Bring on summer and its patriotic parties like Memorial Day, Labor Day and of course America’s Birthday, the Fourth of July.
We’re making it easy for you to gather friends and family for a good old fashioned day of fun. Our easy recipes and refreshing drinks are a special way to get the red, white and blue flowing through everyone’s veins and straight to their hearts.
And since we believe that all men and women are created equal, no one should be stuck in the kitchen this summer – our simple tips and ideas help you to work less and party more with your guests.
To make this celebration even more American, we added a fun tart twist on the traditional BBQ, our recipes feature America’s Original Superfruit – cranberries. These bold berries have a refreshing flavor for summer and are grown in the good old USA. The bonus is that they also have wonderful health properties. They contain antioxidants; are naturally fat and cholesterol free, low in sodium and are a good source of dietary fiber. Be sure to check out UScranberries.com to view more amazing recipes and Kitchen Living With Coryanne for a special video on how to make 4th Of July Cranberry Sorbet this summer!
Let’s get started and celebrate the home of the free and the brave with classic American style and tastes!
Red, white and blue is a must for a patriotic party like the 4th of July. We had fun creating a Drinks and Dessert table that delivers a festive vibe, while providing a self serve station for guests. Setting a party table in this style is a smart way to serve food and beverages when entertaining a crowd, as it frees you from playing bartender and waitress. Plastic mason jars with complementary straws, mason cups, and large mason beverage dispensers are the perfect solution when you don’t want to use disposable party products or glass containers. These fun pieces add a retro Americana look and feel to the table and they’re eco-friendly and safe for outdoor entertaining. The containers pictured are from the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection.
This All American party calls for homemade lemonade. As a special touch we added cranberry ice cubes to keep it refreshing and icy cold. Homemade Lemonade and cold water are good old fashioned ways to keep guests cool and hydrated in the summer heat. For those that wish to partake in an adult beverage we created the Cranberry Lemon Summer Zinger Cocktail, featuring the refreshing summer flavors of tart cranberry and lemonade. Cranberry Infused Vodka and Cranberry skewers add spirit to this summer cocktail. It’s a festive way to toast to America and summer fun!
Our All American Party menu stars a summer BBQ stand out – Cranberry Barbecue Baby Back Ribs! Everyone in the family will love these tangy, tart ribs and they’re super simple to make. Our recipe minimizes grilling time and feels more special than the usual burgers and dogs. We’re excited to share a new family favorite recipe with you for the Cranberry BBQ Sauce. We think your family will love it too because this recipe delivers a terrifically tangy, sweet heat. Its layers of flavors will make your ribs and chicken extra finger-licking good. Serve the ribs with our Homemade Potato Salad and Summer Garden Salad, and a side of cornbread and you’ll have a meal that will satisfy your guests and make you a star in their eyes!
It’s not a party without dessert; and the perfect finish for this menu is our Cranberry Custard Trifle recipe. We chose the bold taste of cranberries for a firecracker of flavor, then deliciously dressed this dessert up for the Fourth of July. The mostly make-ahead dessert in a jar is family friendly and perfect for adults’ and children’s hands. It makes outdoor entertaining simple and special since everything you need to eat and enjoy is is wrapped up in one cute package – no plates, utensils or slicing and serving are necessary. We made our trifle with sweet Homemade Custard and tart Cranberry Coulis. The coulis is soaked up by cubes of buttery pound cake and the delicious dessert is topped off perfectly with real cream topping.
The perfect decoration for America’s birthday is a cake! Since we already have dessert covered we choose one made from flowers to dress up our table. This one is the Happy Birthday Cake from 1800Flowers.com. Note: We modified it to make it a “Happy Birthday to America” cake by adding a small flag.
We’ve tasted tested and tried every tip and recipe included in this post and are are proud to share it with you, our online family, and with our family and friends offline. We hope you share and enjoy these recipes with the ones you love! – Elizabeth and Dawn
LINKS TO RECIPES
- Cranberry Lemon Summer Zinger Cocktail Recipe
- Cranberry Custard Trifle
- Cranberry BBQ Sauce
- Cranberry Barbecue Baby Back Ribs
- Cranberry Coulis Recipe
- Homemade Potato Salad
- Summer Garden Salad
- Homemade Lemonade
- Homemade Custard
Disclosure: Party Bluprints is proud to have partnered with the US Cranberry Marketing Committee to develop recipes and promote the goodness of cranberries.