Why not host a Patriotic Appetizer Party for the 4th of July?
The 4th of July is upon us! Next week, actually. And, people will be planning cookouts, cook-ins, go camping, and a whole host of other ideas to celebrate Independence Day. Last year, I hosted a Patriotic Appetizer Party. Several of our friends came over to just visit. I served several of our family favorite appetizers and finger foods.
Planning the Patriotic Appetizer Party . . .
Once you decide to have a Patriotic Appetizer Party for the 4th of July, the first item of business is to decide who you want to invite. Do you want just family? Or, perhaps you want it to be just your friends. Or, maybe host it for a church group. Make your list, then it’s time to plan your menu and decide on the decorations. I’m going to share with you our decorations first, then go to the menu.
The Decorations for the Patriotic Appetizer Party . . .
The decorations were, of course, red-white-and blue, flags, and other patriotic items. As you can see in the picture above, we used a blue tablecloth, red strip runner, red and white star center cloth for the Old Glory box and flowers to set on. The flowers were artificial, but real ones would be better. Plates, cups, and napkins were all red.
The Menu . . .
I chose to have finger foods–appetizers and desserts that could be considered finger foods–for this party. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and, since it was held mid-afternoon, it really was too early for dinner, but a few hours past lunch. Nibble foods seemed appropriate for this gathering. Here are the ones I chose to serve:
This Pineapple Cheese Ball recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law several decades ago. It quickly became a family favorite! The creamy cheese ball with the pineapple mixed in and covered with chopped pecans is the perfect spread for any of your favorite crackers. We used Ritz crackers for this party.
I’m not sure where my sister got this Sausage Ball recipe, but back in the 1970-1980’s, it was everywhere! It is still a perfect savory bite-size appetizer for any occasion. Everyone who eats these loves them!
My daughter, Candace, suggested I make Chicken Salad Wraps using spinach wraps. Each one was cut into three pieces (because the spinach wraps are large), and secured with a toothpick. Place on a plate with curly lettuce or a lettuce mix makes a very pretty presentation. And the wraps are delicious!
These Russian Tea Cake Cookies were my Grandmama Hall’s recipe. She always made them at Christmas. But, since they are white, they were perfect for a finger-dessert. Who doesn’t love these cookies covered with powdered sugar?
Finally I made my other grandmamma’s brownies, Grandmama Booe. This is only one of two of her recipes that I have. I have served them on several occasions. They are easy–mixed in one bowl–and they are delicious–perfect for your chocoholic friends and family!
I also served a bowl of assorted nuts . . . something salty!
The beverages I served were coffee, tea (sweetened and unsweetened), and soft drinks. You could also serve a cold punch if you like.
The Schedule for the Patriotic Appetizer Party . . .
I generally go by Mama’s Schedule for Planning a Holiday Dinner when I plan a party.
Two weeks from the date of your party:
- Check to see that you have all the dinnerware, glassware, and linens you will need for your dinner.
One week from the date of your party:
- Check to see if you have all the silverware and serving dishes that you plan to use.
- Make your grocery list. Go through each recipe. List all ingredients you need to purchase. Nothing is more frustrating than starting to cook and not having all the ingredients you need!
- Make a list of any decorations, flowers you will need.
About three days out:
- Shop for food and other items you need at your favorite grocery store or shopping center.
- Decorate your house if that is part of your plan.
The day before your party:
- Set the table.
- Cook foods that can be prepared in advance. Anything you can do the day before will help take the pressure off of you the day of your dinner.
- Go back through your house and pick up or clean anything that needs to be cleaned.
The day of your party:
- Finish cooking and preparing all foods on your menu.
- If you are using fresh flowers as a centerpiece, either go buy them or have them delivered. Do not get your flowers the day before!
- Check your table to see if anything needs to be done.
- Get ready to greet your family, and/or friends, host your party, and make memories!
The 4th of July is a day to celebrate our nation’s independence. It is a day to remember, not only how blessed and privileged we are to live in America, but also to remember to take LOTS of pictures! You might someday want to make a photo book of your dinner/celebration to present to your family!