Inexpensive Ideas for Your July 4th Party (And a Peak Into Our Weekend Party)

This past weekend was a whirlwind.  It started on Friday when one hour after the last brush of paint had been added to our home, a terrible storm came through with 60+ mile an hour winds!  Thankfully, we didn’t lose power with the rest of our county.  However, we did lose internet which made updating Cleverly Simple a bit of a challenge.

That same day, my hubby’s parents blew came into town.  We’ve had a wonderful time with them.  Our weekend was filled with baptizing both our boys as well as a 3rd birthday party for my oldest!

Here’s a peak into his party yesterday.  We went with a red, white and blue theme.  These items were so easy and inexpensive to create.  I shopped at the Dollar Tree (and found those awesome star glass bowls!) and our local grocery store to stock up on produce.  It’s amazing what you can do with red, white and blue!

I used cherries (on sale this week at Meijer and Buehler’s), raspberries, blueberries and our favorite Amish cheese to create this platter to snack on.

This was by far one of the yummiest and easiest additions to the party.  We dipped strawberries in white chocolate and then dipped the tips into blue sprinkles.  Delicious! (I made these the day before and stored them in the fridge.)  I used my deviled egg platter to display them.

And the icing on the cake, literally, was this flag cake!  At the point of baking the cake we had no internet so I used all the spatial skills I could pull out to make this.  It was a hit!

(Here are the directions for the flag cake.  I used two white cake mixes and used food coloring for the color change.  The next time I make this I will freeze the layers before I start to layer the cake.  Thankfully, the icing covered a multitude of mistakes!)

I mentioned last week that I was going to try this Chex Mix recipe.  Am I the only one who thought that M&M’s came in red, white and blue around this time of year?  Well, they don’t.  I decided to forgo sorting through bags of M&M’s to make it.  We didn’t miss it at all!

What’s on your menu for this July 4th?  Share your recipes in the comments!

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