Last Minute Entertaining Ideas for the Fourth
For the main dish, grilling is a must on the Fourth of July. If you're throwing together a last-minute barbecue, you can't go wrong with hot dogs and hamburgers. With little to no prep work and fairly quick cooking time, you'll have everyone fed in a snap. Add on simple summer sides like a garden salad, potato salad, or baked beans. If you're really in a hurry, you can pick all of these sides up at your grocery store deli. Give your barbecue buffet an instant patriotic touch with some dollar store American flags and a red checked table cloth.
Something as simple as french fries get a chic makeover when served in individual glasses with dipping sauce. For an outdoor barbecue, I also like the idea of using cafeteria-style food baskets.
You don't have to spend hours making an intricate flag-themed cake. With simple red, white, and blue frosted cupcakes; you can make a flag cupcake cake even at the last minute. Party City created the stars using a star cookie cutter and white rolled fondant. Click here to see the rest of the supplies needed to create this cupcake flag cake.
Another simple dessert for a summer barbecue is s'mores. Arrange the ingredients in serving dishes to create a S'mores Bar like the one pictured above.
I hope you all have a safe and happy Fourth!
All images are via Party City. Click here to see more great 4th of July entertaining ideas. You can find all of the supplies used to create these looks at your local Party City store.
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