Holiday weekend

I may have mentioned {a time or three} that the 4th of July is my favorite holiday of the year.  This weekend did nothing to dispel my bubbly feelings about the holiday.

4th of July

Our weekend went something like this: pool, BBQ, late night fireworks, sleep in late, pool, parade, BBQ, fireworks, sleep in late.

4th of July

My sister and her family came over for some holiday festivity, in which our husbands had giggly discourse over the state of the world.


These two are pretty naughty together.  The one on the left is responsible for keeping your power on, the one on the right is teaching your teenaged kids about the literature of the world.

Be afraid, be very afraid.


I’m sorry, but I have to include a gratuitous husband shot.  I think he’s the bees knees, and doesn’t plaid look great on him?


Independence Day

I put to practice all my 4th of July recipes and decorating tips from over the years to create a festive little food table.  The 4th of July banner might be my favorite, but the candy jars with sparklers were a close second.

So easy, and completely adorable.


I’m sorry, it’s like I can’t help it.  I can’t, I really can’t.

Viktor is too handsome for words.


My cute nephew reads all of Precocious’ books when he comes over.  They’re the literature twins, swapping hilarious books with each other at every chance they get.  This was The Encyclopedia of Immaturity.  It’s a good one, filled with loads of how-to’s on naughtiness.

They pored over it.


And Precocious let my sister do her hair!  What?  I haven’t been allowed to do that since she was in diapers.  Hmm.  Well, it turned out pretty anyway, and I love the fact that she has a little bit of chocolate on her chin.

Not a teen, yet.


Charming went a little Lord of the Flies and tried to blow his fingers off, to no avail.  Every time I turned around he’d swiped a box of matches to make his own special fireworks.

Seriously, it’s amazing I have any hair left at all.  And he’s SIX.


I hope you had a marvelous weekend, whether or not you were celebrating American Independence Day.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a little cleaning up to do.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Katrina :

    It’s lovely that your husband is wearing plaid, BUT more important it is not the usual, navy blue, black, grey, or white {ahem}

    I love your daughters hair, it is simple adorable… I got one too curly for that look and the other has too thin of hair :/

    I had a great weekend too, did you see the fair shot of the rides by sunset: : Check it out!

    • Allison :

      So much fun! I can’t get enough of holiday weekends.

  2. Marie :

    Fun party! And that Viktor is the bees knees!

    • Allison :

      I can’t help it, he’s a straight up Polish fox.

  3. Jenny :

    That looks like fun! You’ve inspired me to be more organized the next 4th of July and do something color coordinated.

    • Allison :

      Jenny, you can’t believe how easy it was, really. You’d make it look amazing, I promise.

  4. Lisa Marion :

    I am thrilled to now call you a friend. It would have been much better though to have met two decades ago, but this will do ;) You are darling as well as your whole crew.

    • Allison :

      I know! And I’m sorry I had a migraine and didn’t get to say goodbye! You’re fabulous and adorable, and I have your phone number! HA.