Here Is How To Plan The Ultimate 4th Of July

 

1. Your friends at Tasty, Nifty, and Top Knot have come together to help you plan the ultimate 4th of July bash, and make party planning a little easier. We’ve got you covered, from food to fashion.

Your friends at Tasty, Nifty, and Top Knot have come together to help you plan the ultimate 4th of July bash, and make party planning a little easier. We've got you covered, from food to fashion.

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3. Loosen up the crowd with these four fruity and refreshing sangrias.

Strawberry Lemonade Sangria
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients
2 lbs strawberries, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
1 bottle white wine
1 cup white rum
4 cups lemonade
2 cups champagne
Lemon slices for garnish

Preparation:
In a large pitcher, combine the strawberries, lemon, wine, rum, and lemonade. Stir until mixed. Chill for at least 4 hours. Add the champagne, then serve with a lemon slice on each glass!

Mixed Berry Sangria
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients
1 cup blackberries
1 cup strawberries, sliced
1 cup blueberries
1 bottle red wine
1 cup brandy
3 cups apple juice
2 cups lemon-lime soda
Strawberries for garnish

Preparation:
In a large pitcher, combine the blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, red wine, brandy, and apple juice.
Stir until mixed.
Chill for at least 4 hours.
Add the lemon-lime soda, then serve with a strawberry on each glass!

Mango Pineapple Sangria
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients
2 cups pineapple, diced
3 mangos, diced
1 bottle red wine
1 cup brandy
3 cups pineapple juice
2 cups orange soda
Pineapple wedges for garnish

Preparation:
In a large pitcher, combine the pineapples, mangoes, wine, brandy, and pineapple juice. Stir until mixed. Chill for at least 4 hours. Add the soda, then serve with a pineapple wedge on each glass!

Raspberry Peach Sangria
Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
3 white peaches, sliced
2 cups raspberries
1 bottle rosé
1 cup white rum
4 cups peach nectar
1 cup champagne
Peach slices for garnish

Preparation:
In a large pitcher, combine the peaches, raspberries, rosé, rum, and peach nectar. Stir until mixed. Chill for at least 4 hours. Add the champagne, then serve with a peach slice on each glass!

6. Have a variety of main course options with these skewers four ways.

Steak Fajita Skewers
Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:
2 lbs sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 Tbsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 green bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large white onion, cut into 1-inch pieces
8-10 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Instructions:
Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Combine the steak, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl, mixing until the steak is evenly coated. Slide a piece of steak down the skewer, followed by pieces of green pepper, red pepper, and onion. Repeat until there is a 1-inch gap on the top of the skewer. Repeat with the remaining skewers.

Grease the surface of the grill by rubbing the grates with a tongs and an oiled paper towel. Grill the skewers for about 10-15 minutes with the lid closed, flipping them halfway. Serve!

Roasted Veggie Skewers
Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:
¼ cup olive oil
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 zucchinis, sliced into rounds
3 cups cremini mushrooms
2 medium red onions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 yellow bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
4-5 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Instructions:
Preheat grill to medium heat. Combine the oil, lemon juice, oregano, salt, and pepper, stirring until mixed. Slide a zucchini slice down the skewer, followed by pieces of mushroom, red onion, and peppers, repeating until there is a 1-inch gap at the top of the skewer. Repeat with the remaining skewers and vegetables. Brush each skewer liberally with the oil mixture. Grill the skewers for 12-18 minutes with the lid closed, flipping halfway. Serve!

Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup soy sauce
¾ cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds
¼ cup green onions, chopped
1 pineapple, diced into 1-inch cubes
4-5 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Instructions:
Preheat grill to medium heat. Combine the chicken, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and green onions, stirring until evenly coated. Chill and marinate for at least 2 hours.

Slide a piece of chicken down the skewer, alternating between chicken and pineapple, until there is a 1-inch gap on the top of the skewer. Repeat with the remaining chicken, pineapple, and skewers.

Grease the surface of the grill by rubbing the grates with a tongs and an oiled paper towel. Grill the skewers for about 12-18 minutes with the lid closed, flipping them halfway. Brush the skewers with the leftover marinade during grilling, if desired. Serve!

BBQ Chicken Bacon Skewers
Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:
1 lb boneless, skinless, chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 cup BBQ sauce
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
4-5 bacon strips
4-5 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Preparation:
Preheat grill to medium heat. Combine the chicken, BBQ sauce, salt, and pepper, stirring until evenly mixed. Thread one end of the bacon onto the end of a skewer. Add a piece of chicken, and weave the bacon around the chicken and back through the skewer, creating a wave pattern between the chicken. Move the bacon and the chicken down the skewer, repeating until the other edge of the bacon is threaded through. Repeat with the remaining chicken, bacon, and skewers.

Grease the surface of the grill by rubbing the grates with a tongs and an oiled paper towel. Grill the skewers for about 12-18 minutes with the lid closed, flipping them halfway. Serve!

9. Jazz up your sides with some potato-ception and loaded baked potato salad bites.

Servings: 20-25 Potato Bites

Ingredients:
5 lbs small/medium red potatoes, washed and dried
1 Tbsp. salt
Olive oil
3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp ground black pepper
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
3 hard-boiled eggs, chopped
½ cup cooked bacon, chopped
½ cup green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. mustard
Paprika

Preparation:
Preheat oven to 375˚F/190˚C. Add the potatoes to a large bowl. Pierce each a few times with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil and salt. Rub to coat. Place the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake in preheated oven for 45-60 minutes, until fork tender. Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow to cool to the touch.

Cut the top third off of each potato and set aside. Using a melon baller or tablespoon, take a large rounded scoop out of the inside of the bottom ⅔ of the potato; set aside. Place the hollowed potato bottoms on a clean baking tray. Chop the scooped-out insides and the tops of the potatoes and place into a large mixing bowl. Pour over the apple cider vinegar and toss to coat. Add the black pepper, mayonnaise, sour cream, eggs, bacon, green onion, and mustard. Stir to coat.

Scoop the potato salad into the hollowed-out potatoes. Refrigerate about 1 hour.
Just before serving, sprinkle with paprika. Enjoy!

12. Also, here’s an easy way to keep your cold food chilled when it’s sitting outside in the heat.

What you need:
*Two nesting containers (any shape works!)
*Mounting putty or clay
*Water
*Your favorite cold picnic dish

Instructions:
1. Take your smaller nesting container and press four ½-inch balls of putty to each corner of the outside.
2. Carefully place the smaller container into the center of the larger container. Press into place.
3. This allows water to freeze underneath. Fill the bottom with water until it just reaches the bottom of the smaller container. Freeze this first layer of water so it holds the smaller container in place.
4. Once frozen, add about an inch of water (2.5 cm) until it reaches the rim of the outer container.
5. Once frozen, add your favorite picnic dish to the inside container, and enjoy it cold for up to 5 hours!

16. Brighten up your space with some red, white, and blue balloon towers.

What you need:
*12” balloons
*5” balloons
*String
*Scissors
*Twist balloons
*Balloon pump
*Balloon weight

Instructions:
1. Blow up four 12” balloons. Tie two together, then tie another pair onto the first pair. Create another quad using the 5” balloons. Weave string in a figure eight around the two sets of balloons. Using the remaining length of string on the bottom, tie the balloon weight on.

2. Keep adding more rows of balloons until desired height. Tie a set of 12” balloons on top, then tie one more 12” balloon at the very top.

3. Tie together four 5” balloons in a row on a piece of string, 5 inches apart. Tie around the very top balloon.

4. Blow up some twist balloons, leaving a little bit of space at the end. Twist and push a bubble of air at the end of the balloon to the very end to create a “bauble.”

5. Tie two of these together, then slip between the 12” balloons at the top.

COMPLETE!

19. Put your food out in easy DIY bandana bowls.

You will need:
*Marker
*Bowls or planters
*Red, white, and blue bandanas
*Scissors
*All-purpose glue
*Water
*Plastic wrap
*Waxed paper
*Snacks

Instructions:
1. Use a marker to trace the rim of the bowl onto the banana. You can make the circle larger for a deeper bowl. Cut out the circle using scissors. Cut scraps into smaller circles to make more bowls if you’d like.

2. In a bowl, mix equal parts all-purpose glue and water until combined. Soak the bandana circle in the glue; squeeze out excess. If using a glass, plastic, or metal bowl or other solid container, cover with plastic wrap (you do not need to cover disposable bowls with plastic wrap) and place on a plate surface, open-side down. Drape the bandana over the bowl, smoothing and folding as needed. Let dry overnight.

3. Gently peel the bandana off of the bowl. Trim off any excess glue. Line with waxed paper and fill with snacks.

TIP: To make bowls even harder, use a paintbrush to add a second layer of glue as the bandanas dry.

22. Keep your kids (and adults) occupied with this colorful powder popping balloon game.

What you need:
*Two cups of cornstarch
*Water
*Food coloring
*Two bowls
*A blender
*Balloons
*Hairbands or rubber bands
*A big outdoor space
*A group of friends for two teams!

Instructions:
To make the colorful powder, combine 1 cup of cornstarch with 3/4 cup of water. Add food coloring and mix well. Create two colors (one for each team). Let the mixture sit in the sun until thoroughly dry and cracking. Place in a blender and blend on high for a few minutes to break up the mixture into a fine powder. Add the colored powder to the balloons with a funnel. Create an even number of both colors. Tie the balloons with a hairband or rubber band attached.

To play, separate into two teams (red and blue). Attach a balloon to everyone’s ankle filled with the powder of the opposite team color. (Red team wears blue-filled balloons, and blue team wears red-filled.) The object of the game is to have your team pop all the balloons of the other team first. When they pop, the powder creates a colorful cloud to signify which team scored! This game can be played by any even amount of people, and it’s great for outdoor parties, youth camps, or 4th of July fun!

Enjoy this loud, colorful game!

26. Go hardcore America (or just a little patriotic) with a buildable 4th of July makeup look.

28. And, finally, outshine everyone at the party with these fun 4th of July body stencils.

Instructions:
1. Choose a spot on yourself that you would like to decorate (keep rubbing/smudging in mind).

2. Pick a stencil. You can design/create your own stencils using paper and an X-Acto knife, or you can purchase them at your local craft store. (In my case, for our model, I hand-made stencils that were inspired by fireworks that I googled. I also drew many stars and cut them out.)

3. Choose a color scheme. You can combine and overlap all you want, if you want. (In our case, I wanted to focus on red, white/silver, and blue and also had pops of color to make it fun and contemporary).

4. Map out a composition. The body part you choose is important to the overall design. If you are stenciling down an arm, for example, you may want to choose something that has a long/linear composition. If it is in a small concentrated area, you can use a simple, compact design — wherever you want to lead the eye. (In our case, as I explained, I wanted to also send a message, which was stemming from her heart, across her collarbone, and down her arm, so to lead the eye, I created a long, winding design.)

5. Spray! Spray! Spray! Focus on completing one stencil at a time before moving on. Shake the can well and make sure you are in a well-ventilated room. (If we are thinking liability issues, you can do a small patch test 24 hours prior.) Hold the can far enough away from the stencil to create broad, even coverage. In our case, 1) I started off with the firework streams coming from the direction of the heart, and overlapped a couple of colors for depth. 2) I then chose my spots for the actual bursts and overlapped several different colors on top of each other and used dark, light, and florescent colors to add a pop. I placed a star in the middle of each firework. 3) I began to move across the collarbone with various large stars, separately colored red, white/silver, and blue. 4) At the shoulder joint, I started to overlap the red, white/silver, and blue colors to the elbow. 5) At the elbow joint, I used one long stencil that had smaller stars that tapered off and followed the color wheel scheme: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple last.

6. Fix and adjust any touchups as needed.

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Outstanding Furniture Advice To assist You With Purchasing

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The desk you sit at as you work has to be sturdy and high quality. The chair you sit in cannot fail you. Your bed has to hold you up for eight hours every night. Heaven prohibited your dining-room table provided as you consumed! Discover ways to get quality pieces at excellent costs by reading below.

To find household friendly sofas and chairs search for materials which are stain resistant. This can consist of leather or cloth couches and chairs treated with a stain protectant. By choosing household friendly furnishings, you can assist keep your furnishings looking as excellent as the day you bought it with very little effort.

Buying good furniture is simple as long as you understand exactly what to try to find. Always search for manufacturers who pride themselves on producing a quality item. There are plenty of businesses who produce furnishings that will not stand the test of time. Only get furniture from a quality producer who will stand by their product throughout the years.

When buying a new dining room table and chairs, look for strong wood pieces. With these pieces, you can have the table and chairs refinished if they get scratched up. Buy a dining room table pad or a tablecloth to help secure your table’s surface if you can not pay for strong wood.

Shop around when you’re all set to purchase new furnishings. You can frequently discover big rate differences in between stores on the precise very same pieces. To make sure you are getting the finest deal for your cash, store at a couple various shops to find the best price on that unique piece.

Know what the return policy and service warranty are for any piece of furniture you are looking into purchasing. Even if you’re absolutely in love with the piece, you need to understand what options you have if there are concerns. If it’s an “as is” purchase, do extra research upfront to know that the piece is the right one for you.

Examine the finish on the furniture you are considering. If the furniture is wood with a stain, examine that it is applied uniformly and that you can see the wood grain.

If you want to save money on furnishings, consider options to traditional buying. Any neighborhood of some size has a secondary market of furnishings not on showroom floors. If you see a piece you like, talk to the winning bidder for that locker.

Procedure your spaces before you purchase, including the doorways into the room. If you are shopping for a big piece of furniture such as a sofa, this step is specifically crucial. There is absolutely nothing worse that getting your brand new furniture piece home, just to find you cannot get it into your living room, or that it blocks a pathway when put in the spot you prepared.

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All That You Need To Know About Aboriginal Cultural Heritage

Aboriginal cultural heritage includes places plus items that are of much importance to Aboriginal people as it is related to their history, beliefs, traditions, customs, observances and lore. Indigenous Australian cultural heritage provides evidence about the way the Aboriginal people lived their life and proves their existence even before the settlement of Europeans. This cultural heritage is dynamic and it might include elements that are tangible and intangible. It also includes things made out of stone, burial grounds or art sites. Tangible heritage is located within the landscape and needs to be considered within the wider framework of the society’s culture and context. Holistic consideration is necessary for an accurate assessment to be carried out.

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What are the roles of advisors of cultural heritage sites?

 Cultural heritage management advisors are in charge of these cultural heritage sites by letting the people know about various factors, such as:

  • Details about the places and objects used by Aborigines.
  • How such Aboriginal places or objects are protected?
  • How can people identify those objects or places on their place?
  • Learn about due diligence
  • What are the needs to investigate, assess or report the cultural heritage of Aborigines?
  • Learn more about the requirements required for archeological investigations which can be carried out without the AHIP
  • Can these objects of Aborigines transferable to the communities of Aborigines.

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Shortly stating, these cultural heritage sites connects with the people’s sense of belonging to the landscape and others. Heritage consultants make sure that such heritage cultural sites uphold the heritage of the ancient people by maintaining it in a strong manner as an integral part of everyday life. These spots of the ancient heritage of Aborigines are not limited to sites alone, it refers to memories of people, their ceremonies, ways they performed few activities, stories, language etc. The cultural heritage sites aim at educating the younger generation about the traditional culture, ancient practices and to pass it on the next generation.

What must you know about the aboriginal cultural heritage act?

The aboriginal cultural heritage act was passed in 2006 which came into existence on 28th May 2007 offers enough protection and management for the Aboriginal heritage of Victoria by linking these processes with the Victorian planning system. This Act can also be used to improve the provisions related to their heritage sites, offers powers to inspectors, offer orders to stop work, increase the charges or fees if there is a breach in the act. Other Australian states also have their own unique legislation surrounding Aboriginal cultural heritage and heritage advisors in these states offer cultural heritage training related to educating individuals and organisations of their responsibilities surround cultural heritage protection and conservation.