How to Host the Ultimate Outdoor 4th of July Fête

Classic American food and a red, white, and blue backdrop is the perfect, well-tested formula for the best 4th of July party
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How to Host the Ultimate Outdoor 4th of July Fête

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The most patriotic holiday of the year is fast approaching, and as we prepare for this red, white, and blue-filled day, our thoughts immediately turn to how to host this year’s blow out party. As always, this all-American day should revolve around food, and we believe that it’s best to stick with the traditional Independence Day staples: Fried chicken, hot dogs, ribs, and slaw should all feature, and of course there’s no such thing as a Fourth of July party without a flag cake. Invite your friends over, turn the grill on, decorate your home with those three famous colors, and kick-off the ultimate Fourth of July party.

American Flag Cake

American Flag Cake

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You can’t host a party on Fourth of July without a flag cake. Whether you make a tray bake, frost it with buttercream, and create the flag on top with berries, or whether you take on the challenge of making a more challenging cake with the flag hidden in the interior layers, make sure you have a cake filled with stars and stripes at the party.

For the Best American Flag Cake Ideas, click here.

Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea

Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea

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A refreshing glass of iced tea is the classic summer drink everybody will be craving at your outdoor party. Make a huge pitcher, and have plenty of ice to add to every glass.

For the Basic (But Perfect) Iced Tea recipe, click here.

Beer-Basted Baby Back Ribs

Beer-Basted Baby Back Ribs

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Classic American ribs, cooked over charcoal and wood chips, and basted in a spicy, beer-infused sauce, are an essential Independence Day dish.

For the Beer-Basted Baby Back Ribs recipe, click here.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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Obviously fried chicken is necessary at every Fourth of July party. Make a huge portion of this classic, crispy, salty, buttermilk fried chicken for your guests to share (or fight over).

For the Buttermilk Fried Chicken recipe, click here.

Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad

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With all the ribs, fried chicken, hot dogs, and flag cakes being devoured, you’re going to want some fresh, crunchy vegetables on your dinner table too. A classic Caesar salad will fit this slot perfectly.

For the Caesar Salad recipe, click here.

Chips and Dips

Chips and Dips

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Set out numerous homemade dips, accompanied by chips, vegetable chips, and crudités, ready for your guests to start enjoying as soon as they arrive.

For 9 Party Dips recipes, click here.   

Classic Coleslaw

Classic Coleslaw

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Slaw is the perfect accompaniment to every grilled or fried dish you’ll be serving at your Fourth of July fête.

For the Classic Coleslaw recipe, click here.

Dress Code: Stars and Stripes

Dress Code: Stars and Stripes

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Let your guests help you with the decorations: Set a dress code that will provide the perfect stars and stripes theme to your party. Request that your guests put on their favorite sequined or striped clothes to add to the patriotic party décor.

Fake Shack Burger

Fake Shack Burger

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Make a classic American burger at home, and make sure it’s a perfect burger this year. This interpretation of the ever-popular Shake Shack burger will fulfill all your cravings for a salty, perfectly cooked patty, served in a simple bun, and topped with the tastiest ingredients.

For the Fake Shack Burger recipe, click here.

Grain Mustard Potato Salad

Grain Mustard Potato Salad

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Skip the mayonnaise-coated potato salad: This mustard potato salad has the perfect amount of heat, and a wonderful balance of simple flavors.

For the Grain Mustard Potato Salad recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Wings With Jalapeño BBQ Sauce

Grilled Chicken Wings With Jalapeño BBQ Sauce

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

Grilled Corn on the Cob

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It’s the height of summer, so make the most of the season’s produce. Fresh corn is so delicious at this time of year, so throw it on the grill and serve with butter, and plenty of salt.

For the Grilled Corn on the Cob recipe, click here.

Hot Dog Bun Cheese Melt

Hot Dog Bun Cheese Melt

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Take your hot dogs to the next level this Fourth of July by serving them in a grilled hot dog bun, and topping them with melting American cheese.

For the Hot Dog Bun Cheese Melt recipe, click here.

Iced Sugar Cookies

Iced Sugar Cookies

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Make a batch of sugar cookies, cut them out into stars and rectangles, and decorate them with the American flag, or simply in red, white, and blue. Place them in bowls around the party to act simultaneously as decoration and edible treats.

For the Sugar Cookies recipe, click here.

Pretzels and Mustard

Pretzels and Mustard

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If you want to serve something more substantial than chips and dips as an appetizer, look no further than these huge soft pretzels and a dipping bowl filled with deli-style mustard.

For the Giant Soft Pretzel recipe, click here.

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

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Top your red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, balance some blueberries on top, stick in an American flag, and pile them up on your prettiest cake stand for dessert that doubles as décor.

For the Red Velvet Cupcakes recipe, click here.

Red, White, and Blue Balloons

Red, White, and Blue Balloons

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Buy bundles of red, white, and blue balloons, and jazz them up by pushing confetti and sequins into them before you blow them up. When they’re full, they’ll sparkle beautifully, and you can let all the kids pop them to create a colorful explosion at the end of the party.

Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Ice Pops

Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Ice Pops

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Cool down on a hot July day with these suitably patriotic, all-natural, red, white, and blue ice pops.

For the Red, White, and Blue Firecracker Ice Pops recipe, click here.

Star-Spangled Bunting

Star-Spangled Bunting

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Put your origami skills to good use this Fourth of July. Buy red, white, and blue paper, fold it into stars, and tie them up with thread to celebrate this Independence Day with the prettiest homemade bunting.

The Best Cherry Pie

The Best Cherry Pie

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Really show off your culinary skills by ending your party with a homemade cherry pie, topped with melting vanilla ice cream, to finish off the meal. Make sure no one leaves hungry, by serving a huge slice of this pie to them after the main meal has finished.

For The Best Cherry Pie recipe, click here.

Vodka-Spiked Pink Lemonade

Vodka-Spiked Pink Lemonade

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Ensure the drinks are in keeping with the theme by making a huge patch of this vodka-spiked pink lemonade. Add striped blue straws to every cup for a cocktail that matches all the day’s decorations.

For the Vodka-Spiked Pink Lemonade recipe, click here.