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4th July Party Ideas

Updated on June 19, 2013

July 4th is know to celebrate by having fireworks, parades,barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts and political speeches and ceremonies. It’s about celebrating the values that the country was founded upon. Families often celebrate the day off with decorations (e.g., streamers, balloons, and clothing) are generally colored red, white, and blue, the colors of the american flag. Parades are often in the morning, while fireworks displays occur in the evening at such places as parks, fairgrounds, or town squares and backyard barbecues with hot dogs and hamburgers.Plan your 4th July picnic or cookout a head of time and start gathering your stuff together so you don't fight the crowds and you don't feel rushed.Try to get things ready the night before so you are more relaxed on the day of 4th July and can enjoy the good times and making great memory's. I have shared just a few things that might help get you going for your party.

Hot dogs and hamburgers are a classic July 4th tradition, but don't let that steer you away from putting your own twist on tradition! Serve yours with a condiment bar featuring relish, a selection of mustard's, ketchup, barbecue sauce, sauerkraut, sliced or chopped onions, tomatoes, lettuce and whatever else your family likes. You can make it more interesting by including a few fun toppers too like chili, guacamole or hot sauce. Want to do something different than the usual burger? Serve marinated grilled chicken on rolls instead, for a different take on the traditional fare.

Hamburger recipe

What you need:

1 teaspoon season salt

4 tablespoons chili sauce

4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

4 tablespoons dried onions (optional)

2 pound ground beef

American or cheddar cheese, halved diagonally

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Add the ground beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.Grill,covered, over medium heat for 6 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 160° and juices run clear.During the last minute of cooking, top each patty with two triangles of American cheese and one triangle of Swiss cheese. Serve on buns with the lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, ketchup and mustard if desired. .

Popsicle's

Whats a party with out a little dessert.Patriotic desserts are a great way to add a unique touch of Americana to your holiday parties.I am going to share an easy and crowd pleasure on a hot day.

Raspberry Cheese cake Popsicle's:

Things you Need:

8 oz raspberry s

8 oz blueberry's

16 oz cream cheese

6 tablespoons milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2/3 cup powdered sugar

Instructions:

1.In a two small saucepans over medium heat, cook raspberries and the blueberries and add 1 tablespoon of water to each one and cook for 10 minutes or until they are easily broken up with a wooden spoon.

2.Transfer mixture to a food processor (or strong blender) and puree each fruit until they are no lumps left. Refrigerate raspberry and the blueberry puree until cool, about 30 minutes.

3.Then in food processor, puree cream cheese, milk, vanilla extract and powdered sugar -until smooth.

4.In Popsicle molds, layer raspberry puree in one and blueberry in another and cream cheese mixture. Insert Popsicle sticks and freeze for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

If you don't have Popsicle molds you can us paper cups and buy Popsicle sticks from a craft store,add ingredients put stick in the middle and freeze.

Decorations

To make homemade 4th of July decorations, all you really need is a lot of red, white, and blue stuff. You could cut red, white, and blue stars out of construction paper and hang them up on your windows. You could buy some red, white, and blue candles and put them out on the table. Another traditional decoration is just an America flag properly displayed outside of your home.Make a list of supplies. Brainstorm decorations and ideas to that have traditional 4th of July symbols included like the American flag, fireworks, Liberty Bell, Uncle Sam, stars.Consider using paint, markers, glitter, stickers, stamps or other embellishments on your 4th of July decorations.

Read more: How to Make 4th of July Decorative Boxes | eHow http://www.ehow.com/how_4794842_th-july-decorative-boxes.html#ixzz2WZDJPQIa


Grab bandannas in the three colors.Fold each one in half to make a triangle then tie them together by having the point down and tie one corner to another corner on another bandanna.Hang up and enjoy.

If you want to get more creative with it http://hoosierhomemade.com/patriotic-bandana-banner/ has a way sewing them together and using string.

You can get mason jars and have the kids paint them red,white and blue and add a candle to the jar and may be some ribbon.

Create a balloon arrangement for your tables centerpiece from balloons..Use red, white and blue balloons to create arrangements of varying sizes.

Stitch together the red,white and blue bandannas together by sewing them together.First you would wash and iron your bandannas to avoid shrinkage and color bleeding later.Before sewing, figure out the pattern of the final tablecloth. It's fun to lay it out and decide if you want a regular or irregular pattern. Pin the bandannas right sides together aligning the edges and corners where they meet to form a row and sew the rows together.After sewing your rows,press the seams to one side to keep the work neat.Once you have your short rows you can sew these rows together at the long edges to form the tablecloth quilt.

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