Fourth of July Patriotic Party Panache!

Celebrate the Fourth of July with Patriotic Panache!

The summer months offer us three great opportunities for patriotic inspired entertaining!  And with a little bit of planning, you can easily host a star-studded party!  A casual, outdoor gathering with a delicious grilled meal, along with lots of fun activities for the kids, can be the highlight of your summer.  Here are a few suggestions for a uniquely patriotic get together!

Invitations

RedStars and Stripes Invitations – an attractive fill in the blank invitation is available from Birthday Express* for a very appealing price!

White – this invitation from Polka Dot Designs is colorful Product 88276 Dynamite Invitationand fun, featuring attractive red, white and blue pennants that can be repeated in your decorations! (July Banner Invitations, pictured)

Blue – taking it up a notch, at Fine Stationery* there are dozens of personalized choices for just this occasion!  Here are two of my favorites: a diecut firecracker and a patriotic place setting, a card featuring a red and white striped background, topped with a patriotic place setting and a glass of lemonade!

Paper Goods

Red – two fun options from Shindigz* will allow for easy entertaining – Americana features a traditional patriotic design and Summer Surf and Turf adds a bit of Hawaiian whimsy to the red, white and blue!

White –   a distinctive look can be created with Fine Stationery’s* flag plates and coordinating star napkins! (Napkins, Plates)

Blue – one last variation on the stars and stripes theme is from Plates and Napkins and features exploding stars and fireworks!  (Napkins, Plates)

Menu

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RedA Hot Dog Buffet – take a look at Busy Bee’s delicious ideas for turning this picnic staple into a real specialty with specific hotdog brand recommendations and gourmet toppings!  (Gourmet Hot Dog Toppings)

White –  A Humungous Hamburger – for a truly unique presentation, replace regular burgers with one colossal creation!

  • This easy twist on an old standby begins by selecting a large, round, artisan loaf of bread from your local bakery.
  • Using the size and shape of your bread as a guide, form ground beef, enhanced with your favorite seasonings, (my family loves burgers seasoned with McCormick’s Grill Mates Montreal Steak) into one burger that fits onto the loaf.
  • Grill (or bake in the oven) and then slide the beef onto the horizontally sliced bread.
  • Serve by cutting into wedges, with fun garnishes on the side.
  • Garnishes can include shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, sliced scallions, sautéed onions, guacamole – the list could go on and on!

BlueCorn on the Cob – there are lots of ways to prepare this summer time classic!  Take a look at three ways I’ve used to cook corn, along with specialty seasonings that will add a tricky touch to this side dish!  (New Ways to Prepare Corn on the Cob)

Decorations

Red –  patriotic table linens that you will be able to use again and again are available from Chasing Fireflies!  I just had to add this vintage-y feeling tablecloth to my own collection!   Another fun choice is a Star Shaped Runner table runner crafted from cut out red and blue stars that are joined by buttons allowing for multiple uses!

White – adorable paper lanterns from Wrapables* will add a festive touch to your party setting without a lot of effort or expense!  Consider picking up this set of Patriotic Paper Lanterns (set of 3), one multi-striped, one blue with stars and one that’s red with stars!

Blue – for a true party showpiece, consider splurging on this giant USA Cake!  This 4 ½ foot tall cake features three layers, ten battery operated candles and a spray of stars for the top! Talk about over the top fun!

For the Kids

Red – roll out some bubble wrap and let the kids stomp their hearts out while making some safe and silly “noise” minus the firecrackers!  If you have time, pick up red and blue bubble wrap from Fast Pack!

White – stock up on those party favorites – Glow Necklaces, sold in patriotic colors, and Mini Stars And Stripes Bubble Bottles!

Blue – set up a table with an assortment of treats, along with star patterned takeout containers.  Solid colored boxes can work well, too!  Invite the children to fill a container with candies to take with them to the fireworks!

Dessert

Red – What could be easier than watermelon!

White – Okay, these flag cookies from The Flour Pot might be even easier than watermelon!

Blue – A Sparkling Dessert – give dessert a sparkling and totally fun touch!  Set up a tray with plastic cups as well as red, white and blue popsicles to be used as “stirrers” in an assortment of carbonated drinks!  This was a huge hit with my kids when we tested the idea in our kitchen!  For more details on this idea, take a look at Tip Tuesday:  Sparkling Ice Pop Drinks!

Wrap it Up

After the food has been eaten, games played and snacks packed, send your guests off to the fireworks!  Don’t forget blankets, jackets, flash lights and bug spray!  Happy 4th!

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