When it comes to hosting, I am all in! I mean the creative juices start flowing from the moment I am decide to host a party. This year will be the first outdoor event so I have to make it super special. Outdoor Parties should have something to appeal to everyone from a few vegetable dishes to an array of different meat choices. But the sides, everyone lives for the sides!
So today I am going to show you My Top 20 Dishes to make at your Summer Backyard BBQ's and parties and boy will they not only be delicious, they will be super adorable and a great edition to your table decor.
1: 4th of July Popcorn
This Delicious Patriotic Popcorn is super easy to make and a great snack while waiting for the grill to heat up. If decorating a kiddie food table try grabbing a bunch of small patriotic Planters or solid color bowls filled with popcorn as part of the centerpiece.
One of my favorite bloggers came up with this super fun recipe and you can find it on her page by clicking HERE!
And don't forget to follow Emily Enchanted for tons of inspirational Recipes, she is Awesome!!!
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2: Red White and Blue Sangria
A True Cocktail Winner right here! Not only is this super Patriotic with the Blueberries, red Strawberries and White Star Pineapple Chunks, it is absolutely delicious and YES I have made this twice now, hehe! Thanks to Lori Lange from The Recipe Girl Blog, you will find tons of these seasonal delights to try and most of them are things you will make again and again, they are that good! The Red, White and Blue Sangria will be a super hit!
Then Throw in a Patriotic Cocktail Pick and the party is on!
3: Grilled and Tender Foil Wrapped Baby Back Ribs
BBQ's are made for Baby Back Ribs, but grilling them is an art of it's own. One of the very best ways to grill ribs of any kind is shown in this tutorial from 31 Daily. Not only do these literally fall off the bone, they are moist, delicious and full of flavor.
As someone that does a lot of recipe shares, I experiment with grilling out several times a week and to this day, I have found this to be the best way to make the pork style baby back ribs.
The only tiny tip I will add to her recipe is that we like a little char to ours, so we will actually lay them flat onto the flames for a minute on each side, right before serving. To me, this truly locks in that BBQ flavor that makes these so unique.
4: No Bake Summer Berry Lasagna
I have made this dessert now for 4 years in a row and it is one of the first ones to disappear from the dessert table each and every time. I have even had several of my neighbors ask me for the recipe and since I know this one by heart, I had to find the very best one to share with you! This one is from Vera with OMG Chocolate Desserts Blog. This is a super nice blog to follow as she has some easy delicious recipes that will inspire you to bake.
5: Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch
This is a super good recipe, we just made these the other day to see how it would layer. We made these Kid-Friendly Patriotic Punch drinks and tried to add in some fruit for texture, but to be honest, it is better just the way she makes this.
For the full recipe and tutorial make sure to check out Sara Blog Mom Endeavors! Not only is it full of kind friendly recipes, she has tons of arts and crafts, decor and more! a Real good one for sure!
6: Red, White And Blue Popsicles
Popsicles are one of my favorite things to make in the summer. You can get super creative with juices, yogurts, creams, fruit and all kinds of stuff. But, when it comes to these patriotic popsicles, not only are they super easy to make, they are so good they are devoured in minutes of serving them.
Plus you an get as creative as you want with tons of patriotic themed sprinkles that you can add to the top of each popsicle.
My Favorite Popsicle Mold for general use, is this one, as they are super easy to remove and hold their shapes.
Suzy from Worthing Court Blog has the ideal recipe to get you started on your popsicle making journey, make sure to give her a follow too, trust me her posts are very creative and full of inspiration.
7: Patriotic Funfetti Cake Cheese Ball
Making this several times now, I like to use several times of cookies for this one. Nilla Wafers is one. But I serve mine in a divided serving tray, so it allows me to add more choices. So I also grab Graham Crackers and break them into the rectangles as well as Shortbread butter cookies, but the thin ones to make it easy to use.
Meet Alaina, she is the founder of an amazing blog called Bullocks Buzz. She creates fun delicious recipes like this Patriotic Funfetti Cake Cheese Ball, as well as one as well as some amazing DIY Projects and Inspirational Holiday Ideas.
8: Mesquite Bacon Cheeseburger
Cheeseburgers are the BBQ Grill Masters Best work, if cooked right. A Grilled Burger needs to be the right thickness with the right amount of heat and flame so it doesn't dry it out or burn it before it is cooked.
Finding the right wood, the best charcoal, the perfect seasonings and even the right type of bacon is something you have to master over years of mastering the grill.
Many Burger Recipes are super good and I share a lot of them, but for This one, I am going to go with a super bacon burger that is juicy and full of flavor. This Mesquite Bacon Cheeseburger is crafted by the TasteMaker My Absolute Favorite Foodie Blog on the Web!
9: Patriotic Party Mix
Party Mix has become a favorite for all gatherings, so coming up with a festive one isn't hard to do. You can make it up yourself with nice colors and flavors or find an awesome recipe with rave reviews and go from there. This is one of those recipes.
It is fun, full of color and yummy for both kids and adults.
Maegan from The Baker Mama is a delicious, fun filled blog that you must follow. She is all about creating recipes. She has so many that she has even published several cookbooks.
10: Hotdog Flag Board
I don't usually plug a blogger twice, but how freaking adorable is this hotdog spread? By the time you finish making it the hotdog are probably cold, but who cares with such an adorable layout. Blue Tortilla chips with tiny cheese star cutouts and ketchup covered hotdogs displayed to form an American Flag!
Maegan has a ton of these amazing ideas, I could post a few more, but I just really wanted you to check out one that has so much inspiration, you many not need to go anywhere else!
The Baker Mama is amazing!
11: Patriotic Fruit Sparklers
These adorable sparklers are fun and delicious. Here she is using star cut out watermelon pieces with blueberries, but you can get as creative as you want as long as your using the right colors. The Wooden Skewers are easy to find and not hard to thread with the blueberries, just make sure you wash your hands good between handling or your entire hand will turn blue.
Lauren from Tastes Better from Scratch is always coming up with fun creative recipes that will keep the kids happy and healthy.
She is a definite must follow!
12: Patriotic Charcuterie Board
The Charcuterie Board is the new craze for entertaining. It is filled with fun finger foods like fruits, cheeses and meats that your guests will enjoy. Decorating them though, can be such a challenge if you don't have the right design in your head.
This simple flag design is perfect for beginners. It is super easy with blueberries, raspberries, cheese and veggies in a colorful presentation that looks super patriotic, yet is full of flavor.
Check out Marisa's board at the Pennywise Mama! She loves Charcuterie boards and is super good at making them!
13: Patriotic Cheesecake Salad
Fruit Salad is a Summer treat at it's best. Fruit is in season so it is super fresh and delicious. Coming up with recipes that reflect the summer is easy too, especially when it comes to colorful patriotic desserts.
Catalina from Sweet and Savory Meals has hit a home run with this one though! I made this over the weekend and it didn't even make it to the table. All the kids grabbed bowls and dug in, it is a delicious twist on a fruit salad that everyone will love.
Make sure to follow her for more of her unique delicious treats.
14: Patriotic Bomb Pop Cocktails
Summer cocktails are the Best! They are full of flavor and super refreshing, just be careful as they are so good, they will sneak up on you before you know it!
These bad boys are no exception! Not only are they super fun and creative, they are so good you will drink way to many of them!
Leah from Freut Cake has some of the most original flavor filled drink ideas you will find on the net!
15: PATRIOTIC MINI FRUIT PIES
Mini fruit pies are a lot easier to make then you would think. It is all about finding the right cutter for the size you want. My favorite for round cutters is the biscuit cutters as the set comes in tons of sizes.
This is the best tutorial on the Net, it will walk you through how to make these bite size bits of deliciousness in no time.
Stephanie from the diary of a debutante is a great blog to follow. She loves to entertain, decorate and bake. She is one of my favorites for holiday inspiration.
16: Slow Cooker Cowboy Beans
Most people I know LOVE Baked beans, including me of course, but You have NEVER had good baked beans until you have had Cowboy Beans! Yes there is a difference, this is a meal as it is full of meats and veggies and beans, it is just down right delicious!
Do not confused this with baked beans though, as there is way more of a BBQ feel with baked beans then with cowboy beans! But I am telling you, this is one of the biggest hits of the day at every party I throw! It is a must have for sure!
Trish from Mom on Time Out, has captured this recipe perfectly too!
17: Patriotic Limeade
This is one of those drinks that are so refreshing that you forget there is alcohol in it, hehe! Yes I have made this and it is absolutely delicious!
Jennifer from Sugar, Spice and Glitter is a wonderfully creative blogger! She has amazing recipes, but one of the things that set her out is her easy fun kid friend DIY projects. She shares so much that even grandparents should follow along for these cute little tips.
This is one of her cocktail recipes that makes you think she uses this to get her creative juices flowing, I know it worked that way for me, LOL
18: Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Potato Salad is my all time favorite Side and over the years I have made some great tasting recipes, including my family favorite the Loaded Baked Potato Salad has everything everyone wants inside of a potato, but in a delicious blend of colder chunks of potato with a great rich cheesy, meaty, crunch burst of flavors.
If your not counting calories, This is NOT Diet Food is one of the best foodie blogs ever!
One of the very best tips I will give you in making or breaking your potato salad recipe is what you use for the mayonnaise and yes there is a HUGE Difference! The ONLY Mayonnaise you should ever use is DUKES! I have had so many people argue over no it should be Miracle Whip or Hellman's, but I have also proved them wrong and they have converted since then. So trust me, there is a difference.
19: Red White and Blue Crispy Treats
Rice Crispy Treats are everyone's favorite, especially when they are fresh from the pan! Still all ewwy and gooey and melt in your mouth delicious! I don't know anyone who doesn't absolutely love a good rice crispy treat.
So adding in some patriotic sprinkles is a super good way to make these a classic at all your summer parties. Plus they are super fun to make.
Tara from Deliciously Declassified is a precious blog to follow. She has a lovely home, children and is a content creator that loves to share her passion for food and family.
20: All American Pie
Now for the Featured All American Pie from the Creator of baked goods themselves "Land o Lakes"
This pie is fruity, buttery, flakey and down right delicious! Plus it is fun and creative to make, even the kiddos can join in and cut out the stars and stripes with the dough. Trust me, the end results will make them giddy with joy!
Use a tart pan for this one, it is easier to remove the pie and will come out in perfect pieces, instead of trying to dig inside of a pie pan.
If you make even half of the items on this wonderfully delicious list, you will have a bunch of happy campers at your summer party. Please make sure to follow your favorite bloggers, you can click on the photos or some of the underlined wording to go straight to their website.
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