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Firecracker Stakes : 4th of July Party

July 4, 2013

Last weekend we hosted a 4th of July and horse race betting party at our condo. We thought our friends might be out of town or busy on the 4th, so we wanted to have a get-together earlier in the week. We titled the event the “Red White and Blue Firecracker Stakes,” named for the Churchill Downs horse races going on that day. I enjoyed decorating for the party and making appetizers – we don’t have parties often enough so it was a great excuse to go all out. Will painted a sign that read “Welcome to the Firecracker Stakes,” which turned out really well considering I was supposed to make it! Everyone brought a side dish or dessert and we made hamburgers and hot dogs. I forgot to take pictures once the dining table was set buffet style, but I took some good ones beforehand.

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The guys have been really into betting on horses since we all went to the Kentucky Derby in May, but they realized maybe there’s a cheaper way to watch the races and have a fun time. To limit the money being spent, we created our own game. Each person brings $10 for the pot and we have 4 teams of 2 people (couples in our case). We take turns picking horses for each race, and first to pick 3 winners get a prize, and first to 5 winners gets the jackpot. We set up 2 TVs in the living room with a laptop connected to each so we could live steam the races from whatever race track we chose. We had a great time, even though the same couple won the prize (Target gift card) and all the money!

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Hope these photos inspire you to throw your own holiday bash for the 4th! Enjoy your day today and have a Happy 4th of July!

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