8 festive ways to celebrate the fourth

Whether you’re planning a picnic, hosting a BBQ or heading up to your cottage to celebrate our nation’s holiday, these are some sure-fire drinks, dishes & decorations that will add to your festivities.

Steve & I plan on cruisin’ over the west side of the mitten to visit his family & I think I’ll bring the ingredients to make this pretty patriotic dish.

I love recipes that look fancy, but are simple to make & this one wins the blue ribbon!  You can whip this baby up in minutes & then enjoy all the ooohs & ahhhs from your friends & family when you set this trifle on the buffet line.  Get more details by visiting Fancy Frugal Life.

Still gotta sifter sitting in your baking cupboard?  Pull it out & let your kiddos tattoo your lawn with some stars for the 4th of July.  Check out the step by step process at Pink and Green Mama.

Here’s a clever way to add a few fireworks to your summer sip… dip the rim in a package of Pop Rocks!  Head on over to Pizzazzerie for more drink concoctions featuring these snap crackle & pop candies. (image via Food Network)

Give your front door a patriotic punch with this fun & fluffy tulle wreath.  You wouldn’t believe how inexpensive & easy it is to make.  Learn how to make your own at A Night Owl Blog.

Pizza for Independence Day?  YES – and doesn’t it look delicious?  This recipe is a great addition to the patriotic strawberry/blueberry desserts out there. Grab the recipe at Your Homebased Mom.

For a twist on the typical American flag, create this cute no-sew bunting to line your front porch or deck.  Get step by step instructions at brown paper packages.

Snack on some sweet caramel corn peppered with red & blue M&M’s while you watch your hometown’s Independence parade.  Grab this great recipe from I heart nap time.

And one more strawberry recipe which is super simple, but packs a great presentation!  Visit Six in the Suburbs to see how you can make a batch.

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