Meal Planning Monday ~ 4th of July

This week’s post is by Christine Luken.

Summer is my favorite season, and 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays!  What better way to celebrate America’s birthday than with exploding fireworks and great food!  This year my husband and I carry on the tradition of celebrating the 4th of July with our good friends.  Their fireworks show rivals the professional ones put on by the local cities.  So while the guys are bonding over the impending pyrotechnics display, the ladies are in the kitchen “oohing and aahing” over the delicious dishes lining the dinner buffet.  This year, I’m bringing a twist on traditional potato salad, Southwestern Potato Salad.

Whether you are hosting the 4th of July festivities this year, or bringing a dish to someone else’s party, my blogger friends and I have banded together to give you some patriotic dessert inspiration.  No doubt, your friends and family will be “oohing and aahing” over your contribution to America’s birthday celebration!  There’s also a patriotic jewelry craft tutorial for those of you want to add and a red-white-and-blue touch to your outfit.

Strawberry Kool-Aid Pie

 Check out this easy and patriotic pie from Cyndie Norell at Reviewz & Newz! Who wouldn’t love a slice of this great-tasting pie?


Patriotic Strawberries

 If you’re short on time, but still want to wow everyone with your 4th of July dessert contribution, whip up a batch of Amy Desrosiers’ Patriotic Strawberries!  With berries being in peak season right now, these are sure to be delicious.


Patriotic Star Chocolate Cupcakes

 Another great dessert recipe from Amy Desrosiers’ other website,!  Kids and adults alike will love these All-American cupcakes.

Red, White, & Blue Earrings

Feeling crafty?  Learn how to make these earrings in a jiffy from Rachel Furlong of The Philosopher’s Wife.  A great finishing touch to your 4th of July party outfit!

What are your plans for the 4th of July this year?


  1. Heather M says:

    I love potato salad and am always looking to try new ones along with my tried and true recipe. Can’t wait to try Southwestern Potato Salad.

  2. Tracie says:

    Great collection of red, white, and blue ideas! that pie looks really fun and yummy.

  3. Nancy Wolff says:

    The 4th of July is such a fun holiday! We always enjoy spending the day with family and friends!

  4. Jessica @EatSleepBe says:

    That pie is so cool. I’ve been pinning a few 4th of July items so if we have a barbecue here next year, I’ll be ready with all the patriotic goodies!

  5. Jennifer B says:

    That strawberry Kool-Aid pie looks wonderful! I might try to make this for the weekend!

  6. Pam says:

    That strawberry KoolAid pie looks delicious! Thanks for sharing all these patriotic recipes, and those earrings.

  7. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    Those patriotic star cupcakes are perfect to bring to July 4th cookouts!!

  8. Amanda says:

    The pie looks amazing! Perfect for a Fourth of July BBQ. I love the earrings too!

  9. Oh the strawberries sound good, they are semi-healthy too!

  10. Lisa says:

    That pie looks amazing!

  11. Liz Mays says:

    Red, white and blue are such fun colors in combination. Making these patriotic desserts is so much fun!

  12. christy karch says:

    omg strawberry kool aid pie looks so yummmmmmmm!!

  13. Debbie Denny says:

    Looks like some tasty ideas. I will be making those strawberries.

  14. Those are all such cute crafty creations. I love the strawberries and the pie. The crafts look pretty easy too.

  15. Tatanisha says:

    Great ideas for the 4th. I am not even sure what we’re having for the Holiday, but you’ve given me some great ideas :)

  16. Debi says:

    That Kool Aide pie looks great. I bet my kids would eat that up.