A 4th of July Party is the perfect excuse to get your grub on with friends, family or neighbors. Besides, who doesn’t love some yummy red, white and blue food?! 🙂
Hi there friends, I hope your first full weekend of summer was filled with fun and sun! We took the baby to the pool for the first time and it was so stinking adorable! She loved the water and then proceeded to pass out from all of the sun and excitement. And I can’t even tell you how cute she looked in her bathing suit (but if you follow me on Instagram maybe you already saw it in my stories!). I can’t wait to dress her up in her little patriotic bathing suit for the 4th of July weekend!
I have found ideas a-plenty to aid any of us that want to throw a 4th shindig to live up to the theme of the holiday! Go big or go home with the theme I guess, right? 😉
Host a Fabulous 4th of July Party
What’s the 1st thing you’re always offered when you arrive to a party? A thirst quencher! Especially on July 4th, in the hot, hot heat, these festive libations and refreshments will be a must.
Patriotic Flavored Waters
I made these patriotic waters simply by dropping MiO water enhancers in the flavors Blueberry Lemonade and Fruit Punch until they were the color that I wanted. I found the idea to use paper cupcake liners as “lids” for glasses from Storage Glee… such a cute and fun solution to a practical problem (bugs trying to sip your bevs!)
So cute! Yet so simple!
I come from pretty big families, so I have been to my share of family reunions, cookouts, pig roasts, you name it! If it was outdoors and involved food, I’ve been there! All of these gatherings had a variety of fare, but there were certain sides that were the old stand by’s. The dishes that it just feels weird to be at a cookout and they aren’t there. However, if you are hitting the cookout circuit for the duration of the summer, it’s nice to mix it up a bit, right? I found some amazing recipes that take these staple dishes and give them some modern flair and some patriotic spirit!
Recipe via Real Housemoms
Recipe via Creme de la Crumb
Recipe via Lydi Out Loud
Recipe via Food Network
THE MAIN EVENT
Growing up, the star of any 4th of July cookout was always the burger. There were always the outliers: hot dogs, steaks, brats, maybe the occasional BBQ chicken, but it was all about the burger! This Butcher Burger recipe raises the burger game combining 3 cuts of beef.
If you think you know hot dogs, wait until you see these gourmet hot dog recipe creations like the Jalepeno Kraut Dog, Onion Ring Blue Cheese Dog, Cheesesteak Dog and Baja Dog. Even though I’m not a hot dog fan, I admit I’m intrigued to try a couple of these creative twists on your standard hot dog!
If you’ve hung out with me on the blog before, you undoubtedly know by now that I have a peculiar (not peculiar to me… I think it’s totally normal) fondness aka obsession for kebabs. 😉 Loading blueberries, strawberries and bananas onto skewers makes for the perfect American flag dessert.
Do you have any fun plans for the 4th? How about any food traditions that are staples in your family gatherings? Whether you host or attend a party, or just relax for a much needed day off, I hope you enjoy your holiday!