4th of July is around the corner which means warm days, outdoor activities, and getting together with your friends and family. While just hanging out with your loved ones on a holiday can be a lot of fun, we have some cool ideas and fun tips to spruce up any patriotic themed party and to make sure your Independence Day is unforgettable! A few decorations, food, and some patriotic themed recipes is all you need for bringing friends together to enjoy this great holiday!
First, to tackle thirst with a patriotic beverage that people of all ages can enjoy, get your 4th of July party started with this delicious Red, Blue and White sparkling drink.
- Pineapple, cut into star shapes
- 7-Up or Sprite
- Fresh lemon juice
Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Serve in these adorable Red, White, Blue Patriotic Star Tumbler Cups.
Independence Day party is not complete without some delicious BBQ. Do not stress yourself in the kitchen – opt for hot dogs, hamburgers, or black bean burgers to throw on the grill and pair with potato chips, baked beans, corn-on-the cob, or potato salad on the side for a delicious and satisfying meal. Nothing says All-American quite like grilling out in the warm sun anyway, and it will help take one thing off your plate on the big day! Add some jaw-dropping fun to your buffet table with this whimsical Watermelon Shark Decorative Server and use this convenient blue butterfly lazy susan to hold all your utensils and condiments.
The fun and excitement does not end here. About halfway through the party, pull this amazing American flag cake from the fridge and serve on this Clear Serving Tray. Bake it a day before, so it is all ready to enjoy on the day of your party without any extra effort on your part but fighting over who gets the last piece.
- 2-1/4 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sour cream at room temperature
- 6 large eggs at room temperature
- 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups flour
- 1/3 cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 half-pints blueberries
- 3 half-pints raspberries
For the Icing:
- 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
- 1-1/2 pounds cream cheese at room temperature
- 1 pound sifted confectioners’ sugar
- 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Heat your oven to 350 and butter and flour an 18 x 13 by 1-1/2-inch deep sheet cake pan.
Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer on high speed, until light and creamy. With a medium speed, add the eggs, two at a time, then add the sour cream and finally the vanilla.
Mix the flour, cornstarch, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Using your mixer on low speed, fold in the flour mixture to the butter mixture until just combined. Pour into the cake pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Bake on the center rack for 20 to 30 minutes, or until a knife tip comes out clean. Cool to room temperature.
For the icing, mix the butter, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla with an electric mixer. On medium speed, mix until smooth.
After cooling, spread 3/4 of the frosting on the top and sides. Use a toothpick to trace the outline of the American flag into the frosting. Fill the upper left corner with blueberries. Place two rows of raspberries across the top for your red stripes.
Use a pastry bag or Cake Batter Dispenser to run two rows of white stripes in between the raspberries. Alternate rows of raspberries and icing until the flag is completed. Save a little icing to make white stars in between the blueberries.
You can serve this in the pan. If you want, you can flip it onto the counter before frosting. Use Parchment paper when you grease and flour the pan.
4th of July Party Decorations:
On a holiday to celebrate our nation’s independence, there’s no limit to how much red, white, and blue we can use! Patriotic decorations like floral wreaths, centerpieces, table linens, and flags are great ways to feature the holiday or you can simply adding some red, white, and blue balloons to spruce up any backyard with these festive colors.
To end your 4th of July party with a bang and some sparkle, light up some sparklers as a nice commemorative for all those great men and women who have helped our country become the great nation that it is today.
Happy Independence Day! Be safe and have fun!