Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Red, One & Blue Party Planning (Food)

The fabulous thing about using Pinterest for planning a patriotic party is the insurgence of ideas that crop up at just the right time. The down side is - there is just too much to choose from! I really have no clue how I'll narrow down my menu!

I think it's pretty safe to say we'll have hot dogs & hamburgers on the grill, because they are easy, affordable, and a summer bbq staple. But what to have on the side? Along side my famous summer pasta salad, cobs of corn, and freezy pops for the kids, could be any number of the following yummy ideas!

Watermelon on popsicle sticks


I've also seen watermelon cut into shapes with cookie cutters (like stars, perfect!), so I'll do one or the other. We'll see! You can pop a cupcake liner through the stick this way to catch drips!

Marshmallows covered in chocolate and sprinkles


  Collage of patriotic treats


  Patriotic Jell-o cups


Summer BBQ Meat Ideas


  Summer BBQ Sides Ideas


Cookie and Marshmallow Eagle Treats


  USA Sugar Sips


  S'mores Buffet Table


Since our 4th of July party always ends with a bon fire (heck, every summer get together around here does!), I love the idea of setting out a s'mores ingredients buffet table! This last picture is obviously a very gourmet s'mores station, and I don't think I'll have the time or patience to learn how to make homemade marshmallows in different flavors, and then make successful batches of each. Instead, I'll buy a couple of different flavors (I've even seen Zebra stripped marshmallows at the grocery store recently!), a couple flavors of graham crackers, and then in addition to regular chocolate, I'll set out sandwich-able candy (like peanut butter cups, peppermint patties, etc).

And lastly - I know beer isn't everyone's cup of tea....er....mug of...well, beer. BUT, my husband is a budding brewmaster, and has assigned himself the task of brewing a party-specific batch of something (oh, I forget what it's called) to put in his new kegerator. Yes, I said kegerator.

Man, my mouth is watering just looking at all of this stuff!

So far I've covered decor and food - up next will be fun for the kids, favors & details! 

What are your favorite go-to summer BBQ dishes? Do you have anything easy you could share with me?

1 comment:

  1. Hahaha! I LOVE that your husband has a kegerator!!! That is hilarious circa frat boy 2001! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!