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A few simple decoration and recipe ideas to inspire your 4th of July Party or your next cook-out!

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

The 4th of July is favorite holiday around my house. We’ll take any excuse to have people over for a BBQ and my guy loves fireworks as much now as he did when he was a kid. As much as like having people over sometimes I get overwhelmed with all of the preparation that goes into hosting a bunch of people and I know you guys get it. So, today I wanted to share a few simple ideas for a 4th of July party that are quick and easy…but still make you look like an amazing host! You know me I’m all about the least amount of effort for the most reward ;).

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

First, the set up. My philosophy is keep it simple but pretty. For 4th of July we have a great tutorial for making your own tie-dye tablecloth. I’ve used it for two seasons now and I love it. I set the table with red disposable plates. Could I be fancier? Sure, but when it comes down to it this is a cook-out so I try to stay practical :). Keeping with the casual feeling I also used mason jars as glasses and filled them up with homemade sweet tea. I’m a southern girl so no summer get together is complete without sweet tea!

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

To fancy it up a little I made these cute firework-inspired napkin rings. I cut a toilet paper roll in half and then wrapped it in layers of different scrapbook paper. I found these adorable mini pinwheels on a mini clothespin at my local craft store and I also picked up some 4th of July wreath embellishments that I cut apart and taped to the inside of some of the napkin rings to make them look like fireworks.

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

The centerpieces were cardboard fireworks I found at the craft store, and mason jars with scrapbook paper on the inside and white hydrangeas (mine aren’t real but if you have real ones all the better!).

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

I added some of the wreath embellishments that I had from the napkin rings to the flowers to give them a little of that 4th of July fireworks magic and scattered some red, white and blue stars around the table. It took hardly any work at all but it looked so good when it was all put together.

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

Now let’s talk about the menu. I’ve got a few ideas for you that are sure to be a hit. Like I said, I’m a southern girl at heart, that means when I think of cook-outs and picnics I think of fried chicken. I’m going to admit something to you though…I have never fried chicken in my life. I remember my mom and grandma making it a few times when I was young but usually we let the professionals handle that. Picking up a bucket of fried chicken from the store on Sundays after church meant friends and family came over and had delicious meal and mom/grandma got to take it easy. If it was good enough for grandma it is good enough for me. You don’t have to make everything yourself. Let someone else do the work and pick up some fried chicken for the party!

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

The Walmart deli has a big assortment of fresh, fried chicken from BBQ wings to full-size chicken pieces. You can buy however much or little you need, single pieces, buckets of chicken or even bulk purchases (just make sure to call ahead and order it!). They even have 8 piece grab-n-go boxes that you can pick up. My favorite is their full-size pieces of fried chicken, but I also like to grab an assortment of wings, boneless and bone-in, for friends and family to snack on.

Yum! Diced up potatoes baked in a foil packet with a mix of herbs and butter. Great way to grill your potatoes!

Next up the sides. Keep them simple! For 4th of July I’m making my avocado coleslaw and Red, White, and Blue Foil Packet Potatoes. You can’t have fried chicken without potatoes and foil packet potatoes are my newest obsession. I love this red, white and blue version using red potatoes, white potatoes, and purple potatoes. It’s so easy and it takes almost no effort. The potatoes I found came in a mixed bag with all three colors and the potatoes were very small. I parboiled them a day ahead to soften them and then put them in the refrigerator overnight so they were ready for me the next day. Before the party, get the grill started and while it heats up cut the potatoes into small pieces (I only needed to quarter mine) then salt them and sprinkle with fresh rosemary and thyme. Add a few generous pats of butter and wrap everything up in foil. Put your foil packet on the grill and let it cook for about 20 minutes.

Yum! Diced up potatoes baked in a foil packet with a mix of herbs and butter. Great way to grill your potatoes!

I serve mine right in the foil packet with sides of sour cream, cheese, and bacon, so people can fix their potatoes however they like. Seriously guys, these are so good and so easy to make you have to try them!

I love food in a jar! These cupcakes in a jar are a simple Memorial day or 4th of July recipe. Mason jar desserts are great for picnics or BBQs.

Can’t forget dessert! We have a couple of simple recipes we’ve shared lately, our Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes in a Jar, and our Fruit Pizza. Both are sure to be hits. I’m going to be serving our cupcakes in a jar. They are so pretty and so easy to store until you are ready for them. Tie a spoon to each jar with a little twine and you can hand them out and guests can dig in!

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

Servings: 10
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 40 mins

Foil Packet Red, White, and Blue Potatoes

These grilled potatoes are made easy by cooking them in a foil packet with a mix of herbs and butter.
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Ingredients

  • 4 lbs Red, white, and purple potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Rosemary, minced
  • 1 Tbsp Thyme, minced
  • 4 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Salt

Instructions

  • Par boil potatoes until just soft enough to stick a fork into. You can do this up to a day ahead of time.
  • Cut potatoes into small pieces.
  • Toss with herbs and salt.
  • Place pats of butter on top of potatoes.
  • Wrap in foil and place on the grill for 20 minutes.
  • Serve with sour cream, cheese, and bacon.
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Side

Simple tips and tricks for 4th of July food, drinks, decorations. Ideas for a simple 4th of July menu and decorations for a 4th of July party.

I hope this has inspired you for the 4th of July! What are some of your best tips for making a summer cook-out simple?

kat