Easy Food Ideas for 4th of July Too! •
Let’s take a look at some easy Summer cookout food ideas and unique BBQ party recipes that are SURE to be crowd-pleasers. These are also great food ideas for your 4th of July party this year, too!
Hot Dogs? Check. Hamburgers? Check. But what ELSE should you serve as side dishes and desserts and drinks at your summer cookout? Or perhaps you’re going TO a BBQ party this summer and want to bring an easy and YUMMY food, dessert, or drink to share with the rest of the group.
Below are some of my favorite easy and UNIQUE Summer party food ideas that you’re sure to love, too.
First up, I have to share this pineapple lemonade recipe. It is so good, tastes “fancy” but is super easy to throw together quickly.
One of the favorites for the kids at our summer parties are these dipped fruits (mainly strawberries) with sprinkles. There can be SO much junk food at these BBQs, it’s nice to see the kids CHOOSE to eat something healthy.
Speaking of healthy food options for a summer cookout – it’s way too easy to just grab a chip and dip it in whatever is closest, but if you’re trying to keep your weight in check this summer, take a moment to choose a more “weight friendly” dip for those chips.
Going Low Carb?
Now this next idea is such a cute and FAVORITE dessert ideas for our summer cookouts (I make these every 4th of July and they’re always GONE quickly).
These are portable banana pudding packs (the kids call them banana splits in a bag). I found a good variation of my recipe here and we ALL just love them!
Need more EASY dessert ideas?
Day in and day out, macaroni and cheese is a winner as a side dish in this house. For cookouts and get-togethers, I make this variation: macaroni and cheese pie.
It’s topped with BACON (and anything with bacon is always a good thing, right).
Just cook your own recipe of macaroni and cheese and put it in a glass oven-safe pie plate. Arrange bacon across the top “lattice-style” and pop it in the oven.
Easy… and EVERYONE loves it!
Last 4th of July, we decided to throw steaks on the grill. To me, a steak REQUIRES a baked potato with it, but I sure didn’t want to mess with all that. So, I got the wild idea to set up a cute potato bar like in the picture below.
Now, I had my potato bar set up inside and had all the toppings on ice, but this is kinda how it looked (and yep, they all thought I was super “pinteresting” because of my chalkboard sign..haha!)
Here’s another idea we all love for our summer cookouts – tacos in a cup (I make these for our football party appetizers too).
I also add a layer of taco meat and everyone loves them!
They also go GREAT with these easy cheese dip recipes!
This is another variation I make called “walking tacos”. Many make these with Fritos but my family loves them with little bags of Doritos like this.
Just whip up some taco meat, make some sides of toppings, and set it all out with individual bags of Doritos or Fritos and let your guests make their own. Use plastic forks and it all goes in the trash when they’re done.
And I’ll admit: on particular busy (or lazy) days, I make these for dinner too (yep, these goes my Mom of the Year award… again haha!)
This next cookout food idea is especially perfect for your 4th of July party AND it requires NO cooking – yay!
The kids love to help me put this fruit flag together… and they love to eat it!
Cooking with the kids?
Whatever you decide to cook and make for your cookouts this summer, take a little extra time to tie it all together with cute accessories.
For example, these red white and blue drinks and so cute for a 4th of July party and really make an impression on your guests.
As far as easy side dishes for our summer cookouts, this cucumber tomato salad is a definite favorite. Just toss everything in a bowl, mix it up and serve (I like to chill it a bit first, but it’s delicious right away, too).
Enjoy your summer!
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