6/27/17

4th Of July Party Pleasers ANYONE Can Make

Are you going to a Fourth of July party and have no idea what to bring? Are you hopeless in the kitchen? Want to look like an overachiever, when you are far from one? Keep reading, below are a few of my favorite SUPER EASY to make, 4th of July party pleasers, decorations, drinks and everything in between to set the party in motion! 




Snacks!

Red, White and BLEU sliders!
I love bleu cheese. love it!

OR! Make my new favorite party treat, Bacon Cheese Burger Meatballs!  Color the Mayo blue with a few drops of blue food coloring.



Don't forget the RED, WHITE And BLUE Hot Dogs! 
Add blue food coloring to mustard to make
Red (ketchup), White (Mayo) and Blue (Mustard) Hotdogs! 



For the kids... Firework Dogs!





TREATS!


First of all, this BATTER HACK will change the baking game for you...

Add different color batter to piping bags to make endless treat possibilities. Any colors, anytime! Apply same pressure when squeezing for precise designs and mixing.


I saw this Firecracker Cake Recipe this morning on the News. No Doubt the kids will go MENTAL for these!  Easy enough too. Below is the She Knows, Tutorial. The News used chopsticks to make a hole in the center for the poprocks, that seems MUCH easier than cutting out little circles.




Simple, Easy, Healthy, American Flag pretzel and fruit party tray



This Independence day ice cream sandwich is easy beyond easy. The hard part will be keeping the kids from eating these treats while making them. It's just store bought ice cream sandwiches rolled in red, white and blue store bought sprinkles. Done. 
so easy!
This fruit flag only works when served immediately. The bananas go brown. Serve for brunch if anything. Outside will not work for this one.

I make watermelon, blueberry and cheese dish every year. Except, in a bowl. I mix watermelon, feta, and blueberries. Even the kids like it! 
If you make the flag on a plate, kick this up a nothch and try two types of cheeses,
and strawberries as the middle red stripe!

Making watermelon star cutouts is super fun for the kids to help with, and who cares how much they snack in the process! And when they finish making stars, use the leftover watermelon pulp to make adult beverages or popsicles. Use Watermelon Half for punch bowl and Freeze a few stars for fun way to keep the punch cold.



This American Flag Cupcake is a great way to make cupcakes festive and semi healthy. Well, there's fruit... 
Yes, Please.



Star Shaped Iced Shortbread Cookies with Strawberries and blueberries is YUM YUM YUM.  A girlfriend made this Festive Shortbread dessert for my party last year. SO GOOD. She used circle shortbread cookies, cream cheese frosting and sliced strawberries and blueberries. It wasn't all star-fancy but the plate was still beautiful and tasted yummy! Go that route if all this star stuff overwhelms you.







#DIY Crafts

The Concrete Cottage Spray Paint Lawn Stars using Construction Marking Paint is genius for temporary fun without destroying the grass! 
LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!  And, will def be giving it a try this year.






This is great to have if you have an annual party. Imagine twenty years from now, when the kids show up with their own kids! 




Red, white and Blue Rice tea lights!  Find citronella tea lights too!


The more I stare at this, the more I think I can do it. What do you think? Super easy, or super opportunity for a Pinterest "nailed It" moment?




For more fun ideas, check out my 4th of July Pinterest Board! 

BEVERAGES!!!

Red White And Blue SHOTS!


Red White And Blue SANGRIA!!!




For many, many more super awesome ideas, check out my July 4th Independence Day Pinterest board.


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