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Fourth of July Party

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Fourth of July Party

Fourth of July Party

Fourth of July Party

Anyone having one of those moments where they can’t help themselves and you have invited a bunch of people over to your house?

Fourth of July Party

Or they invited themselves?

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Well! I have your answer on how to feed them with creative, cute, inexpensive and DELICIOUS ideas!

Fourth of July Party

(Uh, by the way, I will be exploring these ideas in depth tomorrow, Tuesday July 3rd, on New Day Northwest at KING 5 at 11AM)

Fourth of July Party

BURGER BAR: I am obsessed with this idea lately. I have done these full sized and as mini sliders. You can make the patties the day before or the morning of and then when guests arrive, get someone working that grill for you. Serve big platters with a variety of condiments.

Burger Ideas:
Lamb Burgers
Blue Cheese Stuffed Turkey Burgers
Asian Salmon Burgers
Grilled Chicken Burgers
Portobello Mushroom Burgers

Homemade Condiment Ideas:
Asian Slaw
Peach Mustard
Sweet Onion and Chili Ketchup
Spicy Herb Spread
Sweet and Spicy Pickled Red Onions
Spicy Pickled Cucumbers
Red Wine Caramelized Onions
Feta Cheese Spread
Guacamole

Fourth of July Party

Salad Bar: Not like a traditional salad bar, but a “selection of salads.” I put mine in mason jars for ease. You can make all of these the day before, and they can all be out in the sun, because you know none of my stuff has mayo ☺

Salad Ideas:
Fresh Corn Salad with Mango
Asian Beet Salad
Potato Salad
Sesame Noodles
Couscous salad
Orzo salad with cherries and feta
Pasta Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

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Fruit Infused Lemonade: Couldn’t be easier. I use lemonade concentrate. I add fresh or frozen fruit, and maybe a little mint. Voila!

Fruit Ideas: Any type of berry, plums, peaches, nectarines, apricot, pineapple, watermelon and star fruit.

Fourth of July Party

Ice Cream Soda Bar: Along the lines of the lemonade- majorly easy. All you really need is vanilla ice cream and a selection of sodas. I love the vintage style sodas. Then let people top with whipped cream and cherries.

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S’mores Bar: I have been doing this in the summer for years. I just replenish whenever we are having kids (or immature friends, which is most of them) over. You can make the whole set up easy with the basics: Jet Puffed Marshmallows, Graham Crackers and Hersheys Bars, or get crazy. I love to get a bunch of artisinal chocolate bars in all different flavors and then add these:

Homemade Additions to a S’mores Bar:
Honey Graham Crackers
Chocolate Graham Crackers
Red Velvet Graham Crackers (courtesy of Iambaker)
Homemade Marshmallows
Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies
Peanut Butter Cookies

Fourth of July Party

Utensil Ideas:
Wax paper sandwich bags complete with napkin, compostable silverware and straw. The bonus- everything can be dumped in yard waste when you are done!

For more Decoration and menu ideas, look HERE.

Have a great holiday- Let me know what you have planned!

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11 Comments

  1. ummmmm I’m coming to your house for the party!!

  2. I’m inviting myself to your party…hope you don’t mind! :)

  3. marla says:

    Can I come to your July 4th party?! So pretty Heather! And so much work went into this amazing post!

  4. Brilliant! Thanks for the party ideas.

  5. susan says:

    ummm….that will be a yes! and what time? p.s. there will be 5 of us!!!

  6. Such delicious ideas for the 4th, Heather!

  7. Kelley Taylor says:

    Love the burger “bar” idea. In the past, I’ve done baked potato bars and chili bars, too!

  8. What a beautiful display! Sounds like a great party. Great ideas!