How To Set Up For A Casual Fourth of July BBQ

 
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This Fourth of July we thought we would keep our party cute and casual. Our goal was to spend less time preparing and setting up, and more time enjoying our friends and family! Let's face it, most of us spend the day at the pool and beach and don't want the added pressure of having to run home before our guests arrive to throw an over the top party. That is why we decided to show you how you can have a no-stress party and still be festive and fun!  Our grocery shopping list was very minimal as we used multiples of the same things. Check out our how-to's below to see how we accomplished all of this!

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Our Drink of Choice: Berry Wine Sparkler

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While beers are a given, this wine sparkler was a refreshing addition!

Note: Best if paired with mason jars and fun straws!

What you'll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Ice
  • White Wine
  • Sparkling Soda (such as Sprite or 7UP)
  • Star Cookie Cutter

How to Make:

  1. Slice up your watermelon into thin even slices. Using the star cookie cutter, stamp out star-shaped watermelon pieces.
  2. Place the star-shaped watermelon and berries at the bottom of the pitcher.
  3. Add in your bottle of white wine and lemon-lime soda of choice. Gently Mix.
  4. Enjoy!

Fun Appetizer: Red & Blue Fruit Wands

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These were by far the easiest to make and we all agreed were the star of the table!

What you'll need:

  • Watermelon
  • Berries
  • Skewers
  • Star Cookie Cutter

How To Make:

  1. Using the star cookie cutter stamp out star-shaped watermelon pieces.
  2. Take your skewer and pierce about 6-8 blueberries. Top it off with one of the star-shaped watermelon.
  3. Enjoy!

 

A Cute Twist: Bandana Napkins

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What you'll need:

  • Red, White, and Blue Cotton Bandanas
  • Plastic Cutlery 

How To Make:

  • For this we used a tutorial found on Real Simple. Simply fold your bandanas according to the tutorial and place in a fork, knife, and spoon. These can be made days before your party! Don't forget to put them in a festive basket like our Severine Basket.

 

 
 

Now for Dessert!

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Nothing says 4th of July and summer fun like S'mores! We have a little fire pit in our backyard so we placed all the S'mores ingredients in little bowls so the kids (and adults) could assemble their S'more. They simply pick up their ingredients and head over to the fire pit for some roastin'.

We also took another classic - the ice cream sandwich - and spruced it up a bit with some red, white and blue sprinkles. It's as easy to do as it looks. We just sprinkled the ice cream sandwich with the sprinkles and we were done! 

See, we told you it was easy! Most of this can be done the day before and just placed in the fridge or freezer until just before your guests arrive. Remember, the more you do ahead of time, the easier your set up will be! We hope you have safe and fun 4th of July!