Posts Tagged ‘4th of July’

Fun Fourth of July Decor

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The first July weekend is upon us, and while Independence Day isn’t until Tuesday, we know you’ve been decorating patriotically all summer long (or all year long). Here are five fun Fourth of July decorating ideas you can accomplish this weekend, or do for fun on the Fourth with friends and family.

Gather on the porch and hang up a banner or two, decorate your planters with mini American flags and hang up your large version on a flagpole or next to the front door.
Go the extra mile with red, white and blue chairs for sitting on and enjoying the day.

Photo by Bell InteriorsDiscover porch design inspiration

Have fun with glassware and place settings on your picnic table by color coordinating them with the colors of Old Glory, and perhaps your red, white and blue dishes and desserts!

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Head inside and hang a DIY banner over or on your dining table.
A bold runner can reinforce a a simple yet elegant Americana look.

Photo by Glory HausDiscover dining room design inspiration

Dig out that mini Christmas tree or get a white mini tree and decorate with red, white and blue
ornaments, ribbon, stars and other Independence Day decoratives.

Photo by Lisa’s Creative DesignsSearch living room pictures

And would it be a true country celebration without a few Mason jars?
Okay, yes, but adding them definitely won’t hurt, either! This fun DIY transforms plain Mason jars into patriotic lanterns for your patio, porch or indoor party.

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Tasteful Tuesday: 4th of July Favorites

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

This week we have rounded up some variations of favorite recipes for your 4th of July picnic or barbecue. Since you’ll likely be on the go and socializing with friends and family, these dishes are easy to serve and easy to eat, and taste just as good the day (or days) after if you find yourself bringing leftovers home. Let us know if you try any of these recipes, and share with us your favorites for celebrating the 4th of July.

Honey Mustard Chicken Sliders - via ShutterbeanSliders
Sliders are an excellent option to have at any party or get-together. They don’t have to be served as a sit-down meal like a hamburger or sandwich, and they pair well with many other dishes that you serve or that your guests bring. We found a chicken slider recipe that is sure to please even the youngest or pickiest eaters at your barbecue. Prepare them just as this recipe instructs, or prepare the chicken the same and set out a variety of toppings for your guests to choose on their own.

Honey Mustard Fried Chicken Sliders – via Shutterbean

Pasta Salad
We can’t go all summer without having one or two different pasta salads – and the 4th of July is a perfect time to debut a new recipe or stick with your favorite. Crisp vegetables, creamy cheeses, flavorful dressings, endless pasta possibilites; it’s nearly impossible to end up with a pasta salad that isn’t delicious. We’ve featured a delectable BLT Pasta Salad recipe here on our blog that showcases our love for the classic BLT sandwich (with chicken), but if you want to stick with just vegetables we have the perfect suggestion for a flawlessly delicious pasta salad.

Colorful Spiral Pasta Salad – via Taste of Home

Pound CakeFor Dessert
There are many excellent red, white and blue themed desserts on various blogs and in cookbooks, but we’ve chosen to stay simple and classic with a pound cake recipe. Pound cakes are relatively versatile as far as toppings go, although for the 4th we recommend using strawberries and/or raspberries with blueberries on top of whipped cream. If you have a family or favorite recipe for whipped cream in your collection, combine it with our Caramel Pound Cake recipe (just skip the icing part) and add the berries last. Or, check out the following recipe for an all-inclusive pound cake with whipped cream.

Berry Pound Cake with Whipped Cream – via Delish; Martha Stewart

Red, White & Blue Sangria - via Noble PigTo Drink
This just may be our favorite category. We’ve featured many great drink recipes to keep you refreshed on a hot summer afternoon and during summer barbecues, and the 4th of July is no exception. Our Lemon Iced Tea and Strawberry Lemonade are perfect for guests of all ages, and complement most summertime barbecue foods. We’ve also compiled a list of three perfect summer coolers for all tastes and ages to add more variety to your beverage cart. We couldn’t forget about a red, white and blue beverage, though, so we found a perfect Sangria recipe that will fit in with your patriotic themed party this weekend. Enjoy!

Red, White & Blue Sangria – via Noble Pig

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No Fuss Fourth of July Fruit Salad

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

With the 4th of July right around the corner, many of us are thinking of which red, white, and blue themed recipes we will be making.  And, if you are like me, you want a recipe that is simple to prep, and does not involve too much time in the kitchen.  Less time in prep mode equals more time spent with friends and family on this fun-filled holiday!  To aid you in your search, here is an extremely simple July 4th themed fruit salad for you to make and enjoy:

Bananas, Strawberries and Blueberries, oh MY!What you will need:

Note: this recipe can be scaled up or down to suit your needs

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • A handful of raspberries
  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 bananas, peeled and thickly sliced
  • Zest of 1 lemon or orange (optional)
  • 2 tsp. juice of 1 lemon or orange (optional)

To assemble the fruit salad, place all of your prepped fruit in a bowl to fit.  Next, sprinkle the zest and juice on top.  Using a serving spoon or rubber spatula, gently mix the fruit until well coated with the zest and juice.

Remember, it is always a good idea to wash fruit before chopping.  What better way to celebrate summer colors than with this bright colander?  And, when serving your Fourth of July treats this year, or any year, don’t forget to grab themed coasters!

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