Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue: A Star-Spangled Celebration

A Star-Spangled Celebration for July 4th!

With July 4th approaching, here’s a round-up

of some Red, White & Blue treats

for your Star-Spangled Celebration!

Click on the links to revisit or for a taste :)


A Star-Spangled Celebration


Land of the Free Lemonade

A refreshing combination of pureed watermelon

& lemonade,  garnished with watermelon

stars and blueberries.


What So Proudly We Hailed 

Watermelon “Cupcakes”


Banner Yet Wave Burgers

We pledge allegiance to small bites, allowing us the freedom to snack in good conscience over the course of a long holiday :)

RWB potato salad_11

Rockets’ Red Glare Potato Salad

A Red, White, and Blue Potato Salad,

 liberated from mayonnaise, and

garnished with a fireworks display of flowering dill!


Broad Stripes Berries

White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries,

rolled in blue sugar and served in a

Bright Stars cupcake liner.


Patriotic Mini MoonPies


 Dawn’s Early Light Pretzel Sparklers

sure to be extinguished quickly :)

Patriotic Berry Trifle

Patriotic Berry Trifle

an easy no-bake dessert to celebrate

the Red, White and Blueberry!

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Blueberry Salsa

Fresh & flavorful served with

 Red, White, and Blue Tortilla Chips!

Berry Caprese Bruschetta

Berry Caprese Bruschetta

Quick and easy to throw together with an hour or two of chilling time to allow the flavors to meld. Slice and grill or toast a baguette and serve with a bowl of berry-mozzarella medley and let your guests help themselves!

Patriotic Pretzel Popcorn Crunch

Patriotic Pretzel Popcorn Crunch

 A sweet & salty treat for July 4th snacking with

Snyder’s Patriot-Shaped Pretzels

Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

 Red Velvet-Berry Cobbler

Quick, oh so good, and

the star of your celebration!

Red, White & Blue Sangria

Red, White & Blue Sangria,

And an anatomy of Sangria chart to exercise

your Freedom and Independence

for mixing your own summer sangria!


Funfetti Cupcake Trifle,

Light a Sparkler and Serve!


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  28 comments for “Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue: A Star-Spangled Celebration

  1. June 23, 2014 at 5:06 am

    Excellent, Mary! Lots of Independence Day inspiration!

  2. June 23, 2014 at 5:10 am

    WOW, everything looks wonderful – now I am really hungry.
    Happy Summer.

  3. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    June 23, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Such a fun collection of ideas Mary! Lovin’ both the lemonade and sangria… Huh, I must be thirsty:@) Also lovin’ that the 4th is a Friday this year so I have a nice long weekend!

  4. Betty819
    June 23, 2014 at 6:12 am

    Your blog is so inspiring! need to head to the party store near me for some greeting cards and will look to see what they have available in patriot decorations. I would love to know where you purchased the patriot place mats and cloth napkins. You take simple ideas and turn them into elegance..what a God given talent! Thanks for brightening my Day! Independence Day is creeping up on us way too quickly. I can’t procrastinate shopping any longer.

    • June 23, 2014 at 8:03 am

      Thanks so much Betty! The links to all the posts have the sources, some came from Kohl’s, some came from HomeGoods :)

  5. June 23, 2014 at 7:20 am

    We always celebrate the fourth of July big time! It is our anniversary! You have so many good ideas for food. Have a good week.

  6. June 23, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Thank you Mary~after this past week of entertaining family I don’t have an ounce of creative energy to think about the 4th of July~you have insured that my family will have some red white and blue treats now…the watermelon cupcakes are beyond brilliant, and something my GF little boys can eat. The burgers and red velvet cobbler are calling my name too, and all your fabulous decorations and touches are putting me right back in the party mood!

  7. Jo
    June 23, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Love all the ideas, the Berry Caprese Bruschetta really looks delish! Definitely will try this recipe. Happy Fourth!

  8. franki
    June 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Still have the little r/w/b pails…I lined mine with foil and served individual “Calico Beans” in them. Everything was gleaming…and I was gleaning!! franki

  9. June 23, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Very inspiring and so red, white and blue in which I love! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  10. June 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I get so much energy whenever any of your posts shows up…I just want to jump up and start doing something creative…

    Have a wonderful 4th, Mary!

  11. June 23, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    This is a wonderful compilation! I pinned a couple of the recipes for beverages. I’m always, always, always on the hunt for interesting and pretty new beverages to serve during the summer months! That lemonade is just pretty as a picture…literally! :-)

  12. June 23, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Wow, thanks for all the patriotic inspiration, Mary! There’re so many things to choose from and all of them are wonderful. xo

  13. June 24, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Oooooh! So much inspiration, so little time….well, one project at a time, I guess! Love those little snack pails! wonderful inspiration! Catherine

  14. June 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

    you have provided so many great ideas for a little get together that I am hosting. sparklers for the kids, sangria for mom.

  15. June 24, 2014 at 9:06 am

    I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great.
    I don’t know who you are but certainly you’re going to a famous blogger if
    you are not already ;) Cheers!

  16. June 24, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Wow, you are amazing! Love the strawberries “red white and blue” how cute is that! I’ve decided you are a type A++++ personality!! Your creative mind and your energy make for amazing results!

  17. June 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Mary, you are a famous blogger! Famous for the most gorgeous photos that are styled brilliantly! You make it seem so effortless, but I know how much work goes into them! Pinning that watermelon lemonade because we have a few watermelons growing in the garden! :)

  18. June 24, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    I always love your round-ups of all your gorgeous creations of one theme all together for us to enjoy and be inspired by!…Hope you are having a great week!..

  19. June 26, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Wow! So many GREAT ideas in one post! My grandkids are coming this weekend, and I think we will start with those dipped strawberries!

  20. Bev
    June 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    Wonderful creativity, as usual. Love all of the ways you carried out the theme!

  21. June 26, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Fabulous patriotic food and decorating ideas. You really should publish a book. Hope your fourth will be special.

  22. June 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Lovely tablescape! I love the candy cups. I have designed some similar to it. I love working with vintage images!

  23. June 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Wow!!! The best of everything red, white and blue!! This is a fabulous compilation of all things needed for a good 4th of July!! Your ideas, recipes and photos are reason to celebrate!!

  24. June 23, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Wow, so many cute, fun and delicious things to try, sample and/or eat!

  25. June 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Mary, your star spangled celebrations always delight. Great ideas and wonderful recipes. Thanks!

  26. June 26, 2015 at 10:50 am

    What a fantastic collection of red, white, and blue. You are sooo creative. Your presentation of food is fabulous.

  27. June 30, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Just beautiful Mary! Love all of the celebration in your styling! Thanks for joining Home Sweet Home!

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