When most of us think summer parties we usually think kicking off the summer with Memorial Day, celebrating fireworks on the 4th of July and winding down with Labor Day festivities in September. Here are some cute, fun ideas and recipes great for all of these occasions and any other summer soirees you might have planned!
Have a Good Ol’ Fashioned Crab Boil
Throw some crab, corn on the cob, potatoes and some lemon in a big pot! Then simply spread some newspaper out, grab some cocktails and enjoy some delicious seafood with friends in a casual and fun atmosphere! Check out this recipe from Epicurious for complete details but feel free to experiment with it by adding pretty much any seafood that you like or have readily available to you. You can also follow Carla Hall’s step-by-step guide to hosting the perfect crab boil for your family and friends!
Patriotic Mason Jars
Have all those mason jars left over from your wedding? Paint them like the American flag and use them as décor at your party. They are great for flowers but could also be used to hold things like straws, utensils, sparklers etc! Here’s a tutorial for making your own set of patriotic mason jars.
Easy Fruit Flag Pizza
Take a roll of sugar cookie dough and roll it out into a circle. Bake per instructions on the package. Once cool, cover it in cool whip (or pudding, vanilla yogurt or any other yummy, delicious fruit dip) and decorate with blueberries, strawberries and bananas like the flag (Tip: Sprinkle Fruit Fresh on the bananas or toss them in a little lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown)! Patriotic and yummy!
Create your own bingo card using pictures of summer staples or download a free printable version just for the 4th of July! Offer prizes for those who reach bingo first! This is a great way to keep kiddos (or even adults) occupied while you are waiting for a parade or fireworks to begin.
Make Firework Cupcakes
Simply make your favorite box cupcake (or use a fancy recipe if you’re like our pinkie Jenny!). Once they are finished and cooled, scoop out part of the middle and fill with sprinkles!! Ice as normal. People will get quite the sprinkle surprise on the first bite! Visit the Betty Crocker site for complete directions.