The Fourth of July is a holiday that not only represents the day the United States of America became independent, but also symbolizes summer. On (as well as the weekend before or after sometimes) the Fourth of July, people all over throw parties to celebrate this joyous occasion. Whether it be food, decorations, or fashion, the celebrations for the Fourth of July are full of excitement, but can also be overwhelming. Here are some ideas on how to address celebrating and decorating for Independence day.
Food is a staple at any celebration and the Fourth of July is no different. Many choose to barbeque and eat outside, enjoying the sun. Along with regular barbeque food, there are many other fun foods that can enjoyed in ways that are fun and symbolic too! Various foods are either naturally or can be dyed red, white, and blue to represent the American Flag. Some examples are:
Dyeing eggs to create this festive food is very easy. Once you boil the eggs, peel off the shells and soak some of the eggs in water mixed with blue some in water mixed with red food dye and leave some plain white, of course. After 20-30 minutes, your eggs will be ready to proceed with the deviling process!
To start, you will need any three different juice/drinks – one red, one blue, and one white – that will taste good together. It is important that the three have different levels of sugar content per ounce. The different amounts of sugar will help keep the juices from mixing. To layer the juices, pour in the juice with the highest sugar content in first. Then, fill the cup up with ice to add a barrier between the juices. Once full, slowly pour in the juice with the second largest juice content. Lastly, pour in the final juice slowly. For a little extra pizzazz, add a Twizzler (with the ends cut off) as a straw. This Patriotic Punch will be a hit!
Star Fruit Skewers
Use apples and a star shaped cookie cutter to make white stars and put them on the end of a skewer. Then add blueberries and chunks of watermelon or strawberries to cover the rest of the skewer. Lay them on a platter or place them in a tall glass to serve!
Firework Poke Cake
A poke cake is essentially a regular cake, but is filled with pudding or custard by poking holes throughout the cake, rather than layering two cakes. For this cake, make a red velvet cake and once it is completely cooled, use the end of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over it. Then, make a white instant pudding mix, but add blue food coloring so that the pudding becomes blue. As soon as it thickens, pour it into each hole made in the cake. Finally, frost the cake with a whipped topping and sprinkle Pop Rocks on top. Now you have a Firecracker cake everyone will be sure to love!
Spice up regular pasta salad by dyeing the noodles first. Coloring pasta is surprisingly easy. All you need is pasta, water, and food coloring. After cooking the pasta, add ⅓ of it to a plastic Ziploc bag filled with about 6 tablespoons (assuming the amount of pasta is 1 lb. in total) and 60 drops of red food coloring. Add another ⅓ to a plastic Ziploc bag filled with 6 tablespoons of water and blue food dye. Leave the remaining pasta in the pot. After soaking for a couple of minutes, pour the pasta into a
colander and rinse with cold water to remove remaining food coloring. Mix it all together and proceed adding the rest of the ingredients for your favorite pasta salad!
Now for the decorating. A party just is not a party until the atmosphere has been decorated. For a Fourth of July celebration, of course we will be continuing the red, white, and blue theme. Here are some quick tips for decorating:
1) Rather than making everything stripes, focus on stars and polka dots. Change things up by making a pom pom wreath, using polka-dot table cloths, or using bandanas as washable napkins.
2) Make string lanterns and giant paper stars to hang on the walls, fence, or deck (depending on where you host your party).
3) Personally, I also like to tie in silver as an accent color because it really helps things pop and adds a fun metallic shine to the decorations.
There are so many ways to decorate and celebrate Independence Day. Everyone has their own traditions, but I hope some of these ideas help you have the best party you have had yet! Happy summer, happy Fourth of July, and happy having fun!