My dear friend Marie-Eve and her family are on their way (they are literally on the plane as I am writing this!). Since they had a horrible week, I decided to welcome them with a 4th of July celebration that will hopefully make them smile again!

As far as the inspiration for the treats table, two things came to mind... My friends LOVE sodas. Last time they were here, they drove out of their ways to get to this specialty soda shop. And you should see the stunning, vintage Coca-Cola cooler in their dining room! So this is why I filled a bucket with a variety of artisanal and classic sodas. Every 4th of July, it is our family tradition to make hot fudge sundaes with brownies. Once a year, it is pure indulgence... I bake this dense, rich chocolate cake that we top with our favorite vanilla ice cream and home made fudge sauce. My husband has a collection of sundae cups his grand mother gave him a long time ago. This is the perfect occasion to take them out of the top shelf!

Since I had less than a week to realize this project, I ordered some fabrics to make the tablecloths, runners, napkins and banners. No sewing involved (no time!), just straight cuts. I also ordered the beautiful Americana pinwheels. I went to the flower district first thing Saturday morning and made the flower arrangements last night. The backyard is ready, and I am now working on dinner!

Have an amazing 4th of July everyone!