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How to Host a Red, White and Blue July 4th

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Ready to celebrate July 4th in classic red, white and blue fashion? We’ve partnered with Eden Passante, founder of Sugar and Charm, to share tips on how to host and a few cocktails fitting for your festivities.

If you’re planning a festive 4th of July party this year, here are some easy entertaining ideas to add a little modern charm to your 4th!

Keep it patriotic and 4th of July inspired without going overboard! Simple decorations like small flags and some bunting work wonders without looking overdone.

I set up a round dining table and used garden stools as seating. By the pool, we created a cozy lounge area with pillows and blankets. We kept things simple, classic and clean but all inspired by the festive colors of our country.

Keep things easy and break out the cooler! Fill it with sodas, beer and water and let guests serve themselves. To keep everyone hydrated, we created pre-made ice waters in Weck jars. For the ice cubes, we made them with strawberries and blueberries to add to our 4th of July color scheme.

I love making a giant bowl of fresh strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. And of course, a platter of watermelon is a must too!

Is there anything better than fresh, spiked homemade lemonade in the summer?! We used our favorite homemade lemonade recipe, added some vodka and filled it with strawberries, blueberries and mint. SO refreshing and perfect for the 4th!

Spiked gelatin shots are fun to make and look so good in these slanted shot glasses. Serve them with tiny spoons and enjoy!

Fresh flowers are always a must! And don’t forget the sparklers! It just takes a little preparation and inspiration to create a charming and modern 4th of July party that your guests will love!

The only thing left to do is enjoy the party and watch the fireworks!

Red, White and Blue Shots

  • 3 cups of vodka
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 3 ounces blue berry-flavored gelatin
  • 3 ounces strawberry or cherry-flavored gelatin

Blue Gelatin

Pour 1 cup of vodka into a bowl or container. Sprinkle 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin over the
vodka. Let it stand for about 1 minute. Add blue berry-flavored gelatin and pour in 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin completely dissolves.

Pour a layer of the blue gelatin into each shot glass.

Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until the gelatin is firm enough to add the next layer.

White Gelatin

Pour 1 cup of vodka into a bowl or container. Sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin over the vodka. Let it stand for about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir until the gelatin completely dissolves. Pour the sweetened condensed milk and stir well.

Pour the white gelatin on top of the blue gelatin. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes or until the gelatin is firm enough to add the red layer.

Red Gelatin

Pour 1 cup of vodka into a bowl or container. Sprinkle 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin over the
vodka. Let it stand for about 1 minute. Add strawberry-flavored gelatin and pour 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin completely dissolves.

Pour the red gelatin on top of the white gelatin. Refrigerate for about half hour or until the gelatin is firm.

Serve with mini spoons and enjoy!

Homemade Spiked Lemonade for the 4th

Makes about 8 cups

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar or a sugar substitute (Add more or less depending on how you like it!)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Strawberries, blueberries and mint

Directions

Boil water and sugar until sugar is dissolved. Add in the fresh squeezed lemon juice and pour
into a heatproof glass pitcher. Refrigerate until cold. Add in the vodka and the berries. Serve over
ice!

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Photography by Zan Passante.

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