4th of July Resources: Part III

Happy Friday MABW readers! We hope you had a fantastic week, and are getting super excited for celebrating our Nation’s independence next week! To continue with our previous two installments we have some more great (but simple) recipes and ideas for planning and executing your Independence Day bash! These recipes would also be perfect for a summer birthday party 🙂

No Bake Cheesecake Trifles – This recipe from Hoosier Homemade looks decadent, but only requires 6 ingredients, and did we mention NO BAKING. Which is perfect since the 4th doesn’t fall on a weekend.

No Bake Cheesecake Trifle – Image & Recipe from Hoosier Homemade

Fourth of July Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles – Who doesn’t love popsicles in the summertime? The perfect refreshing treat for any summer afternoon, but with this color combo these popsicles are perfect for the 4th!

4th of July Fruit & Yogurt Popsicles – Image & Recipe from Daily Dish Recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa – How beautiful is this salsa? Great with regular tortilla chips or cinnamon sugar pita chips, this salsa from Two Peas & Their Pod  won’t disappoint. 

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salad – Image & recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod

How does your family celebrate the 4th of July?

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4th of July Party Resources: Part II

Hey there fellow party and craft enthusiasts! Last week we shared some great resources to get your Fourth of July plans off the ground, so this week we wanted to start talking menus… and more importantly simple and fun desserts! So check out these red, white, and blue recipes that will impress guests without much effort.

Simple Cheesecake Tart – This five ingredient recipe comes from It’s Overflowing! How pretty and how simple. Who doesn’t love fresh berries and mini tarts? Prefer organic or vegan cheesecake? That’s a simple swap at the grocery store for organic or vegan substitutes!

5 Ingredient Cheesecake Tart – Image & Recipe from It’s Overflowing.

Fourth of July Fruit Kabobs – This recipe from The Frugal Girls is so simple, and the star marshmallows are just adorable! Spice it up (or should we say sweeten it up) by dipping your fruit in red, white and blue chocolate!

Image & recipe by The Frugal Girls.

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – How cute are these cookie pops? Cake pops are yesterday’s news, this year make some of these cookie pops using this recipe from The Decorated Cookie!

Easy Fourth of July Fireworks Cookie Pops – Image & recipe from the Decorated Cookie.

What is your favorite and simple recipe for the 4th?

4th of July Party Resources: Part I

Happy Friday to all you readers and bloggers out there! The 4th of July is drawing closer, so over the next few weeks we will be sharing resources, recipes, and crafts to help you get ready for the big celebration. Today we wanted to start with great resources: free printables and inspiration for planning and taking your Independence Day bash to the next level.

Independence Day Printables by Midwestern Girl – these are seriously adorable cupcake toppers, banners, and invites created by Maggie of Midwestern Girl!

Independence Day Printables – Image & Printables by Midwestern Girl.

Collection of 25 Printables from Dollar Store Craft – A great little resource for even more printables! How cute is this Independence Day art?

25 4th of July Printables – Art by eighteen 25; List by Dollar Store Craft.

4th of July Party Inspiration – This collection of photos from Hostess With The Mostess will get your creative juices flowing! We love the idea of red, white, and blue punch in a mason jar!

4th of July Party Photos – by Hostess With The Mostess.

Sweet Liberty Printables by Caramel Potatoes – Another set of fantastic printables, if you want to go with a “sweet liberty” theme!

Sweet Liberty Printables – Image & printables by Caramel Potatoes.

4th of July Party Inspiration by Tweedle Dee Designs – a super cute inspiration board that will help you think about everything from your outfit to the menu!

4th of July Inspiration Board – Board by Tweedle Dee Designs.

Have you started planning your 4th of July bash yet?

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Patriotic Treats to Celebrate the 4th With: Red, White, and Blue Dipped Strawberries!

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered strawberries? This recipe is super simple and has endless possibilities for customizing to your next event. We’ve shared a modified recipe from Sister’s Cafe (click here for original) for Fourth of July themed strawberries (picture also courtesy of their blog), but really chocolate and sprinkles come in just about any color these days – so you can mix it up to coordinate with your next party or gathering!

Ingredients:

  • Strawberries, washed and dried
  • White chocolate
  • Blue sugar, edible glitter, or sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Pour the blue sugar into a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, melt the chocolate in the microwave on 50% power for two minutes.  Stir until the bowl is no longer warm. Then microwave for 30 second intervals at 50% power, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. If you don’t have a microwave (like me!!!) melt the chocolate the old-fashioned way on the stove: place water in a small pot, and nest a metal bowl into the pot so that it rests on the lip of the pot (i.e. nest the bowl into the pot). Melt the chocolate over low heat—if you try to rush it the chocolate will seize up. When the chocolate is almost melted add 1/4 cup more chips and stir constantly until the mixture is smooth. This method is called “tempering” and will set up sugar crystals so the chocolate remains firm at room temperature.
  4. After the chocolate is melted, dip the lower two-thirds of the strawberries in the melted white chocolate.
  5. Then, dip the lower third of the strawberries in the blue sugar or spoon it onto the strawberry.
  6. Place on wax paper until completely cool.

What color combinations will you try at your next party?

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