Hosting your own 4th of July party? Trust me, I know how much pressure you feel trying to come up with a menu that will not just satisfy everyone, but leave them impressed with your creations as well. I’ve compiled the must-haves for a perfect 4th of July bash: Salads, dips, finger food, burgers/ sandwiches, sweets, and, of course, drinks.
Mix and match from any of these categories! While cooperative weather is never guaranteed, one thing is: fantastic food. Here you’ll find fantastic flavor, unique eats, all made with simple ingredients and minimal time!
These aren’t your every-day salads! I’ve taken my own spin on summertime classics. They’re packed with fresh, flavorful ingredients, and all designed to be whipped up in a pinch. Let’s do the impossible and turn salad into the favorite dish of the event.
Mexican Street Corn Salad
Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad
Tomato Basil Salad
Chicken Ranch Pasta Salad
Tex Mex Potato Salad
Can you really throw a party without dip? Not in my household! Here you’ll find ooey-gooey, warm, cheesy dips, or cold dips made with fresh ingredients. If you’re anything like me, you’ll end up choosing one of each. Now for the tough decision: what type of chips are you going to choose?
Avocado Shrimp Salsa
Spinach Artichoke Dip
Pico de Gallo Recipe
Bacon Corn Dip
The vortex of your spread: the spot where your guests will not be able to pull themselves away. You may end up doubling or tripling the recipe! You’ll need lots of these delectable morsels for guests to pop into their mouths as the festivities play out.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites
Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms
Lemon Pepper Wings
Stout Meatballs with BBQ Sauce
Burgers & Sandwiches
While you can absolutely throw a successful 4th of July party with bites and sides, I promise your guests will really appreciate having a main event on the table. I’ve taken my favorite classic burgers & sandwiches, then given them my own twist. Give these a try for yourself!
Blue Cheese Burgers with Crispy Fried Onion
Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork
The Best Chicken Salad
Smoked Salmon Sandwiches
Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas
I know desserts can be time consuming and complicated! Fear not. This compilation features incredibly easy-peasy sweets. These recipes are great for prepping a day or two ahead to give yourself more time to enjoy your party. No one should slave away in the kitchen with so much fun surrounding them!
Red White and Blue Brownie Pizza
Mini Tiramisu Cheesecakes
Strawberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls
Brookies (Brownie Cookies)
Mini Blueberry Galettes
In the middle of summer with the sun beating down, refreshments are a must. Sure, you can throw a few bottles of liquor on a table with bottles of pop for a make-your-own highball station, but what fun is that? Treat the crowd to these easy homemade cocktails. They’ll be blown away with the sudden mixologist standing before them!