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Fourth of July

These Fourth of July Cookout Recipes will help you celebrate the USA in style!

Enjoy a beautiful glass of Orange Iced Tea while you grill entrées like Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Marinated Beef and Vegetable Kabobs. Juicy Beef Burgers and Hot Dogs. Of course, a sunny summer holiday isn’t complete without side salads, Calico Beans, Aunties Potato Salad,  No Bake Cheese Cake, Fire Cracker Cake Pop desserts and ice-cold drinks! Try something fruity like a Strawberry Frozen Lemonade to cool down with your family and friends.

GRAB MY FULL FOURTH OF JULY MEAL GUIDE 

Get your fourth of July off to a bang with these fun and easy recipes. Whether you are planning a small Independence Day celebration, or hosting a big cookout for friends and family, these recipes will have you covered!

 

From burgers, salads, dips and desserts, you’ll find something delicious here that you, your friends and family will love.

Side Dishes 

Main Entrees

 I want to share all of my best tips and tricks that have helped me over the years to help you with all your holiday meal planning.

FOURTH OF JULY DESSERT, DRINKS & GIFT TIPS

I love to entertain and make dishes to feed my family and friends. This holiday gives me the opportunity to bring it all outdoors. And one of the best ways to do that is with a dessert or special treat! Here are a few tips:

  • Don’t stress if you don’t have time for dessert! There are great ideas in your local grocery store, but other store-bought ideas include: Ice cream cake, frozen pies, cookies, and of course cupcakes. 

  • Another easy dessert idea my homemade Cookies and Cream Dip, cream cheese fruit dip or cannoli dip and have star shaped fruits, marshmallows, mini cookies and more to dip in.

  • Use mason jars as glasses for Orange Iced Tea, Party Punch or ice cold beers. (You can even put them in the freezer before hand for a few hours for a nice touch!)

  • Sprinkle the table with firework confetti, party poppers, and or red, white and blue candies. You can even add individually wrapped Cake Pops to each plate or spread on the table as a treat for after dinner.

  • Make sugar cookies for a treat and let the kids frost and decorate them as a activity to keep them busy. 

  • Make a special jewelry piece as a gift for each of your friends, wrap in pretty party bags as parting gifts when each guest leaves for the night.

Desserts

GIFTING CAKE POPS & COOKIES

Gifting cookies is big tradition for me, so here are some of my top tips for packaging and gifting cookies for any holiday or occasion:

  • The easiest is to put the cookies or cake pops in a store bought box or tin. Dress it up by putting piece of tissue paper, or holiday/occasion inspired napkin, in the box before placing the cookies inside and finish it off with a pretty bow of ribbon or twine.

  • Wrap in Cellophane: On a cute ceramic plate cover with plastic wrap or doily. Stack cookies in a pyramid form.  Place the plate in the center of a piece of cellophane, bring all the sides up over the plate and gather them together. Tie with ribbon, tulle or twine.

  • Bake the cookies the same size and stack them in a large mouth mason jar. Cover the lid, or with fabric or paper, or wrap jar in a pretty kitchen towel. Tie a ribbon around the top and add a cute tag.

  • Save those Pringles cans! Wash and dry, then wrap the can with decorative paper. Stack the cookies in the can, cover with the lid, and top with a gift wrapping bow. So easy!

  • Tube bags make the perfect pretty cookie packages as well as individually wrapping each cake pop and tying off with a ribbon. Stack your cookies, since the top closed and tie with a ribbon and personalized tag. 

  • A brown lunch bag is pretty in its simplicity. Stack cookies in a brown lunch bag. Fold the top over and punch two holes. Thread a simple ribbon through, tulle or raffia also work, and tie the top closed. Add a cute tag to the front of the bag.

 OTHER GREAT PARTY FAVOR IDEAS

  • Jewelry - always makes a wonderful gift! Check out my handmade jewelry gifts for your guests!

  • Wreaths - are a huge trend right now and so easy to make. Makes a great supra gift they can use every year! Run a fun raffle and give away as a door prize to spruce up your event. 

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  • Gift boxes/baskets - fill a cute container with all their favorite things. From spa products, to snacks and everything in between. Wrap in cellophane, tie with a ribbon and personalized tag. 

  • Candy Bouquet - make an easy "vase" using 4 large candy boxes and fun size and mini snack sized candy bars become the flowers. 

HOSTESS & PARTY RAFFLE GIFT IDEAS

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