Plan Your Fourth of July Party!


Apple Pie Collage With Text

Whether you are attending a gathering, hosting one of your own, or just planning a day with family, here are some recipes and ideas to make your Independence Day a success.

Consider some of these ideas for decorating:

These Paper Hat Place Cards from Country Living are darling!

Use them with this Paper Star Garland from Southern Direction

…you can see more summer decorating ideas here on our summer themed Pinterest board.

And for your picnic…


Start your guests off with Summer Solstice Cocktail from 1840 Farm,

or add Let This Mind Be in You’s Strawberry Syrup to your lemonade.

Sparkling Rose Wine from And Here We Are would be a lovely way to end the evening while watching fireworks.

For more great beverage ideas visit our “Drinkies” Pinterest board here.


Spring Mountain Living’s Favorite Veggie Dip

Mexican Layered Dip (featured on our old blog, one of the best layered dip recipes…)

Homemade Onion Dip (MSG free!!) from Stitching Hearts Together

Roasted Veggie Bites from Vanessa’s Values


Vinegar Cucumber Salad from True Food Movement

Here is a great recipe for grilled corn from PBS food

Deviled Eggs With Curry from Epicurious (we love deviled eggs with curry!) or these with bacon and jalepeno from

Schneider Peeps’ Black Bean and Corn Salsa


Vinegar Cucumber Salad from True Food Movement

Roasted tomato pie is one of our absolute favorites and goes great with a barbecue.

And here’s Martha Stewart’s Basic Potato Salad and her Herbed Potato Salad.


Use these cheese and onion buffins from Life Less Hurried for your burgers Honey Chipotle Chicken Tenders from Black Fox Homestead

or fill them with smoked ham salad from Taylor Made Ranch.

Here’s some ideas for using homemade egg salad from Stitching Hearts Together

We’ve enjoyed these Honey Chipotle Chicken Fingers

and this grilled leg of lamb with lemons and rosemary.

Visit our Bugers and Barbecue pinterest board for a collection of burger recipes…


Strawberry Banana Frozen Yogurt from Salsa Garden Chronicles

Berry Sorbet from This One Good Life

Quick and Easy Blackberry Pie from Summer’s Acres

Fresh Strawberry Pie from the Self Sufficient HomeAcre…

and our own Lattice Top Apple Pie with a crust that looks fancy but is really very easy!

If you want to keep sweets at a minimum here is a tutorial for a watermelon cake from the Untrained Housewife.

Watermelon Cake from the Untrained Housewife

Post barbecue treats:

A few little somethings while doing sparklers or watching the fireworks display both from Stitching Hearts Together:

Coconut Oil Treats and Summer S’mores (GAPS)

If you’re crowd would enjoy cupcakes here is a recipe for our pound cake cupcakes with lemon buttercream frosting and here is a recipe for molasses crumb cupcakes.

And for keeping pests under control:

‘Squito Away Spray

Floating Candles with Citronella Oil

And finally…

Be sure to read these tips on keeping your food safe from the Untrained Housewife

Food Safety from The Untrained Housewife

What recipes do you take to your family picnic?  Please feel free to share them in the comments along with any other entertaining tips you might have. Links back to your original post are most welcome!

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Fourth of July!

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Plan Your Fourth of July Party! — 3 Comments

  1. Great post! So nice to have everything right here. I can’t decide what to make first.