Long Patriotic Summer Weekend

Hello friends! Summer is in full swing here but I have to admit that I find it very hard to sit in front of the computer with my back turned to my 3 young, sweet kids. (That is not how I want them to remember their summer!). I am going to try my hardest to make both my family and my readers happy but you will see me taking longer blog breaks than usual. I hope you don’t mind.

On Sunday we are celebrating 4th of July here in the US. Our independence day. Complete with social activities, BBQ and patriotic themes.

We will be celebrating with our dear friends Bianca and Clemens who are so good at throwing really fun & lively parties for friends and family. They just moved into a gigantic house up on lush green hill were it is absolutely peaceful and quiet and yet, this is the view from their living room! You can almost touch the city of Bellevue through their living room panorama windows! A prime spot for fire works!

I don’t know how creative I will be with dishes and decorations for the party but here are some things that even I can pull off in my lazy summer state of mind!

The only decoration I am fiercely loyal to and do every year at my own house is to hang these handmade patriotic paper lanterns by Bethany Lowe in our old chandelier. It does not get much easier than that!

Happy weekend to all my readers! And Happy Fourth to my US friends!

Hope the sun is shining bright on all of you!

Images: 1, 3 5, 8 and 9 via Flickr, 2, 10-14 via Martha Stewart Living, 4 and 6 via Allt om Mat, 7, 15 and 16 via Splendid Willow.
Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |


  • Mia says:

    Lovely pictures, makes me wanna have a party : ) I think it’s definitely alright to slow down blogging during summer/vacation (I will do the same), after all real life is more important (even if lovely blogs and readers brightens life a lot : ).


  • Will says:

    Have a wonderful July 4th! Enjoy your break, too.

  • Mon, those paper lanterns are such a nice touch. Have a wonderful holiday – and you KNOW you are absolutely doing the right thing in spending more time with your family and less on the computer! Enjoy it all! Love, Donna

  • Courtney says:

    Oh those lanterns are lovely! I think I’d like to have them in different colors year round. Enjoy your holiday, and the rest of your summer fun!

  • Janell Beals says:

    Enjoy, I am really looking forward to Sunday, our neighborhood does it up right! And as for summer, enjoy! Mine is way too busy with some tight deadlines, but getting as much help as I can on my projects so that I still have lots of free time with the kids! Summer is the best…Janell

  • g says:

    what festive shots! have a ball!

  • Tina says:

    Love these pictures and I can´t BELIEVE I´m going to the States for the first time ever in just a couple of months..! I´m sooo happy about that, will be great! :-)

    Take care!

  • Laura says:

    Happy Fourth Monika! Hope you all are doing well xo

  • Happy, happy fourth. I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends and family as well. We are headed to the lake. There will be huge fireworks display at one of the marinas that we can see from our back porch. This is a great time of the year. Hugs. Mona

  • Carole says:

    Sounds like a fab weekend Mon. Enjoy!!
    We’re off to a wedding in the country and the weather in the UK is being kind to us for a change!

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Happy 4th, Monica. Have fun with your friends, enjoying that view!

  • sandra says:

    Hej vännen,
    Ha en helt ljuvlig fourth of july…
    Jag är troligtvis i Halmstad i våran stuga dessa datum är där hela sommaren..
    vore verkligen super om vi kunde träffas:)
    hör av dig..

  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Jag gillar både dig och din blogg ! Jag har bara varit osynlig i bloggvärlden ett tag.

    Jag jobbar i slutet av juli och början av augusti, men skulle du vilja ha sällskap på stan så ställer jag väldigt gärna upp.

    Ha en trevlig 4:e Juli !

    Stor kram

  • Delishhh says:

    I am a huge firworks fan but our dog is not, so we try to stay away from it :). Happy 4th of July and have a great weekend!

  • Monika, I’m on the same page as you are!
    Even though my kids are older and pretty
    self-sufficient during the day {except that
    they still need my chauffering services!} I
    want to be present for them during these
    fleeting days of summer. Have a fabulous
    Fourth of July celebrating our wonderful
    USA!!! Sounds like you will be with the
    right people to make it memorable : )
    xx Suzanne PS: Love those lanterns!

  • I hope you have a wonderful Fourth, Mon! I love these images and ideas! That berry dessert looks incredible!

    I’ll be styling a wedding on the 4th of July! Maybe I can have a bbq with my friends & husband on the 5th! :) xo

  • KMD Atelier says:


    I LOVE your tradition of hanging paper lanterns from your chandelier. What a fantastic idea.

    Enjoy the summer with your cuties!



  • paula says:

    and a happy 4th to you!

  • pve says:

    Happy red white and blue to you and your children!
    Wonderful images!!

  • Flaviana says:

    Hi Mon!
    very lovely pictures ,especially the cup of berries..yum!!
    I’d love to feel a bit more patriotic sometimes!
    I wish you a glorious weekend, enjoy the 4th July celebrations
    Hugs from me

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    These images makes me wish I was back in the states to celebrate. Then again 85 degree weather while here in Sweden is pretty nice…

  • hope you have a great weekend – happy 4th!

  • Monika, it is totally understandable that you need to take blogging breaks — and honestly, we will follow you no matter what. I wish I could spend tomorrow with you — love all of this inspiration — so many fun ideas!

    I wish you the most perfect remainder of the weekend, my friend, however you spend it :)


  • Julie says:

    HI Monika
    Well I truly understand that your kids come before blogging.. although It is always lovely to see your posts pop up… I know I have been a little absent with blogging too.. but a house move in process.. not as much fun as summer!!!

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend and 4th July!! and what a great spot you have to watch the fireworks.. I love them!! I think all of Sydney loves them!!.. I love that 2nd fireworks shot.. i have something similar which I must show you one day.. but meanwhile back to the packing for me… and the celebrating for you! ciao ciao xxx Julie

  • Lovely pics! Enjoy the long weekend with your kiddos, and never feel bad putting them first, that’s how it should be! Us blog readers understand and fit in when you can, that’s the joys of blogland!

  • family first! that’s what i like to hear :) i hope you and yours had a wonderful fourth!

  • Åhhhhhhhh gud så gott allting ser ut – och jag som går på diet! Det går bara inte… Den där desserten med bären o grädden eller vad det är…. grym!!

    Jasså du kommer till Sverige? Mest troligt håller jag mig här nere i Skåne under den tiden men det hade ju varit jättekul att ses. Tror inte min familj blir så glada på mig om jag kvistar iväg till Stockholm lite hipp som happ… Är du i Stockholm med hela familjen o myser?

    Kram Jenny

  • Hi Mon – hope you had a fantastic holiday! And I love those lanterns!

  • Fabulous post Monika! I love the patriotic photos! I hope you had a great 4th July weekend. Your friend’s view is amazing! Don’t worry about blogging breaks. It’s so necessary and loyal readers understand.

    Wishing you a warm hug from Vancouver!

    xo Reese

  • Piper says:

    Oh what a beautiful post – I missed seeing such great posts while I was away! Hope you had a wonderful 4th. And no worries about blogging breaks…I need to take your advice on that too :)!

  • i want to be invited to that party.. totally with you about taking blogging breaks..i find myself constantly thinking of my blogging bud when im away, but have to enjoy summer so i have stories to share with you all. hope the party was fun. xo

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