By: Karen Silva
As you may already know from my other articles I am Canadian; however, I do have some family members that are American who celebrate the 4th of July. Therefore, I thought it would be great to share some great themed food ideas.
Here are my top five favorite food ideas that will sure be a big hit at your party. These are not only delicious, but super easier to do with your children.
*Keep in mind that not all tasks can be safe for your children; therefore, please use your best judgement on what your child can do to help you along the way*
Red, White & Blue
First, wash your strawberries and then dry them with a paper towel. In a bowl melt some white chocolate wafers (I found mine at my local Bulk Barn store). Once melted, dip your strawberries half way into the chocolate and then dip the ends in blue sprinkles. Set aside until the chocolate has harden and then you will have American themed strawberries.
First bake your favorite Vanilla cupcakes and let them cool completely before decorating. Once cooled off you can add white buttercream icing on each cupcake. Place all cupcakes on your dessert table, making a rectangle shape so it can look like the American flag. For the Blue you can use blueberries on a couple of cupcakes and for the Red details you can use raspberries or strawberries. If you want a simpler way to decorate your cupcakes, you can always sprinkle Red, White and Blue sprinkles on them.
Ice Scream…You Scream
This one does not require a lot of prep work. On a plate pour your Red, White and Blue sprinkles. Unwrap your ice cream sandwiches and add a Popsicle stick on the end. Then dip the sides into the sprinkles and set aside to eat. If you really want to impress your guests, then make your own ice cream sandwiches. You can do that by putting your favorite flavor of ice cream in between two cookies of your choice and then repeat the same sprinkle steps.
Cookies for Stars
This is one of my favorites! First bake your favorite sugar cookie recipe and set aside to cool off. You can use different cookie cutters to make them unique like a star shaped one. Once your cookies are ready to decorate you can use the American flag colors of cookie icing or royal icing. You don’t have to make it look like the flag, just have fun with it and let your child’s creativity shine. You can also bag these if you want to give them out to your guests as a party favor.
Edible Fire Works
First wrap your hotdogs with the Pillsbury dough to make your “pigs in a blanket”. Once you have baked them and they have cooled off put a Popsicle stick on one end of the hotdog. Then using a small star shaped cookie cutter cut the cheese of your choice. Stick one end of a tooth pick onto one end of the cheese star and the other end of the tooth pick into the other end of the hotdog.
Whether you decide to throw a party yourself or just attend one, remember to make fun memories with your children. Also introducing your children to cooking and getting them to help you around the kitchen is very important. I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!
About the Author
Karen graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Karen is a loving Godmother/Auntie to one. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she is a contributor writer for mom blogger, Momma Braga. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.