Patriotic Party Ideas and Menu

To me a theme makes the party so much more enjoyable for you and your guests.  Here are 10 ideas for your next patriotic themed party.

The first things guests usually grab is a drink when they arrive at your celebration, so in the drink category we have a recipe that can be either Virgin or Laced with a little Liquor for a kick.

patriotic drink

1)  Place a few strawberries, blueberries and chunks of pineapple in a glass.

2)  Muddle the fruit by mashing it with a wooden spoon or muddler (which is a fancy word for cut it or mash it a little so the flavor is released). THIS PART MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE

3) Toss in some ice cubes and bits of the aforementioned fruits.

4) Pour in a favorite ginger ale or lemon lime soda.  (Add a shot of White Rum, Vodka, Gin or Tequila for that kick)

You can always go with a simply stand by of Lemonade served with some sliced strawberries and Blue Berries

patriotic lemonade

Next is the presentation!  There are really SO MANY things you can do with mason jars, I highly recommend you have one case of them stored in your home, they are VERY versatile and pretty in expensive.  For this we are going to make them our drink glasses.  GREAT for the environment instead of using those plastic cups.  To help everyone keep straight whose drink belongs to who try this trick.  Simply little key tags, you can buy these almost anywhere and red white and blue pony tail holders.  Again these are great to keep on hand and change up the glass themes.  Decorate the key tags and attach them to the pony tail holder then secure then on the neck of the glass,  Add Colorful Paper straws and WALLA a fun colorful accessory to your party, again it also protects the environment

patriotic drink glass idea

patriotic-glasses

Here is one other quick mason jar idea, this idea adds in the table setting and again is environmentally friendly.  In the mason jars include a colored bandanna for a napkin and the utensils.

OK Next we need some apps while wewait for our meal, snacky things sitting around for munching.

mason jar tble setting

Lets start with something easy, Patriotic Popcorn

Patriotic Popcorn

You will need:

1 bag of white candy meltsPatriotic Popcorn
2 cups Rice Chex cereal
2 cups pretzel sticks
1 bag white popcorn
patriotic sprinkles
red M&M’s

Combine cereal, pretzels, and popped popcorn in a large bowl.  Make sure you separate the popcorn from the unpopped kernels before pouring into the bowl.  Melt your candy melts and pour over mixture.  Stir gently until evenly coated.  Spread out onto a foil lined baking sheet and immediately sprinkle with sprinkles and M&M’s.  Do not stir the sprinkles and M&M’s into the mixture or you will have white sprinkles and M&M’s.  Let cool then break apart.  To keep fresh, place in a gallon size Ziploc bag or store in a sealed container.

patriotic ptretzels

Firecracker pretzels

One bag large sized pretzels
1 tray Vanilla CandiQuik Coating
red, white and blue sprinkles

Melt CandiQuik according to package directions. Quickly dip pretzels or marshmallows in CandiQuik and place on parchment paper. Let CandiQuik set for one minute then sprinkle with sprinkles.

OK we need one last snack to serve.

Stuffed Cocktail Tomatoes

20 cherry tomatoes
1/2 lb bacon (cooked and crumbled)patriotic tomatoes
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup chopped green onion
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley (snipped or dried)
Directions:

Cut a thin slice off of each tomato top.

Scoop out the insides and drain upside-down on a paper towel.

In a small bowl combine all other ingredients.

Spoon the mixture into the tomatoes.

Chill and serve.

OK Next lets move on to the Meal

Let’s start with an easy little salad

patriotic watermelonfeta blue berry-flag

Flag Salad

This is really simply it is simply the following ingredients cubed

Feta Cheese or any white cheese you prefer

Watermelon, seeds removed

Blue Berries

(Alternatives could be tomatoes or raspberries)

For a fruity addition to dinner simply cut watermelon into wedges and use popscicle sticks or tongue depressors to eat them on

Watermelon Popsicle patriotic watermelon

Red, White and Blue Potato Salad

Yes there are Blue Potatoes too,  This recipe is VERY simple, and if you cannot find the blue potatoes it is still great with red and white potatoes served in a blue bowl.patriotic potato salad

This is a German-style potato salad. That means it gets its great flavor from herbs and vinegar instead of mayo, make it easier to bring along and safe to make ahead, even on the hottest days. Two things to note about this recipe: (1) you’ll want to bake or microwave the potatoes instead of boiling them, which will help them retain their color. And (2) even if you cook the potatoes ahead of time, you’ll want to “dress” them with the vinegar while their warm, so they absorb more flavor.

Simply add some diced Garlic, onions, bell peppers and ham (Omit the ham for a vegan delight) make it exciting, and a touch of walnut oil and your choice of sherry or white balsamic vinegar round it out to perfection. We promise you’ve never had a potato salad quite like this, and each bite will feel like a celebration of flavor in your mouth!

Patriotic Taco Salad

Serve with Red, White and Blue Tortilla Chips

Ingredients

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped

patriotic taco salad1-1/2 cups water

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
1 envelope taco seasoning
6 cups tortilla or corn chips
4 to 5 cups shredded lettuce
9 to 10 pitted large olives, sliced lengthwise
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the water, tomato paste and taco seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Place chips in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. Spread beef mixture evenly over the top. Cover with lettuce. For each star, arrange five olive slices together in the upper left corner. To form stripes, add cheese and tomatoes in alternating rows. Serve immediately.

OK on to a main course now

These chicken Kabobs are really VERY simple.

Chicken Kabob Blasts

patriotic chicken kabobSome cubed chicken

Cherry Tomatoes

White Onion (White Potatoes will work if you are using purple onions below.

Blue Potato -Purple Onion will also give you the color you want)

You can grill them or bake them at 375

When they are done simple drizzle a mixture of Olive Oil (Extra Virgin), garlic, salt and pepper or what ever flavors your prefer

You can not get more patriotic than hot dogs so how about simply grilling some hot dogs and serving them with some colorful toppings.

hot dog grilledHot Dogs Patriotic Style

Simply serve your hot dogs with the following toppings

Purple Onions, White Corn Salsa and Red Bell Peppers

White Corn Salsa Recipepatriotic corn salsa

Strip the kernels from 2-3 ears of white corn into a large bowl, add a half cup or more of diced onion, cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 2 minutes. Uncover and add diced jalapeno pepper,  one half cup or more of diced red pepper. A sprinkling of salt, some chopped cilantro if you wish, and the juice of a small lime or lemon (or try a few tablespoons of Balsamic vinegar instead) complete the salsa. Mix well and chill.

And of Course deserts

Popcorn Cake

This would also work using Rice Crispies

1 package (16 ounces) miniature marshmallows
20 caramels
patriotic popcorn or rice crispy cake1/4 cup butter, cubed
10 cups popped popcorn
1-1/2 cups salted peanuts
1 cup red, white and blue milk chocolate M&M’s

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the marshmallows, caramels and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes or until melted, stirring occasionally. Place the popcorn in a large bowl; pour caramel mixture over popcorn and mix well.
Stir in peanuts and M&M’s. Press into a well-greased 10-in. tube pan. Cool until firm. Remove from pan; cut with a serrated knife

Red White and Blue Ice Cream Sandwich

Simply cut regular Ice Cream Sandwiches in half

Roll in colored (Red, White and Blue) Sprinklespatriotic ice cream sandwich

Insert Popsicle stick and Walla Dessert!

This would also work as an Ice Cream Sandwich Bar

Supply the Popsicle Sticks

Patriotic Sprinkles

Chopped, Strawberries, blue berries, raspberries, Black berries

Chocolate chips etc

And let your guests create their own delectable dessert.

Looking for more patriotic Dessert Ideas?

Well there you have it you Patriotic Menu, everything you will need to Celebrate with your Red White and Blue Theme.

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Dessert – Turtle Cheesecake Bars

turtle cheesecake

Turtle Cheesecake Bars

Packaged right these would be GREAT Gifts for the Holidays

Turtle Cheesecake
Crust
3 cups finely chopped pecans
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cheesecake Filling
24 oz cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup full-fat Greek yogurt or sour cream
3/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
3 large eggs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Toppings
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
1 11-oz bag caramel candy, unwrapped
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 tablespoons milk, divided

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Line a 13×9 pan with parchment paper, so that parchment extends over long side of pan.
In a bowl, mix crust ingredients together with a fork; press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan.
Bake crust for 20 minutes; while crust bakes, prepare filling.
Cream together cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream, sugar and vanilla.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
After crust bakes, remove from oven and immediately sprinkle on 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Pour filling over chocolate chips and return to oven; bake for 50 minutes.
Allow cheesecake to cool for about hour, then place in refrigerator to chill overnight.
When ready to serve, remove cheesecake from pan using parchment paper and place on serving platter, then prepare toppings:
Toast pecans in oven for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.
Unwrap caramels and place in a microwave safe bowl, along with 4 tablespoons milk.
Microwave in 30 second intervals until caramels have melted and sauce is smooth.
Pour caramel sauce over cheesecake and immediately sprinkle on toasted and chopped pecans.
Place chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl, along with 2 tablespoons milk, and microwave in 30 second intervals, about 2 minutes total.
Stir until smooth and drizzle over caramel-pecan topping.
Allow chocolate to set before serving.

Homemade Air Freshners

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The total time it takes to make is about five to six (5-6) minutes and then twenty-four (24) hours to solidify. (I saw this on facebook, I have had these in the past and they work AMAZING!)
Materials & Equipment:
• Three (3) to four (4) jars, capable of holding 1/2-cup of fluid each. I used four (4) clean and recycled baby food jars, and each jar holds 1/2-cup of mixture.
• Food Coloring
• Essential Oil or Room Fragrance drops (Can be purchased at a craft store, but I found one on sale for $2 at Wal-mart.)
• Two (2) cups of water, divided into two 1-cup amounts
• Four (4) envelopes unflavored gelatin (one 1-oz box)
• One (1) tablespoon of salt
• Kitchen equipment such as a whisk, a pan to boil the water and spoons (plastic or metal) to mix the concoction

Prepare:
• Pour a few drops of food coloring of your choice into each jar.
• Next, pour one (1) teaspoon (minimum) of essential oil into each jar. You may want to add more if you desire a stronger scent emanating from the end result. I did not use more than two teaspoons and was pleased with the one teaspoon result.

Boil and Mix: • Bring one (1) cup of water to a boil.
• Add all four (4) envelopes of gelatin into the boiling water and whisk until dissolved. (I estimate it dissolved in about a minute.)
• After the gelatin dissolves, add the remaining cup of water and then the salt.
• After the salt dissolves, remove the pan from the heat and pour into the prepared jars. Try pouring the mixture into the jars within a few minutes of removing the pan off of the heat.
• NOTE: Please be careful as the mixture will be very hot! My husband held the pot with a steady hand for the photo. However the second time I did this by myself, I made a mess everywhere and spilled the gelatin mixture on the counter. You may want to use a funnel to put the gelatin mixture in the jars.
• I used a broken clothespin to stir the gelatinous combination, but suggest using plastic spoons. Use them quickly as the heat from the water could make them melt slightly.
Let the now fragrant gel mix solidify at room temperature for at least 24-hours.
Can you believe that’s it?

The scent and solid mixture will disintegrate over time. The one in my car has lasted over a month. The one in my bathroom has lasted over a month but probably will be ready to clean out in another week. I estimate that one jar would last from four to six (4-6) good weeks of scent dispersion. Make sure the lid is off the container to enjoy!