We interrupt summer sports for the Fourth of July… well, we are fitting in the Fourth of July in AROUND the sports…
Since school has been out for the summer, it’s been a whirl-wind at my house! I can’t believe tomorrow is the Fourth of July!!! My son has a baseball game tomorrow, and then we are off to multiple parties – and I haven’t figured out what to bring yet… When I need some inspiration, and some easy but fun recipes, I usually head off to Pinterest to see what’s out there. After pinning some really cute things for the fall and Christmas, I found some of these ideas for Fourth of July that I thought I would share with you.
Strawberry Blueberry Mini Cheesecake Trifle
Aren’t they adorable?
The how-to instructions can be found at this link: http://www.glorioustreats.com/2012/06/strawberry-blueberry-mini-cheesecake-trifle.html
American Flag Cupcakes
Cupcakes are such an easy ‘grab and go’ food for a party. And these are Soooo simple, and so cute when arranged on a tray. All you need are 2 dozen cupcakes frosted as follows: 4 blue, 10 red and 10 white. Using a star tip on a piping bag, pipe a few white stars on the blue cupcakes. Follow the picture below arrange on the tray, and voila – you are done! This is certainly an easy project that still looks festive. I wish I could bring these to baseball tomorrow, but they won’t last 4 hours in the car, and I’m not sure we have a cooler big enough to keep them chilled. Or do we? At the very least, maybe I will bring it to one of the parties we are going to…
Chocolate dipped strawberries are so easy to make, yet make such a wonderful impression on party guests. For my son’s birthday party – which happened to be on Memorial Day this year – we made these strawberries:
Although these are adorable – and very patriotic looking – they are very messy!!! The blue sugar goes everywhere when you try to eat it and we had blue colored children as well as my kitchen floor and deck area. That blue dye is hard to get out as it stains. I would definitely suggest making these if they would be served outside – maybe on grass, and you don’t mind your guests having blue mouths and tongues.
I went on Pinterest looking for an alternative to the decorations above and found this:
There should be much less evidence that your guests ate a strawberry from this version of strawberries! BUT, the chocolate will crack and little star confections will fall off when someone bites into them and the blue and red stripes will probably come off in long strands so outside may be a better option for serving them.
The last pin I found on Pinterest is a Red, White and Blueberry Trifle
Since it’s easy to find strawberries and blueberries in the grocery store this time of year, and the rest of the ingredients are very easy to find in the grocery store, the biggest prep you will need to do is allow time for the tub of whipped topping to thaw out…
The how-to instructions can be found at this link: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/06/red-white-and-blueberry-trifle.html#more
On this Fourth of July, enjoy the food, enjoy the fireworks and stay safe!
What are some of your favorite ideas for Fourth of July festivities? Share them with us by commenting on this post.
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