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.
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.