Planning a 4th of July party can be stressful! You need to make sure you have enough food, drinks, festive decorations, fun activities and things to do—not to mention the cleaning and setup you’ll have to do to get your home party-ready. Luckily, there are a ton of great resources and helpful tips out there to help you prepare for your patriotic bash!
Make things easy on yourself when it comes to certain party tasks, so you have the time and energy to put into those that require a little more effort. We’ll help you get started with these four quick and easy dessert recipes that won’t demand any extra time or sacrifice any quality on the treat table!
1.) Candy Buffet
What’s more American than a smorgasbord of sugar to celebrate Independence Day?! Grab some delectable candy options before the day of the party and set them up on a festive display. Fill up a couple of patriotic party bowls with red, white, and blue M&Ms, jelly beans, gumballs, or even packaged candies like Hershey’s kisses and ring pops!
If you have a little time to spare, throw together some red, white, and blue skewers to liven up the selection. Line up some gummies, ribbons, colored marshmallows, and anything else you can thing of and pop them on a pinwheel for some extra pizzazz.
2.) Fireworks Sugar Cookies
Buy a bag of premixed sugar cookies and plop them in the oven or pick up some plain ones from the bakery if you’re really short on time. Decorate them with white frosting—you can cover them entirely or grab a piping bag and get creative with fireworks, stars, and striped designs!
Once you have your frosted cookies, simply top them with red, white, and blue candy or sprinkles. You can find star-shaped sprinkles pretty much anywhere to add some patriotism to the mix. To really make them taste like fireworks, cover them in pop rocks and watch your guests’ taste buds explode!
3.) Easy Snack Mix
Snack/trail mixes make great treat options for parties because they’re cheap, quick, and easy to make in abundance! Customize your snack mix with crowd favorites like popcorn, pretzels, cereal pieces, nuts, etc. gathered in a casserole dish.
Once you’ve concocted the perfect delicious blend, heat up some red, white, and blue candy melts to drizzle over the top. Stir the mix around in the pan to spread the sugary goodness to every bite. Once the drizzle has cooled, throw in some heavenly chocolates to make it that much more mouthwatering.
4.) Fruit Kabobs
Fruit is so sweet you’ll have no trouble sneaking it onto the dessert table! Plus, it’s the perfect refreshing treat to rejuvenate your guests after time spent in the summer sun. Keep the theme by choosing red and blue fruits to create your skewers—strawberries, raspberries, grapes, and blueberries of course.
For the white you can keep it healthy with some banana slices or break it up with a different flavor, like marshmallows or even white chocolate truffles!
At Otto’s Granary, we have an enticing selection of candy and chocolate for you to choose from to satisfy the sweet tooth of every guest at your patriotic bash and for many other occasions too. Get ready for this 4th of July with a visit to Otto’s Granary in person or online today!