by Lauren Piro in Holidays, June 29th, 2016
by Jessica Merchant in Drinks, Holidays, Recipes, June 28th, 2016
Stars and stripes are a reliable theme for any patriotic summer party. But this year, why not put a twist (literally!) on your food and decor with a style that’s a little groovier?
Ombre Table Linens (above)
Our pals at HGTV.com demonstrate this easy method for upgrading your summer tablescape. Solid placemats take a slow dip in red dye, which creates an instant ombre effect.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, July 2nd, 2015
I love a good festive cocktail! Short of adding a fiery sparkler, I wanted to make one of the most adorable and delicious red, white and blue beverages we could all serve at our 4th of July barbecues. And I’ve found it.
(FYI: Calories don’t count when you drink cocktails with friends. Let’s make it a thing.)
While margaritas are usually more my speed, I find that mojitos are a more-versatile alternative and tend to be appreciated by all. Tequila is quite a polarizing liquor, and people have strong opinions on it (and let’s be real — memories of bad experiences in college with it), but rum and sugar and lime and mint is a favorite almost everywhere. It’s milder. Not as edgy. A little friendlier. A touch lighter so you can have two cocktails and still be able to walk home. You know?
So what better way to celebrate summer than with a red, white and blue boozy glass? So much fruity flavor in one drink — these could not be more fun.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, Recipes, July 2nd, 2015
We can bet that a star-spangled Flag Cake, a berries-and-cream trifle and other red, white and blue treats will make a proud appearance at your 4th of July festivities. But painting your spread with the colors of our flag isn’t the only way to celebrate our nation’s independence. Get in the spirit by stocking your cookout menu with all-American cookout classics that scream “America” without bothering to be red, white and blue.
Not only are ribs on their own American treasures, but the Neelys’ Sweet Cola Ribs (pictured above) come with a glug of a national favorite — soda — in the sauce, which gives it a punch of unexpected sweetness. Smoking the ribs on indirect heat makes them the most-tender, delicious barbecue to serve on the 4th. Just make sure you provide napkins.
by Jackie Alpers in Holidays, June 30th, 2015
Festivities for the 4th of July are coming up fast. No matter where you’re celebrating, whether at home, at a friend’s or in the great outdoors, making dishes that are easy to take on the go can be a game changer for your celebrations. Classic American dishes like burgers and hot dogs don’t generally transport well on the fly, but luckily we have a few make-and-take dishes up our sleeve that will make potlucking and picnicking on Independence Day go off without a hitch.
Bring an extra-easy, patriotic appetizer that doesn’t take more than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Make quick red pepper salsa and creamy garlic-lime dip at home for Red and White Double Dippers with Blue Corn Chips. The dips are easy to pack up and bring, while the chips require just a trip to the store.
by Sara Levine in Recipes, June 25th, 2015
Sprinkles elevate an everyday dessert like this simple chocolate mousse into something special. Glittery red cinnamon sugar and vanilla mini marshmallow bits add a kick of flavor, while the subtle color of these pretty blue jimmies comes from natural dyes. So sprinkle without abandon and make even everyday celebrations sparkle like it’s the 4th of July.
by Allison Milam in Holidays, July 3rd, 2014
Attempting to eat with a fork while balancing a drink in one hand and a plate in another is a universal party buzzkill. At summer cookouts, we tend to avoid silverware and go hand-held — think burgers, hot dogs, grilled wings and corn on the cob. So why not keep your party sweets utensil-free too? The ice cream cone is the quintessential hand-held frozen treat, but that involves scooping to order. Here are five cool desserts that you can make ahead, then freeze and forget. Just grab ‘em straight from the freezer for the finale of your 4th of July bash or any weekend gathering. Read more
by Cameron Curtis in Holidays, July 2nd, 2014
If the fireworks are sounding off and you’re more concerned with where your next hot dog is coming from, then let’s not kid ourselves. For a lot of us, some things are best celebrated by way of our stomachs. Since a red, white and blue burger wouldn’t be nearly as cool, siphon your patriotism into tricolored 4th of July desserts, each a perfect ending to your celebratory cookout. There will be no denying — especially if you’re the type to don a red, white and blue getup at the barbecue, which nation you’re celebrating with these tricolored treats.
Lined with fresh cream cheese icing and studded with raspberries and blueberries, Ina Garten’s classic Flag Cake (top right) is 4th of July party gold. With this step-by-step how-to, it’s ultra-easy to make.
by Foodlets in Family, Holidays, July 1st, 2014
If you’re having a Fourth of July party this weekend, serve Ina’s crowd-pleasing cake that feeds up to 24 guests. You can make the easy vanilla sheet cake ahead of time and decorate it with berries and frosting the day of your party to cut down on in-the-kitchen prep during your gathering.
by Ricky Smith in Drinks, Holidays, June 28th, 2014
As if the Fourth of July isn’t already festive enough, here are five recipes that even the littlest cooks can help make. Each dish gets high marks in two key areas, cuteness and simplicity, which gives everyone enough time to enjoy his or her fine work when it’s done.
Berry Trifle: Layers of berries, cake and cream — any dessert with such an easy-to-follow recipe is one all kid-friendly kitchens should have on hand.
Starry Cheese, Tomatoes and Crackers (pictured above): With the help of a star-shaped cutter, transform an average afternoon snack into one with a patriotic punch.
While there are plenty of ways to get festive for the holiday with cakes, pies and all-American favorites, the drink department requires a bit of effort. At any July 4th party, you can probably find lemonade, iced tea and maybe some punch. But to really wow your guests, you’ll need a few of these colorfully creative cocktails.
Fireworks Red, White and Blue Daiquiris
Ah, the daiquiri. You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t enjoy this classic summer drink. The red portion of this version is sweetened with strawberries and watermelon, making it extra-light, while the white portion is made with coconut sorbet, giving the drink a bit of creaminess. And the blue center is made with white rum, blue passion-fruit liqueur and blue curacao, giving the drink its grown-up kick.