July 4th Entertaining Made Easy

July 4th Entertaining Made Easy

I grew up where the July 4th parade was a big deal! We’re talking about tons of floats,  kids and adults a like lining the neighborhood streets for miles.  Now that I have children of my own, I want them to have the same experience as I did!

However, juggling the pool, beach, lake etc. and then entertaining for family and friends can be difficult.  That is why I have chosen 4 easy DIY décor and food items that easily fit into anyone’s budget!

Remember the burlap wreath I made from this post? I have used this wreath for Halloween, Christmas, Spring, and now 4th of July.

DIY Burlap Wreath

I simply added this red, burlap & blue star that was on sale from Pottery Barn, and now I have a patriotic wreath for my front door!

Next up is a quick and easy menu.  I love watermelon and mint together, it’s so refreshing during the hot summer.  Some people add feta, however I decided to add a blueberry to top off my skewer.

 

Watermelon, Mint & Blueberry skewers

You can make this the day before or 5-10 min before your event.

Another easy food item is cherries. You can bring these with you to the park, beach, pool etc. and place them in a decorate container or in a martini glass with blue at the bottom for an added effect.  Cheeries

Lastly, don’t forget about the flowers. If you follow my posts, you know I love hydrangeas.  Not only are hydrangeas beautiful, but they’re simple, elegant and not too feminine  or masculine. Hydrangeas come in different colors and are relatively inexpensive. For your July 4th celebration choose white and blue and bunch them together in a clear or white vase. Remember, hydrangeas require a lot of water, but will last a long time as long as they are submerged in water.

4th of Julyl Entertaining Made Easy

Don’t have a patriotic tray on hand? You can go to Michael’s and buy this one that was on sale or buy a plan wooden tray and paint it yourself. I also enjoy using candles and lanterns as part of the décor, which sets the mood as the day turns to night.

For more 4th of July menu and décor inspiration check out my previous post here.

Wishing you a happy Independence Day with your family and friends!

Vendor Credits

Event Design, Style & Photography – Sarah Sofia Productions http://www.sarahsofiaproductions.com

White and blue striped tray – Michaels http://www.michaels.com

DIY Burlap Wreath – Sarah Sofia Productions

Red and Blue Burlap Star – Pottery Barn http://www.potterybarn.com

White star lantern – Ikea USA http://www.ikea.com

Celebrating Our Independence: July 4th Entertaining

Since I was a child, I have loved celebrating July 4th with the parades, the food, and fireworks!  I continue to enjoy this festive holiday with entertaining my friends and family.  The colors are so bold and playful and you can use them as accents in flower arrangements, as shown in the above picture, liens, food, serving dishes, and decorations such as lanterns and candles.

For the younger crowd you can prepare turkey and regular sliders, turkey or chicken sausages, and tater tots. (see previous posts for recipes).  For the more sophisticated pallet hot and spicy grilled shrimp on top of a bed of arugula is a favorite.  (see below for recipe).  Use sides that have vibrant colors such as watermelon, raspberry and blueberry fruit salad, mozzarella and tomato salad with basil and olive oil, and corn and red pepper medley.  A fun dessert for both kids and adults is cookie ice cream sandwiches, such as chocolate chip and oatmeal cookies sandwiched with vanilla or coffee ice cream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hot & Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients: Makes 6

  • 18 jumbo shrimp peeled or a bag of 60-75 pre-cooked and peeled shrimp
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

Oil and prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium.  Toss shrimp with olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Turn shrimp once and cook for 7 to 8 minutes of until cooked through.  Stir together butter, hot sauce and parsley in a large bowl.  Add shrimp and toss until coated.  Serve over a bed of arugula.