The summer party season is typically planned around three major holidays — Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. The 4th of July is probably the most anticipated of those three days, and gives Americans the chance to celebrate our nation's proud history while also eating and drinking way too many red, white, and blue themed party favors.
Here are 13 red, white, and blue desserts that will your 4th of July party one to remember.
This recipe for classic brownies will allow you to bestow chocolate upon your guests' plates while also showing off America's colors. The recipe provided suggests that you recreate the flag atop the brownies using blueberries as the stars, strawberries as the stripes, and frosting in between. What's so creative yet simple about this recipe is that it's easy to make and you can show off your piping skills without needing to make an elaborate dessert as a canvas.
Really, though, where would we be without pie on Independence Day? There are so many recipes out there that suggest various flavors for you to choose from. One of the best things about baking a traditional pie is that you can comfortably choose whichever flavor suits your personal tastes best and caters to your level of expertise in the kitchen. Strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, lemon, and the classic apple pie are just some of the places to start this year!
Maybe you're not exactly a whiz in the kitchen, but that doesn't mean you need to miss out on all the baking fun that comes with Independence Day. Why not make some cookies for your next 4th of July party? Making patriotic cookies will allow you to be as creative as you like; you can whip up some tasty treats and either sprinkle them with red, white, and blue M&Ms or go full out and decorate the pastries with the American flag. The possibilities are endless this classic recipe allows for you to stay true to your talents.
You can also bring it down a notch further and make some tasty cupcakes for party goers. You'll be able to bring the bite-sized treats to the get-together and still reap the benefits of making a 4th of July cake. This red, white, and blue dessert can come in many forms and you can just as easily decorate the top with different colored icing or make the interior red, white, and blue. Or, if you're pressed for time, you can frost with white icing and stick little American flags on top.
You really can't go wrong when you bring a classic cake to the party. Even if you're not exactly well-versed in the kitchen or you don't want to go too crazy with the dessert that you bring, mix a few ingredients together and let them eat cake! You can also hunt around online for whichever recipe best suits your abilities in the kitchen and you can also look into the different piping techniques that people have shown off with before. Whether the filling is red, white, and blue or the icing is, it's up to you and you can bring the patriotic aesthetic whichever way you please.
If you've never heard of eating "bark" as a dessert then it might seem like you're just dousing tree bark with frosting and calling it a day. But, nope! You're actually melting down chocolate and adding a patriotic spin to it with this 4th of July bark that you can wow your guests with. This recipe calls for very few ingredients and you'll be left with a sweet end product that everyone will love you for.
When making your own red, white, and blue desserts at home a lot of people get swept away in the idea of recreating the American flag. But you should try opting for something a little different this year; simply incorporating red, white, and blue into your treats will already give them patriotic aesthetic without you needing to go overboard. This simple cheesecake parfait blends together everyone's favorite cake flavor with blueberries and raspberries to add American colors to an easy dessert.
Want to be the hit of the party? For your red, white, and blue dessert you should look into making Jell-O shots that the entire guest list can dig into. They're easy to make, they're full of alcohol, and they're a classic party dessert anyway! You don't need very many ingredients for this recipe and they also won't take you very long to make. Not to mention, even if you're well-versed in making Jell-O shots you can always try your hand at the red, white, and blue kind. Plus, let's face it, being the gal who brought Jell-O shots is going to earn you a gold star.
Who would fault you for making popsicles in the middle of the summer? Perhaps a better question is, who wouldn't love you for sharing your creations with everyone around you? These easy-to-make popsicles show off your patriotic side while also helping to keep you cool outdoors. You can make a good amount for everyone, or even if the get-together is a small one, you'll have plenty left over in the freezer for you to munch on later!
You didn't think we were going to go all this way without including a few cocktails to go with those Jell-O shots we gushed over a few paragraphs back? We'll try not to let you down with this red, white, and blueberry cocktail that will surely entertain your guests at this year's 4th of July party. This cocktail involves some preparation ahead of time, so it wouldn't be the worst idea to freeze the strawberry-lemon and blueberry ice cubes in the days leading up to your party.
If you're too busy planning the other aspects of your party and don't have the time to make fancy ice cubes the night before, you can always wing it with this delicious red, white, and blue boozy slush that will be the talk of the party once the late afternoon hours come around. If you follow the proper steps, this slush can go from your everyday frozen alcoholic drink and become quite the patriotic slush.
This 4th of July milkshake recipe is a great option if your party is being attended by both children and adults because come on, everyone loves a milkshake on a hot summer day. This recipe is similar to the slush mentioned just above since you will be layering different colored ice cream (hello food coloring) in glasses before being served.
You'll already probably be making popsicles, so why not take a shot at this patriotic Jell-O pudding pops to add a little more variety to your party. This easy to follow recipe will have your guests thinking you're some kind of master party planner, but little do they know that these suckers weren't all that difficult to make.
So, there are 13 patriotic desserts that should be more than enough to get your 4th of July party started.