Last Minute Fabulous 4th of July Party Food & Drink Ideas

Manic:  You have been invited to or are hosting a 4th of July celebration and you need something fun and festive to bring…but also something that is easy and simple to prepare.

Managed:  I put together an assortment of ideas for you to quickly choose from.  Some are from awesome social media and some are my own ideas.  

Take a look and have a safe and festive 4th of July!  Let’s kick off the fun with a simple sangria recipe (if you can even call it a recipe…super simple!)…

Simple Sangria That Your Guests Will Swear You Made From Scratch!

set up san

sangria in jug

 

Sam’s Club sells a yummy premade sangria that is so good that all of my guests swore that I made from scratch.  It doesn’t get any easier than this.  Here are the four steps for colorful red sangria that is perfect for the 4th and so easy to make, too…

  1. Purchase Lolailo Imported from Spain Sangria in the 1.5 liter glass jar (under $8) at Sam’s Clubs stores.
  2. Fill pitcher with lots of ice.
  3. Add full bottle of Lolailo Sangria.
  4. Add packet of frozen fruit that is also sold at Sam’s Club. Make sure it is frozen as that works well and looks nice and festive in the sangria pitcher. The fruit floats to the top and looks and tastes great!

Easy Breezy Flag Brownies

flag brownie

Simply prepare brownies and cut into rectangle shapes.  Then spread brown frosting on top so that it matches the brownie color and then top with red, white and blue M&Ms to make little American flags.

Star Spangled Cheesecake

star cheesecake

Make or buy a prepared cheesecake and top it with blueberries all around.  Then take strawberry slices to make a star right in the center.

Sweet & Salty 4th of July Popcorn Mix

popcorn pic

Add red, white and blue peanut M&Ms to a bowl of popcorn and you’ve got a sweet, salty and festive mix of yummy fun.  Party City sells red, white and blue candy that is similar to M&Ms and Target sells the red, white and blue seasonal M&Ms.

Star Spangled Soda/Beverage of Choice

ice tray drink

Freeze pieces of cut up strawberries with blueberries and raspberries in an ice tray.  Then once frozen simply place in clear glass and add ginger ale or Sprite to get a bubbly red white and blue festive beverage.

Oh So Easy Red, White & Blue Treats Display

red white blue treats

Grab three clear glass or plastic containers and place white yogurt covered pretzels in one jar, red licorice sticks in another and blue M&Ms in the third and place side by side.  Make a fun little 4th of July treats sign to place by the display.

4th of July Flower Treats

flower treats

For these take square shaped pretzels, cover with white icing and then place red, white and blue M&Ms around the pretzel to form a flower.

Party Stuff Ideas

Here are some ideas for easy and fun party decor and a few things that make good sense, too.  Check these must have party items out…

*Great Plate – Show your spirit on the 4th of July with The Great Plate! Available in red, white, and blue for the festivities, the Great Plate offers guests an extra hand with this innovative plate and cup holder that is constructed as an all in one plate.  great plate imageSuch a smart invention since this plate easily allows guests to hold both food and beverage comfortably in one hand, leaving the other hand free for eating, drinking, and socializing. The Great Plate is available in a variety of bold colors, including a Red, White & Blue set and it is BPA-free, dishwasher/microwave safe, reusable and recyclable. great plates colorsSold in a set of 4 for $15. Plus, it is made in the USA! Plates can be ordered at www.greatplate.net.

*Bear Paws – Bear Paws are a must-have tool in your kitchen arsenal that are perfect for serving barbecue pulled pork or chicken.  bear pawAnd I also like to use these as tongs for my salad or to help me cut watermelon, which is always a great food to serve on the 4th of July.  watermelon cut
The extremely sharp and easy to grip, Bear Paws make it much quicker to shred pork or chicken.  Bear Paws come in red & white, as well as several other colors. Bear Paws are proudly made in the USA. Available at select BBQ stores and retail outlets as well as Amazon.com. Learn more at http://www.bearpawproducts.com/.

All of the decor and party favor/hat items I showed were purchased at Party City.  When you shop there, always go to partycity.com on your phone to see if they have coupons. Many times they do!

So now you are ready to put on (or attend a party with an easy to make fun food to bring) a festive and easy 4th of July celebration!  Have fun and Happy Independence Day!

Festive Fun Holiday Recipes With Shamrock Farms Foods

Eggnog peppermint cheesecake anyone?  cheesecake picHow about an eggnog latte with extract made of rum?  Yum! And here is a fun and tasty idea…peppermint eggnog punch for kids of all ages!  It is all here plus I also share a quick tip that will spice up your mashed potatoes that is super simple. Plus sour cream banana bread and more!  With Shamrock Farms fresh dairy foods, the possibilities and recipes are endless! Check out the morning segment I did on the ABC 15’s Sonoran Living morning show this morning for ideas for all of your holiday entertaining.  Also a big thank you to professional makeup artist Karen Hall for meeting me at the studio to work her magic on me!  And Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

 

I am proud to work with Shamrock Farms who sponsored this segment. 

My Favorite Juicing Recipes

     Manic:  Me trying to get 5 daily servings of fruits and veggies in my body…not to mention my kids, too.  It isn’t easy!

Managed:  Started juicing and I like it.  Check out the recipes I showed on the KTVK 3TV morning show, “Your Life A to Z” and you will be pleasantly surprised by the good price I found on my juice extractor, too.  Take a look…

Festive 4th of July Food Fun!

Manic:  Thrilled to get invited to a 4th of July party, but don’t know what to bring….and I’m not very talented in the kitchen, but I need some easy and tasty last minute munchie ideas.

Managed:  Trying out a couple of easy fun food ideas that my gal pal texted me.  Plus I have a super healthy smoothie recipe that the fine folks at the very healthy Pomegranate Cafe gave me last year.  So I decided to test these ideas and show in my Channel 3 segment this week, just in time for Independence Day and they came out OK!  Take a look…

The fun fruit salad is made with watermelon stars created with a star cookie cutter tool. The fruit flag is simply strawberries, bananas and blueberries thread on to skewers. Easy, tasty, festive and fun!

And how about a healthy and spirited smoothie to start your 4th off right…

Here is the recipe for the Spirit Smoothie:

What You Need:

1 1/2 cups chopped watermelon

1/4 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded & chopped

1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

fresh squeezed orange juice

organic whip cream

fresh blueberries & strawberries for garnish

What You Do:

1.  In a blender, combine all the fruits with the orange juice to cover.

Me squeezing the juice fresh from the orange, but I did it backwards! I was supposed to cover the fruit with the OJ! I realized that after the fact. The good news is that the smoothie still came out great 🙂

2.  Blend until smooth.

Before blending.
After blending.

 

3.  Top with whipped cream and fresh berries for garnish.  Serve immediately.

The organic whipped cream and blueberries give this yummy smoothie a festive 4th of July layered look.

 

The smoothie also looks great in a fun glass!

Not only does this smoothie look festive and fun, but it tastes great and is super healthy for you.  Pomegranate Cafe’s Cassie Tolman tells me that the strawberries are calming, the berries are high in anti-oxidents and the watermelon is hydrating.  Good stuff!

Happy Independence Day everyone! 

 

Melon Berry Crush Smoothie Recipe from Pomegranate Cafe

      Manic:  Need a festive 4th of July treat, but I want something healthy that my kids will also enjoy.

Managed:  Asked the pros at Pomegranate Café for ideas and they gave me their Melon Berry Crush smoothie recipe.  Not only is it red, white and blue, but it is also very good for you!  Read on for the recipe and whip some up for your loved ones on Independence Day!

Pomegranate Cafe’s Melon Berry Crush Smoothie….I call it A Spirit Smoothie

What You Need:

1 1/2 cups chopped watermelon

1/4 cantaloupe, peeled, seeded & chopped

1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

fresh squeezed orange juice

organic whip cream

fresh blueberries & strawberries for garnish

What You Do:

1.  In a blender, combine all the fruits with the orange juice to cover.

Me squeezing the juice fresh from the orange, but I did it backwards! I was supposed to cover the fruit with the OJ! I realized that after the fact. The good news is that the smoothie still came out great 🙂

2.  Blend until smooth.

Before blending.

After blending.

 

3.  Top with whipped cream and fresh berries for garnish.  Serve immediately.

The organic whipped cream and blueberries give this yummy smoothie a festive 4th of July layered look.

The smoothie also looks great in a fun glass!

Not only does this smoothie look festive and fun, but it tastes great and is super healthy for you.  Pomegranate Cafe’s Cassie Tolman tells me that the strawberries are calming, the berries are high in anti-oxidents and the watermelon is hydrating.  Good stuff!

 

 

About Pomegranate Cafe:

Marlene and Cassie – Owners of Pomegranate Café

Pomegranate Café

began as a shared dream between mother and daughter, Cassie and Marlene Tolman. Their vision was to create a space where delicious flavor and nutritious ingredients came together with extraordinary service in a unique, earth-conscious environment. With those elements in place a seed was planted, and in the fall of 2009 Pomegranate grew into a lovely little neighborhood café.
Read more about Marlene and Cassie’s culinary talents on our

team bio

page.

The Get Things Moving Smoothly Smoothie

ManicI get so busy running kids around town, that I forget to eat enough fiber to keep things moving…if you know what I mean!
 
Managed:  Discussing this with another manic managed  mom, who told me about a magical smoothie that keeps your metabolism moving smoothly.  I’m all for that, so I gave this blended beverage a try.  Read on to see how to make this delicious and healthy drink.

 

The Get Things Moving Smoothly Smoothie

What You Need:

1/2 of a large banana

1 scoop (1/3 cup) of a Whey Protein like the EAS I purchased

1/2 Tablespoon flax seed oil (not pictured)

1/4 cup frozen mixed berries with lots of healthy blueberries mixed in

1/2 Tablespoon honey

2 teaspoons psyllium seed husks (I bought the one shown at Trader Joe’s)

8 oz. water

2 ice cubes

 

What You Do:

1.  First of all, I bought the Magic Bullet for all kinds of recipes, but especially for the smoothies, because after you make the smoothie, just rinse the blade and take the cup with you.  And managed moms are usually on the run, especially in the mornings!

2.  However, you can use any blender.  All you do is blend all the ingredients and it is ready.  Fast, frothy and healthy 🙂

Done and yum!

My gal pal, who shared this with me, told me that the original recipe came from the book, “You:  On A Diet” by Dr. Oz.  She modified it a bit and I really like her changes, so this recipe is her version.  I also happen to be a huge Dr. Oz fan, so this is a smoothie that I believe in. 
And yes…..it does work 😉 
What drinks or foods do you consume to get enough fiber in your diet?  Share here in the comments section.