What do you love most about the Fourth of July? The abundance of fireworks? Or American flags everywhere you turn? I don’t know about you but our favorite part is the festivities with friends and family. With only two days left to prepare, we have some quick and easy ideas to impress your friends (and taste buds).
This simple breakfast fix is so easy! Just spread some cream cheese on the whole slice of toast and then coat 3/4 of the cream cheese with strawberry jelly. Place blueberries on the 1/4 that does not have the jelly on it to make the stars and then line up the banana slices in rows on the jelly section to create the stripes. Your patriotic breakfast is then complete!
Recipe from http://www.bedifferentactnormal.com
Before the fireworks come out, wow your guests with this sweet and savory appetizer. Cut and cube half of a seedless watermelon. Then cube 8 ounces of feta and rinse off one pint of fresh blueberries. Pour the blueberries into a bowl (preferably square) and place it on the top left section of the platter. Pour the watermelon and feta into alternating rows. Serve with a side of toothpicks.
Recipe from http://wenderly.com
Another tasty treat will leave your tummy full and your wallet just as full. This recipe only calls for four ingredients: pound cake, strawberries (sliced), blueberries, and whipped cream. Take your pound cake and cut it up into small cubes. Begin to layer the mason jars starting with blueberries, then add the cake pieces, topped with whipped cream and then add the strawberries. Repeat this layer of ingredients until the jar is full! Seal the lid of the mason jar and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve this yummy treat!
Recipe from http://www.yummyhealthyeasy.com
You can really use any clear jars or vases in your house for this one. If you choose to decorate the holders, simply wrap some light colored twine around five to six times and attach a cute red, white, and blue tag (there are some super cute ones at Target). Fill one jar with blue m&ms, another with yogurt or white chocolate covered pretzels, and the last jar with red Twizzlers. Not only is this decoration beautiful, it is also tasty!
Inspired by http://carlaschauer.com
Here is one of the easiest drinks to whip up before the guests start flooding in. Combine strawberries, blueberries, pineapple cut into star shapes, 2 bottles of white wine, 1 cup triple sec, 1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, and 1/2 cup simple syrup in a large pitcher. Stir, chill, serve, and enjoy!
Recipe from http://diyready.com
First you’ll need a couple of sugar cookies. You can find them in most grocery stores and if you’re feeling a little more ambitious you can make your own. The recipe for this homemade frosting to spread on the tart is super quick AND it makes enough frosting for about 24 cookies. You’ll need 2 cups powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon extract (almond or vanilla), 8 ounces of softened cream cheese, and 1 3/4 cups whipping cream. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, salt, extract, and cream cheese. Once you see stiff peaks begin to form you can stop whisking. Spread this onto your sugar cookies and decorate them with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or black berries. I love that this dessert is like a personal tart, and it’s the perfect size for the kids!
Recipe from http://www.apronstringsblog.com
For this delicious remake of the American flag, take your favorite cupcake recipe and just switch up the toppings. Spread a white colored frosting (maybe the extra from the sugar cookie tarts) over each of the cupcakes. Create color by decorating 1/5 of your cupcakes with blueberries, 2/5 of them with strawberries or raspberries, and the other 2/5 with coconut. Bon appétit!
Inspired by http://indulgy.com
Introducing the most impressive fourth of July cake there ever was. Preparation does take a bit of time, but if you prepare early this will be no big deal. Pull out Grandma’s best vanilla cake recipe. Triple the recipe, but split it up between three different bowls. Leave one of the bowls as is, add blue food coloring to the second, and red food coloring to the third. Bake each bowl in a separate pan. Throw those into the oven and turn on your favorite “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” episode. Once all three are done cooking, place them on a cooling rack and wait until they are cool to the touch. Slice the red and white cakes in half height wise. Then take the blue cake and cut out a small circle in the middle. Then do the same to one of the white cake layers and one of the red cake layers. Now it’s time to start stackin’. Place the full red layer down first followed by the full white layer. Then place the outer ring of the blue layer on top of that. Take the middle parts of the cut up white and red layers. Place the inner part of the red cake down first then the inner part of the white layer. Frost the whole cake and get ready to watch your guests’ jaws drop.
Inspired by http://justimagine-ddoc.com/crafts
Hope your July 4th part is a success. Enjoy laughs and good stories with friends and family as you enjoy your treats As Ronald Reagan once said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table”.