Fourth of July is one of my favorite celebrations, and it is just around the corner! We always have friends over and enjoy a day of hanging out, grilling, and fireworks. And of course sporting our red, white, and blue attire! I always like to add some festive decor to the food and main table! However I like simple decor, I am a ”less is best” kind of girl! But that is just a personal preference. Here are a few decorating ideas that will add some festive flair to your July 4th party that you may be planning.
I love the bubblegum in the apothecary jar! You can add any candy that you may like, just keep it festive with red, white, or blue! The homemade blue and white polka dot placemats are perfect and adds a little something special to the table. The small flower arrangements are simple to make, just use some type of small jar, add carnations, and you can even tie ribbon around the jar.
This is a great way to use your geranium flowers! Add small American flags and a red, white, and blue checkered or plaid tablecloth and use with your red and white dishes.
Here is a very simple but modern way to bring in the red, white and blue. I love the blue and white geometrical tablecloth paired with red and white dishes. This is very simple, but yet very festive! If this is too simple, just add a few small American Flags to the green fern and a ribbon around the pail. That will add some pizzazz if needed! However, I really like the simplicity of it.
There are so many recipes today that are great for July 4th parties. Food and drinks are a great way to add color and interest. Here are some dessert and drink recipes I think you will like. These recipes are festive, child friendly, and sure to be a hit!
Red, White, and Blue Strawberries
1 pint strawberries, rinsed and dried
Ghirardelli white chocolate bar
White edible glitter
Blue food coloring
- Place edible glitter in a bowl sugar and add a few food drops of blue food coloring. For a darker blue, add a few more drops. Stir until sugar is evenly coated and a warm blue color.
- In a double-boiler, bring 2 cups of water to a low boil and then lower heat. Break the white chocolate into pieces and place in warmed double-boiler. Stir chocolate until creamy and evenly melted.
- Using a spoon, coat half the strawberry with the melted white chocolate. Then, dip the tip of the strawberry in the blue sugar or spoon sugar onto the strawberry.
- Place on strawberry on baking sheet and repeat with others. Chill berries in fridge for about 10 minutes to allow the chocolate to set.
3 ounces fruit punch 3 ounces blue Gatorade (not sugar-free) 3 ounces diet 7-Up or Sprite (must be sugar-free; so diet only) ice
Fill glass 1/3 full with ice cubes. Pour fruit punch almost (but not quite) to top of ice cubes. Fill another 1/3 with ice cubes and slowly pour blue Gatorade almost to top of cubes. Fill final 1/3 ice cubes and slowly pour sugar-free Sprite. Add straw and voila
Makes 1 12-ounce (tall) glass.
3 cups blackberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 1/2 cup Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup white grape juice
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Ice, for serving (optional)
- Seltzer or sparkling wine, chilled
- Patriotic fruit skewers, for garnish (optional
Place blackberries, raspberries, simple syrup, grape juice, and lemon juice in the jar of a blender; puree until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve, discarding solids.
Fill 8 Collins glasses with ice, if using. Divide mixture evenly between glasses; top with seltzer and serve immediately garnished with fruit skewers, if desired.
This is one of my favorite desserts to fix. I have fixed this for so many Army functions we have attended. It is easy to make, very patriotic, and the kids love it! The stars add that festive flair to this dessert!
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