I’m so excited for the 4th of July! Who doesn’t love some yummy red, white and blue food?! 🙂
Hi there, happy hump day! I hope that in the last few days since the official arrival of summer that the weather wherever you are is as beautiful as it has been here! It called for rain all week but it’s blue skies all around. I love this weather; it’s really getting the patio vibe going around here!
I started thinking about it, and we have been in our house for over a year and have yet to have a party. For someone who loves to entertain, I’m itching! It’s definitely long overdue! I always love a good themed party, and what better themed bash than a red, white and blue cookout for the 4th of July. Yeah, I’ll go with that!
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? 😉
THE PARTY STARTERS
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.
Recipe via Growing Up Gabel
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!)
via Lydi Out Loud
So cute! Yet so simple!
Via Pip and Ebby
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 Wenderly
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.
Recipe via Bon Appétit
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. 😉
Recipe via Desserts with Benefits
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! And most importantly, thank you to all of those out there who have defended or are presently protecting us and our country without request or expectation. You are the true heroes, thank you.