10 Patriotic BBQ Ideas For Your Next July 4th Party

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Show your pride for America through the food, decor and more at your next July 4th BBQ party. Here are 10 fun patriotic BBQ ideas for you to try!

 

1. Put up a patriotic banner.

Banners are a hot item in parties these days, so why not hang up a patriotic banner at your BBQ? I love this American flag burlap banner. If you prefer something a bit more traditional, you might like this patriotic bunting.

 

2. Serve cherry pie with a star on top.

You can’t get more American than cherry pie, right? Well, except for apple pie maybe, but cherry pie’s red coloring brings an extra dose of patriotism. Try this easy mini cherry pie recipe that will delight everyone!

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3. Give your kids patriotic hairstyles.

If you have daughter(s) with long hair, have fun with it and give them patriotic hairdos! You can find many cute ideas here.

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4. Dress up your nails in red, white, and blue.

You could always simply paint your nails in a patriotic color, but why not jazz them up with glitter? Or try another one of these 5 patriotic manicure ideas.

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5. Paint mason jars in patriotic colors.

Mason jars are a staple for parties, so hop on the bandwagon and paint yours in red, blue, and white. Here is a great tutorial to turn a trio of mason jars into a cheerful American flag! Then you could use these jars to serve non-food items, such as plastic utensils, drinking straws, napkins, flowers, and unlit sparklers.

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6. Light up the party with patriotic lanterns.

If you don’t want to paint your mason jars, you could decoupage them with tissue paper and put in candles to create fun lanterns for your party! This can be done with just about any glass container you’ve got laying around the house.

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7. Turn fruit into patriotic displays.

Fruit is the perfect refreshing food for the hot weather of July, but why not turn the BBQ staple into something that’s fun and patriotic? Try these delightful patriotic fruit skewers that include marshmallows for added sweetness. Or turn a fruit pie into a beautiful American flag! Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a patriotic fruit pie that everyone will ooh and ahh over before eating.

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8. Make American art with pallets and paint.

Have a pallet laying around? Chop it up and create this amazing American pallet art! You can use a scroll saw, a band saw, or a jigsaw for this project.  Hang your finished creation on the front door to welcome your guests to your party or hang a row of three on your fence. Charming and free patriotic BBQ ideas are always best!

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9. Set up a patriotic hot dog station.

Hot dogs are as American as baseball, so how fun would it be to set up a hot dog station for your guests to make their own gourmet hot dogs? This great hot dog station also includes four suggested hot dog recipes that hail from four different spots in our country, which is so cool!

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10. Get a patriotic tattoo!

Don’t worry, I don’t mean a permanent tattoo. Pass out these glittery temporary patriotic tattoos to your guests, your friends, and your family to spread the patriotism. And there are so many other ways to use the temporary tattoos other than putting them on your skin! You could put them on balloons, plastic plates and cups, plastic servingware, windows, or anything that’s plastic or glass.

 

What do you think of these patriotic BBQ ideas? Will you use them for your next party? What other patriotic BBQ ideas do you love? Share away!

featured image via Frankly Entertaining.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

7 Patriotic (and Fun!) July 4th Party Activities

 7 Patriotic and Fun July 4th Activities | Tipsaholic.com #holiday #fun #july #summer #independence #crafts #games #activities

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Hosting a July 4th party this year? A good party should have a few activities for guests to enjoy in between all the eating and drinking. Try one of these 7 fun July 4th party activities for your party!

 

1. Make July 4th Shirts

Near the beginning of your party, gather together your guests to create DIY July 4th shirts. Once they’re dry, everyone can wear them for the rest of the party, which could make for a really great group photo. This tutorial makes no-sew tanks with spray paint, but you could get a similar result with kid-safe fabric paint and a couple of paintbrushes. If you only have little kids at your party, this tutorial is a lot easier and faster to make.

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2. Paint Everyone’s Faces

Line everyone up and paint their faces with patriotic images! Use the things you probably already have in your pantry (corn starch, milk, water, and food coloring) to make homemade face paint. Both adults and kids will enjoy sporting their favorite designs on their faces or arms! Here are some face painting ideas: stars, the flag, fireworks, blue-white-red rainbows, Uncle Sam’s hat, eagles, the letters USA, the country USA, and patriotic ribbons. For the superhero fans, what about Captain America’s shield?

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3. Decorate Your Lawn with Stars

Once everyone is decorated with our country’s colors and symbols, work together to decorate the grass and sidewalks of your backyard and front yard with flour stars! This is a fun and easy activity for the kids to do. First, make a large stencil of a star and lay it down where you want the star to go. Spray water on the grass or concrete and then sift flour over it. Ta-da, white stars everywhere!

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4. Create Patriotic Art

A craft for the kids during a party is always a fun idea, but sometimes a craft requires a lot of adult supervision. This freedom collage craft is perfect for a July 4th party because it’s all about creating without restrictions, which makes it perfect for celebrating our free country. Simply provide the materials and set everything up on a table and let the kids have fun! Once everything is dry, you could even hang them up to add more decor to your party. Clip the creations on a string and hang it on your fence, tack them up on a tree, or tape them to the end of a long table, whatever works for your party!

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5. Play a Popcorn Relay Race

This is a fun and silly relay game that everyone can participate in, no matter their age, as long as they know how to walk! Attach a cup to each foot with string and fill it up with popcorn. Have your racers go as fast as they can without spilling the popcorn and fill up a huge basket of popcorn — whoever empties their portion of the popcorn first wins! And then everyone can enjoy chomping down on the popcorn, so there are no losers in this game.

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6. Set Up a Photo Background

Hang up a large American flag and set up a photography backdrop for your guests to get a picture together! You could grab an old school Polaroid camera and give the pictures to your guests right away or email them the photos later with a “Thanks for coming!” note. Everyone will love their little mementos from your party and that’s better than any favor bag!

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7. Have Fun with Glow Sticks

Fireworks are fun, but they’re not the only things that can light up the night. You can do so many fun activities with glow sticks and other glow toys, such as ring toss with glow sticks taped into circles, hopscotch with bigger glow circles, beach ball volleyball with glow sticks inside, and many more. Find more activities to do with glow sticks here!

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What other fun July 4th party activities do you like to participate in? Share your favorite ones in the comments below, including links! I’m always looking for more fun party ideas and I’m sure you are, too!

For more 4th of July ideas, check out this top ten list by Remodelaholic.

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image courtesy of I Can Teach My Child.

7 Ways to Make Your Dinner Party Memorable

7 Ways to Make Your Dinner Party Memorable | Tipsaholic.com #entertaining #recipe #cooking

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1. Be thoughtful when creating your guest list. Invite people you think will mesh well, who will enjoy each other and bring a pleasant atmosphere to your dinner party. Balance out a reserved friend with one who is particularly good at making new friends, or simply invite people who you feel will have a lot in common and naturally converse.

2. Keep the menu simple. Now is probably not the time to try out foods you haven’t made before. Avoid foods that require complex preparation so that you are more likely to be ready on time and enjoy a stress-free evening. It’s a good idea to serve things that are crowd-pleasing and basic. A variety of tried-and-true favorites at the table ensures that every guest will find at least one dish to enjoy.

3. Set the mood with music, lighting, and comfortable, cozy spaces. A personalized playlist vibrating softly in the background gives people permission to use their voices rather than keep a thoughtful silence. Low light and candles tend to make people more comfortable too. Cozy groupings of chairs and cushions ensure that your guests aren’t too far apart to start socializing.

4. Provide a fun appetizer and a drink. Rather than leaving your guests to entertain themselves while you finish up with the meal preparation, give them something to put in their mouth and get them talking. For some great ideas, try one or two of these fun finger foods from Chocolate, Chocolate and More.

5. Set the table. You are the host/hostess, and it’s your job to choose the theme and the formality. Paper plates and plastic utensils can be great for casual gatherings and barbecues, but if you’re looking for something a bit more organized, take a look at these 5 tips for a great tablescape at Remodelaholic.  A classy centerpiece can also add to the conversation and mood of the party. Candles and a bit of greenery are all you need to get started, but you can take it to the next level with these super-simple ideas for centerpieces.

6. Enjoy your own party. Nothing can dampen the spirit of a party like having the host or hostess running to and fro throughout the night and never stopping to socialize. Remember, you invited them, and as much as your guests may seem to be enjoying each other’s company, they came to see you. Besides, after all your hard work, you deserve to put your feet up and enjoy the food and the friendship.

7. Send your guests home with something. A simple party favor puts the finishing touches on your evening together. A ceramic dip bowl with a recipe for your favorite dip attached, a mini-dessert to enjoy the next day, or a small piece of jewelry for female friends is a great way to send them off. Go here for more great ideas!

 

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

 

Featured image courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

10 Easy Appetizers for Any Event

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Keep your group’s bellies happy and their fingers busy. Choose one or two of these quick appetizers and you’ll start the party off right!

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Dinner party, birthday party, holiday party, superbowl party… if there’s a reason to get together and celebrate, we do it! And regardless of the occasion, the best part of an event is often the amazing food. As a host or hostess of a good party, you may have realized that one way to get your guests in the spirit of things while they wait for the main course is to start feeding them before the feast even begins, but who has the time for appetizers during the hustle and bustle of meal preparations? You do – because these 10 delectable easy appetizers are the fastest, easiest starter foods you’ll ever make, all with 4 ingredients or less!

1. Chicken Parmesan Bites (picture: slide 1)

2. Lime Yogurt Fruit Dip (picture: slide 2)

3. Salami Tomato Skewers (picture: slide 3)

4. Cranberry Brie Bites (picture: slide 4)

5. Bacon Wrapped Smokies (picture: slide 5)

6. Watermelon Ricotta Bites (picture: slide 6)

7. Ranch Bread (picture: slide 7)

8. Melon and Prosciutto Skewers (picture: slide 8)

9. Cucumber Sandwich Bites (picture: slide 9)

10. Bacon Ranch Chip Dip (picture: slide 10)

 

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Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at www.utterlyinexperienced.blogspot.com, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

Featured image courtesy of Celebrations at Home.

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

10 Quick-and-Easy Appetizer Recipes for March Madness

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On game day, we all know that the real star of the show is the food. Score some big points at your March Madness party with this crowd-pleasing line-up of all-star appetizers. These are all quick and easy to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the party — whoops, I mean the game, of course. Even better? Many of these appetizer recipes are actually healthy!

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  1. Roasted Red Pepper Cheese Spread

  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

  3. Red Pepper Hummus with Baked Pita Chips

  4. Pizza Monkey Bread

  5. Low-Fat Ranch Dip

  6. Spicy Sausage Balls

  7. Cheese Straws

  8. Dill Pickle Dip

  9. Sweet Potato Hummus

  10. Badass Nachos

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Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.