My Family’s 4th of July at the Beach

My family spent the 4th in Malibu at the beach. I took a ton of pictures to share with all of you, so I hope you enjoy them! You may even find some inspiration in here for your next summer BBQ party. Here is a pictorial diary of our day from beginning to end.

We started our day with snacks and building sand castles on the beach. My kids love POP chips, and they’re healthy, so as a mom, I’m a fan too. Limonata is my favorite sparkling beverage, so we had that as well.

The kids dressed in red, white, and blue, lounged in their new beach chairs from Ralph’s Market

Dean needed his morning calcium before firing up the grill!



For florals, I went to the local farmers market. Instead of buying vases, I used Tynant sparkling water bottles. It’s less expensive, and I used the sparkling water for the drinks I prepared.

I also love sunflowers for 4th of July. To me, they scream summer! I filled the base with lemons for a fresh, summery look.


I made a pitcher of sparkling water with a little fresh squeezed lemon. Then I added Kool-Aid ice cubes in red and blue with berries frozen in them. So refreshing, and fun for the kids!

Our Pekingese Minnie enjoyed the beach. She’s a rescue and had never been to the ocean.


This is Dean’s custom-made paddle board. That’s supposed to be me – obviously before pregger city! Dean got a little paddle boarding in between grill shifts!

Liam and Stella had fun playing in the sand.


“Feeding Froggies” was the game of the day

I love gladiator sandals for summer especially in a metallic. I wore this great pair by DVF.

Chiquita and Ferris caught some rays and enjoyed the view from the deck.

Ice-cold cherries are the best when it’s hot out!

Here I am in my first maternity bathing suit of the summer.

Red polish isn’t just for winter. I love shiny true red toes for the summer.

I love putting little braids in my hair for summer. It keeps my hair off my face and it’s Boho chic. Plus the feather extensions are a fun summer look. I got them with the kids. Most salons do them now – give it a try next time you’re jonesing for a new summer style.

I love deep fried dill pickles (hello preggo cravings). Here they are, prepped for frying to eat on our sliders.

Dean seasoned and prepared the meat. Here it is, all ready for the BBQ.

Bacon makes everything better…we wrapped our hotdogs in bacon strips before grilling.

We had my favorite onion dip, made with Lipton’s onion soup mix and sour cream. Served with good old-fashioned Ruffles, of course!



Our main courses: bacon-wrapped hot dogs and beef sliders with sage derby cheddar and heirloom tomatoes, topped with fried pickles (in the center bowl).


The fried pickles are also great eaten alone or dipped in ranch dressing.


Bump at the beach!

I love this shot! I caught Liam trying to throw Stella’s baby doll off the deck.

The bump makes for the perfect table!

Liam and Stella finishing up our food fest!

Here I am, lounging with the pups.


Other summer accessories I love: big sunglasses and fun beach straw hats. Remember girls, we can still look chic while protecting our skin against harmful rays!

That’s SO going to be me when I’m older! I loved that she was rocking the caftan and had tons of chic gold bangles on while strolling the beach.

I took this while prepping 4th of July sugar cookies to make ice cream sandwiches for the kids.

Finished product!

For us grownups – a 4th of July butter cream and fresh berry-filled white cake that my adorable hubby decorated like the American flag.

The perfect end to our day – an amazing fireworks show!

Here’s my family watching the fireworks.

And that’s a wrap folks! The kids were wiped out from our fun-filled day at the beach!

Now I want to see your 4th of July pictures! Upload them to your profile and “like” them, and I’ll post my faves next week!

  • Brooke Rega

    I adore that your food was so simple, yet had your own unique twist to it! Looks like you all had an amazing 4th. We did just the same. We lounged poolside, then went to the in-laws for a fish fry, then watched the fireworks on a private boat dock. Bella Mae was in awe of all of the amazing colors. She said,”Look at all of those fireworks!” “Oh wow wee!” and “These are so cute!”

  • sarah deshotels tullier

    how do I “LIKE” my 4th of July pixs (2 albums) that I posted for you to view????

  • Cari

    Aww, those pics are too cute! We celebrated Canada Day on Friday and it was very similar to yours – a day enjoying the sun with good food and better friends! Thanks for sharing!

  • Nicole Coughlin

    We went to the lake this weekend and there were zero sea shells. I was telling my mother-in-law about your mother and the shells she had you discover in Malibu. Maybe next year I’ll bring some along, I would love to see my children’s excitement.

    P.S. – I love how you make some pictures look old fashioned in coloring.

  • Jamie Wilkerson

    Love the photo editing! What did you use?

  • Mandi Garfield

    Loved the pictorial! YUM on the fried pickles….I need to do that!

  • hollabacknow

    Can I join your family!?!Looked like a great time. We celebrated Canada Day but did not get a chance to do anything too exciting. But great Ideas I will have to keep them in mind for next year.By the way the kids chairs are soooo adorable!!! Thanks for sharing Tori smiley-smile.gif

  • Jenna Stafford

    LOVE! Posted a couple pics of my own. I totally admire you and hope to one day plan a 4th of July similar to yours Tori!

  • Tara Pakosta

    I LOVE that you are documenting their childhood Tori!!

    way to go!!! I think lots of celebrities forget to do this because they are so busy and figure the paparazzi is already doing it! GREAT photos! tara

  • Stephanie Tedder

    Thank you Tori for sharing your wonderful day!!

  • Heidi Timmons

    Awesome post Tori – you rock! smiley-tongue-out.gif

  • Jewel Bolen

    What a great day for you and the family.


  • Trisha Allen

    Happy 4th of July!!! I love the pictures, what photo editing did you use?

  • Dee Rich

    Really cute pictures! I really love all of your party ideas!! So much fun! Thanks for sharing your cute and affordable ideas!!!

  • Jennifer Bruno

    Happy 4th Tori!! I love that you documented the entire day…..from food, to fashion to fun :) The kiddos looked like they had such a great time. Isn’t it so great to just watch them play together?? My 2 boys are a little further in age than Liam and Stella, but listening to their conversations is just priceless! Thanks for sharing!

  • Julie Murphy

    Love the “belly table”. I remember doing that, too. Now my babies are 14, 11, and 8. I’m jonesing for a #4 but nervous about starting over at almost 37. Thanks for sharing your day. <3

  • Lemon Meringue

    How sweet familylife can be! Love the way you share such a private thing with us! I think it’s all about being together and just enjoy that (in the company of good food, never without the good food). It’s quite funny, allthough I live a complete different life (far less sunny, or rustic as I like to put it, out of the public eye instead of your sunpacked, paparazzifilled Hollywoodstyle one) I do recognise the things you do with your husband and kids, the warmth and richness it provides, being together. It may be on a different level, under completely different circumstances, but this weekend we lit a fire in the garden, put soms sausages on the grill, had soms chips and husband and I, together with our 3 kids of 3,7 and 9 years old, sat back, relaxed and counted our blessings! (by the way, Stella looks incredibly pretty in that bathingsuit, is it H&M? I have exactly the same for my daughter, loved the slightly retrolook of it). With your #3 on the way, you’ll only have more of it! Something to look forward to!!

  • Nancy

    Looks like a wonderful holiday for your sweet family! I wish we lived close because my littlest girl would love playing with your two!
    I have a little blog…


    Nothing fancy, just about my fam!

    I love your style & creativity, Tori!

  • Tara Allen

    Thank you so much for sharing your Fourth of July with us!!!!! AMAZING!!!!! I LOVE you and your BEAUTIFUL family!!!! Loved that you made and your fashions!!! Your baby bump is so cute and can’t wait to see he/she!!!! :) LOVE all you guys and many Blessings for you entire family!!! xoxo,Tara

  • Tara Allen

    Sorry meant loved that you showed us what you ate and the fashions! Lol!

  • FavorCakes by Erica

    Great photos! They have sort of a nostalgic look & feel to them. I think your best photo caption was “Bacon makes everything better”, LOL!

    You know, this 4th was probably one of the most fun my family has spent together and I didn’t take one single photo of them. I did take a photo of the treats my daughter and I made for the party we attended. I guess I can post that one :-) Thanks for sharing Tori!

  • cassandra spring

    Beautiful pics! Lots of terrific memories for the little ones.


    Tori you have a wonderful family so thank you for sharing these pics with us, soooo sweet!smiley-smile.gif

    (& why have i never heard of deep frying pickles?!!!smiley-tongue-out.gif I love pickles, yum )

  • Olga Podobed

    that’s so sweet! thank you for sharing!

  • Jordan Yaworski

    The pictures are great! Thank you for sharing! :) I’m glad you all had such a great time.

  • Christine Singer

    Love the pictures, beautiful!!smiley-laughing.gif

  • Chandra Payne

    We have a quite few thing in common: I love gladiator sandals too, I’m thinking of trying the feather trend (a clip in piece) and my nails are currently red too! Lovely 4th of July pics. smiley-smile.gif

  • Art Good

    Fried pickles???!!! Hello! Where’s the recipe?smiley-laughing.gif

  • kim meares

    tori, please post the fried pickle recipe. and thank u for sharing your life with us. i cant get enough of liam and stella. they are beautiful children.

  • Amber Hart

    Tori, thanks so much for sharing your pictures! So precious!

  • laurie lester

    Beautiful Children,Beautiful Family,Homedown Barbecue With All The Trimmings,Great Animals,The Beach The water The Fun,What More Could You Be Blessed With,Wonderful,Thank You For Sharing.

  • Kimberly Purdue

    Glad you had such a wonderful time. I can’t believe how big Liam and Stella are getting! Watching Storibook Weddings this season I would get so excited when they would have their little shots in the episode so I could see how big they are getting. You two have beautiful children and you are such a wonderful mom, Tori. You dad is so proud.

  • Suzanne Brown

    LOVE thank you for sharing your moments!