Full disclosure: Fourth of July is my favorite holiday. I love the colors and the season and the pageantry and the fireworks. Plus, it’s like the country’s biggest birthday party, and I love birthdays. So, this being the first year that I have ever hosted my own Fourth of July party, I have been prepping with abandon for a fun and festive evening! Here is what I recommend…
Keep it simple! Many Fourth of July parties have an outdoor element, and the spirit of festivity will already be in the air thanks to most cities and towns having tons of activities for the weekend. Still, invite your guests to wear red, white & blue costumes so you can hand out awards for the best outfit.
Then add specific pops of patriotism with full sized Sparks Firecrackers that can be used as a centerpiece, on top of your bar cart, or just in key spots around your house. They’re super fun and easy to store away for next year! Other than that, check out local party stores or even a Dollar Tree for balloons, banners or other cost-effective ways to add some spice to the day.
Again, keep it simple. Very few people are really going to a party for the food, but it’s always key to have it. I was really hoping that Oreos would make a red, white and blue version of their perfect cookie for the holiday, but since I was once again disappointed, I can recommend making your own! Do dipped Oreos for an easy and colorful dessert.
Another fun option is the ever popular flag cake. While a full cake looks and tastes beautiful, it might be harder to serve and eat at an adult party. So I am making a twist on the Pinterest favorite that’s more of a grab n’ go style. Use a standard platter, and make your stripes with cut strawberries and mini vanilla cupcakes (or just straight whipped cream even) Then create your stars with blueberries and more whipped cream. Done and done!
Here is where you can have some fun! Beer is the unofficial drink of summer BBQ’s but America’s birthday deserves something a little more special. I am a cocktail fiend, so to me, a party isn’t a party without a signature cocktail. I tried two recipes (outlined below): one sweet and one more bitter. Giving your guests options is the hostess with the mostess thing to do.
But hard alcohol is not for the faint of heart, so be sure to offer something lighter as well. Sonoma Hard Cider is a new find of mine that’s refreshing, and also made with organic ingredients so you can feel good about what you drink. They have some new flavors for summer including The Crowbar, which is a habanero lime flavor that’s unexpectedly delicious.
Reyka Vodka’s Berry Royale
1 oz Reyka Vodka
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Top with champagne
Shake (or stir) together the Reyka Vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. Then top with a champagne float.
Sailor Jerry’s Seven Seas Breeze
1 part Sailor Jerry Rum
1 part grapefruit
1 part cranberry juice.
Serve in a highball or rocks glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge. I actually chose sparkling grapefruit juice to add a little bubbly to the drink and it was delicious!