Last year our children had so much fun helping create treats to take to the 4th of July party we were attending. We are still trying to decide what we will make for tomorrow, but I thought I'd repost these here in case any of you are still looking for ideas too!
.: 4th of July Ice Cream Cones :.
Sugar cones dipped in melted white chocolate and rolled in sprinkles
Vanilla White or Strawberry Red Ice Cream
(these were a hit with the kids AND adults!)
.: Red, White and Blueberry Trifle :.
White cake, blueberries, whip cream and strawberries
layered in a trifle bowl! So pretty and easy!
.: Red Licorice :.
(leftover) Red Licorice wrapped in bundles with these free Printable Napkin Rings (inspiration found here)
.: Sparkler Pretzel Rods :.
Pretzel Rods dipped in melted white chocolate and decorated with sprinkles
.: Red, White, and Blue Berries :.
Strawberries (washed and dried completely) dipped in melted white chocolate and blue sprinkles
(I ran across this idea online, and it looks like Charlotte made them this year too, along with all their awesome t-shirts! One of these years we need to try painting t-shirts. I love how theirs turned out, especially the patriotic cupcake for that cute-as-can-be-god-daughter of ours!)
.: United States Flag Cupcakes :.
White Cupcakes decorated with whipped cream, sliced strawberries and blueberries (as an alternative to last year's flag cake)
We pray, Thee O Almighty and Eternal God! Who through Jesus Christ hast revealed Thy glory to all nations, to preserve the works of Thy mercy, that Thy Church, being spread through the whole world, may continue with unchanging faith in the confession of Thy Name.
We pray Thee, who alone art good and holy, to endow with heavenly knowledge, sincere zeal, and sanctity of life, our chief bishop, Pope N., the Vicar of Our Lord Jesus Christ, in the government of his Church; our own bishop, N., all other bishops, prelates, and pastors of the Church; and especially those who are appointed to exercise amongst us the functions of the holy ministry, and conduct Thy people into the ways of salvation.
We pray Thee O God of might, wisdom, and justice! Through whom authority is rightly administered, laws are enacted, and judgment decreed, assist with Thy Holy Spirit of counsel and fortitude the President of these United States, that his administration may be conducted in righteousness, and be eminently useful to Thy people over whom he presides; by encouraging due respect for virtue and religion; by a faithful execution of the laws in justice and mercy; and by restraining vice and immorality. Let the light of Thy divine wisdom direct the deliberations of Congress, and shine forth in all the proceedings and laws framed for our rule and government, so that they may tend to the preservation of peace, the promotion of national happiness, the increase of industry, sobriety, and useful knowledge; and may perpetuate to us the blessing of equal liberty.
We pray for his excellency, the governor of this state, for the members of the assembly, for all judges, magistrates, and other officers who are appointed to guard our political welfare, that they may be enabled, by Thy powerful protection, to discharge the duties of their respective stations with honesty and ability.
We recommend likewise, to Thy unbounded mercy, all our brethren and fellow citizens throughout the United States, that they may be blessed in the knowledge and sanctified in the observance of Thy most holy law; that they may be preserved in union, and in that peace which the world cannot give; and after enjoying the blessings of this life, be admitted to those which are eternal.
Finally, we pray to Thee, O Lord of mercy, to remember the souls of Thy servants departed who are gone before us with the sign of faith and repose in the sleep of peace; the souls of our parents, relatives, and friends; of those who, when living, were members of this congregation, and particularly of such as are lately deceased; of all benefactors who, by their donations or legacies to this Church, witnessed their zeal for the decency of divine worship and proved their claim to our grateful and charitable remembrance. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech Thee, a place of refreshment, light, and everlasting peace, through the same Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.
From his 1791 Prayer for Government, recited in parishes throughout his diocese. Archbishop John Carroll, SJ
Happy Independence Day!