Happy “countdown to Fourth of July” week! It’s one of my favorite holidays of the year because I’m pretty darn patriotic. It makes me feel all, “I’m so proud of my country!” Of course, it also helps that I’m not working, and I’m in complete relaxation mode. I’m afraid we won’t be celebrating with a picnic this year, but I couldn’t help but come up with my ideal menu if we did. Some of these I’ve made, but some of them are on my short list to make very soon!
Hamburgers and hotdogs are certainly the way to go for a summer picnic, but I want to tackle this Low Country Boil. It’s traditionally a southern recipe, but what a great idea, right? Boil a bunch of incredible food, dump it on a newspaper-covered table, and dig in? Uhhh yes, please. This recipe from Dash of East will be my go-to when I make it.
Watermelons=summer. What a simple and patriotic recipe from Dear Lillie, right? I could literally eat the entire platter. By myself.
Another summer favorite? BLT’s. I could eat them every night. But how delicious does this BLT pasta salad look from Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice look?
I have actually brought these licorice treats to several summer parties, and people rave about them every time. I like to trick people into thinking I’m clever, and it works. Thanks, Room to Inspire!
Speaking of clever, I love this fruit skewer idea from Celebrate Creativity. Not only is it incredibly cute, but I’ll bet it tastes amazing!
Every year I tell myself I’m going to make these strawberry treats. And every year I don’t. I’m stubborn. The Girl Who Ate Everything explains how to make them.
Dear Kids, these were made for you. You’re welcome. I found this idea at Party City.
Of course, you need something patriotic to wash all these patriotic dishes down, right? A+ for presentation, Katrina’s Kitchen!
And last, but not least, the s’more. It’s the highlight of the day (paired with fireworks, of course), and it’s my absolute favorite. And as far as absolute favorites go, my girl Courtney is at the top! Her brilliant idea is shown off at A Thoughtful Place.
So there you have it! I just planned your Fourth of July for you. 🙂 I’ll have to reference this menu next year, but for now, I’ll just drool over all the ideas. I hope you have a great Independence Day!
Love the cake pop idea! I may have to try that one! And the BLT pasta salad? Yes please!
Smores are a must, along with hamburgers and corn on the cob in this house on the 4th. Now, summer is great time for smores anytime. However, living in MO with our hot and humid summers we usually do these in our backyard fireplace Spring and Fall–Fall being the best. This year it looks as if we are so fortunate!!! Low 80’s from Wed. through Sat. !!! Woohoo! My girls are SO excited for our cookout this 4th! Love some of these ideas and the girls would love to make the fruit skewers. One of their faves has been to layer cool whip with blueberries and strawberries in a clear glass –easy and yummy.
Lynn Iarussi says
I am spending the 4th on a softball field, far from home. I was wondering what I could do to make it still feel festive. I love the idea of the star watermelon and the licorice wraps!!! I think that will be perfect!!! Thank you!!!!
Tamara @ Provident Home Design says
Yummo! You got me drooling over here now too!!