We are sharing some of our favorite 4th of July food and treats with you guys including a delicious and easy red, white and blue fruit salad.
4th of July Food
Red, white & blue treats like these we served at our 4th of July backyard bash will leave your guests feeling even more patriotic.
You can make any treat more festive with simple sprinkles like we did with these gluten-free Rice Krispies. They are a must for little hands that can just grab them and go.
What do people eat on July 4th?
Traditionally, folks enjoy classic barbecue foods on the 4th. Things like burgers and hotdogs, potato salad, corn on the cob and baked beans.
For dessert, apple pie is the American classic but these gluten-free apple pie with caramel in mason jars are so much cuter! They are also a breeze to clean up.
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I really like dressing up family favorites like Rice Krispie treats and sugar cookies. You can do it semi-homemade or go all out and make them yourselves.
You may be asking yourself, what should I bring to a 4th of July Potluck?
4th of July Sugar Cookies
When it comes to putting together a 4th of July backyard bash, red, white & blue treats and eats are at the top of the list. We decided to create a menu of easy Americans desserts that everyone will love.
Whenever I style a party the first thing I think of is the cookie that will go perfectly with the theme. My friend Shanan over at enchanted cookie boutique is truly an artist want to comes to her work. Her cookies taste as delicious as they look which is something I’ve had a hard time finding in beautifully decorated cookies.
I thought red, white and blue snowcones are so fun and summer and definitely remind me of the 4th of July. So naturally, I knew I needed then made in cookie form for this party. She makes them gluten-free which I love, that way I can indulge with all the other party guests.
Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad
This red, white and blue fruit salad is made with fresh, juicy summer berries. There’s also a special ingredient in this salad that pulls it all together and elevates it to a new level of delicious…
Perfectly Free cherry vanilla dairy free frozen bites are the secret ingredient that everybody loved in this fruit salad. They are great because it adds more juiciness and flavor without the dairy or other top allergens.
We’ve used them and other delicious recipes like our blueberry heart smart smooth bowl and dairy free ice cream fudge pops. I think this fruit salad is my new favorite recipe with these products though.
4th of July Cupcakes
Simple gluten-free vanilla cupcakes are great topped with white cream cheese frosting and red and blue pop rocks. They are like little firecrackers in the mouth. The kids will especially love them!
They definitely make fun little 4th of July food accents that take very little effort on your part.
For me, no celebration is complete without gorgeous, fresh florals. This beautiful arrangement is popping with patriotic colors in the form of roses & lilies.
In a beautiful blue vase these made the perfect centerpiece to our rustic picnic table. It is simple enough to recreate on your own as well.
Backyard Bash Entertainment
For this 4th of July backyard bash I decided to keep it simple with a giant game of yard Yahtzee. We played this last year at our summer block party and everyone loved it. I knew the kids would enjoy it again.
I also got extra pop rocks for the kids to enjoy and boy did they ever! My little lady tried them for the first time and thought they were so funny. It was so cute to see! I found red, white and blue star confetti push pops at target for only a dollar each. I also found one dollar patriotic sunglasses for the kids and couldn’t resist picking them up.
4th of July Party Favors
The kiddos at our party loved these little favors. They were excited to take the glasses home. I also like giving out little hand held flags or packages of sparklers.
We made sure that our favorite American songs were playing throughout the party which brought life and fun to it as well. All in all, it was a very funny little gathering and something that can be re-created for your own 4th of July backyard bash. Wishing you all a very happy 4th of July! And here is that delicious fruit salad recipe I was telling you about…
Photos: Amie Pendle
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4th of July Fruit Salad + More Ideas
- 1 pint strawberries sliced
- 1 pint blueberries
- 1 pint raspberries
- 1 package Perfectly Free cherry vanilla non-dairy frozen bites
- 3 T white pearl sprinkles
- Optional: fresh mint
- Pop the Perfectly Free non-dairy frozen bites in cherry vanilla flavor in a big bowl and leave on the counter for 30 minutes
- Add the washed blueberries and raspberries to the bowl along with the sliced strawberries
- Mix together until the berries are coated in the melted frozen bites
- Sprinkle the fruit mixture with pearl sprinkles and fresh mint if desired
- Enjoy cold on a hot summer day!
*Thank you to Perfectly Free for sponsoring this post. I was provided with monetary and product compensation. All opinions are my own.
Originally published June 27, 2017. I have since updated it with new verbiage, ideas and headings.