In case you are like me and have been so busy all summer, the fact it’s already the 4th of July is more than likely blowing your mind. So today we’re giving you quick tips on last minute hosting including: what to serve, shortcuts to take, and how to use what you have and gather what you need.
One of the best things about celebrating the 4th of July is that it doesn’t have to be fancy. That’s why we opted for a easy picnic style get together. Things like summer berries and artisanal cheeses pair perfectly with a crusty baguette and fruit preserves. For dessert you can pick up some brightly hued macaroons, and of course, a pie or two. I like to get take out bags of the pellet ice from Chick Fil A or Publix in order to keep everything cold and not wear out your ice maker. Also, dress up your whole display by bringing wooden serving pieces and glassware outside for your set up.
And of course, take the time to whip up a few killer drink options to help cool you down in the summer heat. Self serve drinks are the best way to keep it easy and guests happy. If you don’t want to have everything available for cost purposes, the 4th is a great time to take advantage and go with a red, white, and blue theme. In the warmer months I substitute Rose for the “red”. Homemade lemonade with a splash of fresh grapefruit and fresh blueberries is my perfect summer drink, but Gin and Tonics can work as well. And, don’t forget that many local breweries do special summer releases and the cans can bring that extra hint of holiday spirit to your decor!
Add fresh flowers and a linen picnic blanket and you are ready to party. I recommend placing bunches of hydrangeas or garden roses (Trader Joe’s has great ones) throughout the space for that extra pop of color.
Happy Fourth of July!