This is the year to go all-out for your 4th of July cookout. Decorate with plenty of red, white and blue balloons. Then line your driveway, sidewalk and front entrance with miniature American flags, which can be given to your guests as party favors as they depart.
Now that your house is decked out, it’s time to plan those patriotic dishes. We’ve got you covered with plenty of tips for your 4th of July party menu.
Foolproof Appetizers and Sides
The vibe of this gathering should be “summertime casual,” so make sure your 4th of July food is easy to assemble and set out. With a mix of sweet and savory treats, our Red, White and Blue Snack Board will make a grand statement as guests arrive. Or spice things up with an adorable 4th of July taco dip that uses black beans, cherry tomatoes and shredded cheese as the starting point for an easy-to-assemble – and very patriotic – recipe. A tasty Red, White & Blue Potato Salad keeps the theme going in support of any entrée.
Red, White and Blue Drinks
The perfect patriotic party calls for star-spangled spirits, such as a Red, White and Blue Sangria that’s as much fun to make as it is to serve. Try a glass of Patriotic Punch or spark a conversation with a Watermelon Vodka Sparkler. For a versatile beverage that doubles as a dessert, you can’t go wrong with an All-American Ice Cream Float.
To make your own red, white and blue ice cubes, add food coloring to water in a measuring glass, stir thoroughly, then pour water into an ice cube tray, and freeze until ready, about 2-3 hours. Repeat for desired colors. Make these patriotic ice cubes the night before or the morning of your cookout.
Red, White & Blue Sangria
These patriotic drinks look great served in a tall glass or in a large, stemmed wine glass. Regardless, this summer sangria makes a lovely toast to the good old USA
Main Dish Delights
If you’re looking for 4th of July food ideas that will serve as a main course, consider the classics like Stuffed Burgers or Chicago Hot Dogs, each of which requires just 10 minutes of prep. Vegetable Kabobs are a tasty complement to throw on the other side of the grill. If seafood is more your style, consider mahi mahi topped with a red-white-and-blue fruit salsa made with strawberries, blueberries and jicama.
4th of July Desserts
With so much fresh fruit in season, it’s easy to create red, white and blue desserts that not only look great, but taste great too. Get festive with Mini Starspangled Pies, Strawberry and Blueberry S’mores or a Firecracker Cake. Top off the celebration with Prosecco Pops…they’re a delicious end to an evening of all-American merrymaking.
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