Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fourth of July Inspiration

This weekend I hosted a Fourth of July-themed barbecue for my family, and I'm here to provide a little party inspiration as you prepare for your own Independence Day. My inspiration was the State Fair (if you're a New Yorker, your average street fair will do). The State Fair is full of fried food, cool drinks and bright colors. I packed my party full of tasty foods, showcased some homemade goodies—decorating with a pyramid of my aunt's homemade cherry preserves—and even tried my hand at a few crafts. Take a look!

The sweet treats on this tabletop include lemonade with strawberry and lemon slices, and star and apple-shaped handheld fruit pies to be given as favors after the party. More on the pies tomorrow, for now let's talk paper goods.

I've featured these adorable Stripey Straws before, and just knew I had to have some for my faux-Fourth party. I paired them with mason jars for drinking.

The striped paper plates and blue and red napkins are from Ikea (head straight for the Market section), the red-checked napkins are from Cash & Carry.

I used cherry preserves and fresh cherries as decorations to help give it a homemade feel without feeling too country.

At any fair, State or street, there are a few things I keep my eyes peeled for: lemonade, polish sausage, and corn dogs. I love "gourmet" corndogs hand-dipped and fried, but since i was already serving up polish sausage I opted for cupfuls of mini corn dogs as an appetizer. Polish sausage and marinated chicken breasts provided the main course with some of my family's favorite salads on the side.

I sweetened the deal with funnel cakes topped with cherry pie filling or homemade blackberry jam, all washed down with lemonade chilled with star-shaped ice.

Check back tomorrow for a how-to on making pocket pies and funnel cake, and again the following day for some terrific side salad recipes!


  1. Very cute party! I shared it with my readers today.

  2. This whole set up is adorable!



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