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How to Throw a Patriotic Party!

June 21, 2012

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! How are you going to let your stars and stripes shine? Nothing says Independence Day quite like a backyard BBQ complete with grilled chicken, ribs, potato salad, corn on the cob and, of course, fireworks.

If you are hosting a 4th of July party, here are a few tips and tricks to keep the holiday easy and stress free, just the way it should be!

Location: Keep it simple, a local park or your own backyard are always great locations! When choosing a location for your 4th of July party, a major consideration is whether or not you will be able to see the fireworks. For many people, the fireworks show is the best part of the day. If the fireworks aren’t visible from your location, consider having your party end a little early so that people can make it to alternate firework viewing locations.

Décor: Anything red, white, and blue goes! Plastic plates, cups, utensils, tablecloths, napkins, balloons, the more patriotic the better! Red and blue bandanas also make great decorations for the serving table. Arrange bandanas in small buckets for a cute way to hold the utensils.

Food: Fourth of July is all about good old fashioned American eats! Standard BBQ fare includes hot dogs hamburgers, grilled chicken and ribs. Side dishes include potato salad, watermelon, corn on the cob, and fruit salad. Have a cooler with plenty of drinks for both adults and kids.

If you want to kick it up a notch, why not make fajitas? Grill chicken, vegetable, and carne asada and set up a fajita fixing station complete with tortillas, guacamole, salsa, cheese (you get the idea). Your guests love putting together their own fajitas.

For dessert, nothing is better than angel food cake, whipped cream, and berries (to keep the red, white, and blue theme going). See recipe below. Easy and a crowd pleaser! And of course, nothing is as American as apple pie!

Entertainment: If space permits, traditional lawn games are a great way to get the party started. It it’s a hot summer day, why not play water balloon toss? Bocce ball and croquet are always popular.

Fireworks: Have blankets and quilts ready for your quests to get cozy, kick back, and watch the fireworks.

Happy Fourth of July! For more cookware and cooking tips go to http://www.cookdazzle.com.

Heavenly Angel Food Cake (from AllRecipes.com)

Ingredients

  • 12 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

  1. Separate eggs; discard yolks or refrigerate for another use. Measure egg whites, adding or removing whites as needed to equal 1-1/2 cups. Place in a mixing bowl; let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, sift confectioners’ sugar and flour together three times; set aside. Add cream of tartar, extracts and salt to egg whites; beat on high speed. Gradually add sugar, beating until sugar is dissolved and stiff peaks form. Fold in flour mixture, 1/4 cup at a time. Gently spoon into an ungreased 10-in. tube pan. Cut through batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 40-45 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately invert pan; cool completely before removing cake from pan.

Serve with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Delicious!

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