Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Planning the Perfect Fourth of July Party

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Here are some quick and easy ideas for planning the perfect Fourth of July party.  The 3 essential  offerings you will need to provide are food, drinks, and decorations.
Fruit is always a popular party dish. If you want an easy option, you can put blueberries, strawberries, and bananas on skewers and lay them out in the shape of the American flag.  For dessert, you can dip strawberries in white chocolate and then dip them in “Fourth of July themed” sprinkles. Ice cream is another great dessert option to help cool off.  You could top vanilla ice cream with red, white, and blue colored sprinkles, fruit, or even mix together food coloring and whip cream for a fun treat.        

As for the main dish, I recommend grilling hot dogs and hamburgers because it is fast, easy, and always a crowd pleaser! 
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Fight the summer heat with some refreshing and patriotic beverages!
Non-alcoholic: When thinking of the kiddos, mix together red fruit punch or Gatorade, blue Gatorade, and Sprite to create a colorful and delicious drink or, you can serve these beverages separately in clear mason jars and arrange them in the shape of a flag.
Alcoholic: For the adults, you can mix together sangria, frozen blueberries, pineapples, and red grapes for a refreshing summer cocktail. If you have time, I recommend cutting the pineapples into stars for extra touch of patriotism! 

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You can easily find Fourth of July themed plates, napkins, and table clothes at any retail store around the holiday but, feel free to get creative! For some other fun decor ideas, you can paint flower pots or mason jars.  The mason jars can hold candles, flowers, silverware, or serve drinks.  You can also make a patriotic wreath or if you like to sew, create your own napkins and table linens.  

Lastly, don’t forget plenty of fireworks, especially the kid favorite; sparklers!  I hope you found these ideas helpful and I wish you a safe and fun Fourth of July! 


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