For this party, you definitely want to plan a simple menu. Don’t get stuck in the kitchen preparing and cooking while everyone else is relaxing and enjoying the day! Once the menu is planned, accept the offers of friends and family to bring something.
Start by having an old-fashioned picnic, with fried chicken or grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, corn-on-the-cob, watermelon, baked beans, various salads, and, of course – apple pie and brownies for dessert! Be sure to stick a few flag picks in your dishes for a proud American touch!
Prepare red and blue Jell-O Jigglers and cut them into the shape of stars using a cookie cutter.
Serve pretzels, popcorn, potato chips, or nuts in our red, white & blue top hats placed upside down on the table.
Prepare plenty of fresh red and blue fruit and place them on flag-topped skewers. Include strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and watermelon and serve with a white fruit dip!
Cook up a special red bean salad using dark red beans.
Make great memories by serving up snow cones and cotton candy!
Serve the children this mini kiddy cocktail:
Before the 4th, freeze blue juice and red fruit punch in star-shaped ice cube trays. Just before serving, pour 7-up in individual clear glasses. Add a few of the fun shaped ice cubes to each glass along with a straw for stirring.
For the adults, have plenty of coolers of pop, water, and beer on hand. Don’t forget tons of ice, as the weather is certain to be hot and dry!
Lemonade is also a fun and festive summer drink to serve at this All-American party. Here is a recipe for a fantastic homemade lemonade:
10-12 lemons – slice one for garnish
2 C. sugar
4 C. water
3 C. crushed ice
Mix together for a delicious and refreshing thirst quencher!
Finish the day with a patriotic Firecracker Cake! Here’s how you make it:
Bake three 8″ or 9″ round cakes in any flavor. Once they are cooled, layer them on top of each other with frosting in between layers. Frost the top of the cake white, and stripe the sides with red, white, and blue frosting. Using a decorator’s tip, pipe the top edge of the cake with a line of white frosting. On the top of the cake, stick a small bunch of Milky Way garland in the center to finish the firecracker! This cake is sure to make an explosion of fun at your party!
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