It's that time of year again-flags a-waiving, parades a-marching, family a-picnicking. You get the picture. Fourth of July isn't exactly everyones cup of tea, but after all the family oriented hoopla is fading, why not throw your own Fourth fete? You can go for camp or mean it in all earnest-- either way Fashiontribes is dedicated to helping you fulfill each and every one of your patriotic duties. Remember-Ask not what your party can do for you, but what you can do for your party!
Any party worth it's salt includes a good nosh. Naturally, the theme has to be red white and blue, so that limits your menu. Being the brilliant, clever, manic geniuses we are here at Fashiontribes, we have it all sorted.
RED WHITE AND BLUE POTATO SALAD- You can use your own favorite recipe, or this one from Food Network. The basic idea is to use a blend of regular spuds with Peruvian fingerlings and red bliss. The effect is quite lovely, and definitely flag-worthy.
BLUE CHEESE AND CHERRY TOMATO MINI BURGERS-Again, so simple it hurts. While finding bread may be a slight challenge (i usually bake my own mini-buns), the mini burger is quick to make and perfectly bite sized. Once the tiny patty is cooked, add a slice of cherry tomato and a dabble of blue cheese. Yum.
RED AND BLUE FRENCH FRIES WITH MAYO- While we are celebrating our country, we must pay homage to France, the bearer of our lovely Statue of Liberty. Mayo is definitely the condiment of choice for European fry dippers. French fries are a bit tricky, but a fun way to mix it up is to use the same variety of potatoes as in the salad-that is Peruvian Fingerlings and Red Bliss. Of course, not having tried this in the test kitchen, i can't promise they will hold up.
FLAG MINI CAKES- I think I was obsesses with these in 5th grade (what can I say, I was born on flag day). With homemade whipped cream, fresh blueberries and strawberries, and sponge or angel food cake, it is quite a light treat. Make mini versions to carry on with your theme.
DECOR AND ACCOUTERMENTS
A party just isn't a party without an ugly tablecloth and hideous plates. It's all in the details, loves. Flags? Check. Flag Pinwheels? Check? RED WHITE AND BLUE BLINKING LEI'S? Check!
FLAG PLATES-You can't eat off fine china at a picnic. These plates might seem a bit cheese, but hey, you have to live a little.
FLAG TABLECLOTH-to cover your table, only the best will do. See a theme developing? The flag print is, dare i say, LOUD, but you will probably get a good laugh off of it.
FLAG CUPS-at this point are you really going to buck tradition? I mean, it is a THEME party.
RIDICULOUS TOP HATS-by ridiculous, I mean straight out of a vintage Uncle Sam poster. The best part is this kit doesn't stop short with only hats. Nosiree, it included leis and horns to make all the noise you could possibly desire. Even without any sort of inebriation, these hats will make for a good giggle atop the heads of your loved ones.
A FLAG, OF COURSE. Really, can you have such a party without one? Just don't go nuts-remember, when you need to break out the screw driver or other tools to install it, it becomes permanent.
FLASHING FLAG LEI-no plain lei will do. This beauty not only sports our country's royal colours, but it offers the double plus bonus of flashing lights every inch or so. No sir, no one will be missing you with this draped around your neck.
FLAG PINWHEEL-why do you need a reason for a pinwheel? They look cool spinning in the breeze? Enough Said.
THINGS THAT GO BANG IN THE NIGHT
What could be more American than blowing stuff up? Even if Fireworks are illegal in your state, you can probably get them at the border, or better yet at our on-line source. The show is much better when it's you and your cronies fearing a lost limb. Not so daring? Try sparklers-a little light for good measure.
FIREWORKS - The source of your pounding heart as you fear a possible shoot up (no, dopey, it's just the fireworks you hear). What could be more fun than doing something you know is most likely illegal(setting them off yourself), getting the rush, and knowing you most likely won't-or can't- be caught.
SPARKLERS- Too lame for the rush? Sparklers are super cute, burn out fast, and leave you sans the possibility of losing a limb.
DRESSING THE PART
You can't throw a fiesta and not be the hostest with the mostest. Whether you go for tacky (can we steer you away from this please?) or chic-yet-patriotic (The girls from Accompanied Library in Manhattan were shining examples at their Fourth of July Bash, and we are taking our cues from them) you must dress your best.
CIVIL WAR HAT-there is a possibility that this could be worked into your wardrobe on a regular basis. It's kind of just chic enough to look purposefully cool. Still, there is no denying it's patriotism.
SUSPENDERS- Kind of kicky. You could definitely pull them off with neutral garb. But don't pull them out again until next year, please.
BEN FRANKLIN TEE-I just put this in to show off. You most likely won't get your grubby paws on one, because they were given away at The Accompanied party. Nah nah nah nah nah nah.
DRINKS AND MUSIC
The finishing touches to any superior slam.
AMERICA'S GREATEST HITS-you can't very well listen to Toby Keith or something dopey and traditional. Instead of going th literal route, try going for this subtle solution. Besides, 2 words-Muskrat Love.
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY-yes, a drink that bears the ACTUAL NAME OF THE HOLIDAY. The mixture of Blue Curacao and Cream is a little, well, oddly, but i bet after 5 or 6 you probably won't even notice.