It is an everything red, white & blue on repeat kind of weekend coming up in just a few days- and that includes food.
Whether you are venturing out for the holiday weekend, gathering with friends and family or just staying home – this post is all about nibbles and treats you can make and enjoy this 4th of July- or any time you want to enjoy something simple and delicious in a snap.
This summer it is all about entertaining ideas and table settings over here. We have some birthday parties, family gatherings and a Christmas in July party planned so will be sharing peeks of all of those and more. But with the 4th of July weekend just around the corner- I thought I would share some favorite recipes and a couple of tables and ideas from the book here today- and stay tuned for some behind the scenes stories and snaps coming this month too. If you don’t have a copy of my book Inspired Gatherings yet – you can grab your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble & wherever books are sold and signed copies in my shop.
Layers of Cheese Platter
This is so simple to create- and always a favorite. Just layer several different types of cheeses, crackers and some fruit and sweets for the ultimate cheese platter. This one has several specialty cheeses along with some fresh fruit. You might notice we left off the charcuterie aspects-we are vegetarians- but you can add whatever you would like to create a board that is perfect for you. For another idea- You can find a post all about creating this board HERE
Braided Spinach and Mushroom Appetizer
A beautiful presentation- and it is delicious. This braided beauty is so easy to make-and it disappears so fast- you will want to make two. Find the recipe HERE
Summer Salads- Sautéed Beets
We are big salad folks over here- and have a salad of some kind with dinner almost daily. And one of my absolute favorite things to add to a salad are beets. Any type will do but I do love sautéed beets the most. For this salad- you can use golden beets in place of the squash if you prefer- it is so good any way that you make it. Find the Recipe HERE
Cucumber, Tomato & Avocado Salad
Because, Anything with avocado is a good thing in my book. And this is perfect for making for summer. Find the Recipe HERE
Veggie Flatbread Sandwich
And what about a delicious veggie flatbread sandwich? So easy to make and so easy to customize. It is also a favorite for making on those hot triple digit days when you don’t want to cook. Find the Recipe HERE
Easy Colorful Dessert
And a bonus one- because, the weekend deserves something sweet to enjoy. The most delicious & easiest way to add a bit of Red and White to your dessert is with fruit. Simply take a cake (already made from the bakery works perfectly) and add some fresh berries and a dusting of powdered sugar for beautiful and delicious dessert. You can also roll the fruit in sugar for more sweetness.
We are staying home and enjoying a casual 4th gathering in the backyard with family but we are also planning a Christmas in July gathering – and so, putting up a bit of Christmas decor this weekend too.
Stay tuned for the how to on making this flower and fruit topped cake that is also perfect for the 4th of July- or any summer occasion.
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