The Fourth of July is almost here. Celebrate the birth of the nation by hosting a cookout with all of your family and friends. The Fourth of July is a great reason to gather with all your closest friends, watch fireworks, and play outdoor games. After all, it’s summer, and the weather is amazing. But what should you serve your guests that looks great and can feed a crowd?
How to Create the Perfect Spread for the Fourth of July
Creating a great spread for your Fourth of July party isn’t complicated. You’ll need a few finger food appetizers, two or three options for your main course, and plenty of tasty desserts. If you can make a few of these offerings Fourth of July-themed, you’re sure to delight your guests and (bonus!) need fewer party decorations. When considering appetizer options, think finger foods. Your guests aren’t going to want to break out a knife and fork at the beginning of the party. Instead, opt for pigs in a blanket, deviled eggs, and chips and salsa.
When it comes to the main course, pick options that are quick and easy. Burgers can be cooked easily on the grill while you interact with your guests, while something else (like an American flag pizza) can be heated up in the oven. For dessert, pick a good mix of healthier options, like fresh fruit, and decadent treats, like an American flag cake with cream cheese frosting.
Top 10 Fourth of July Recipes
If you’re in need of some inspiration for your Fourth of July spread, don’t worry. We’ve gathered up ten amazing options your guests are sure to enjoy:
Take a break from preparing all your favorite foods by hand and order this amazing fruit platter. It features fresh strawberries dipped in rich, white chocolate, succulent pineapple stars and ripe blueberries to create the perfect 4th of July party platter.
This decadent platter includes fresh banana bites covered in white and semisweet chocolate, chocolate covered apple wedges, chocolate covered pineapple daisies, and so much more. Rich chocolate and a wide offering of fruit flavors make this platter ideal for serving a crowd.
Entertain your guests with these delightful star-shaped pigs in a blanket. You just need some puff pastry, hot dogs, a star-shaped cookie cutter, and some toppings.
Made with cream cheese and whipped topping, this hot chicken dip is topped with red and blue stars for a fun Fourth of July theme. Serve it with crispy crackers for a delicious finger food appetizer.
This patriotic take on deviled eggs is just what your Fourth of July party needs. Just dye your hard-boiled egg whites in red and blue gel food coloring for vivid colors that really pop.
Packed with blueberries and strawberries, this fresh and fruity salsa has a nice, satisfying crunch thanks to the addition of jicama. Serve it with tortilla chips or over grilled fish or chicken.
Made with frozen pizza dough, this pizza is quick and easy to make. Kids and adults alike will be thrilled with the American flag design made with pepperoni and olives.
Think burgers aren’t American enough already? Think again. These burgers have roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes mixed into the meat (red), are topped with garlic mayonnaise (white), and feature creamy blue cheese in the middle (blue) for a patriotic vibe your guests will love.
These fresh strawberry, blueberry, and angel food cake skewers make a perfect addition to any Fourth of July spread. Add in some delicious cheesecake yogurt dip for a delightful dessert so good your guests will be coming back for seconds (and thirds).
A healthier version of a sheet cake, this decadent dessert is made with white whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt. It’s topped with a reduced-fat cream cheese and Greek yogurt mixture, along with strawberries and blueberries in the shape of a flag.
No matter what your guests are in the mood for, this Fourth of July spread is sure to please. It’s got everything you could want from tasty appetizers, to delicious dinners, and out-of-this-world desserts.