You already know the colors of your Fourth of July party: red, white and blue, right? Are you having trouble finding foods that will suit that theme? You might not know this but there are literally dozens and dozens of red, white and blue desserts and other goodies you can make for the celebration. Most everyone who is having a party will likely have the same colors and theme as yours but your party will feature fabulous desserts like no one else’s!
Even a small child can make a fabulous flag, made from fruit, for the center of the table. Line the bottom of a rectangular tray with something white. It can be paper towels or even a disposable cutting sheet. The sheets are found in departments where foils and wraps are sold. They’re inexpensive, allow juice to drain without a mess, and, most importantly, they’re white. Arrange a square of blueberries in the upper left corner of the tray. These will represent the stars. You don’t necessarily have to place 50 blueberries in the corner. Place six blueberries across the top of the corner then five blueberries down the side. Fill in the remainder of the square so that there are 30 blueberries, positioned fairly close together. Now create the stripes by aligning rows of strawberries. Make three rows of six strawberries, reaching from the right side of the blueberry corner to the right side of the tray. These three stripes will be shorter in length than the other rows. The 3rd short row of strawberries will be even with the bottom of the blue square. Place the strawberries to where the small end faces to the right and the larger end faces to the left. Now create four rows of 10 strawberries to finish the flag. Make sure all the strawberries have the greenery removed before starting the centerpiece. This simple arrangement looks great and is ultra-easy to make.
Make an ordinary white cake according to package instructions. Frost with ordinary white icing. Before frosting the cake place two tablespoons of the icing in a bowl. Stir in blue food coloring and set aside until you’ve frosted the entire cake. Spread the blue frosting in upper lefthand corner of the cake. Use simple tube icing to make the red stripes. All the stripes don’t have to be perfect and even. Just squirt the icing on as you go across the cake to make several red stripes from top to bottom. Make the cake a little more colorful by mixing up some red or blue gelatin. Pour it over the cooled cake then frost and decorate.
Make the white cake into cupcakes to make something completely different. Frost with white icing then make a simple design, like a star, using tube icing. Sprinkle the inside of the star with red and/or blue candy sprinkles. The look is enhanced if you use Fourth of July-theme cupcake wrappers.
Use an individual white snack cake to make something much faster. Place a single cake on each plate. Spoon strawberry pie filling or strawberry sauce over the cake. Drop on a few blueberries and the artistic goody is ready to serve. Make the creation even more luscious by squirting whip cream around the bottom edge of the cake. Or, squirt it on top of the strawberry sauce and then put the blueberries on top.
Cut slices of watermelon then use star-shaped cookie cutters to cut it into shapes. Push a popsicle stick into the bottom of the star to make watermelon stars on a stick. To give the treat a more colorful look paint the sticks white and blue with non-toxic paints. Allow to dry completely before using them for the watermelon stars. Kids will really love this easy and delicious treat.
Fill an ice tray with red Kool-Aid and one with blue Kool-Aid. After they’re frozen remove and place in glasses. The glasses you use should be clear and easy to see through to get the full effect. Place some of the red and some of the blue ice cubes in each glass. Pour any clear soda over the top of them and serve. Give it an even better Fourth of July theme by using red, white and blue straws. As the ice cubes melt they will create a reaction that looks like fireworks inside the glass! The bubbles are captivating and the drink is delicious.
Having a terrific Fourth of July celebration is a must but spending lots of money and time on the event isn’t. You might not want others to know you threw it altogether in no time, though, so that will be our little secret! You can wait until the last minute to make any of these fabulous desserts because none of them take much time. Go ahead and make all of them – they cost little so you can afford it!