July 3, 2013

Last Minute Independence Day Ideas for Your Party

Are you a last minute party planner? The daily tasks of your schedule can often leave you little to no free time to plan your holiday barbecue, so we are here to help! Check out these super easy recipes for last minute patriotic foods and drinks that appeal to everyone. From American classics like corn of the cob to unique and creative appetizers, mix and match to make a delicious food assortment for your event.

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Celebrations don’t have to wait till the afternoon to begin. Start your patriotic day with some red white and blue baked donuts for breakfast. Kids will love the swirls of colors! Make things even more interesting by letting everyone decorate their own donut with their favorite icing or sprinkle toppings (nuts, rainbow sprinkles, star shaped sprinkles, etc.) Red White and Blue Baked Donuts by TasteandTellBlog.com

Need help decorating your space? These printable decorations and party accessories from our friends at Celebrations.com make decorating super easy and affordable. Simply print out the materials and attached to water bottles, add to food platters, and hang on the tables! 4th of July Patriotic Printable by Celebrations.com

Preparing great recipes can be done ahead of time so that you can enjoy your party. We love these simple cupcakes with raspberry, blueberry, and coconut toppings to mimic the American flag. Using fresh fruits in patriotic colors is an easy way to decorate your favorite dessert recipe for an easy dessert.

Spice up your classic bbq recipes with new twists on tradition. This grilled jalapeno lime corn is a perfect pop to the barbecue menu. Grilled Jalepeno Lime Corn by MyRecipes.com

Red, white, and blue will never go out of style. This pasta recipe is a fantastic example of that. Transform an ordinary pasta salad into a work of art with this recipe. Caprese Pasta Salad by Soirtay.com

Finally, make sure your cocktails are as spirited as the rest of the party. Sparks will fly when your guests get a glimpse of these blue lemonade cocktails in cute mason jars, and garnished with a watermelon star stirrer. Blue Lemonade Cocktail with Watermelon Stirrers by Celebrations.com

What foods are you craving this week? What dishes are you preparing?