4th of July Party Ideas

Forget hot dogs, punch, and those corny red white and blue table cloths this year. You can turn your traditional 4th of July party into a more sophisticated affair, with a few simple touches.

First things first-the food! While no summer bbq would be complete without hot dogs and hamburgers spice it up by putting some flair into your tire old recipes. Try adding some sliced Bermuda onions, minced garlic, mushrooms, and celery into your ground beef it will give your burgers amazing flavor. And instead of regular American cheese try topping it with something different like crumbled blue cheese.

Potato salad is another summer holiday must have but with all the mayonnaise it is definitely not figure friendly and can spoil if its left out in the sun. Instead of mixing your potatoes with mayo do it with vinegar, salt, pepper, a little oil and fresh chopped scallion-you’ll never go back to traditional potato salad again.

Next for you d�©cor-while there is nothing wrong with being patriotic, instead of turning your backyard into the worlds biggest flag, pick red or blue and pick that as your color using white or stripped accents. Find solid color table cloths and simple plates, then dress up the place setting with a fun napkin. And instead of going for the disposable paper get some cloth ones, you can throw them in the wash and use them again at your next party. For a centerpiece try a simple arrangement of red and white tulips, and instead of using a vase use putting them in something less traditional like a pale with the shovel sticking out, or even champagne or wine glasses.

Speaking of champagne or wine, find a fun drink and make it the signature of your party. Try something festive like the delicious “Day at the Beach.” Mix rum, amaretto, and orange juice in a shaker filled with ice, strain, and add grenadine and a garnish with pineapple. To make your drink presentation more patriotic, crush up red and blue jolly ranches and line the rim of the glass with it, just as you would salt for a margarita.

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