The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays. Every year we go with our extended family to my family cabin on the lake in Montana to spend time together and create memories that last for years. Long tradition and making new ones. We host an annual tea party and charcuterie board. This year I wanted to try it before leaving for Montana with friends and family here. So we headed out with celebratory drinks and s’more bars.
Here are some of the best hacks I’ve found to pull off the ultimate 4th of July party. Don’t feel like you have to include them all. Even adding just one or two will add a fun and festive touch to your holiday weekend.
Hack #1: Color-coordinated dishes
To create a festive spread, I wanted all of my snacks to stick to a red, white, and blue color scheme. It’s so easy. I went to Sam’s Club and knew that if it had lots of red and blue berries it would be easy to eat, but there are plenty of other red/white/blue snacks and candies for the next vacation. One thing surprised me. A spread of sweets to share later. 😉
Hack #2: It’s all in the details
I’m always obsessed with the details of the events I attend, so I wanted to include as cute and festive details as possible. mini cookie cutter Spell words with watermelon and cheese.I also used a star cookie cutter from this set I sprinkled them all over my 4th of July charcuterie for cheese. I had a local company in Utah help me and they made the most beautiful salami roses! You actually tried to teach me at the lake a few years ago.
Hack #3: Sparklers, but sweet
For a healthy snack option, I made fruit sparklers for kids out of watermelon stars and blueberries. It’s very cute by itself, but I added a red, white and blue drink to add a sense of celebration.
Hack #4: Let the festival flow
Drinks are a great excuse to go on vacation, whether they’re for kids or adults. We have set up a drink table for the children to assemble their own drinks. We placed red, white, and blue Gatorade and Sprite on the base, then placed Kool-Aid ice cubes, cotton candy, popsicles, licorice straws, and fresh fruit to let your creativity run wild.
Hack #5: Don’t skimp on sweets
My kids will eat candy all day every day if you let them be in heaven when they see this perfect candy spread and decadent s’mores bar. Glad my affinity earned me some points. 😉 They kept saying it was the best 4th of July spread ever. 😂 I made a red, white and blue candy charcuterie board that I found at Sam’s Club and it was super easy to assemble.we also have our new fire pit area We mixed a variety of chocolates including milk chocolate, cookies and cream, wreath and Andean mint. The dessert board is also cute and very popular with the whole family!
Do you have any hacks or hosting tips you’d recommend for the 4th of July?
this red top, obsessed with the square neckline on it! Lots of colors and under $30!
call out to Beck & Noel Board Companyif you’re in Utah and need a big charcuterie board or want to learn how to set it up, I can help you with the setup and everything. I love learning and being part of the process But they do both!
You can also see holiday charcuterie boards I made in the past here.