Happy 4th of July!

The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our nation's independence and the freedom that we all hold dear. Whether you're celebrating by having a party with friends and family, or watching the 70th Annual Champaign County Freedom Fireworks, we hope you have a wonderful holiday! This week's DIY will be a collection of easy crafts and recipes you can make to throw a fun party. Let's get started!

Crafts

Tie Dye Tee

To add a little nostalgia to your holiday style, tie dye your own patriotic tee-shirt! All you need is a white, 100% cotton tee-shirt, zip ties, and red and blue tie dye coloring. Pair with cut off jeans and sunglasses, and you're all set. For specific introductions, check out the full tutorial from iLove to Create Blog.

Wreath

Let everyone know where the party is with a festive red, white, and blue wreath! This DIY is super easy and cute. To make your own wreath, you will need a 12 inch wire wreath, 70 wood clothespins, red, white, and blue spray paint, a star punch or star stickers, and a wide ribbon on which to hang the wreath. This DIY is from Miss Butter Bean, and you can follow along here.

Recipes

Caprese Garlic Bread

An upscale take on garlic bread that is easy to make and to devour! There are all the well-loved elements of the classic-garlic, butter, and bread-with the added ingredients of the sophisticated caprese salad-mozzarella, fresh basil, and tomatoes. Add a balsamic glaze, and you're ready to serve this warm and savory appetizer. Find the complete recipe at Delish!

Raspberry Lemonade

A berry-good take (sorry) on the refreshing original, raspberry lemonade is sure to be a crowd favorite. It's hard to resist this bright red drink, especially on the 4th. Adding frozen raspberries to regular lemonade elevates it, bringing some tartness and color to the sweet drink. For the full recipe by Food Network's Ree Drummond, click here! (Try substituting frozen blueberries to make blueberry lemonade!)

Dessert Trifle

Last, but not least-dessert! This colorful trifle is easy to make and fun to put together. Whether you're hosting a party or bringing food to work or another gathering, this is the one to make. Angel food cake, cream cheese, whipped cream, and assorted berries make up this red, white, and blue dessert. It gets better the longer it sets, so you can make it in the morning and serve in the afternoon or even the next day. For the full list of ingredients and instructions, follow this link!   Happy 4th of July from Campus Property Management!