Don’t stress out about your 4th of July party
Follow these tips for a great Fourth of July!
July 4th is the day the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in 1776. Today, we celebrate with fireworks, picnics, BBQs, parades, flags and food. It is a holiday we were all meant to share. Invite everyone over — it’s the most casual and relaxed holiday of the year!
With these easy entertaining tips you can be a guest at your own event.
- Go big with your décor. Use a large flag to drape the buffet table. Set up early in the day. Forget the mini flag toothpicks! Go big and go bold.
- When someone asks if they can bring something, say yes. Tell them what you would like them to bring. Be specific, and know what is coming. One less thing for you to do!
- Buy a few large, metal coolers and pack them with ice and drinks. Include opened bottles of rosé wine and white wine. Have glasses nearby so guests can help themselves.
- Buy a lot of inexpensive bandanas in blue and red, and some fun wicker baskets. Roll the bandanas and present them as napkins, and use them in the wicker baskets for buns, silverware, marshmallows, chocolate, graham crackers, and more.
- Greet people with a cold drink. This is the perfect holiday for red sangria with lots of blueberries. Pre-pour glasses and have them near the entry.
- Construct an easy, make-ahead menu.
- Grill Hot Dogs and Burgers. Make a lot and platter them, so you can let guests put them together themselves.
- Remind people of their childhoods with dessert. S’mores and make-your-own ice cream sundaes are perfect.
- Get Sparklers! Everyone loves them. Pass them out with dessert for a super fun end to the meal.
- Don’t forget music, especially if you are outside. Music fills in all the quiet moments. And don’t forget to start the music early when you are setting up!
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Your family is going to be impressed. Trust us.
We’re celebrating July 4th with a twist on a crowd favorite — Rice Krispie Treats. And the best part? They’re store bought and with a sprinkle here and some chocolate there, plain desserts change to patriotic treats right before your eyes.
1 package of Rice Krispie Bars. (The store-bought ones will do. I told you this is a great recipe!)
1 package blue candy melts
1 package red candy melts
1 package of sprinkles — go with the star shaped ones if you want to be really patriotic
1 package black licorice rope
1 package large marshmallows
Separate by color, place melts in bowls and microwave for about 30 seconds.
Skewer marshmallows and dip them in the red candy melt. Put to the side. (If you can control yourself and not eat all those red candy melt covered marshmallows, then move on to the next step.)
Dip one side of Rice Krispie Bars into the blue candy melt.
Place the Rice Krispie Bars blue side down on a plate. Get your red candy melt covered marshmallows and remove the skewers, but before you go throwing those skewers away, poke a hole into the marshmallows on the other side. This will make sense later. Just trust us! Go ahead and put those marshmallows on top of the Rice Krispie Bars.
It’s time for the black licorice rope. Cut the ropes into about 2 inch segments and stick them into the hole of the marshmallows! I told you this would all make sense! About an inch of rope should be sticking out.
Fetch your cupcake icing! After you squirt some directly into your mouth – don’t act like you don’t do that – squeeze a little on each corner of the Rice Krispie Bars. Isn’t that cute? Then get those sprinkles and sprinkle some directly into your mouth – you know you want to – and then sprinkle them on top of each cupcake icing dollop. Adorbs!
And that’s it! You just made an easy and very fancy looking festive treat you and your family will love.
60 Delicious 4th of July Recipes to Make for an Epic Summer Cookout
The Fourth of July practically demands delicious grilled foods, red-white-and-blue desserts and a cold cocktail in hand. But don't stress, because we have all the recipes you need to throw a mouthwatering Independence Day party, even if it's just you and the kids this year. From classic all-American dishes, like coleslaw and burgers, to more inventive ideas, like cauliflower "potato" salad and grilled watermelon skewers, we've rounded up the very best entrees, sides and desserts to whip up before the fireworks begin. Here, the 60 best 4th of July recipes&mdashbecause, after all, isn&rsquot every holiday just an excuse to eat excessively?
Melissa went straight for the good stuff: chocolate.
Chocolate brownies as the basis for a fruity, colorful pizza is just about as perfect as it gets over here!
Simple and delicious, I know this will find it&rsquos way to our patriotic celebration.
Star-Spangled Brownie Pizza by the Farm Girl Gabs.
24 Easy Fourth of July Recipes
I haven’t done a recipe round-up in a hot minute. I figured I’d give everyone an easy cheat-sheet of Fourth of July recipes. The recipes below are tried-and-true favorites of mine. The best part? Don’t just use them for the Independence Day holiday! These recipes are perfect for any summer gathering. You can find appetizers, side dishes, salads and desserts below that are fit for a magnificent summer cookout.
#1: Green Chile Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a no-brainer, but these delightful bites pack an unexpected punch.
#2: Frozen Yogurt Blueberry Bites
A great way to get your kids involved in the cooking. Try it here.
#3: Texas Caviar Dip
A classic in the Lone Star state. Serve with crackers or corn chips. Recipe here.
#4: Memphis Coleslaw
Not just a regular cole slaw here. This fresh, crisp salad has a bite. Recipe here.
#5: Lemon Basil Pasta Salad
A constant hit with partygoers. Fresh, light and delectable. Try the recipe here.
#6: BLT Potato Salad
World collide for what could be the best potato salad ever. Make it here.
#7: Collard & Kale Slaw
Another delightful play on a regular slaw. Two hearty greens mixed with sharp red onion and crispy bacon. Yum. Recipe here.
#8: Pineapple Baked Beans
It may sound like a strange combination, but trust me. It’s good. Recipe here.
#9: Summer Squash Casserole
Nothing screams summer quite like squash. Cover it in melty cheese for an instant classic. Recipe here.
#10: Roasted Broccoli Salad
Broccoli salad is a Southern staple in the summer. This puts a spin on the original: roast your broccoli! Recipe here.
#11: Peach Berry Summer Fruit Salad
Fresh fruit salad never tasted so good. Strawberries, peaches, nectarines…grab all the summer fruits! Recipe here.
#12: Mexican Macaroni Salad
One of my favorite macaroni salad recipes. Corn, black beans and juicy tomatoes are just a few of the ingredients. Try it here.
#13: Strawberries Newport
These can only be found in OKC and only one time a year, but now you can make them year-round. Recipe here.
#14: Cherry Pie Cookies
Apple pie is an American classic, but cherry pie takes a close second-place. Make these pie-inspired cookies instead. Recipe here here.
#15: White Texas Sheet Cake
Texas sheet cake is usually a fudgy pecan dream. This is the white cake version note: it’s just as delicious. Recipe here.
#16: Lemon-Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Cool, creamy cheesecake is meant for summer festivities. Try it made into bars with lemon & blueberry flavors! Recipe here.
#17: Grilled Zucchini Salad
Frida Kahlo used to serve this at dinner parties. My version is just as good. Recipe here.
#18: Not Your Mama’s Four-Bean Salad
Four beans. More veggies. More delicious. This bean salad will be eaten up in a flash. Recipe here.
#19: Texas Tabbouleh
A mix between Texas Caviar dip and traditional tabbouleh. Use quinoa for a special surprise. Recipe here.
#20: Apple Pie Cookies
Another pie-into-cookie form. The American classic in bite-size portions that are cute, delicious, and addicting. Recipe here.
#21: Sour Cream Peach Pie
Fresh peaches are a sign of summer. Bake them into a crumbly, creamy pie for a sweet dessert. Recipe here.
#22: American Pie
An absolute show-stopper. Fresh strawberry pie with a delicate blueberry pie on the side. Recipe here.
#23: Margarita Key Lime Pie with Pretzel Crust
Cool and creamy. Adult beverage meets delicious dessert. The crust is also one you don’t want to miss out on. Recipe here.
#24: Southern Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad
A Southern favorite. Cheese, bacon, broccoli & cauliflower in a creamy dressing. Recipe here.
Looking for a last-minute dessert to bring to a picnic? These red, white, and blue strawberries come together in 10 minutes or less.
Melt white chocolate chips or white melting chocolate in the microwave, dip the strawberry in the chocolate (about 3/4 of the way up) and then dip the bottom fourth of the strawberry in blue sugar sprinkles.
Place on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper to dry and wow your guests with a dessert that looks fancy but took just minutes to make.
Flag Fruit Dessert
Take a big tray, some yogurt covered pretzels and fresh fruit to make this clever and cute party platter. Spread each fruit and the pretzels into separate rows making a flag shape. A bowl of berries at the top left corner complete the look. This is the perfect healthy treat for your celebration! See the pin.
Red, White and Blue Sparkling Sangria
The Fourth of July is the perfect time to break out your pitcher and serve up chilled red, white and blue sangria. Make it sparkling and in minutes you’ve got a fabulous holiday cocktail. Big batches are always ideal for a crowd, and this patriotic pour is just the right sip for summer. All you need is a few fresh strawberries and sweet blueberries, along with the spritz of bubbly wine and you’re in for a firework-worthy toast.
Wash and dry all of the fruit.
Destem and cut the strawberries in half and set them aside.
Begin by cutting the pound cake into slices and then into cubes.
Gently place a layer of cut-up pound cake in the bottom of a trifle dish.
Then place a layer of cool whip.
Next, take the strawberries and place them in a decorative way, with the cut strawberry half placed against the glass and a mixture of the strawberries and blueberries in the middle.
Add another layer of cool whip and another layer of mixed berries.
Finish by placing another layer of cool whip and the rest of the berries on top.
In less than 15 minutes, you&rsquoll have a patriotic berry dessert that&rsquos sure to become a new favorite!
Easy 4th of July Recipes—Appetizers and Snacks
Fourth of July means outdoor barbecues with fireworks lighting up the sky, celebrating the signing of our country’s Declaration of Independence. And like every year, you want to whip up fantastic meals and drinks for family and friends.
While you're waiting for the grilling to start, this 4th of July menu ideas for a crowd and party starters will kick-start this celebration with a bang!
Here is the list of an easy fourth of July dessert recipe that you and your family should try this 4th of July!
Party with one of the best flavors of the summer: rhubarb! Kids and adults alike will love these, especially with a big scoop of ice cream on top. Rhubarb and juicy berries combined are the perfect summery sweet.
- Butter, for the ramekins
- One lb. strawberries, hulled and halved (quartered if large)
- Six tbsp. chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1 lb. rhubarb, trimmed then cut into 1/2" pieces
- 3 tbsp. sugar, divided
- 1/4 tsp. Kosher salt
- 1/4 c. unsalted almonds, roughly chopped
- 1 tbsp. cornstarch
- Vanilla ice cream, for serving
- Prepare the oven at 350 degrees F. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment and lightly butter eight-ounce then place it on the baking sheet. In a bowl, toss together rhubarb, sugar, cornstarch, and strawberries. In your second bowl, rub butter and flour together to resemble breadcrumbs.
- Add remaining three salt, tablespoons sugar and almonds and squeeze the mix together with fingertips to form small bunches. Arrange the fruit mixture among the prepared ramekins and sprinkle with crumble mixture (they will appear overfilled). Bake until the tops are golden browns, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Old Bay Shrimp
Old Bay seasoned shrimps never go out of style! Throw them onto salads or eat them straight, they taste like pure summer.
- 1 1/2 lb. shell-on deveined shrimp (16- to 20-ct.)
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- Three tsp. Old Bay seasoning
- 1/4 cup Chopped parsley
- Put the grill on high heat, toss the shrimp with olive oil and Old Bay seasoning.
- Stick shrimps on skewers and grill until opaque, turning over once, 3 to 5 minutes.
- Remove shrimp from skewers and transfer to large bowl. Sprinkle with parsley and 1 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning toss to combine. Serve immediately.
July 4th S'mores Dip
Inspired by The Decorated Cookie , this dip is the most delicious way to be patriotic!
- Graham crackers (for serving)
- Four sheets of Hershey's chocolate
- 19 marshmallows
- 1 cup of water
- 1 cup of red, blue, and white sanding sugar
- Preheat oven to 450°.
- In a square glass pan, place a layer of Hershey’s to cover the bottom of the pan.
- Dip five marshmallows in water and roll them in blue sanding sugar. Place on parchment paper to dry.
- Repeat this process to make six red marshmallows and eight white marshmallows.
- With the use of kitchen shears, cut each marshmallow in half.
- Then place marshmallows cut side down on the chocolate to form a flag. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes and serve with graham crackers.
Caprese Garlic Bread
Caprese Garlic Bread is tasty because of its melty mozzarella and fresh tomatoes that gives a MAJOR upgrade this 4th of July.
- One loaf ciabatta bread, sliced in half
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened (room temperature)
- Two cloves garlic, minced
- kosher salt
- 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1 tbsp. honey
- Two large tomatoes, sliced
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- Two tbsp. finely sliced basil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F then set bread halves on a large baking sheet.
- In a bowl, grind together garlic and butter then season with salt and pepper.
- Spread butter mixture onto both baguette halves. Bake until the bread is toasted, or about 15-20 minutes.
- Drizzle mozzarella and tomato slices on the toasted bread and bake until the cheese has melted, about 5-10 minutes more.
- In a saucepan, mix balsamic vinegar and honey. Boil until reduced by half, occasionally stirring, for 8-10 minutes and let it cool.
- Sprinkle olive oil and balsamic glaze on the garlic bread then garnish with basil and cut into slices. Serve while still warm.
While enjoying your outdoor barbecue party, hire a professional to help you with the aftermath and lift the cleaning worries off your shoulder!
How to Decorate the Brownies:
First line a cookie sheet with wax paper and set aside. Pour the cherries into a strainer to remove excess juice. Transfer to a bowl and chill for 5 minutes (this will help the chocolate to harden almost immediately).
Then in a microwave-safe bowl, microwave the royal blue chocolate melts for 45 seconds. Stir until completely melted.
Dip 12 of the chilled cherries into the melted chocolate and immediately sprinkle with the red, white and blue jimmies after each dip. Place each of the candy dipped cherries on the cookie sheet to harden.
In a microwave safe bowl, microwave the light blue chocolate melts for 45 seconds. Stir until completely melted.
Dip the remaining cherries into the melted light blue chocolate and immediately sprinkle with the red, white and blue nonpareil’s. Place on the cookie sheet to harden for 5 minutes. I line the cookie sheet with wax paper or line with foil extends over the edges of the pan.
Once the chocolate on the cherries have hardened, pipe about 1/2 tablespoon of cookie icing on top of each brownie bite. Place the decorated cherries on top of the icing.