The 4th of July is vastly approaching and so is your planning preparation. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. It’s a great chance to get together and enjoy a great barbeque, fireworks and spend time with family and friends.
If you are looking to organize your own party this year use these 4th of July suggestions.
Consider serving appetizers since most guests struggle with travel, getting the kids together and parade traffic not everyone will arrive at the same time.
- Have mini-burgers
- Blue , Red, and White tortilla chips with salsa
- Blueberry, strawberry and Banana fruit tray
For the main course I would suggest sticking to the classics. Nothing says 4th of July like a good old hamburger and brats. If you are looking for a twist on the classic consider these hamburger suggestions from punchbowl.com.
“The All American” – bacon, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo
“Uncle Sam’s Favorite” – barbecue sauce, Cheddar cheese, onion rings, lettuce, tomato, mayo
“Hot as Fireworks” – jalapenos, pepper-jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, chipotle mayo, hot salsa
“Declare Your Independence”- Set out a variety of burgers and toppings for guests to make their own burger creations. Encourage guests to come up with patriotic names for their burgers, then share the names and ingredients with other guests! Here’s everything you need to set up your burger bar:
- Burger patty: beef, turkey, garden burger, etc.
- Vegetables: lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, mushrooms, etc.
- Cheeses: American, Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, Gouda, Brie, etc.
- Sauces and condiments: ketchup, mustard, Tabasco, A-1, Worcestershire Sauce, ranch, etc.
- Additional toppings: relish, bacon, pineapple, guacamole, onion rings, etc.
Use Better Crocker’s Recipe for fruit pizza but with a twist by using the fruit to design an American flag.
Which include Chocolate sprinkeled pretzel sticks and strawberries.
Pull out the old backyard games. Big hits include:
- Bean bag toss
- Horse Shoes
- Latter golf
- Bocce Ball
- or create your own 4th of July game
- Cranberry Juice
- Blue Gatorade Frost
- Diet 7-Up
- Ice cubes
- Fill your container with ice
- Pour In the Cranberry Juice.
- Next Pour in the Blue Gatorade Frost, BUT make sure that when you’re pouring the Blue Gatorade Frost that you pour straight onto some of the ice to gently add the layer. If you pour it directly into the juice it will mix!
- Next, pour in the Diet 7up, also pour onto an ice cube to prevent them from mixing.
Last but not least every good party needs a great playlist. Here is a patriotic lists of music to add to your ipod. (created by punchbowl.com)
- “Spirit of America” — The Beach Boys
- “Travelin’ Soldier’ — Dixie Chicks
- “Star Spangled Banner” — Jimmy Hendrix
- “R.O.C.K. in the USA” — John Mellencamp
- “Independence Day” — Elliot Smith
- “America” — Neil Diamond
- “American Pie” — Don McLean
- “Fireworks” — Louis Armstrong
- “America the Beautiful” — Frank Sinatra
- “4th of July” — Shooter Jennings
- “Shed a Little Light” — James Taylor
- “American Girl” — Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- “Light the Fuse”— John Mayall
- “Stars and Stripes Forever” — Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
- “Yankee Doodle” — Broadway Quartet
- “You’re a Grand Old Flag” — Mormon Tabernacle Choir
- “God Bless America” — Celine Dion
- “American Woman” — Lenny Kravitz
- “Red, White and Blue” — Lynyrd Skynyrd
- “The West Point March” — United States Army Band
- “This Land Is Your Land” — Pete Seeger
- “Born in the USA” — Bruce Springsteen
- “God Bless the USA: Proud to be an American” — Lee Greenwood