As an expat, it can be a bummer to work on days that are public holidays back in the States. (Thanksgiving and 4th of July have been the two hardest ones for me.) So, even though I knew I would have to work on the 4th, I wanted to make sure that we celebrated properly. What better way to do that than a 4th of July BBQ with my favorite Americans (and some pretty fabulous non-Americans)?!
Thanks to a couple of people being in the States recently, I was able to load up on some red, white & blue decor and a few other goodies. I googled “Best 4th of July playlist” to find all of the classic American songs I needed to play. You saw the damage I did at Aligro last week buying food & supplies for the party. And I recruited a friend to serve as “Grill Master” for the evening. I prepped most nights this week (along with the help of some of the girls), and I have to say that I was beyond thrilled with the outcome. We had a fabulous party, even when it started to storm and made ALL of us squeeze into my apartment. The food was delicious and the outfits were amazing. But, what I love most is bringing together all of my circles of friends & colleagues and watching the laughter and conversations between them. It also warms my heart to be able to give some Americana to the Americans who are missing it and the non-Americans who have never experienced it. My Brazilian neighbor had Macaroni & Cheese for the first time ever tonight! I love that!
I hope those of you in the States celebrated well, and I hope you enjoyed some fireworks for me! It’s the only thing I couldn’t pull off here. Hope these photos make you feel like you were part of the festivities…
[I took these photos before all of the guests arrived, so it doesn’t capture all of the delicious food they brought to share.]
[There were probably between 40-50 people here. Unfortunately, it started to rain, but that didn’t dampen our fun!]
[The “Grill Master” hard at work! I think he grilled 36 hamburgers and 30-something hot dogs. Rockstar! I couldn’t have fed all of these people without him!]
[And who can celebrate the 4th of July without American flag sunglasses?! Or a bedazzled eagle shirt? Or an “I heart NY” t-shirt? Or an American flag? So much red, white & blue! Love it!]
[I’ve never celebrated the 4th of July with this kind of view. Even with a storm blowing in, it’s still breathtaking!]
I hope you can feel the energy and excitement that was here tonight. It was definitely one of my highlights since arriving in Switzerland. Happy 4th of July!