4th of July Food Favorites

Posted by on June 18, 2013 in 4th of July, Holidays, Recipes | 34 comments

4th of July Food Favorites

When it comes to entertaining, I like what is easy, delicious, and fun! The 4th of July entertaining is no exception! Entertaining is not fun when you are overwhelmed with every little detail and try to do too much. Choose what you can accomplish realistically and you will do it more often. Having fun together is the most important thing. These 4th of July Food Favorites are easy and fun to put together. They will make a hit at your gathering.

Many of these ideas I chose are great for kids to put together themselves. When the family gets together, it’s fun to have a food activity for them and many of these fit that category. Involving them in the process is a memory maker event, too! It takes a little of the pressure from having everything finished before everyone arrives! The outcomes may not be as perfect as when you do it, but they will still taste the same!

 While the pictures show ten, I included 13 favorite picks! Thirteen stands for the 13 original colonies!

4th of July Food Favorites #4th of July #picnic food #patriotic
13 easy ideas to make your 4th of July special. 13 is for the original 13 colonies and 13 stripes on the flag! #4th-of-July #holiday #patriotic  www.grandparentsplus.com



#1 and #2     4th of July Dipped Strawberries

4th of July Dipped Strawberries #strawberry #4th of July www.grandparentsplus.com

Easy and quick 4th of July treat!


These spectacular looking treats are from www.allrecipes.com


Have all the ingredients ready and let the kids put these together! They may not look perfect, but they still will taste good and the kids will love doing it!

Hint: Strawberries should be washed and completely dry! White chocolate coating doesn’t stick to a damp or wet strawberry!

An alternative is to have a bowl of vanilla yogurt and blue sugar for dipping. Dip and eat! No prep involved!



Strawberry Treats - 4th of July  www.grandparentsplus.com

Idea from ….   Cupcakes, Kisses ‘n’ Crumbs


If you have any white chocolate left over after dipping strawberries, dip pretzels , sugar cookies, sugar ice cream cones or glass rims (see # 4)



 #3 Cream Cheese Filled Strawberries


 Baker’s Royale


Do this one yourself! This is too hard for kids to put together, but will be a hit with both kids and adults!

Another version is this…..

From kikukat.blogspot.com

25 jumbo strawberries

     3/4 c heavy whipping cream

     3/4 c milk

     1 small box vanilla instant pudding

     1/2 tsp almond extract

Mix together

Put mixture into a plastic bag. Cut corner of bag and pipe into the strawberries.

Top with a blueberry



#4 Fourth of July Drink Picks

4th of July

Add a festive touch to drinks to celebrate the 4th!


This is another idea for kids to put together! The idea originated with Martha Stewart. With a small cookie cutter, cut out stars from jicama or pineapple.  Have kids thread the items on the skewers or straws for people to add to their drink. Dip glass rims in white chocolate and then red, white and blue sugar for an extra festive touch.


4th of July Raspberry Lemonade with star picks!

 My Recipes


#5    Flag Cupcakes

This idea is good for a kids’ cupcake decorating station. Have the frosting, blueberries and fruit leather ready to go. It helps to cut the fruit leather into strips beforehand.

4th of July Flag Cupcakes

Easy for kids to put together!


Idea from…   www.partycity.com



#6.  Patriotic Ice Cream Sandwiches

Another kid friendly idea! Insert a stick in the ice cream sandwiches, dip it into sprinkles and eat!


4th-of-july ice cream sandwiches!

Fun for kids to decorate and eat!

Ice cream Sandwiches can be found on www.LivingLocurto.com



#7   Red, White and Blue Cake

While this idea is not exactly kid-friendly for helping, they certainly will love to eat it. Make this the day before so everything won’t be last-minute! I had to include this as it is so delicious looking and fun with the combination of the red cake, white frosting, raspberries and blueberries. Instead of a layer cake, make a 9×13 cake and decorate with raspberries and blueberries. ( much easier)

4th of July Cake #4th-of-july # patriotic dessert #red,white, blue www.

Show-stopping Dessert!

idea from www.recipecottage.com


#8  Patriotic Brownies

I included this idea because it is an easy dessert to put together. Wh the strawberries and blueberries on top, it looks so festive and tastes good, too. Make cupcakes or make individual brownies in muffin papers and then decorate! I couldn’t find the original link of this picture! I searched and searched so if you know, please contact me and I will edit this post.

Patriotic Brownies #4th-of- July dessert #brownie dessert #

Quick and easy to put together. Makes a big impact!


Use the rest of the cream cheese recipe for frosting from the filled strawberries above! Then add the blueberries and strawberries!


#9   Red, White and Blue Parfait Jello

What kid doesn’t like Jello? This is so easy to make and have it ready the day before! No last-minute rush! Perhaps this could be just for the kids, however, some adults would like this, too! Add a flag pick for the top!

Recipe found here…

#10  Flag Toast or French Toast

You can even make breakfast patriotic with this Flag Toast! Let kids can make their ow. They would have fun putting this together by themselves. So what if the rows aren’t perfectly straight! Put some sweetened cream cheese or Cool Whip on and then add the strawberry jam, bananas and blueberries! YUM! What a patriotic way to start the day!

Directions are here….


Use this idea for French Toast! Instead of cream cheese,use whip cream or Cool Whip on the toast. Add strawberries, bananas and blueberries.


 #11  Patriotic Rice Krispie Bars

4th of July Rice Krispy Bars

Just add food coloring for the red and blue layer when making the rice krispie bars! Kids loves these!


Photo by…..flicker


#12 White Chocolate Patriotic Tart

Patriotic Tart

White Chocolate Blueberry Tart


Recipe found at  …    www.zoebakes.com


#13   Individual Cookie Tarts

4th of July Tarts


Let your guests build their own tarts with a sugar cookie as the base!


This idea is from www.popsandpodge.com

Ingredients for cream cheese spread:

1  (8-oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened

 2  tablespoons frozen limeade concentrate, thawed

1/2  cup powdered sugar

Mix together

This is enough for approx. 20 cookies

Have strawberries and blueberries washed and ready to place on cookies.

Make these ahead of time or an easier way is the have  bowls of the cream cheese mixture, strawberries, blueberries and let your guests make their own! The sugar cookies can be store-bought. Just don’t tell anyone! So easy! If you make your own sugar cookies, use a star cookie cutter!

 Well, these are my favorite picks for an easy, kid-friendly, no big fuss, 4th of July Food Favorites for a non-hectic 4th of July celebration! Whew! That was a mouthful!

While I call them kid-friendly, adults love these ideas, too!

Lots of these ideas are changeable for other holiday celebrations as well! Just change the color scheme!


Let’s celebrate the freedoms that we have in this country!


Which idea is your favorite?

Happy entertaining!

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Phyllis (Oma)

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  1. Love the flag toast idea! So creative! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again next week!

    • My grandkids liked to make that!

  2. What a fun round up. I’m a sucker for a tart, so I love those cookie tarts.

    Thanks for linking up at the Thank Goodness It’s Thursday party. See you tomorrow!

    • I agree! They are easy to make, too!

  3. Great round-up for July 4th. These would make such a pretty food table. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    • Yes, it would! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. I saw some fabulous inspirations in this round up – thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to recreate a few of the healthy red white and blue treats!

    • Lots of good ones! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Phyllis…everything looks delicious! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful holiday ideas with us at Project Inspire{d}!

  6. Thank you so much for all these ideas! And thank you for linking w/ Twirl and Take a Bow! xo

  7. Love these ideas!! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week

    • I’ll be back and thanks for pinning!

  8. Great recipe suggestions for the fourth! I do love those dipped strawberries!

  9. Thanks for coming by the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop. Love your post and appreciate you taking the time to share. I will be featuring this fabulous post Thursday on Facebook and Twitter. Pinning today!

  10. Hey there! Thanks for linking up such a cool craft. Stop by again next week and link up another awesome project!

    Have a wonderful week!

  11. Thank you so much for linking-up at Pin It Monday Hop#14. We appreciate for taking the time to share your post with us. If you have extra time, please stop by and check what other Bloggers are sharing. See you

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  12. Thanks for sharing all of these fun recipes! =)

  13. Fab collection – I would love for you to link up at the Mommy Archive – we’re focusing on July 4th this week, Alice x

  14. This post is making me hungry. It looks like some good suggestions. I have a ton of strawberries right now so it is perfect timing.

  15. I have been wanting to try those cream cheese strawberries. Last year I made 4th of July fruit skewers and they were so pretty and patriotic.

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  16. Definitely a pin worthy post! I love the cream cheese filled strawberries!

    Thank you for linking to Raising Imperfection.
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)

    (¸¤ Lanaya | xoxo

  17. Those cream cheese filled strawberries are calling my name! Thanks for sharing 13! yummy recipes at Inspire Us Thursday.

  18. Great collection!
    Hi there! I am co-hosting this week on the Raising Imperfetion Sunday Link Party. Thanks for sharing your creations with us! I hope you found inspiration in all of the terrific posts.

    I host a (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop and a TGIF Link Party at my place — A Peek Into My Paradise… http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/ I would love for you to link up and follow if you like what you see. =) I follow back – I love making new friends!

    I can’t wait to see what you link up next week!

    Hugs, Cathy

  19. A great list 😉 I love the toast going to have to make that! saw you at Cheerios and Lattes and had to stop over 😉

    We would LOVE for you to come over and link up to Super Sunday at Who Needs a Cape! http://whoneedsacape.com/2013/06/super-sunday-party-3/

  20. Great round up! So many fun ideas!

  21. Wow, what an amazing blog post! Thanks so much for sharing all this. I saw it on petals to picots link party!
    Julie from julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

    • Thanks! I hope you come back soon!

  22. What a great collection of patriotic desserts! Thank you for sharing!


  23. Yes, they would! Thanks for visiting!

  24. Lots of great ideas here, thanks for sharing them at Wicked Good Wednesdays!

  25. What a great collection! It all looks great, but I’m drawn to the dipped strawberries. Thanks for sharing!
    Robin @ Fluster Buster


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