Oh, say can you see..what a great time I (Ana) had working on this month’s Iconic Hostess? Digging around the web for vintage and retro-inspired finds for the ever-stylish Jackie O. was an absolute blast, and got me in the spirit for next week’s patriotic holiday. Grilling, swimming, kickin’ back and setting off fireworks are all in my plans, but why not do it in the style of our former First Lady? Here’s a party plan that the stylish Mrs. Kennedy would’ve endorsed.

The Drink: A simple shandy feels perfect for the 4th. Grab your favorite local beer (or at least domestic!) and add a splash of lemonade for a refreshing treat. Since the 4th often means drinking during the day, I love these because their alcochol content isn’t as high as that of a true liquor-based cocktail.

The Food: Fire up the grill! A hot dog and hamburger bar are all you need for this holiday. It might be expected, but I think that’s a good thing when we’re celebrating a holiday that’s all about tradition. Feel free to fancy it up with fun toppings – I love the idea of having sauerkraut and chili in addition to relish, mayo, mustard and ketchup for folks to add to their hot dogs. Chopped onions, hickory sauce and grated cheese are also delicious and unexpected toppings for a burger.

The Entertainment: If it’s at all possible to be by water, make it happen! Nothing is more relaxing than sitting poolside, floating down a river or relaxing on the lake for a laid back Independence Day. Between grilling, relaxing and sparklers for the kids, everyone will be plenty occupied until the sun goes down and the fireworks come out. Happy Fourth, friends!

And Why Not…

  • I love this trick that I just learned from my friends: cut a watermelon into ice cube sized chunks, place in a Ziploc bag and freeze. Add to water for a refreshing fruity kick that encourages everyone to stay hydrated.
  • Have a local beer flight for the adults. Grab a few of your favorite craft brews, pour them up and have a tasting to discover new favorites and relish in oldies but goodies.
  • Have a cooler full of Firecracker popsicles! I guarantee these old-school patriotic treats are a delight for kids and grown-ups alike.

*images: hot dog 1. Firecracker popsicles 2. photo of Jackie by Mark Shaw 3. vintage swimsuit 4. vintage scarf  5. vintage flag set 6. patriotic pin 7. vintage sparklers 8. vintage tumblers

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    Naree @Cupcakes & Confetti | June 29, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I adore Jackie and I adore this. Classic all-American style galore!

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    Jessica McSweeney | June 29, 2012 at 8:12 am

    There’s just something about all of the red, white, and blue in this post that makes me smile! That, and Jackie O is always wonderful. Love that scarf!

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    Bliss Celebrations | June 29, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Oh how we love this! Nothing says summer in New England more than a Kennedy party!

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    Lucy | July 2, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Next year I’m having a Kennedy party 🙂 I’m inspired, thank you!

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