design. But, feel free do what you want, we have both available at Coborn’s, I chose to go with the Domestix and Food Club brand of plates, cups and napkins. They are cheaper and are nice quality. I also picked up a blue plastic table cover in the party section at Coborn’s, to add color and make clean up a breeze.

Decorations

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What is a party with out crepe paper? Not a party! Lol. Okay so I have a weird obsession with crepe paper. It is just so cheap and looks so good. I used one red roll, one white roll and one blue roll of crepe paper. I wrapped it around the deck railing and stapled the paper to itself so I didn’t leave any marks or staples in the deck. I added a couple stars and stripes bows and the mood was set!

Let’s talk food!

Four Brothers Burgers

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If you have not tried our Four Brothers Gourmet Beef Patties yet, you are missing out. They are a half pound burger stuffed will all kinds of flavorful goodness. 4th of July Party Food - www.cobornsblog.comWe have eight varieties including Original, Mushroom Swiss, Cheddar Bacon, Cheddar Swiss, Blue Cheese, Jalapeno Pepper, Philly Cheese and Bacon Onion Cheddar.  With such a big burger, I just counted one per person, no guess work, one was plenty.

Beverages

My party was BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage), but I did supply some red juice. Again, going with the red, white and blue theme, I picked up some Food Club Cherry Limeade Drink Mix, served it in a pretty pitcher and that was it.

Cookies

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I LOVE Lofthouse Cookies. They are like the hybrid of a sugar cookie and a vanilla cupcake. So delicious! There are many brands that try to replicate the Lofthouse cookie and some are not so good. But let me tell you, Sweet P’s hit the nail on the head. These cookies are just as good if not better than Lofthouse. You will not be disappointed. I bought some with white frosting and red, white and blue sprinkles. Tray them up and they are décor and dessert in one!

Chips

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Whoever gets assigned to bring chips to the potluck really gets off easy! Especially if they know that at Coborn’s the Food Club chips are always Buy One Get One Free. I bought BBQ Kettle Cooked Potato Chips because they are my favorite and I bought Puffed Corn because… why not, they are delicious, buttery and melt in your mouth.

Fruits & Veggies

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My cousin brought fruits and veggies. If you hit up the Coborn’s 5 for $15 Produce Sale, you can get a lot of produce at a great price. She simply cut it up and put it in some Tupperware containers and it was really well displayed and healthy!

American Flag Fruit Pizza

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So you probably aren’t supposed to eat the American Flag… but this just represents the flag and is so yummy. Plus, the healthiness of the fruit outweighs the cookie, right? My Mom brought this and it was so good. Check below for the recipe.

Patriotic Fruit Pizza
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Tube Sugar Cookie Dough
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 Small Tub Marshmallow Crème
  • Fruit of Your Choice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven.
  2. Roll cookie dough out to the shape you want.
  3. Lay the cookie dough on a cookie sheet
  4. Bake about 12 – 15 minutes or until golden brown, check back of cookie package for oven temperature and suggested cooking times.
  5. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow crème
  6. Spread cream mixture evenly on top of cooled cookie
  7. Decorate with fruit
Notes
Do not press the cookie dough in the pan, it will stick.

Sweet Corn

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What summer party is complete without sweet corn? But, how do you bring that to a potluck where people are continually grazing? My Mom also brought the sweet corn and all she did was shuck and boil the sweet corn, then kept it warm by placing it in a roaster with a couple inches of milk and butter in the bottom. She used two sticks of butter, but you could use only one if you prefer.  The corn stayed warm and the guests simply rolled the corn in the butter mixture before adding it to their plate.

There you have it! I hope I was able to give you some ideas on how to throw a Simple Fourth of July Party. Remember, if you have not done so already, check out  “3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth” to complete your party!

Party On,
Holly

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3 Simple Party Games for the Fourth

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The Fourth of July is just around the corner! Have you planned your party yet? If not, don’t worry! I have some practical party ideas for you that you can throw together quickly! I actually have so many ideas for you that this is a two-part blog! Today I will be talking about the party games and come back on Tuesday, June 16th for the Food and decorations!

So… we need something to do at our party, but we don’t want to spend a lot of money or haul a lot of things. In come my three simple party games!

Game number one, the Balloon Pop!

Do I really need to say more? You do exactly what it says, pop balloons! But there are a couple fun ways to do this.

Option One

We used to do this at my Grandma’s when I was little and it was really fun. Basically give each kid 3-5 balloons each and they race to see who can pop all their balloons the fastest. No prizes, just pride.

Option Two

Two teams of two stand next to each other, with 6 balloons about 40 feet away. On “Go” one team member runs to get a balloon. They then run back to their partner and they must pop the balloon by squishing it between their standing bodies. When they do so, the runner runs back and gets balloon number two. When the runner runs back to their partner their partner is sitting down and they must pop the balloon by placing the balloon on the sitting person’s lap and the runner sitting down on them. After the second balloon is popped, the runner must run back and grab the third and final balloon. When the runner runs back to their partner, the teammate is laying down and they must pop the balloon by having one teammate lay on top of the other teammate and placing the balloon between the two. The team to do this the fastest wins.

Add some fun to this game by filling the balloons with water on a hot day or filling them with candy (no sticks) and/or stickers for the kids to have once they have popped the balloons.

 

Game number two, Bean Bag Toss!

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You may have Bean Bag boards, but sometimes there is just not enough room to pack all that stuff in your car. So with this game you will simply need 6 bean bags, 3 container lids and some flour.

Choose three round, they don’t have to be round but that is what I used, container lids of different sizes. Lay them out on the grass creating almost a snowman shape, with some space in between the lids. Sprinkle white flour around the lids. When you pick up the lids you will have three nice round shapes to toss bean bags into.

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Now, if you do not have bean bags, you can make your own with some beans, and some scrap material. Now, these are in no way “Official” Bean Bags, but they will work for just having fun in the yard. Follow the steps below to make yours.

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What you will need

  1. 3 Cups Navy Beans
  2. 12 – 5” square pieces of material (6 of each of two colors)
  3. Thread
  4. Sewing machine
  5. Pinking Shears
  6. Pins
  7. Funnel

Instructions

  1. Using pinking shears, cut the edges of your fabric squares to create a pinked edge.
  2. Pin together two pieces of 5” square fabric with outsides out.
  3. Completely sew three edges of square.
  4. Sew 2/3 of the last edge leaving a couple inches open to fill your bag
  5. Using a funnel, pour in ½ Cup Navy Beans
  6. Hold the bag shut and finish sewing the last edge.
  7. For good measure, sew around all four edges one last time.

There you have it. You have a fun game for the family without having to drag along big boards and you used up some of your left over scrap material.

 

Game number three, Gatorade Ring Toss

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This game is fun and practical because it uses items that you can consume and recycle after and items that you probably already have around your house!

You simply purchase 10 bottles of your favorite Gatorade or Powerade (I chose red, white and blue varieties for obvious reasons) and set them up like bowling pins. In a nice 1, 2, 3, 4 pyramid sequence, leaving room for rings. Then using diving rings, try to ring the bottles. Make up your own rules and have fun!

Here are some pictures of my cute kids and the fun they had!

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Well there you have it, three simple party games! Check out my blog on Tuesday for great food ideas for your Fourth of July Party!

 

Party On,
Holly
Coborn’s, Inc. Consumer Content Manager

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Red, White & Blue Cakes!

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Red, White & Blue JELL-O Cake with Berries

With the Forth of July coming up, it’s a great time to make some red, white and blue treats. One of my favorite cakes to make for the holiday is the classic JELL-O Cake. It’s super easy to make and you can decorate it with fresh fruit in a patriotic pattern.

All you have to do is make a white cake in a 9”x13” cake pan. Go the easy route and just make it from a box mix. The box cake mixes these days are delicious and moist, but if you are a stickler for the real thing, use your favorite white cake recipe. The key to the JELL-O Cake is to poke holes in the cake while it is still warm. Use the handle of a wooden spoon or fork for this. After you poke the holes in the cake, make up a small box of red or blue JELL-O gelatin, according to the package directions, I used Food Club Raspberry gelatin. While the gelatin is still in liquid form, pour slowly and evenly over the cake until all the gelatin is absorbed. Place the cake in the fridge to let the gelatin set.

While you are waiting for the gelatin to set, get your fruit ready. Wash the blueberries, strawberries and raspberries that you will use on the top of your cake.

Red, White and Blue JELL-O Cake with Berries. - Delicious and Easy! www.cobornsblog.comAfter your cake is completely cooled, and the gelatin is set up, take it out of the fridge, and frost the top with an 8 oz. tub of thawed Food Club whipped topping, and arrange your fruit in a pattern of your choice. You can use the blueberries for the blue corner of a flag and the strawberries and raspberries in rows for the stripes on the flag. However, I decided to do a diagonal stripe pattern so that each piece had a variety of fruits on top. Once you are done you have a beautiful, patriotic cake before serving that will look just as wonderful when you cut into it and reveal the colors inside.

Everyone is going to devour this dessert, but on the off chance that you do have a piece or two left over, it needs to be covered and stored in the refrigerator. Keep watch on the cake when serving outside on a hot day, the cool whip does tend to melt quickly.

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Red, White and Blue Layed Cupcakes. Simple and Festive! www.cobornsblog.comAnother great idea that is perfect for a Forth of July get together is Red, White and Blue Layer Cupcakes. They are easy to make and easy to serve. You can make them festive by preparing a box of white cake mix and dividing it into three equal portions. Leave one portion white, and use food coloring to tint one portion red and the other blue. Put your cupcake liners in the pan, and using an ice cream scoop or spoon, fill each cup with some of each of the three colors. Bake and directed, and when the cupcakes are cooled, frost with white icing and sprinkle with Over the Top’s red and blue sprinkles from Coborn’s.

I hope that you have a wonderful Fourth of July holiday and are able to enjoy some sweet treats!

– Alison
Coborn’s Bakery Manager
St. Cloud, MN – Cooper Ave.

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